USB-C has made my life and the life of many others easier. The fact I don’t need to figure out which way to plug my charger into my phone is amazing. Infact, I wouldn’t want to buy any device that didn’t come with a USB-C port just for the convenience factor.
However, USB-C isn’t the only game in town and the fact some laptops (looking at you MacBook Pro) only supports USB-C. This means if you have a flash drive, or a camera, SD-Cards, etc you’re going to need dongles.
A recent Kickstarter campaign for a product Flujo Signature Pro looks to be an interesting solution to the growing problem. While the product is obviously not released let’s look at some of it’s key listed features.
Who Is Making It?
The Flujo Signature Pro is being developed by a group of students from the National University of Singapore in collaboration wit Flujo Technologies. The product can be summed up as a USB hub that integrates with an M.2 SSD (as onboard storage).
What Type Of Ports Are Supported?
The Flujo Signature Pro looks to be filled with various ports there are 2 USB Type A 3.1 Gen 2 ports. All this means is its the larger style USB and it can support up to 10GB/s transfer speeds. You can also use these ports to charge another device as they support fast charging.
There is a microSD as well as full-size SD cart ports that will be added to the back which will have a transfer rate of 104MB/s.
There will be an extra USB-A 2.0 port as well as a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port. You will also find a USB-C power delivery portalong with an HDMI video output port which can output at 4K resolution at 60Hz. You’re quite literally getting a little bit of everything here in a nice looking all in one tool kit.
M.2 SSD Enclosure
Additionally there is an M.2 SSD enclosure for the device. This means in addition to being a USB hub it can also act as an external storage device. It doesn’t appear that the device comes with an M.2 SSD by default unless you pledge a substantial amount of money. But you could just as easily order one on Amazon. Make sure that if you’re wanting to take full advantage of the 10 Gbps transfer rate you have an M.2 drive that can support it.
USB Power Delivery
The power delivery system is also really impressive. It will support up to 100W power delivery allowing you to use it for passthrough charging. This is useful for allowing you to charge your laptop while also using it as a USB hub. The two USB-A ports both support fast charge as well allowing you to power your mobile devices concurrently.
Pricing and Availability
The Flujo Signature Pro is currently on Kickstarter and the economics of the pricing tiers are a bit odd to say the least.
If you pledge $150 you will get the Signature Pro, 1 carrying bag and a USB-C to USB-C cable. There will also be a screwdriver, screws and instruction manual.
If you pledge $252 you will 2 Signature Pro’s, 2 bags, and 2 USB-C to USB-C cables.
For $272 you will get 1 Signature Pro, 1 Bag, 1 USB-C to USB-C, 1 HDMI, and 1 512GB M.2 SSD (the provider name isn’t specified). Also this tier makes little sense if you’re looking to get one with an M.2 SSD you’re better off with the next tier.
For $292 you will get 1 Signature Pro, 1 Bag, 1 USB-C to USB-C, 1 HDMI Cable, and 1 1TB M.2 SSD. This is a much better deal as a decent M.2 SSD can run you around $150 or more. The Samsung Evo M.2 SSD drive is currently on sale for $169 (at time of writing).
This is a really intriguing product hopefully if it makes it to market unlike many other Kickstarter products it’s looks amazing. The concept is simple but it solves a real problem at replacing dongles, while being very powerful and it looks stunning. Not to mention its extremley portable and the pricing doesn’t look that bad I wouldn’t be surprised if someone like Apple copies the concept in the near future.