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Henge Vertical Dock review: Your Mac laptop stands tall

Roman Loyola | June 24, 2015
When I did a review roundup of Thunderbolt 2 docks last May, I decided not to include the Henge Vertical Dock. (This review looks specifically at the Henge MacBook Pro with Retina Display Vertical Dock.)

The dock holds your laptop vertically, making an impressive-looking aluminum monolith. And the vertical position frees up space on your desk. I needed to adjust the fit of my Thunderbolt and MagSafe 2 connectors, but after that, I was able to slide my laptop in and out of the dock easily. The dock is quite sturdy and has enough weight to stay in place when removing a laptop. The laptop sits firmly in the well-constructed dock.

If you want a two-display setup, you can't count on the laptop's display because your laptop is closed. If you're using a HDMI display, the laptop's HDMI connector is facing upward, so you plug in your HDMI display at the top, which ruins the aesthetic.

If you like the look of the Vertical Dock but wish it had more USB ports, you can solve that problem by connecting a USB hub.

Bottom line

If you're looking for a dock that makes an obvious design statement, the Vertical Dock may be what you want. It certainly creates an eye-catching installation on your desk. Henge makes the Vertical Dock for the 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air, the MacBook, and the older MacBook Pro with standard displays.

Compared to the docks in our Thunderbolt 2 roundup, the Vertical Dock has limitations--it doesn't offer extra ports, ethernet connectivity, and it prevents use of the laptop's display. It also doesn't include Thunderbolt cables. If you want Thunderbolt and want to add a USB hub, you'll need to shell out more money above the cost of the stand.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Henge has announced a Horizontal Dock that includes Thunderbolt 2 ports, gigabit ethernet, and six USB 3 ports for $399. It's not a connector box, but another cradle that you slide your laptop into horizontally (as the name says), not vertically. Henge's website says the device will be available in July.


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