Henge Docks Add Connectivity to Your Apple Laptop, Tablet

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Henge wants to add functionality and connectivity to your mobile Apple gear with two new docking stations the company is showing off at CES.

First up is the Horizontal Dock, which is designed specifically the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air. Weighing roughly five and a half pounds, its solid metal chassis matches the Apple aesthetic while expanding connectivity options to include three external displays, six USB 3.0 peripherals, two audio devices, an Ethernet connection, an SD Card, and a FireWire 800 device.

The rear of the Horizontal Dock also houses a Kensington Security Slot, adding a helpful layer of physical security previously unavailable in newer MacBooks. The Horizontal Dock utilizes a unique four-point positioning system that properly aligns the system during insertion. Undocking the system, meanwhile, is easily accomplished by the mere push of a button. All said, the docking and undocking process takes under two seconds, effectively making the transition from portable to desktop a fluid endeavor.

Optional expansion software complements the physical aspect of docking by allowing users to create multiple profiles on their laptops for desktop and portable computing. The Horizontal Dock is slated for release in the third quarter for $249. A Thunderbolt-enabled version will be released in Q4, for $349.

Henge Docks Gravitas

For smaller iOS devices like the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod, Henge offers up its Gravitas Dock. Although its all-metal chassis measures just 3 inches in diameter and is only 2 inches tall, it’s constructed out of a dense metal alloy, whose weight lends a measure of stability to docked devices, while ensuring that the Gravitas stays put when they’re undocked.

The Gravitas will be available in Lightning or 30-pin connector versions; both models featuring a USB port and an audio line-out. You also get three interchangeable inserts designed to accommodate the different iOS devices and most third-party cases. Both versions of the Gravitas dock will be available in Q2 for $69 apiece.

By Ahmer Kazi, PCMag


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