July 21, 2014

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Vertical Retina Dock Review Round-up

The news is out and reviews are in for the latest addition to the Henge Docks lineup - the Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a hit! We’re very excited that these news docks have had such a successful release, and are receiving such great press! Editors Choice, 10 out of 10, thumbs up, simply awesome... These are just a few of the many accolades bestowed upon the Vertical Retina Dock so far.

Apple Insider was the first to review the new dock, giving it a 4.5 out of 5 stars! It's "one of the best laptop docking solutions" they've ever seen. "Henge Docks is flexing its design muscle with the Retina MacBook Pro Vertical Docking Station. The new metal body is more sturdy than previous models, while the seemingly minor additions of a screw cover and cable organizer simply add to perceived build quality." Our product designers definitely enjoyed that compliment!

Editor’s Choice came from Geek Beat TV. Ben Roethig said, "If you use an Apple Thunderbolt display or other large screen display (or TV) with your MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the Henge Docks Metal Edition Vertical Dock is something you definitely want to get. You’ll save a bunch of desktop space, cool your MacBook, and the cable management makes your desk a lot cleaner. This is a great product that looks fantastic and is virtually indestructible." Ben also said, "Cons: Apple has not bought Henge Docks and included one with every MacBook sold. This is as close to a perfect companion as you can get,” which is certainly our favorite line of all the reviews!

Apple Daily Report continued the high praise, rating the dock a perfect 10 out of 10! "The advantage of this sort of set-up is that you can have all the advantages of a desktop arrangement (bigger screen, better speakers, etc.), but can disconnect your MacBook Pro and take it with it whether you’re hitting the road or simply want to work from your living room or bed,” said reviewer Dennis Sellers.

Daniel Cohen’s review title in Gear Diary summed it up perfectly: “MacBook Pro + iMac + Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station = Awesome.” He elaborated, "The Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station is as refined a dock as you are going to find. It saves space, keeps your laptop safe, controls cables so you desk isn’t a mess and simply delivers on its promise of a superb dock that looks great and functions even better. This is a computer accessory I can recommend without hesitation! If your MacBook Pro doubles as your desktop stop reading this review and go buy it. Seriously, it is that impressive.” We thank Daniel for his glowing recommendation!

The dock received a thumbs up from Julie Strietelmeier at The Gadgeteer. Julie says, "This is a very well made docking station that helps you unclutter your desk and organize cables. The dock provides an easy way to connect all your peripherals to your laptop while maintaining portability." She also put up some excellent photos of the dock, including a before and after of her desk with the new dock. It looks great!

The most recent review came from David Temple at Appletell - with a 4 out of 5 rating! He states, "The Henge Docks vertical laptop dock is a stylish piece of engineering, and it does its job very well." Once again, a great compliment for our product designers, of whom we are very proud for their dedication to ensuring this dock is of the highest standards.

The Henge Docks team is very proud of the enthusiasm for and success surrounding the Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display. These great reviews and high demand for an Apple docking station led us to record sales and a sold out situation that is just ending now.  

All of these reviews, and all of our interactions with our customers further motivate us in our drive to design and produce the best docking stations and accessories on the market. We thank you all very much for your interest and support for our company and our products!

For those of you who have purchased the Vertical Retina Dock - stay tuned to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter, as we’ll be having a contest soon featuring your Docks in the Wild!

July 09, 2014

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Henge Docks Featured in FYI Network's ‘Tiny House Nation’!

Here at Henge Docks, we are big on saving space. It’s been one of our top priorities since the company’s inception in 2009. Our inaugural product, the Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro, was designed and built around this principle of reducing clutter and preserving space. Each of our subsequent products have maintained this goal - which is precisely why A&E’s new lifestyle network, FYI, approached us to be featured in the debut episode of their new show ‘Tiny House Nation’.

Premiering tonight at 10 EST/11 PST, FYI network's ‘Tiny House Nation’ will “show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 500 square feet.” Hosted by renovation experts and tiny home owners John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, the show promises to be an adventure across America to view some amazing small dwellings, from the extravagant to the budget friendly.

