Keyboard Maker Brydge Acquires Henge Docks

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Brydge, known for its line of keyboards designed for Apple's iPads, today announced its acquisition of Henge Docks, a company known for its docking solutions for Mac devices.

Brydge says that it wants to create a new range of complementary devices that would "enhance the lives of individuals" and give them a way to seamlessly transition from one device to another.

"We've always been major supporters of Henge Docks and their products. This acquisition allows Brydge to accelerate our expansion into a proven category with products that are deeply aligned with our product roadmap. The opportunity to leverage Henge Docks' reputation in Apple-compatible products, as the springboard into similar products for other key brands such as Microsoft and Google is a milestone for our company and significantly increases our reach in the industry," said Nick Smith, Co-CEO and Founder of Brydge.
Brydge is aiming to be the leader in "high quality, design-focused peripherals" and says that the Henge Docks acquisition is an "exciting step towards this vision."

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I never believed in a $189 dock that only fits one size and type of MacBook, doesn’t provide any extra ports and can only pass-through the ports from one side of the laptop (headphone jack is on the other side...).

I’d get the Twelve South BookArc. Different product of course, but suits my needs better and resolves some of the problems I mentioned. Not to mention the price.
 
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I wonder if they'll finally release the horizontal dock for the 2012-2015 rMBP then. I stopped checking availability after the first three years of delay (the form factor changed then anyway), so maybe it's out now and I'm just unaware but I doubt it.
 

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Works for me. I have used the Henge docks and like them. And currently have a 12.9" Brydge Keyboard that I freaking love! Very interested to see what they come out with, possibly combining the products.
 

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I have one for my 2014 MacBook Pro that is now permanently docked basically acting as a desktop. Would be nice if they were cheaper though. I think I paid like $120 for mine. It is well built though and looks nice though.
 
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I wonder if they'll finally release the horizontal dock for the 2012-2015 rMBP then. I stopped checking availability after the first three years of delay (the form factor changed then anyway), so maybe it's out now and I'm just unaware but I doubt it.
That was discontinued in like 2017.
 

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That was discontinued in like 2017.
Did it ever actually ship before being discontinued?

I remember they announced it when the rMBP was first released and I kept checking to see if it was available for purchase until the 2015 rMBP. When I got my 2016 I stopped paying attention to them.

In any case, three years and being unable to ship a product is kick-starter level incompetence.
 

xnatex

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I preordered a “Stone Pro”, and it arrived DOA. I’ve been trying to get them to fix it for over a month now. Looking at the Henge Docks Facebook posts, I see my experience is common. I wonder if this mess is why they sold.

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I just emailed Brydge. Maybe they’ll fix this.
 

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I never believed in a $189 dock that only fits one size and type of MacBook, doesn’t provide any extra ports and can only pass-through the ports from one side of the laptop (headphone jack is on the other side...).

I’d get the Twelve South BookArc. Different product of course, but suits my needs better and resolves some of the problems I mentioned. Not to mention the price.
Don't forget the dock doesn't work if you have any sort of case....
 
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Apple laptops are designed to be open to provide the proper ventilation. These docks where you Keep the laptop closed are going to make the machine run hot and suffer several consequences as a result: slower performance (throttling due to hot processor), faster degradation of the battery (both heat and leaving it plugged in all the time kill the battery much faster than otherwise).
 

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I've been trying to recreate what the vertical Henge Dock does with my 15" MBP. Does anyone else have a workaround?

Right now i'm using something similar to the Twelve South BookArc and just plugging in both USB-C connections into my MBP then into my monitors.

I'd love an option with just one wire to plug into my laptop that goes out to both monitors.