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Brydge today announced a new series of Vertical Docks for Apple's MacBook Pro line. The new products include reengineered Vertical Docks for previous generation MacBook Pro models (priced at $169.99), and brand new Vertical Docks for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air.

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The Brydge Vertical Dock is a space-saving accessory that stores your Mac notebook in a vertical position. It includes two USB-C ports so you can charge your MacBook when placing it in the dock, or connect it to an external display.

The device also features intake and exhaust vents that move additional air to and from the MacBook's cooling system for heat management. When placing the MacBook in the dock, there's also a guided docking system for simple one-handed docking.

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The reengineered Vertical Docks for the 15-inch MacBook Pro (2016-2019) and 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016-2020) are available now for $169.99. The new Vertical Docks for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air (2018-2020) will launch in October. You can register on Brydge's website to be notified when they are available.

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Article Link: Brydge Announces New Vertical Docks for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air
 

4jasontv

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I want something like this so bad. But I want a case more.

If it was wall mounted they could add a hub and an m.2 port.

But it's still has to be able to handle a case.
 
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mzeb

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Had one of these for years (back when they were Henge Docks) for my 13” MBP. This plus my eGPU with a couple of 24” 4k displays makes a desktop easily replaceable.
 
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Shwangheim

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Have they done anything about the 16" macbook pro's microphone not functioning when in clamshell mode? If not, that could make using this product a little awkward if you ever needed to join a call or anything that requires a microphone.
 
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DavidMalcolm

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Looks nice but no thunderbolt would leave my monitors stranded. Also I like having it open with its screen acting as a place to put reference windoEd. Good for space saving though, I guess.
 
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BGPL

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So this just redirects the USB-C ports from the side of the MacBook to the back of the dock? In reading about the product it looks like you'd still need to purchase a bridge to go from USB-C to HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, 3.5mm out, etc. So it's a laptop stand essentially that redirects the ports to a static location?
 
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Saturn007

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Has MacRumors turned into The Onion?! :cool:

Does Brydge think it's April Fool's Day?!

Vertical position for portables?! Don't think so. LOL!

This is a product that will end badly — dropped laptops, stand knocked over, failed connections or ports, etc.

Class action lawsuits on the way!

Of course, the ancient Romans were right:

De gustibus non est disputandum!
 
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4jasontv

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So this just redirects the USB-C ports from the side of the MacBook to the back of the dock? In reading about the product it looks like you'd still need to purchase a bridge to go from USB-C to HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, 3.5mm out, etc. So it's a laptop stand essentially that redirects the ports to a static location?

They also want you to buy their Stone products.

Looking over their website some more I sort of wish they had a wall mount option.
 
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mattopotamus

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Feels less like a premium product with BRYDGE tattooed on the side. The front logo is subtle, should have stuck with just that.

At least it is still a clean design. It is wildly expensive for a dock that adds no additional ports to your MacBook. Throw in HDMI/Ethernet/etc.

I have no idea who this product is directed towards.
 
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pointj

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Surprised how many commenters are unfamiliar with the vertical docks (previously Henge, acquired by Brydge a few months ago). The vertical docks have been on the market for many years, and owners seem to swear by them.

Just actually received my Brydge vertical stand for my 13" MBP yesterday. Now wondering what was revised (I might give them a call in a bit).

I had a Henge dock for my 15" MBP for years and loved it. It made using my MBP as a desktop machine while at the office a much better of an experience. While I've utilized stands (such as the BookArc) in the past, not having to unplug cables just felt like a better solution.

While pricey, the cost can easily be justified by the convenience factor (for me).

As far as the heat comment: I've been using Apple notebooks in clamshell mode for two decades, no issues yet.
 
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mattwolfmatt

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Has MacRumors turned into The Onion?! :cool:

Does Brydge think it's April Fool's Day?!

Vertical position for portables?! Don't think so. LOL!

This is a product that will end badly — dropped laptops, stand knocked over, failed connections or ports, etc.

Class action lawsuits on the way!

Of course, the ancient Romans were right:

De gustibus non est disputandum!

This is not the first vertical MacBook dock. I’ve used one for years with no issues. Is it really that novel to think someone might use a laptop on a desk?
 
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Breaking Good

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I wonder if there’s any long term screen damage from heat when running a MBP closed. 🤔

My employer issued Windows laptops run closed in a docking station 90% of the time over the past ten years. I've never noticed any issues with the screens.

I've had Dell's and HP's. The oldest was five years old when it was finally replaced.
 
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icanhazmac

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There was a time I really wanted this but as others have mentioned it is really just port redirection for $170. If you are just going for that clean desk look it is nice but I ended up with this:

 
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sparkinstx

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Just a rehash of the Henge docks. Dock your MacBook and actually reduce the number of available ports. We bought a couple of these to evaluate for our Mac customers, and ended up returning them. Executive jewelry.
 
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uptownnyc

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Isn't the problem with this design that you're stuck with a useless stand if you upgrade your device and Apple slightly shifts the ports.
 
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fokmik

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scratches the ports on The Macbook even when carefully inserted. The mechanism that lowers the machine into the port is not smooth at all. In my viewed, the design is fundamentally flawed. A suggestion for future products; you might want to creRead more about review stating Disappointed
ate a detachable module that plugs into the 2 USB-C ports first before insertion into the base. This way you lower the risk of scratching the ports of your customers' Macbooks
 
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00001000bit

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Is it really that novel to think someone might use a laptop on a desk?

No. I have the CalDigit dock and love it, but with that I still get to use the MBP display as one of my monitors and add two more. This would cut me down a screen, as closed up you don't get the benefit of the internal display, and it's not like if you don't use it, it allows an additional external one to replace it.
 
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