Hands-on: Inside Henge Docks' motorized horizontal MacBook Pro docking station

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in General Discussion edited January 2015
At its stand at CES, Apple-centric accessory maker Henge Docks offered AppleInsider an inside look at its upcoming Horizontal MacBook Pro Dock, revealing a motorized interface and circuit boards feeding a plethora of ports.




Henge Docks aims to create a hassle-free docking experience with the forthcoming Horizontal Dock made for 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros, incorporating an electric attachment mechanism that plugs in power, audio, USB, HDMI, SD card and Thunderbolt with the press of a button.

Seen with its rear cover removed, the Horizontal Dock channels a Retina MacBook Pro's headphone jack, two Thunderbolt ports, two USB ports, one HDMI port and SD card slot through two main circuit boards located just below the metal baseplate. The feeds are broken out around back to a total of 13 expansion ports, including two audio ports, an SD card slot, Ethernet, HDMI, separate chainable Thunderbolt 2/ Mini DisplayPort ports and a whopping six USB 3.0 ports.




Underneath the circuit boards is a gear train powered by a small electric motor that, when activated by a large illuminated button, extends and retracts plugs into and out of their assigned ports. Built-in sensors monitor plug insertion and intelligently back off if the host MacBook Pro is incorrectly positioned in the dock's tray. An emergency release latch is also included to remove the plugs manually if something fails.

The horizontal MacBook Pro docking station runs can be preordered now for $399 and will ship in April. For an additional $50, customers can sign up for an early adopter program to receive a unit from the first production run embellished with a special edition baseplate.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    Henge can't even ship parts for its own docks it's had on sale for months. Why would anyone trust it for new products?
  • Reply 2 of 7
    bobschlobbobschlob Posts: 1,074member

    Ahh, PowerBook Duo 230… My first love. 

  • Reply 3 of 7
    rconercone Posts: 18member
    Wow, what a "Must Have" device!
  • Reply 4 of 7
    schlackschlack Posts: 708member
    when will they have power over thunderbolt so that we can 'dock' our machines with a single thunderbolt cable?
  • Reply 5 of 7
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 5,005member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BobSchlob View Post

     

    Ahh, PowerBook Duo 230… My first love. 


    I still have my Duo 230 and the motorize dock and it still works.  Apple got that right when they did it. too bad everyone though you have to have the dock for it to be useful. At the time the Duo was the lights Laptop on the market with the longest battery life.

  • Reply 6 of 7
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 2,080member

    Where's the video

  • Reply 7 of 7
    bobschlobbobschlob Posts: 1,074member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Maestro64 View Post

     
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BobSchlob View Post

     

    Ahh, PowerBook Duo 230… My first love. 


    I still have my Duo 230 and the motorize dock and it still works.  Apple got that right when they did it. too bad everyone though you have to have the dock for it to be useful. At the time the Duo was the lights Laptop on the market with the longest battery life.




    Yeah, I really loved that machine.

    I bought one used from one of the mail-order Mac sellers located on the back pages of "MacWeek Magazine (Man I loved that publication as well) w/ built-in 14.4 modem and 16MB RAM.

    Used my friends MiniDock Floppy dock to load up all my MS Word / Excel and AOL and I was good to go. Had an ethernet MiniDock at the office.

    That was so exciting back then.

    ps,

    It had the smallest footprint of any Mac Laptop right up until the PowerBook 2400c. (Which I also later owned)

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