When I decided a few years ago that it was time to ditch my 27″ iMac and down size to a 13″ Macbook Pro, it took a little while to get used to the loss of screen space. However, what I lost in screen space, I gained portability, so the switch was worth it. I’d been happily working with just my 13″ Macbook Pro w/Retina for some time when I was offered a 29″ LG display to review. Suddenly my desktop was cluttered again with an external keyboard, a mouse, a monitor and their associated cables. I gained a huge amount of screen space but my portability was lost again because every time I wanted to take my Macbook into another room I had to disconnect all the cables. Possible solution: Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro. Let’s take a look.
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Henge Dock docking station with the following cables:
3.5mm headphone jack extension cable
2 Mini DisplayPort cables
USB 3.0 cable
2 Adapters for Macbook charger
I’m familiar with docking stations because I use one all the time at my day job with a Lenevo laptop. That docking station is horizontal, the Henge Docks docking station is vertical, which means it frees up a lot more desk space.
The Henge Docks docking station looks great. The dock is available in the aluminum version you see here, or a glossy white version. The aluminum version’s shell matches the color and feel of my 13″ Macbook Pro w/Retina display.
It has a wide base with a thick plastic interior sleeve.
The base has non-skid rubber trim that helps keep the dock from sliding around on your desk. Included with the dock are four pre-installed cables to attach audio, video and USB.
Not included with the Henge Docks docking station is a MagSafe power adapter or Thunderbolt cables. To use the dock you must first install your existing MagSafe cable. To do this, you flip the dock over and carefully unwrap the included cables. There’s a small hex key that is stored in the base of the dock that is used to install the cables.
The screw cover can be removed by unscrewing the cover anchor .
The next step is to place one of the plastic adapter tools over the end of the MagSafe connector. There are two tools, made specifically for the style of MagSafe included with the Macbook Pro.
The plastic clip slides in place over the connector.
You then install the cable in the open slot on the end of the dock (see above on the left).
Once in place you can put the screw cover back in place and screw down the cover anchor. The cables can then be routed through the cable organizer slot on the back side of the dock.
MagSafe cable installed, cables organized, it’s time to connect the monitor and dock the Macbook.
But first let’s have a before shot of my desk with the 13″ Macbook Pro w/Retina display and the 29″ LG monitor. The Macbook has 4 cables attached: MagSafe, USB, 3.5mm audio cable and video cable.
Here’s the after shot showing the Henge Docks dock setup. It does look more organized and neater. Now when I want to take the Macbook to another room, I just remove it from the dock and I’m done. I don’t have to unplug each individual cable, which saves time and hassle.
The Henge Docks docking station isn’t perfect though. It can be awkward and difficult to remove the Macbook. For one thing, you have to use two hands. One hand to hold the base of the dock and the other to pull out the Macbook. The issue is that the Macbook can be slippery, so it’s tough to get a grip on it to pull it out. The dock could really benefit from having some sort of lever that you could press to disengage the Macbook from the dock to make removal easier.
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. I’m also surprised at the pricing. When most Apple accessories have premium prices just because they are for an Apple product, this one is actually affordable. It gets a thumbs up from me.
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Henge Docks. Please visit their site for more info.