January 15, 2015

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Update: The Horizontal Dock Early Adopter Program is Sold Out!

Since the Horizontal Dock went on sale last week, we’ve seen an incredible amount of orders come through - so much so that our Early Adopter Program has sold out! We couldn’t be more excited and thankful for the enthusiasm around this product, and we look forward to working directly with our Early Adopters as we roll out the Horizontal Dock this April.

For those who have yet to purchase a Horizontal Dock, not to worry! These powerful docks are still available for general order and will begin shipping in June.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of the Horizontal Dock and Henge Docks. We work diligently each day to bring you the best docks and accessories for your Apple products, and your feedback is greatly appreciated!

January 06, 2015

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Henge Docks at 2015 International CES!

My what a year it has been! The Henge Docks Team is here in Las Vegas for the 2015 International CES - our 4th time at the show! We’ve nearly doubled our team since this time last year. Many of our new employees are getting their crash course on Henge Docks life here at the trade show - there’s nothing better than being thrown into the wild of CES to get to know the company, products and people of Henge Docks!

Members of the Henge Docks team at the CEA Member Party at CES 2015

We’re excited for our new team members to join us, and invite you to visit all of us at Booth 5309 in the iLounge. We increased our booth size this year, going from a 10x20 to a 20x20 booth. We took the beautiful redwood design that we created last year and expanded it for this larger space. We’ll be showcasing our entire product line-up, including demonstrations of the powerful Horizontal Dock, which is now available for order! Be sure to stop by and check out all of our products or come relax on one of our couches, charge your iPhone on one of our myriad Gravitas and chat with the team!
January 03, 2015

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Update: The Horizontal Dock for 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air

While we are happy to announce that the Horizontal Dock for 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is available for purchase, we also wanted to give those customers that are looking forward to the Horizontal Dock for 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina model and the MacBook Air model an update.

Our primary focus with the Horizontal Dock has been the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina model. We based this decision on early preorder numbers, as this MacBook was most popular among those who signed up for preorder. Our team wanted to perfect this first Horizontal Dock, and then focus on the 13-inch Macbook Pro Retina model, followed by the MacBook Air model.

The Horizontal Dock for 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will be out in late 2015. As the port layout of this MacBook is the same as the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, there are only a few changes that must be made for the 13-inch Horizontal Dock. This mainly entails our manufacturer updating the tooling used to create the dock, which is what will take the most time before we can release this model.

Our product engineers are currently working on the plans for the Horizontal Dock for MacBook Air. As they are still very early on in this process, we do not yet have a timeline for this dock, but it is definitely on our product roadmap! Once we have more information, we will let everyone know!

The Henge Docks team is very excited about all of these models of the Horizontal Dock. This dock is incredibly powerful, and we know our customers want to get their hands on this for their model of MacBook. We thank you for your continued interest in this product, and know that we are working diligently to deliver all planned models of the Horizontal Dock out as soon as possible!
January 03, 2015

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The Horizontal Dock is Now Available to Order!

Happy New Year! To kick off 2015, the Henge Docks team is very excited to announce that the Horizontal Docking Station for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is available to order at HengeDocks.com!

Horizontal Dock for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

The Horizontal Dock has been a labor of love involving every member of the Henge Docks team, and then some. What started out as a fairly simple idea evolved into something that was much more than originally envisioned, becoming so much more than just a docking station. This final product is far more robust than the first iteration of the dock we debuted at CES 2012. Functionality, materials and manufacturing methods were engineered to the highest standards. We could not be more enthusiastic about the Horizontal Dock!

Horizontal Dock for MacBook Pro with Retina Display with Gravitas for iPhone 6

While the chassis is similar, the internal components of the dock were completely redesigned. Our product engineers went back to the drawing board, and came back with a product that is beyond anything on the market for MacBooks. The Horizontal Dock is more powerful than ever, and will take your MacBook to a whole new level. It is not just a docking station, going beyond just connecting your peripherals. It is a continually evolving, intelligent solution for workspace clutter, both physically and digitally, blurring the lines between OS X and the hardware on a user’s desk.

With maximum port expansion (six USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, two TRRS Audio), SD Card Slot and Kensington Lock port), the Horizontal Dock allows for maximum connectivity and versatility, including support for up three external displays - eliminated is the need to connect and disconnect half a dozen peripherals each time you interact with your workspace. The Horizontal Dock is the first MacBook Docking Station to integrate power delivery and offer Thunderbolt 2.

