Skip to main content

Henge Docks announces new solutions for limited MacBook Pro connectivity

henge docks introduces new 2016 macbook pro docking options hengedocks 039
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Notebook docking solutions have been popular forever. If you use a notebook as your primary system, then you’ve likely experienced the frustration of unplugging multiple cables when you’re in a hurry to head out the door.

The 2016 MacBook Pro compounds this problem, given the relative dearth of ports and a reliance on USB Type-C connections that require dongles for just about every legacy device. A number of companies are introducing solutions to this problem, and Henge Docks one of them, with a new line of docking stations that aim to make unplugging your MacBook Pro and running out the door a much less frustrating affair.

In addition, Henge Docks has entered into a partnership with Apple to become a part of Apple’s Authorized Business Solution Provider (ABSP) program. That means that Henge Docks can now sell MacBook Pros in bundles with their docking solutions, with savings up to $150. Henge Docks CEO Matthew Vroom said, “This partnership, coupled with the new products we are launching, allows us to offer our customers a complete workstation setup in one convenient spot, and at a discounted price. It’s an honor that we were selected for this program after having worked so hard to build products designed to complement and enhance the Apple user experience.”

Tethered Docking Station

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The first of the new docking solutions from Henge Docks is the Tethered Dock, which matches the MacBook Pro’s design in a separate wedge that can be used alone or to prop the notebook up at a more comfortable angle. The Tethered Dock connects to the MacBook Pro via a single USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 port, depending on the model, and provides power to the notebook via the dock’s 85-watt power supply, while also providing access to the dock’s copious connections.

Speaking of those connections, the Tethered Dock offers a fairly comprehensive selection. Here’s a list:

  • 3 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3
  • 2 x mini-DisplayPorts
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Audio port
  • SD card reader

The Tethered Dock is made with a solid metal chassis that closely matches the MacBook Air’s aesthetic. Henge Dock plans to ship the Tethered Dock in March 2017 at retail prices starting at $199.

Vertical Docking Station for 2016 MacBook Pro

Image used with permission by copyright holder

For anyone with limited space, the Vertical Docking Station for the 2016 MacBook Pro could be a solid solution. The notebook slides into the vertically oriented base and connects via a pass-through USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 connection. The dock is of all-metal construction and closely mimics the MacBook Pro in providing a space-saving design.

Compared to Henge Dock’s other solutions the Vertical Docking Station isn’t intended to expand the MacBook Pro’s connectivity. Rather, it’s intended to vertically orient the notebook and provide access to its existing ports. Versions will be available for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with and without Touch Bar and the 15-inch MacBook Pro. All models are expected to ship sometime in spring 2017 starting at $149.

Horizontal Docking Station for 2016 MacBook Pro

Image used with permission by copyright holder

If you’re looking for the ultimate in convenience and connectivity, then you’ll want to take a look at Henge Docks’ Horizontal Docking Station for 2016 MacBook Pro. This one provides a snap-in metal-chassis docking station that props up the MacBook Pro at a comfortable angle and significantly expands its connectivity options with a full 13 ports. Power, up to four external displays, and a Kensington Lock make the Horizontal Docking Station a true plug-and-play solution.

Connections include:

  • 4 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 x USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3
  • 2 x mini-DisplayPorts
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 2 x Audio jacks
  • SD card reader

The Horizontal Docking Station comes in versions for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with and without Touch Bar and the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The product will ship sometime in spring 2017 and with retail pricing starting at $499.

Editors' Recommendations

Mark Coppock
Mark has been a geek since MS-DOS gave way to Windows and the PalmPilot was a thing. He’s translated his love for…
Why one of my favorite laptops still struggles against the MacBook Pro
HP Spectre x360 14 2023 front angled view showing display and keyboard.

HP released an updated version of its premier consumer laptop, the excellent Spectre x360 14, and it remains one of the best 2-in-1s you can buy. It's well-made, offers a ton of flexibility, and is one of my favorite laptops I've reviewed.

But it's going up against the Apple MacBook Pro 14, which sits alongside the HP on our list of best laptops. When it comes to laptops that are both portable and powerful, though, the Spectre x360 still falls behind the MacBook Pro in some important ways.
Specs and configurations

Read more
5 laptops you should buy instead of the MacBook Pro
The side of the open Dell XPS 14 on a white table.

There's no laptop quite like the MacBook Pro right now. No alternatives on the Windows side can match the power, efficiency, and battery life in a laptop of this size -- and that's not even mentioning the Pro's premium features and design.

There are, however, a few laptops that come close, while undercutting it significantly in price. So, if you're looking for a proper Windows alternative to the more powerful configurations of the MacBook Pro, or even just a cheaper laptop that can replicate some of what the MacBook Pro can do, here are a few solid options to consider before shelling out the cash on a MacBook Pro.
HP Envy 16

Read more
The MacBook Pro is a good enough gaming laptop for me
Halo running on a MacBook Pro.

I'm not a hardcore gamer. But like a lot of people, I like to dabble here and there. Looking at my limited Steam account, I find a handful of remotely current titles I've enjoyed lately, including Baldur's Gate 3 and Civilization VI.

When I fully converted to a MacBook Pro from Windows, I didn't expect to have even my limited gaming needs met. I figured it would just be something I'd lose in the transition. To my surprise, I've found myself quite enjoying the experience of gaming on my M3 Max MacBook Pro 16-inch. It won't be enough to satisfy gamers, but it was enough to get me excited for the future of gaming on the Mac.
Where the Metal meets the microchip

Read more