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November 21, 2016

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Henge Docks Announces Clique² Available to Order Today

Introducing 

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.
November 21, 2016

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November 11, 2016

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How to Eliminate Disruptions While Increasing the Flow of Your Workspace

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.

November 11, 2016

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October 12, 2016

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How To: Set up Your Vertical Dock

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

October 12, 2016

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October 05, 2016

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Preparing for the Future of a Mobile Workforce

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.

October 05, 2016

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September 28, 2016

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Five Easy Tips to Declutter your Desk

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.

 

September 28, 2016

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August 31, 2016

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How to Setup Dual Monitor Wallpaper


One of the best perks of using a MacBook docking station is the speed and ease in which you can connect to dual display monitors. With all of that extra screen space, you have the ability to operate on multiple programs and web pages at once, drastically increasing your productivity.


But how do you make your dual displays look and feel like one cohesive unit? You can actually set your background as a single image that stretches across both screens rather easily--we’ll show you how below.


Before we go through the steps on how to apply your new wallpaper, you’ll want to choose a photo that’s going to fit across dual displays. For this trick to work, you must make sure the resolution of the photo is greater than the total resolution of the two monitors combined--meaning it must be as wide as the two monitors put together, and as high as the tallest of the two. For example, if one monitor is 1600 X 900 and the other is 1920 X 1080, then the photo resolution must be at least 3520 X 1080.

In order to find the resolution of your displays, you will want to click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your computer. Next, select “About this Mac”, and then open the “Displays” tab. The MacBook display resolution and any monitor resolutions will show up here. 


There are a number of great online resources to help you find the perfect image, so take some time and have fun browsing the Internet for the most epic photos to show off on your screens. One site we like, wallpaperfusion.com, features a combination of sharp urban panoramas and stunning landscape shots. If you’re more inclined toward artwork in the realm of fantasy or anime, check out dualmonitorbackgrounds.com for an impressive selection of categories. Digital Trends also compiled a great list of their 177 favorite dual display wallpapers, ranging from natural to surreal.

Once you’ve selected your imagery, the rest is quite easy. To start, download an app such as Multi Monitor Wallpaper, which will save you the arduous task of cropping and editing your photo manually. This option can be found in the app store and costs $2.99. If you don’t want to pay for an app like this, there are always free options on the web.

You’ll want to save whichever photo you chose to be your background onto your desktop so the file link is easily accessible. Next, open the Multi Monitor Wallpaper app and drag your photo onto the application. You can adjust the screen settings or image settings by clicking “Edit” under “Edit the Layout”.


Boom! You have a beautiful new wallpaper background that fits cohesively across your dual monitors, all without sacrificing image quality.  

August 31, 2016

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August 26, 2016

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Economize Your Dorm With These Space-Saving Tech Gadgets

Parents and teachers tend to focus on the education that happens in classrooms when preparing you for your first year of college--what classes to take; what major to choose. Yet sharing a small, crowded dorm with a complete stranger is a powerful life lesson in and of itself. With such limited space, you’ll need to be creative with your back-to-school shopping list. Fortunately, the advent of smart, connected devices can help you to live far more comfortably and efficiently in these minimalist spaces than students even a few years ago could dream of. With just a few essential gadgets, you’ll be able to transform your drab dorm room into a dynamic space for sleeping, studying and hanging out.

Let’s start at your desk, where you’ll be spending the vast majority of your dorm time. You’ll need to store a number of important devices on this modest surface, while leaving room for books, notepads and calculators. If you’re bringing a MacBook with you, you’re in luck: the Vertical Dock by Henge Docks allows you to turn your MacBook into a versatile home workstation enhanced with dual display capabilities, all without sacrificing the benefits of mobility that come with a laptop. Sleek in its design and simple to use, the Vertical Dock opens up essential space on a crowded desk while neatly managing the flow of cables in and out of your laptop. There’s no hassle of plugging and unplugging cords--simply slide your MacBook out of the dock and head to class.

To save even more prime desk space, considering investing in the Canon iP2820 compact printer. At $49.99, it’s cheaper than a graphing calculator and prints great images without any of the frills you’ll likely never use on a more expensive model. When the iP2820 is folded up, it’s not all that much larger than your laptop, leaving more room for you to use your desk as a workspace rather than as a storage unit.


While we’re on this space-saving kick, check out the Gravitas for iOS Devices by Henge Docks. This impressively sturdy dock for iPhones and iPads charges your device while keeping it safe from potential spills and easily within view--which is great for checking important text messages or skipping songs on a playlist while you study. The sheen silver exterior matches the Vertical Dock and your MacBook perfectly, creating a harmonious home office environment.


