for Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2

We’re thrilled to announce the availability of the Clique², an innovative full tray design uniting Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 into a single, streamlined device, expanding on the versatility of the original Clique. Through December 10, we are offering an exclusive introductory savings up to $28 when you purchase the Clique² with the Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2.

Featuring a reusable attachment surface, the Clique² secures the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 firmly in place inside the laser-cut aluminum chassis. Once the devices are secure, the Clique² allows the user to retain full functionality on both a desktop surface and in their lap. And unlike its predecessor, the Clique² is fully ambidextrous—simply rotate the dock and insert the devices in a left-handed configuration.

The latest iteration of the Clique is more than just a docking solution; it’s a catalyst that will improve the way you interact with other technology. For a more refined, minimalist office design, the Clique² makes an excellent companion to the Vertical Dock and a high resolution monitor on any desktop. Yet unlike a traditional keyboard and trackpad setup, the Clique² offers far more versatility by adding an element of mobility to the device. 

Therein lies the Clique²’s greatest advantage. For those of us who work on laptops at the office, it’s great to be able to quickly grab your computer and head into the conference room to conduct a group presentation. But once your laptop is projecting and ready to go, the process can be extremely inconvenient when there’s a technological gap in your operation. With the Clique², you’ll no longer be tethered to your laptop for these types of presentations—constantly hunching over to scroll down to the next slide. Instead, you’ll be unrestrained in your body language and better able to make eye contact and focus on the important content you’re delivering.

The Clique² may be great for office work, but it’s also a helpful tool in any home setting. If you use your MacBook to stream Netflix, Hulu or HBO GO through your TV, the Clique² acts as an essential component of your home theater setup. Rather than having to get up every time you need to browse movies or change an episode, the Clique² allows you to control your media center from the comfort of your couch. The slender but sturdy frame secures the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 so that Clique² can be used on your lap while you relax.

As an added bonus, an open design provides access to the charging ports and power switches so you can interact with the rear of the devices while docked in the Clique². The reusable pads can also be cleaned when necessary so that they retain their adhesive properties.

The Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 are innovative, high performance tools in their own right—but when combined in the Clique², they form a complete device that is greater than the sum of its parts. Fortunately, you don’t have to go any further than our website to order the whole package, including the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2—it’s a deal you don’t want to miss.

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Since the invention of the “six simple machines,” humans have sought to design tools that increase their productivity by reducing points of interruption within a given task. We’re subconsciously aware that the wheel and axle are largely responsible for man’s advancement past the stone age by allowing for large-scale agriculture and trade. Yet in today’s world of dizzying new technologies, we hardly notice them at all--unless they fail to work properly.

And while our inventions continue to get more and more complex, many are still designed for the same simple yet essential goal of decreasing interruptions to workflow in order for people to focus their energy on more important tasks. Countless studies have demonstrated how seemingly innocuous distractions can cause people to shift their cognitive focus and lower their productivity. At Henge Docks, we’ve responded to this pain point by designing products that reduce the unnecessary distractions that cause friction in our daily lives; friction that may not even be noticeable until it disappears entirely.

The Cost of Interrupted Workflow

When taken together as a whole, workplace distractions can have significant implications for businesses. A study produced by Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at the University of California Irvine, on the cost of interrupted work found that the context of the disruption didn’t affect the outcome. However, interruptions of any kind caused workers to compensate by working faster, which resulted in more stress, higher frustration and lower overall productivity. Even minor distractions, such as having to plug and unplug devices from a laptop before heading to a meeting, disrupt a worker’s mental flow.

Mark found that it took on average 23 minutes and 15 seconds to fully return to the original task after a disruption. And while wasted time certainly cuts down on worker efficiency, the fact that workers are shifting their cognitive resources to a completely different task is an even bigger drag on high-level productivity.

“I argue that when people are switching contexts...they can’t possibly be thinking deeply,” Mark told Fast Company in a Q&A on the topic. “There’s no way people can achieve flow.”

The Impact of Office Design

In order to attain optimal flow in the workplace, you must also design an environment with ideal ergonomics in mind. A positive ergonomic space not only seeks to reduce worker injury, but also strives to create an area that facilitates both worker productivity and happiness. For example, a cluttered desk interrupts a worker’s flow by causing them to hunt for necessary documents and devices, while the mental disruption decreases productivity and increases stress.