Horizontal Dock for MacBook Pro with Retina Display Power Sensor

In addition to internal sensors and clutches in the Horizontal Dock, the manufacturing tolerances for the port positioning are less than a tenth of a millimeter, ensuring accurate docking every time. Simply place your MacBook in the dock, touch the Cycle Button, and docking begins seamlessly. It couldn’t be any simpler! The dock charges your MacBook without any need for a MagSafe Power Supply via an included 127 Watt power supply that simultaneously supports MacBook power requirements, dock functions, and the charging of multiple high-powered devices, such as iPhone and iPad.

Alongside the release of the Horizontal Dock, Henge Docks is proud to announce our optional software pack, DockApp. Created to be used in conjunction with the Horizontal Dock, DockApp provides full integration with OS X; allows for firmware updates, automated docking, additional security, external drive eject, continual support and more.

With the release of the Horizontal Dock, Henge Docks is also launching our Early Adopter Program. By enrolling in this program, you will receive exclusive access to Henge Docks product rollouts, including both hardware and software updates. For the Horizontal Dock, members will receive an exclusive edition of the dock, that is uniquely made and of limited supply. These early adopter docks come with a special edition base plate noting your participation in the program. You will also receive your dock before the general public - early adopter docks will be express shipped from our manufacturer to our fulfillment center so that we can get them into your hands as fast as possible! Most importantly, your access will include the opportunity to work with our team and feedback platform to receive first access to new features of our DockApp and Horizontal Dock firmware.

For those who enroll in the Early Adopter Program, docks will ship in April 2015. For all other purchases of the Horizontal Dock, shipping will begin in June 2015.

We here at Henge Docks are so glad to announce that the Horizontal Dock for 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is now available to order! We have been working tirelessly to ensure that this dock is of the utmost quality, and will be what all of our customers have asked for and more. We look forward to engaging with those who enroll in our Early Adopter Program, and can’t wait for everyone to experience DockApp. Thank you for your continued support of our company, our products and our vision!

September 10, 2014

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Gravitas Dock Now for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus!

The future is here - and the Gravitas is ready! Two new Gravitas inserts offer full support for Apple's newest iPhone models - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

What a day Tuesday was! Apple held its annual announcement wherein it introduces the next generation iPhone, and this year they certainly did not disappoint with not one, but two new iPhone models. Apple's largest and thinnest models yet, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both feature Retina HD display, new A8 chip for unmatched processing power, and of course, beautiful metal and glass construction. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly larger with a 5.5 inch display. Two models to make the world's greatest phone even bigger, and certainly better.

In anticipation of this announcement, Henge Docks made preliminary designs for Gravitas inserts to accommodate the rumored iPhone 6 and its larger counterpart. With details confirmed during yesterday's keynote, these designs have been finalized and sent to the manufacturer. The new inserts are available now for pre-sale, and will begin shipping in late October.

Both inserts are dual-purpose - for use with the iPhone with or without a case. A clever, removable liner in each insert allows users who prefer their phone to be in a case to use their Gravitas and keep their phone protected. For those who like to show off the beauty of Apple's design and have their phone go naked, simply use the insert as it comes in the package, with the liner snugly inside, providing a perfect fit for a caseless iPhone.

We designed the Gravitas with the future in mind - and couldn't be more excited that it has finally come! Our Life After Device program ensures that, as long as Apple continues to use the Lightning connector, your Gravitas will be your iPhone and iPad docking solution for years to come.

September 04, 2014

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Fully Charged! Gravitas with Mophie Case

As many of you know, we recently released our iPhone Case Compatible Insert for the Gravitas Lightning Dock. This insert accommodates most slim iPhone cases and has been a great addition to the Gravitas, especially for the abundance of iPhone users that prefer to keep their phone protected in a case and crave the convenience and great design of the Gravitas dock.

One thing about our Case Compatible Insert that you may or may not have noticed is that the back plate of the insert is, in fact, removable. This was a deliberate design feature, but is rarely used, as most cases with thicker backs also have thicker frames, leading them to not fit in the insert. However, we recently discovered a great use for this removable back plate.