And since your dorm likely won’t come with a TV, you can kill two birds with one stone by purchasing the HP Pavilion LED Monitor. Easily connected to your docked laptop, the Pavilion is excellent for working on complex projects that require a larger screen, as well as streaming video services such as Hulu or Netflix. This monitor is the best bang for your buck, providing excellent video quality at an affordable price (only $99.99 on Amazon!).

Your desk is now fully decked out, but what about the other parts of your dorm? Honestly, there isn’t much. Most dorms don’t have built-in kitchens, which can be seriously inconvenient on mornings when you don’t have time to go to the dining hall but need a breakfast that isn’t microwaved instant oatmeal. It was probably with these instances in mind that Nostalgia Electrics designed the Retro 3-in-1 Breakfast Station, a versatile machine that triples as a coffee maker, toaster oven and skillet. At only 12”X19”, the Breakfast Station easily fits on any medium-sized surface. Your roommate will thank you for getting to wake up to the smell of eggs, sausage and coffee--as long as you don’t burn anything.


So far, you’ve built an effective and efficient new home for the next nine months. But for your mother’s sake, if she ever wants to come visit, don’t go the whole nine months without cleaning your dorm. Since you’re not going to have space for a big, clunky vacuum cleaner, getting a Robotic Vacuum is the way to go. Smart programming allows the Robotic Vacuum to navigate freely around corners and objects in your room, as well as determine the setting at which to clean your specific type of flooring. Sit back and relax after a long day of class while the Robot Vacuum does the dirty work.

Now just add on a few personal touches, and you’ve successfully prepared yourself for sharing a space smaller than the bedroom you just moved out of. The only unknown variable left is who you’ll be sharing that space with, and we wish you the best of luck on that.

August 26, 2016

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August 10, 2016

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How To: Build the Perfect Home Office

 

 

Of all the disruptions to traditional workplace culture that have taken root over the past several years, telecommuting has become the most popular with workers. Inspired by advances in home office technology, companies have increasingly been promoting the option for employees to—at least occasionally—work from home.

 
A recent Gallup poll found that 37 percent of U.S. workers have telecommuted at least once—up from 30 percent last decade and only 9 percent in 1995. That’s a seismic shift in the way people interact with their employers. Yet it’s shy of the 50 percent of workers that, according to Global Workplace Analytics, hold a job that is compatible with telecommuting.


So why the discrepancy? Yes, some bosses prefer to keep a close eye on their employees. But the biggest obstacle to working in the comfort of your favorite sweats is a tactical, rather than a strategic problem: workers can’t drag their entire desk or office set-up home with them.


Anyone who’s ever tried to complete a comprehensive project remotely on a laptop understands the issues. Switching between website tabs and programs becomes a huge hassle on a single screen. There isn't enough space for a mouse, let alone extra monitors, speakers or tablets. Productivity plummets and frustrations rise, erasing the benefits of working from home in the first place.


The catch-22 is that more companies than ever are offering their employees laptops rather than desktops. So how can you enjoy the benefits of mobility that a laptop provides without losing the comfort and power of a desktop computer? Fortunately, a small set of dynamic tools can provide the best of both worlds in creating the ideal home office environment.


To start, you’ll need a high-quality display monitor, plus a wireless mouse and keyboard that offer ideal comfort without sacrificing functionality. Our favorite monitor is the Dell UltraSharp 5K Monitor, which delivers stunning imagery with over 6 million more pixels than Ultra HD 4K resolution and comes with a plethora of extra features.

 

 

 

As far as mice go, the Logitech Marathon M705 has consistently been rated highly for grip comfort and tracks accurately on a wide range of materials.

 

For those with carpal tunnel, or those simply looking for a more comfortable keyboard setup, try the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic wireless keyboard. The Sculpt Ergo places your hands in the most natural position and eases stress on the wrists while spending long hours at your desk.

 

 

 

 


Putting It All Together


Once these basics have been covered, it’s time to move to the nerve center of any home office--a laptop docking station. Docks drastically increase the connectivity and power of your laptop while improving the management of cables in and out of your device. With a robust dock, you’ll be able to utilize a full-size keyboard, multiple display monitors, a mouse, speakers and any other device that connects with a USB 3.0. These features allow for a seamless transition between your office and mobile work environments and only require that you remove and replace your laptop—everything else stays in place.