A 2009 study published in the Journal of Public Affairs: Administration and Management reinforces this thesis. Authors Amina Hameed and Shehla Amjad found that, “Comfortable and ergonomic office design motivates the employees and increases their performance substantially.” This should be a wake-up call for any managers who feel that the cost savings from offering employees small cubicles filled with outdated equipment outweighs the value of worker productivity and happiness.
These concepts encapsulate the essence of Henge Docks’ mission. The company’s flagship products--the Horizontal Dock and Vertical Dock--not only increase the power, security and connectivity of your MacBook, but also subtly enhance your flow by allowing for a seamless transition between desktop and mobile work. In the age of the mobile workforce, these qualities are more important than ever. By decreasing the friction between workers and their environment and eliminating transitional interruptions, a Henge Dock gives workers the freedom to focus on the critical tasks that require their full attention. The resulting increase in productivity and worker happiness benefits all facets of an organization.

Much like our relationship with the wheel and axle today, Henge Docks’ products are designed to be taken for granted. You might not notice them until you’re operating without them--which is the exact moment you realize you need one.

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Having trouble setting up your new Vertical Dock for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display? Follow along with this guide and you’ll be ready to enjoy your new workstation in no time.

What you’ll need:

  • An external keyboard and mouse or trackpad (wired or wireless)
  • At least 1 external display
  • Your MagSafe 2 power adapter or the MagSafe power lead from the Apple display
  • The provided adapter tools D & E
  • The provided HexKey

To begin, verify that all of the cables and your other devices are set up correctly to connect with your MacBook.

With your MacBook powered on and closed, plug all of the cables into the left side of your MacBook, including the power.

Click any button on your external keyboard or tap your mouse. After a few seconds, the display should come on and you should see your desktop. Check that the MagSafe power adapter is connected and the LED indicator is on. Also, make sure all the connections are secure, ensure your MacBook is setup for Clamshell mode, and check the connection of your keyboard and mouse.

If your screen still will not come up, refer to the documentation of your peripherals or reach out to Apple for possible solutions. If everything connects properly, you’re ready to go!

Next, disconnect your cables and set them to the side. Pull the bundled cables from the bottom of your new dock and remove the ties.

Pull out the provided HexKey by applying pressure to the inside of the dock.

Set the dock on the side of a table or desk and allow one of the feet to hang off of the edge of the surface.

Slide the MagSafe cable up and through the corresponding port void in the dock and place the Adapter Tool onto the end of it.

Connect the MagSafe Adapter to your MacBook with the letter facing downward.

Slide your MacBook into the dock carefully until it is fully seated. Once you see the light of the MagSafe and feel the magnetic click, the MagSafe is seated properly.

Using the HexKey, tighten the setscrew for the MagSafe.

Feed the MagSafe cables up through the cable organizer on the rear of the dock and place the HexKey back in the dock.

Now it’s time to connect all of your devices to the pre-installed cables in the dock. Once everything is connected, tap a key on either your mouse or keyboard to wake your MacBook up. If your MacBook does not connect to your peripherals, please see this article on our Support Portal for troubleshooting tips. 

You are now ready to enjoy your versatile new workstation!

For further questions don’t hesitate to reach out to our Customer Support team on our Support Portal

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Much like VHS tapes and landline phones, the 9-to-5, Monday-through-Friday workweek is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Thanks to the proliferation of high-speed Wifi, the rise of BYOD (bring-your-own-device) workplaces, and the ability to instantly share documents via the cloud, the parameters of the traditional workweek are evolving—to the benefit of employees and employers alike.

There are countless reasons why workers would prefer not to be chained to their desk for eight (or more) hours straight, five days a week. For one, a recent Pew Research study found that the number of households with two working parents has risen 50 percent since 1970, with more than a third of those having trouble balancing work and family time. Experts have also begun to document the wide range of health issues that result from sitting for such long periods of time. And as many of us know, not everyone is a morning person—a person’s hours of prime productivity may not align with the traditional 9-to-5 day.

In a competitive job market, employers might simply say, “tough luck,” as other candidates would be willing to sacrifice their health and personal time for the ideal job. Yet slouching in front of a computer screen for hours on end actually lowers worker productivity, as well as morale. Companies need to attract the most talented employees to thrive, and talented workers tend to flock to companies with flexible work hours. If the reflection and relaxation of a 1 p.m. yoga class can help a worker produce better results later in the day, why prevent her from doing so?

These factors have driven employers to embrace a more mobile workforce, supported by the BYOD movement. Still, challenges remain for those enterprises looking to pioneer a 21st century work environment. Data security remains a top concern of BYOD, and many managers prefer to monitor their employees in-person in order to guarantee productivity. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to mitigate the risks of implementing a flexible workweek while maximizing the benefits of a happier, more productive workforce.

1. Operate Through Multiple Avenues of Communication

For an employee who wishes to have a work-from-home day each week, set up a morning call to discuss their agenda and what they plan to accomplish by the end of the day. Setting expectations and deadlines ensures that workers don’t get distracted—and lose productivity—while working from home or at a coffee shop. It doesn’t stop there, though. Workforce communication tools such as Slack, Skype and Yammer are great for answering quick, one-off questions as well as checking on the progress of a project. They also allow employees to feel more connected to the office environment and their fellow coworkers. 