A customer had written into us asking if the Gravitas was compatible with Mophie charging cases. Our initial reaction was that it would not, as Mophie's cases feature a micro-USB connection, which of course would not fit with the embedded Lightning connector in the dock. Some quick thinking changed this assessment, though. We took one of our in-house Mophie cases and unlatched the bottom piece of the case, revealing the Lightning port on the iPhone. Then we took one of our iPhone Case Compatible Inserts and removed the back plate. We placed the insert in the dock, and then put the iPhone with the top portion of the Mophie case into the insert and voila! It was a perfect fit!

The removable back plate offered just the right amount of clearance to accommodate the Mophie case, and together with the rest of the insert provided an exceptional amount of stability to the iPhone and Mophie case while docked in the Gravitas. For those customers with Mophie cases, this is a very delightful discovery. Now you can keep your phone fully charged, 100% of the time - both on the go with your Mophie case, and while docked in the Gravitas!

August 22, 2014

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Heavy Metal! Audioengine + Gravitas Summer Sale!

 

As many of you know, earlier this year Henge Docks partnered with Audioengine USA, and we now offer their awesome speakers on our website. Audioengine produces the best computer audio on the market, which is the perfect companion to the Gravitas - the best iPhone/iPad dock on the market! It’s a match made in audio heaven - and now we’re having a special summer sale on Audioengine and Gravitas bundles!

Between now and August 31, 2014, if you order a set of Augioengine A2+ or A5 speakers, you’ll receive a free Gravitas! There’s never been a better time to invest in a new sound system!

The sleek design and powerful hi-fi sound quality of both the Audioengine A5 and A2+ Powered Desktop Speakers are a perfect complement to our Gravitas iPhone/iPad Dock. Simply dock your iPhone or iPad in the Gravitas, and your iTunes will stream through these great speakers, allowing you to jam out to the fullest of your abilities. Here at Henge Docks, that’s exactly what we do, perhaps sometimes to the ire of the upstairs neighbors - that’s how powerful these speakers are!

Both the Gravitas and Audioengine speakers have a compact footprint, but pack a big punch. Together they’re quite the harmonious team. If you’re looking for a new sound system, or are looking to upgrade your current speakers, look no further!
August 07, 2014

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And the winner is...

Today is the day! Our Vertical Retina Docks in the Wild contest winner was selected. 

And the winner is... Daniel Brusilovsky! Daniel will be receiving a Henge Docks t-shirt, custom Henge Docks MacBook sticker, and 15% off his next purchase! Congratulations! Here is Daniel's photo:

A big thank you to everyone who participated! We loved all of your photos. Your desks look great with the new addition of your Vertical Docking Stations for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Stay tuned for our next Vertical Retina Docks in the Wild contest in mid- to late-September! As always, feel free to tweet, Facebook, or email (info@hengedocks.com) your photos to us.

July 27, 2014

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Vertical Retina Docks in the Wild Contest!

Whew! What a wild month it has been with the release of the Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display! We’re so excited that customers are now receiving their docks, and appreciate all of the positive responses. Many of you have tweeted us photos of your new docks, and we must say, all of your various setups are looking mighty fine!  

Nothing makes the Henge Docks team prouder than when we see our customers enjoying their docks. That’s why we’re holding another one of our “Docks in the Wild” contests. You can win some Henge Docks swag and a 15% discount toward your next purchase! Simply tweet, Facebook or email (info@hengedocks.com) us a captioned photo of your new Vertical Retina Dock by Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm PST for a chance to win! One winner will be randomly chosen by our CEO, Matt, and announced on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm PST.

If you’ve already tweeted us a photo or posted to our Facebook page, you’ve already entered!* Of course, if you’d like to send us more photos, we certainly wouldn’t be upset! Do keep in mind that it’s only one entry per person, no matter how many photos you send in.

At the end of the contest, we’ll put together a Facebook album of all of your photos - showcasing all the various ways that Henge Docks are used!

For those awaiting the arrival of their Vertical Retina Dock, don’t fret - we’ll hold another contest soon!

Contest Rules:

  • Submit your photos via Twitter, Facebook or info@hengedocks.com

  • Please caption your photo - tell us about your setup

  • Submission deadline: 9:00 pm PST on Wednesday 8/6/2014

  • Limit one entry per person

  • Contest entry implies consent to public use of photos by Henge Docks

*If you prefer Henge Docks not to publicly display your photos, please let us know by the submission deadline, 8/6/2014

 
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!

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