The Henge Docks team could not be more excited about having our products featured in ‘Tiny House Nation’! We completely agree that our Vertical Docking Stations for MacBook and the Gravitas for iPhone and iPad are the perfect fit for those looking to get the most out of their space - be it small or large! We’re certainly no strangers to how great of space savers our products are - and how they also display our Apple products beautifully in whichever environment they are placed.

Be sure to tune in tonight to FYI at 10 EST/11 PST to see ‘Tiny House Nation’ and to see Henge Docks featured on their very first episode! Follow @HengeDocks on Twitter and tell us you’re watching us on #tinyhousenation for the chance to win 25% off any Henge Docks purchase!

July 09, 2014

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Vertical Retina Dock Shipping Update

The Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display will begin shipping tomorrow, Thursday July 10th! The docks were received and inbounded by our warehouse today, and orders will begin to be processed tomorrow. Our warehouse is even bringing in extra workers to ensure as many docks as possible go out before the weekend! Most docks will be shipped out by end of day Friday, with tracking information being sent within 24 hours of an order being shipped.

Our Reseller Relationship Manager and customer service rep extraordinaire Kristin spent the day at our warehouse in Nevada to make sure everything with the docks went smoothly. She snapped some photos of Henge Docks goods and of the warehouse. She even got to have a bit of fun riding around the place! Check out the photos from Kristin’s day below!

Kristin riding around the warehouse!
Henge Docks way up high!
Our warehouse in Nevada.
July 09, 2014

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iPhone Case Compatible Insert for Gravitas Dock Now Available!

Did you know that 3 out of 4 iPhone users have their phone in a case? According to a study done by NPD Group, 75% of people with iPhones prefer to keep their phones case protected. The Henge Docks team is slightly lower but still a large 66% protecting their iPhones with cases. With this in mind, we are happy to announce the release of the iPhone Case Compatible Insert for the Gravitas Dock!

Designed to accommodated most slim iPhone cases*, the new iPhone Case Compatible Insert makes the Gravitas even more versatile. Receive all the benefits of the Gravitas - charge, sync, and connect to external speakers (such as the compact yet powerful the Audioengine A2+ Powered Desktop Speakers) - while keeping your iPhone protected.

Don’t yet have a case for your iPhone, or looking to upgrade your current case to a stylish new one? Henge Docks worked with Graft Concepts to design a special Henge Docks edition of their Leverage iPhone 5/5s case specifically for the Gravitas dock (with included Case Compatible Insert), providing a perfect fit between the case and the Gravitas. While the iPhone Case Compatible Gravitas Insert will accommodate many types of cases, the Graft Case for Gravitas is the only case custom-made for the dock. Use code GRAVCASE on HengeDocks.com to receive 10% off of this Graft Case for Gravitas.**

As part of our Life After Device program, we will create new Gravitas inserts for future generations of Lightning-equipped Apple devices such as the iPhone 6, ensuring continued use of your Gravitas even when you upgrade your iDevices.

 

*Known Compatible Cases

  • Adopted Case
  • Apple Color Cases
  • Apple Official Cases
  • Ballistic Jewel
  • Belkin Flex
  • Belkin Grip Candy
  • Case Mate Glam
  • Case Mate Mahogany Wood
  • Case Mate Naked Tough
  • Case Mate Prints Collection
  • Cygnett Urban Shield
  • Cygnett Vector
  • Eddie Bauer Dual Protective Case
  • Griffin Clear Back Case
  • Griffin Reveal
  • Griffin Separates
  • Incase Frame
  • Incase Pop Case
  • Incase Slider Case
  • Insignia Soft Shell
  • Invisible Shield Orbit
  • iSkin Aura
  • iSkin Solo
  • Loop Mummy i5
  • Modal Dual Layer Protective Case
  • Modal Regular Case
  • Moshi iGlaze Armor
  • Moshi iGlaze Kameleon
  • Moshi Sense Cover
  • Platinum Smartcase
  • Pure.gear Dualtek
  • Pure.gear Slim Shell
  • Rocketcases Retro
  • Scosche Rawhide
  • Speck CandyShell
  • Speck CandyShell Grip
  • Spigen Slim Armor
  • Tech21 Impact Mesh
  • Tech21 Impactology

