Henge Dock for a MacBook Pro

bounou

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Jun 6, 2012
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Been wanting to get a dock for my rMBP for a few months now, been holding out and waiting for the new Henge Docks to be released but it keeps getting delayed to the point where i am seriously considering just ordering the new Book Arc möd from twelve south.

From a functionality stand point the henge dock seems much better, one simple movement to dock and undock the computer is a much better solution as far as i am concerned.

I ordered some of their other products and although i am not disappointed with it the gravitas dock does not really work the way they advertise it to work.

So my question is the following, for those of you who have the old docks for the MBP and the MBA do they actually work like the company says? Is it worth waiting for?
 

Altemose

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Mar 26, 2013
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Been wanting to get a dock for my rMBP for a few months now, been holding out and waiting for the new Henge Docks to be released but it keeps getting delayed to the point where i am seriously considering just ordering the new Book Arc möd from twelve south.

From a functionality stand point the henge dock seems much better, one simple movement to dock and undock the computer is a much better solution as far as i am concerned.

I ordered some of their other products and although i am not disappointed with it the gravitas dock does not really work the way they advertise it to work.

So my question is the following, for those of you who have the old docks for the MBP and the MBA do they actually work like the company says? Is it worth waiting for?
The Henge Dock, when set up properly, is a great docking solution. It is a plastic dock, but is well made.

One thing to note is when you set it up is that you must configure the cables to the appropriate sized to prevent damage to the Logic Board ports.
 

SWAN808

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Nov 28, 2010
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hi can you be more specific about making the cables the correct size? I assume you just bolt in the connectors to the holes...
 

kingtj

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Oct 23, 2003
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re: connectors

From what I've seen, I got the impression the new Henge dock for the retina MB Pro's is a *complete* redesign from anything they've done before for earlier models?

That said, I use the Henge Dock for my 17" MB Pro at work every day. It's a pretty good product, especially considering I didn't have to pay more than $60-70 for it.

With it, the cable connectors are a bit of an issue. You have to feed each one into its corresponding cut-out hole in the bottom of the dock and then use an allen wrench to tighten a small bolt that holds it in place. Because the laptop fits into the dock fairly tightly, it's a bit tricky when you want to remove it. You have to use both hands and be careful to pull it straight up and out. (Otherwise, it tends to pull loose on one side before the other and encourages sort of a rocking motion to get the whole thing free -- and that can work the cable connectors loose.)

I found the mag-safe connector, in particular, is very sensitive to being mounted at JUST the right height in the dock, or else it doesn't make good contact when the laptop is docked. But screwing it in just a hair too high will prevent the laptop from seating properly in the dock too.


hi can you be more specific about making the cables the correct size? I assume you just bolt in the connectors to the holes...
 

lightz39

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Nov 30, 2012
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I have the new metal rentina macbook dock and love it. Works as advertised. Slip your mag safe in and you're good to go. Drop it on, pull it off. All easy and solid.
 

SWAN808

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Nov 28, 2010
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From what I've seen, I got the impression the new Henge dock for the retina MB Pro's is a *complete* redesign from anything they've done before for earlier models?

That said, I use the Henge Dock for my 17" MB Pro at work every day. It's a pretty good product, especially considering I didn't have to pay more than $60-70 for it.

With it, the cable connectors are a bit of an issue. You have to feed each one into its corresponding cut-out hole in the bottom of the dock and then use an allen wrench to tighten a small bolt that holds it in place. Because the laptop fits into the dock fairly tightly, it's a bit tricky when you want to remove it. You have to use both hands and be careful to pull it straight up and out. (Otherwise, it tends to pull loose on one side before the other and encourages sort of a rocking motion to get the whole thing free -- and that can work the cable connectors loose.)

I found the mag-safe connector, in particular, is very sensitive to being mounted at JUST the right height in the dock, or else it doesn't make good contact when the laptop is docked. But screwing it in just a hair too high will prevent the laptop from seating properly in the dock too.
yes I had a feeling correct placement of the connectors would be critical...it appears from vids they did a decent job - but still - I was concerned about the idea of having all connectors engaged at the same time - repeatedly...the potential strain of that...and the need for tight tolerances...