The most comprehensive dock on the market is the Henge Docks Horizontal Dock for MacBook Pro Retina. The Horizontal Dock offers 13 expansion ports, including six USB 3.0, one HDMI, a Thunderbolt 2 and a Mini DisplayPort as well as an SD card slot and two audio ports. This allows you to connect far more devices to your workstation and increases the versatility of your MacBook.

 

Yet it isn’t just about how many cables you can connect—it’s where those cables go. All of the ports are located on the back of the Horizontal Dock, which makes for a much cleaner and less cluttered workspace.

 


Your laptop is now docked and connected to your monitors--but your home office isn’t complete yet. In order to charge your iPhone as you work and keep it readily available for important calls and messages from the office, you’ll want an iPhone docking station. iPhone docks give your device a sturdy and easily accessible charging station while further reducing cord clutter.


Henge Docks offers the Gravitas for iOS Devices—a compact yet surprisingly solid dock designed to match the color of your MacBook and Horizontal Dock, creating a harmonious pairing for the perfect home office.


With more and more studies showing that listening to music on the job improves productivity, no home office is complete without a top-notch set of speakers. Available at HengeDocks.com, the Audioengine A2+ Desktop Speakers contain a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and easily connect to your Horizontal Dock or Gravitas.


These seamlessly-connected devices form the core of your new, comprehensive home office. You’re now ready to improve your daily workflow while enjoying the benefits of working in the comfort of your own home.

 

August 10, 2016

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July 29, 2016

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Henge Docks Turns Six!

Today, Henge Docks lives by the mantra of “Simplicity with potential.” Yet, the conception of the idea that would become Henge Docks was not so simple. To commemorate Henge Docks’ 6th birthday, let’s take a look back at how our fast-growing company got its humble start.


CEO Matt Vroom first came up with the idea for a MacBook docking station back in 2008 when he attempted to plug his G4 PowerBook into his TV to watch movies on the Internet. It took a whopping 14 cables to transform his laptop from a desktop tool into an entertainment center!


Matt searched high and low for a docking station that met his needs, but kept coming up empty handed. That’s when the idea hit him--and Matt began to design his own dock. Check out the sketches of Matt’s first product idea below.

 


When Apple released the new Unibody MacBook in October 2008, Matt had found his market. Later that month, Matt hired his first employee--a friend turned colleague, Ben. He had a background in engineering and at the time was working on his degree to become a patent lawyer. [Fun fact: Ben is still onboard with Henge Docks to this day.]


With only a sketchbook and a great idea, Matt and Ben quickly got to work designing the original  Vertical Dock to keep pace with Apple’s ever-growing product line, all the while drafting a business plan and searching for investors.


A few short months later, in February 2009, the company was officially named Henge Docks. For those who didn’t know, Henge Docks’ name was inspired by the ancient Stonehenge ruins in England. By April, Henge Docks officially incorporated as Henge Docks, LLC.

 


After a long but rewarding year of designing, redesigning, manufacturing and quality control, the first MacBook Vertical Docks were ready to be shipped. The docks first began shipping on April 19 and by April 26 Henge Docks had already sold out of inventory that was supposed to last two months. Within hours of its launch, the Vertical Dock received glowing reviews from reputable publications like Engadget, Wired, and Gizmodo, and Henge Docks' site had so much traffic, it crashed their web host's servers. 


The remainder of 2010 was marked by various product launches, including the 15-inch Vertical Docks for both the MacBook and MacBook Pro, 17-inch Vertical Dock (Version A and Version B), and the MacBook Version A and Version B. Henge Docks now had a complete line of products.

 


In March 2011, Henge Docks made its first appearance on the tech trade show circuit at CU Exposed in Paris and London. The team didn’t stop there--Henge Docks is now a trade show veteran, participating annually in trade shows such as CES and SXSW.


With a major boost from the excitement and launching its first products, Henge Docks got down to the business of expanding its product offerings. Later in December 2011, Henge Docks released the Clique for the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad. The Clique dock unites your keyboard and mouse so you can use it while at your desk or even while sitting on your couch. Shortly after, in January 2012, the Vertical Dock for MacBook Air  was announced and began shipping in April 2012. Henge Docks then branched out into other forms of Apple accessories when it announced the Gravitas for iOS devices in January 2013 which began shipping in December of 2013. More recently in January 2014, the Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display was announced and began shipping in June 2014.