2. Implement a BYOD Security Program

Even if you trust that your employees will complete their work on their own time, you should still be aware of the security risks of allowing employees to work off of their personal devices. It’s important that IT professionals and management implement a BYOD program that includes Mobile Device Management (MDM) so that IT can access any device used on your business network. You must also educate employees on the risks of BYOD and how the rules of your program protect sensitive data, while assisting them in managing device and application settings. Of course, it’s always a best practice to have strong passwords and to encrypt sensitive data that gets shared through BYOD. 

3. Invest in Office Technology that Supports BYOD

Letting employees work off of their own devices can save your organization a great deal of money on hardware. Yet in order to create a workplace that easily allows everyone to work flexible hours, it’s best to invest those savings back into equipment and programs that facilitate BYOD. For example, invest in a set of docking stations so that workers can connect their laptops to additional monitors, speakers and other hardware while in the office. Docked laptops increase worker productivity by increasing the speed in which they can complete tasks across multiple programs. And if you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in a secure and powerful cloud storage service. These give mobile employees the ability to create, share and store important documents from just about anywhere. Cloud storage has the added benefit of further reducing costs on expensive location-based servers that require constant maintenance.

Any sizable change in company policy is going to come with risks as well as rewards. In terms of creating an environment that’s compatible with flexible working hours and BYOD, the investment is well worth the payoff. Rather than resist the future of a mobile workforce, you can position your organization as an innovator while attracting and retaining the most talented, happy workers.

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If you’re that person in the office whose desk resembles the set of a post-apocalyptic zombie film, don’t worry—every office has one (or a few). Yet a cluttered desk isn't just a visual or hygienic problem: studies have consistently shown that keeping a clean and organized workspace makes you more productive at the office. Take a look at these five easy steps to not only declutter your desk, but keep it that way for good.


1. Start From Scratch

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve yelled, “Enough!” and decided to fully commit to keeping a clean and organized workspace. However, simply having another cosmetic cleaning day is only going to lead back to the same old habits. In order to declutter your desk for good, organizational expert Peter Walsh suggests you ask yourself: What do I want from my office space, and is it meeting my needs? To start from scratch, take everything off of and out of your desk and place it in categorized boxes. Only then can you determine what you really need, and what items are wasting your desk’s precious real estate. 


2. Divide Your Workspace Into Zones

Once you’ve decided how you want to utilize your space and what essentials you need to keep there, it’s time to organize your desk into zones for different work functions. For example, put all of your writing utensils and office supplies such as staples, scissors and calculators in an easily-accessible storage drawer, rather than scattered across your desktop. For books, large reports and other resource documents, designate a special library area towards the periphery of your workstation. And while many offices brag of going paperless, the reality is that most companies still use an exorbitant amount of paper for daily functions. To keep loose leaf paper out of the way, set up a specific storage zone that keeps these documents well-organized and readily available for when you need to access them in a hurry. 


3. Invest in Organizational Tools

In order to keep your new workplace zones intact and relevant, you’ll want to invest in
 a few organizational tools. A simple
cork board is a great way to keep personal items, such as photos, post-its and to-do lists, out of your way. A drawer organizer will ensure that all of the little things—thumbtacks, paper clips, highlighters and extra tape—have a designated home in your storage drawer. And, most importantly, you’ll want to purchase a letter tray and file organizer to act as the centerpiece of your storage area. The Safco Mesh Desktop Organizer is a great example of an inexpensive, efficient file tray that will keep your documents and binders coordinated and off of your workspace.






4. Maintain Your Cables

We tend to focus on all of the papers and other knick-knacks that accumulate on our desks, yet we ignore the permanent and essential pieces of our workspace—the cables that power our devices. Cable clutter is often the most persistent form of desk clutter because most of us don’t realize there’s a very easy way to manage those troublesome cords. If you’re serious about organizing your desk to its fullest potential, invest in a docking station such as the Vertical Dock by Henge Docks. The Vertical Dock neatly manages the flow of cables in and out of your MacBook by repositioning them from the sides of your laptop to the back, all while opening up more space on your desktop. You’ll wonder how you ever survived without a cable management system in the first place.


5. Set a Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning and organizing your desk is easy—it’s keeping it clean and organized that’s the more difficult task. To ensure that your workspace doesn’t fall back into its dual role as a trash can, set a weekly or bi-weekly cleaningschedule. One of the best times to clean your desk is at the end of day on Friday: you won’t be distracted by work and it’s a great way to clear your head and transition into the weekend. Plus, you’ll arrive at work on Monday to a clean and more productive space.


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