Known Incompatible Cases

  • Ballistic Cases
  • Belkin Outrigger
  • Cygnett Workmate
  • G-Form Xtreme
  • Incase Leather Fitted Case
  • Incase Meta Slider
  • Incase Shock Slider
  • LifeProof Cases
  • Lunatik Cases
  • Marware Cases
  • OtterBox Cases
  • Rokform Rokshield
  • Speck CandyShell Card Case

**Offer ends 7/31/2014

June 25, 2014

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Now Available: The Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display!

The day is upon us - the release of the Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display! These docks are available in a new Metal Edition for $119, as well as our classic glossy white for $89.


While maintaining the same body style as our legacy docks, the new Vertical Retina Docks feature preinstalled cables for a much simpler user interface.  No longer do you have to individually connect each cable, now you only need to install your MagSafe Power Adapter in the dock, providing full functionality almost right out of the box.  Included are two Mini DisplayPort extensions, a USB 3.0 extension, and a TRRS audio cable.  For those connecting via Thunderbolt, simply remove one or both of the Mini DisplayPort extensions and replace with your Thunderbolt cable(s).

The Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a plethora of new features. In the bottom of the dock, you'll find the preinstalled cables and our redesigned Hex Key, keeping all of the dock's components together in one unit.  On the side of the dock, we’ve added a cover that masks the set screws, providing an even sleeker aesthetic.  At the rear of the dock is a cable organizer that ensures your cables remain in place and won't get tangled.  

The new Metal Edition dock features a solid construction of a high-density metal alloy, weighing in at a substantial 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg), and provides polished integration between your MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the docking station. Purchase two at a 10% discount.

Head to HengeDocks.com today to purchase your Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display! The Metal Edition is priced at $119, and you’ll receive a 10% discount when you purchase two or more. Our classic glossy white finish is priced at $89. Complete your desktop setup with this beautiful, high performance dock!


*Please note that these docks will not begin shipping for 1-3 weeks, depending on model.
June 16, 2014

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Vertical Retina Dock Update #3

In our last update, everything looked to be on schedule with the Vertical Retina Docks. However, through in-house testing of first production run samples, we discovered that the preinstalled cable extensions were not properly set up at the factory, resulting in a delay of the release of these docks. This issue has since been resolved, and we are in the process of establishing a new delivery date.

This is what we hope will be the third and final update regarding the Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display. We’ve devoted tireless energy to this product, and could not be more invested in getting it to our customers as soon as possible. As always, we thank you for your continued support.

A few weeks ago, we received 100 sample units of the Vertical Retina Dock from its initial production run. We used these units to do in-house testing and quality control. We inspected everything from the packaging all the way to the connectivity of the cables. Each dock was taken out of its box and put through detailed testing and extensive inspection.

 Close-up of cable mispositioning.

During this process, we discovered that the vertical alignment of some of the preinstalled cables was inconsistent with the tolerances that were specified. This mispositioning could cause the docked MacBook to experience alignment issues, resulting in a lack of connectivity, and a much more difficult setup for the end user. We were able to produce solutions for these occurrences in-house, and then worked with our manufacturer to ensure that it will be resolved before the docks go out to you. New jigs were manufactured to align the cables correctly, a new batch of first run samples was created, and the entire first run was reworked and reassembled. The other hurdle we encountered involved the Vertical Retina Dock packaging, which we have also resolved with our manufacturer.

We were upset that these issues happened so close to the anticipated release of the Vertical Retina Dock, but are glad that we were able to address them, ensuring that the final product that our customers will receive will be of the highest quality. Producing the Vertical Retina Docks is currently our top priority. There are countless people fervently awaiting these docks, and no one is more intent on their release than we are. We know very well that these delays have been of the utmost frustration to many, including ourselves. We hope to have these docks out very soon, and are both motivated and humbled by your ongoing interest and support.

