Apple's MacBook And MacBook Pro Lines Get A Docking Station Thanks To Henge Docks - HotHardware
Apple's MacBook And MacBook Pro Lines Get A Docking Station Thanks To Henge Docks

Apple's MacBook And MacBook Pro Lines Get A Docking Station Thanks To Henge Docks

Docking Stations have permeated corporate office buildings for as long as we can remember, and even today, many "business notebooks" ship with a gap in the bottom to connect to a first-party dock that's designed to be chained to one's cube desk. Workers simply haul in their notebook from home, slap it into the dock, and use a ready-made desktop setup.

But Mac users have never really had that luxury. Apple has never made a Mac laptop with a built-in port that allowed for a nice, seamless connection to a docking station. Users have always had to seek out third-party "universal solutions" that never really worked right for one reason or another. Things have become somewhat easier over the years thanks to wireless technologies (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and wireless USB), but some wires are still required, and if you need very high resolutions to handle some of Apple's Cinema displays, you cannot use those Wireless USB devices.



Henge Docks is a new company that is aiming to help ailing Mac users with this problem. Their new line of docking stations are custom made to work with Apple notebooks. Most somewhat modern MacBook machines and MacBook Pro machines are supported, with sizes from 13" to 15" to 17" being cleared for use by various models. These aren't the most elaborate, and in a way, they're just fancy cable management tools. But they're a typical Apple white in color and they hold your Apple notebook with a style that Mac users would appreciate. They're also extremely cheap, with the 13" modem starting at under $60. As of now, just two MacBook models are shipping, with all others set for pre-sale.

Have a look at the demo below to see how these could be used at your desk or even in your home entertainment setup. Hopefully Apple stores will start stocking these soon, as quite a few small business owners may consider switching to OS X if they knew a seamless docking solution existed.


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This thing looks really cool.

The one disadvantage that I see over traditional docking stations is that you can't use it with just a monitor and speakers (and use the laptop keyboard). But, who actually does that? I know I don't.

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It is about time that they started to do this sort of thing. I has always been a pain to get things transferred. And the docks that they make for most laptops are difficult to find and are usually high in the price range.

I am just surprised that it took mac this long to figure out that this is something that people actually need. It is surprising that it has the capability to also be useful when you want to port your laptop to the TV. Being able to change which connectors you wish to use is also a very handy feature.

If this takes off then Apple will have served their purpose again, by showing other manufacturers what it is that the people want.

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WOW, interesting product they have. But i don't get the main point here, so this basically wireless connects all your products? And you would have to buy their monitors and key board and mouse in order to really use it (or does any products work?)...

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"Never really had that luxury?" Son, we had it when you DOS people were still getting used to a graphical user interface. I was using a BookEndz dock for my 1992 Powerbook 160, back when Microsoft was still using version numbers, before they switched to dates, then random two-letter combinations, and finally decided on version numbers again.

The real star, though, was the Powerbook Duo and Duo Dock. Though there were smaller ones that essentially were just port replicators, the full-size Dock could hold a better FPU and GPU, have a larger HD and floppy disk drive (still important back then), accommodate a full-sized keyboard and monitor, and-- coolest of all-- the tiny Duo laptop slid into it and latched in place like a VHS tape. (VHS tapes were like-- oh, just look it up on Wikipedia.)

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Thank you, Clemsnide, for setting the record straight! Maybe the author of the article is either a teenager or a Windows fan. Unfortunately, Apple was ahead of the curve with docking stations, as they were with PDAs (Newton).

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@ clemsnide: Awesome post and pic. I don't think there are many apple fanboys here eh? As for this replicator, not so hot if you own a macbookpro. Arg.

Letter from Henge about pre-unibody macbook pros:

Thank you for your interest in the Henge Docks System!  Due to the port layout on previous versions on the MacBook Pro our system will not support vertical docking.  We'll let you know as soon as they become available.  If there is anything else I can do please do not hesitate to ask!

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Just heard about a new docking station coming out.  think the name is byte-dock maybe that wouold be worth a look.

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HJig:
I don't think there are many apple fanboys here

I really liked my 24" iMac. It was the one with the Intel 'Extreme' high performance CPU in it. It never, ever, crashed on me, and was completely stable too. It was an awesome PC, and I just gave it to one of the kids to use in school. But I would never get rid of my home built clones. I am totally dedicated to my gaming computers. They work really well now that Microsoft got up off of the floor, cleaned the Vista puke off of their chins, and started making a real operating system again.

Wilted Flower'Gaming'Wilted Flower

It's how I pass the time when I'm not reading or moderating here, and the overall experience just keeps getting better and better as time goes on.

BTW: My Linux PC is pretty damn awesome too. And that OS is free!

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These things are absolute CRAP... The ports don't line up well even when inserted one by one, they are basically the cheapest, most ghetto made devices in the history of the world... I bought a two pack after reading reviews like the ones above, and after 2 hours of trying to make it work, make cause you have to line up these jacks so many times only to NEVER have them all line up right....

It's a terrible design... Waste of money!

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