With Henge Docks’ growing customer base, the team wanted to create something truly special for our customers. In 2015 Henge Docks received certification for, and began shipping, the Horizontal Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Retina Display--the first fully automated docking station on the market. The same year, the company opened three new warehouses in the UK, Australia, and Canada, all with accompanying websites!


This brings Henge Docks to today, celebrating our 6th birthday with four product lines on the market, four international warehouses and our largest team yet.


We are reflecting on how far we’ve come and ambitiously building out the future of our business. Although we can’t give away the details yet, expect to see exciting new products coming your way later this year!

July 29, 2016

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July 20, 2016

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Cut the Cable: How To Use Your MacBook as a Media Center

Cut the Cable

Here’s a fun exercise: close your eyes and picture the worst customer service experience you’ve ever had. Chances are, sitting on hold for hours with a cable or satellite TV provider popped into most people’s minds—at least, if research by 24/7 Wall St. and Zogby Analytics is to be believed.

Each year, 24/7 Wall St. produces the Customer Service Hall of Shame, a bottom-of-the-barrel list of major companies ranked by the lack of quality in their customer care. The not-so-surprising common thread? Year after year, at least half of the top (or bottom?) 10 companies on the list are either cable or satellite TV providers.

This is likely one of the major factors driving the “cord-cutting” trend, where former cable customers rid themselves of the expensive amenity in favor of Internet streaming services. According to market research firm eMarketer, there are more than 4.9 million U.S. households that once paid for TV services but no longer do. The movement is only gaining steam, with eMarketer predicting that by 2018, one in five households will not subscribe to cable or satellite TV.

Poor customer service is hardly the only factor pushing customers to cut their cords—price and a desire for flexibility also influences people's decisions. But how do so many millions of Americans still enjoy TV programming without the hassle of subscribing to cable or satellite TV? We’ll show you how to set up the perfect cable- and satellite-free home media center, and all you’ll need to start is your trusty MacBook.

 

Design your Media Center

Turning your MacBook into the centerpiece of your home media center is quite simple. There are a number of ways to connect your laptop to your TV with a cable and an adapter, depending on the type of MacBook you own and the year it was made. For comprehensive instructions on how to set up your TV as a laptop display, check out Apple’s support page here. Henge Docks sells a number of cables and adapters that allow you to stream video from your MacBook onto your TV. You can find them all here.

 

External cables are easy and affordable, but utilizing a MacBook docking station is a better way to take your home media center to the next level. Docks enhance the power and connectivity of your laptop, all the while reducing cord clutter and creating a more stylish setup for your media center.  

The Vertical Dock from Henge Docks is the ideal tool for streaming video content from your MacBook to your TV.  The sturdy metal construction and pre-installed extension cables allow for quick, easy connection to your media center. Together with a Henge Docks Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter, you can connect any Henge Dock docking station to an HDMI-equipped TV. Check out this post to learn how to!

 

Now you can stream online video through your MacBook onto your TV, more conveniently and at a lower cost than cable or satellite TV.

 

Find the Right Internet Streaming Services

Once all of your hardware is properly built and connected, there’s one more step on the road to enjoying quality programming without the likes of Comcast or DirecTV--choosing the right combination of online streaming services. Fortunately, there are plenty of cord-cutting services that can be mixed and matched together to enhance the offering of content, while still remaining more affordable than traditional TV services.

HBO Now, access the hottest HBO shows from Game of Thrones to Silicon Valley. Subscriptions to HBO Now are $14.99 a month and allow you to stream all HBO content on any of your devices.

Netflix, the venerable grandfather of online streaming, offers various packages ranging from $7.99 - $11.99 per month. Originally a DVD-by-mail rental service, Netflix now produces award-winning original series such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

Hulu, which is owned by ABC, NBC and FOX, is the best place to go for new episodes of shows from these networks—the day after they air. The company’s also added movies and, more recently with the Golden Globe-nominated Casual, its own original content. Hulu goes for $7.99 per month, while the ad-free HuluPlus runs at $11.99 per month. Customers can also add on Showtime for a total of $20.98 per month.

Can’t wait until the next day for new episodes of your favorite shows? Try Sling TV, an online streaming service owned by Dish Network that gives you access to live programming on 20+ channels, such as AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN and others. Sling TV isn’t available on the Web, but offers apps for both Mac OS and Windows as well as a number of other devices, and costs only $20 per month.

Together with a custom-built media center stand and a first-rate Blu-ray player, you’re all set to impress guests or simply enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies without the hassle and cost of subscribing to cable or satellite TV.

 

 

 

July 20, 2016

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