Sincerely,

Matt Vroom, CEO

 

Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

June 05, 2014

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Gravitas and Siri: Your Hands-Free Personal Assistant

This past Monday, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, saw Apple unveiling myriad new features to their various operating systems as well as a host of great new apps. The Henge Docks team of course watched the live stream from our office, eager as always to keep up on all things Apple.

While there are many innovations and improvements that Apple announced at WWDC, one in particular stood out to us - the ability to use Siri hands-free with iOS 8. The caveat is that in order to do this, your iPhone or iPad will have to be connected to a Lightning connector. Many people just plug in their phone or tablet using their Lightning cable attached to a wall outlet - a setup that doesn't allow you to readily see your iPhone or iPad's screen without picking it up. All of us here at Henge Docks have our iPhones and iPads docked in the Gravitas at our desks all day, providing the perfect viewing angle, and we realized this addition to the newest iDevice operating system makes pairing a Gravitas with an iPhone or iPad the perfect personal assistant. Simply dock your iPhone or iPad in the Gravitas, and the world is available at your voice command!

At your desk and wondering how to get to a destination you’re headed to after work? Simply ask how to get there and Siri will show you, displaying directions prominently from your Gravitas, with no need to hold down the home button on your iPhone or to even pick up the phone to see the screen! Matt demonstrates below:

Does your Gravitas allow your iPad to serve as the world’s most extensive cookbook from its perch in the kitchen? Now when you’re preparing dinner and wondering what to make for dessert, you can ask Siri to call up recipes for your after-dinner treat, without having to wash your hands so as not to dirty your tablet’s screen.

Use your Gravitas to display your iPhone as your alarm clock from your nightstand? Just ask Siri to set an alarm for the next morning - there’s no longer any need to physically handle your phone to program your wake up call, and you can see Siri got it right from just a quick glance at your Gravitas.

Thinking ahead to Fathers’ Day, maybe Dad wants to rock out on his holiday. With Gravitas and his iDevice on iOS 8, he can simply ask Siri to play his favourite playlist, and iTunes will automatically play, even if he’s across the room. And remember, we’re offering free ground and expedited shipping in the US for Fathers’ Day with the code FathersDay2014#2!

These are just a few ways to utilize this new feature in iOS 8. Together, Gravitas and iPhone or iPad can be your very own personal assistant, with no need to fumble with your iDevice to interact with Siri. Check it out!

June 01, 2014

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Happy Fathers' Day from Henge Docks!

As mentioned in our previous post, Fathers’ Day is just around the corner. At Henge Docks, we want all the dads out there to receive the coolest gifts around. In honor of Dad, we’re offering free shipping* on all Henge Docks purchases. Simply enter FathersDay2014#2 at checkout for free ground or expedited shipping on your order!

If your pops is an audiophile, he’ll love a set of Audioengine A2+ or A5+ powered desktop speakers, now available on our website. These speakers’ quality sound and sleek design would make any dad proud.

Audioengine A2+ speakers

A sound gift! The Audioengine A2+ powered desktop speakers.
No iPhone owning dad should be without a Gravitas - and with free shipping for Dad’s holiday, there’s no better time to get him one of these powerful docks! No doubt he’ll like its charging and syncing capabilities, and its audio out port, but the heft of this dock is made for Dad - strong and sturdy, just like him.
Henge Docks Gravitas iPhone iPad Dock iTunes music audio charge sync
Dad can charge, sync, and rock out with Gravitas!
Still don’t know what to get for your dad for Fathers’ Day? Head over to our Pinterest for more ideas. We’ve cultivated a variety of products to suit the various dads out there, and will continue to add to it, so you’ll have plenty of possible gifts to get dad for his day!
And remember that for Fathers’ Day, we’re offering free shipping for all orders at HengeDocks.com. Enter coupon code FathersDay2014#2 for free ground or expedited shipping! Happy shopping, and cheers to Dad from the Henge Docks team!

