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!
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!
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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
Known Incompatible Cases
**Offer ends 7/31/2014
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!
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
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:
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!