*Free shipping in US only
May 29, 2014

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Audioengine Speakers Now Available on HengeDocks.com!

If you’ve been browsing our new site, you might have noticed the addition of some products from a partner company of ours - Audioengine. We featured Audioengine A2+ powered desktop speakers while we were at SXSW in Austin, TX and at Macworld here in San Francisco a few months ago. Some lucky winners went home with those speakers in addition to their new Gravitas iPhone/iPad Docks! Since then, we’ve further developed our partnership with Audioengine and are excited to introduce their powerful A5+ and A2+ speakers to the new HengeDocks.com.

Audioengine A2+ speakers with Henge Docks Gravitas iPhone/iPad Dock

Audioengine's A2+ speakers with the Henge Docks Gravitas iPhone/iPad Dock

We’ve known Audioengine since Henge Docks’ first visit to Macworld in 2012. We were both neighbors at the trade show. Despite their compact size, Audioengine’s speakers were so powerful that our team had to attempt to speak over them the entire show! Instead of getting upset, we were impressed - so much so that our CEO, Matt, has been using them ever since. They are staple at office gatherings, both when we want to chill out to some relaxing tunes, when we want to get our dance on to some hot jams, and everything in between - Audioengine’s quality brings out the best in all of our music. Realizing that Audioengine’s excellent sound and elegant simplicity is a great complement to the Gravitas, or any of our desktop set ups, Henge Docks is proud to introduce Audioengine’s A2+ and A5+ to our website.

If you’re in the market for new speakers or are looking to upgrade your current sound system, head over to our website and check out Audioengine’s speakers. The A2+ are fantastic for your desk.  The A5+ are perfect for your stereo system or TV.  Both pair wonderfully with our Gravitas, so you can run music directly through your iPhone or iPad. Drop your iPhone or iPad into a Gravitas connected to Audioengine speakers and your iTunes music will automatically start playing - the power of simplicity!. These speakers are also a great gift for Dad on Father’s Day - we’ll also have plenty more suggestions in our next blog post, so stay tuned!

Rock out with Audioengine and Henge Docks!

May 06, 2014

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Welcome home, Apple: Relaunching the Henge Docks website

As some of you may have noticed, the Henge Docks website recently received a bit of a makeover. Last Thursday, we launched a newly designed site after four years of its previous iteration. With a completely different interface and updated color scheme, our new site was built not only to present a cleaner, vibrant and effective aesthetic - to represent who we strive to be as a company - but also to provide a straightforward shopping experience for our customers. After six weeks of development, the launch exceeded our expectations.

HengeDocks.com new home page.

On our new home page, you’re introduced to the Henge Docks Family - all of our docks. And where does a family dwell? In a home, of course! Which is why we recently adopted a new motto, “Welcome home, Apple.” This isn’t a novel idea for us, as we’ve always prided ourselves on offering the first and only truly comprehensive of Apple docking solutions - in a sentence, homes for your Apple devices. “Welcome home, Apple” is simply putting the work we do and the philosophies we follow into words.

In addition to showcasing our products in a polished manner, our redesigned Henge Docks site is meant to spotlight our love of and emphasis on great design. We are truly a design driven company - we fell in love with Apple because of their elegantly executed devices, and strive every day to make products that meet and exceed those impeccable standards, both in form and function.

As with any website launch, we encountered our share of challenges, which we began addressing as soon as they surfaced. We promptly resolved minor channel concerns with email.  There was also some slight confusion surrounding our pre-order pages for the Vertical Retina Docks (which will be out at the end of this month) and our Horizontal Docks (due out this fall), which we are in the process of ironing out. Overall, the launch has gone smoothly, and we’re very proud of the new website!

We invite you to have a look around our relaunched Henge Docks site. We appreciate any feedback you might have, so if you have any ideas, concerns or issues with the site, be sure to let us know either in the comments, or at info@hengedocks.com.
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