Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station for the 13-Inch MacBook Pro (Non-Retina) Mid 2009 to Current
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It's basically a hollow plastic shell, through which you insert cables (tightened via the bolts mentioned above) that in theory should mate with the corresponding input jacks on the left side of your Macbook Pro (please note the "in theory!"). All the attached cables feed through a slot in the rear of the dock.
Once fed through the dock's bottom slot, each cable is supposed to fit into a molded housing, each "designed" to hold a particular cable i.e. ethernet, mini-displayport, etc.
Three different mini-display cables failed to fit into the dock's receptacle, each cable being just a hair larger than the dock's port. It was suggested online that one should purchase the mini-displayport cable made by Henge to ensure a correct fit. Using a dremel, I was able to trim a display cable's plastic shell slightly, making it the size expected by the dock.
Once I fed all the cables through the bottom of the dock, each had to be held in place using the hex bolts mentioned above. Beware even a slight over-tightening of these bolts. The interior housings are fragile and will easily crack, as I found out to my dismay.
Once you have the dock assembled, the fun of inserting your Macbook into it begins. If you don't have the Macbook exactly lined up with the connectors protruding from the inside of the dock, you will probably end up loosening one of the dock connectors, pushing it down just enough that it fails to make a good connection with the computer. To the eye, the laptop appears to be docked, but this plastic geegaw is just teasing you.Read more ›
Back to more concrete complaints there are sleep/wake issues involved in the entire setup that, while cannot be blamed on the manufacturer, would also not be an issue if not using this dock. Macs sometimes have issues coming out of sleep mode and the only way to power on the machine is to remove it from the dock.
Finally, the assembly requires that you connect your power cord to the dock with a screw, which also means that you have to unscrew it every time you want to take the power cord somewhere.
That all being said, the dock still works, looks fairly nice, and keeps my macbook closed and safe from harm.
A real dock has actual electronics built into it that hold all your wires and connections, and the docking functionality connects all those pieces to the laptop. This thing is just a plastic holder with holes in it. So it holds your laptop upright, and the docking functionality is done via holes in the plastic that hold all your plugs by wedging them into the case with screws.
The quality of the plastic is good, and the design itself is decent looking. The hassle is that the design of the plug holding mechanism is very finicky and simply fails a lot causing you to have to go back and readjust the plugs. If the plugs shift at all they don't slide into the laptop and scrape and scuff and the whole thing just fails.
If they could come up with a better way to hold the cables in place and more accurately slide into the laptop, this would be a sold winner. But it's not there yet.
I was up and running within an hour of getting my dock. The best thing about this is that your desktop stays clean, and you can dock and undock by simply dropping the macbook into the holder. Fantastic value. It being a mac, everything works seamlessly - the laptop wakes up as soon as you hit a button on the keyboard, the monitor turns on immediately and voila - you have a desktop. When you need to leave, you simply pull it out of the dock, and your monitor turns off, and the laptop goes to sleep. Perfect.
I am using this with a Gateway FPD2485W 24 inch monitor at 1900X1200 resolution, an Apple wired keyboard, a microsoft wireless laser mouse and a Apple displayport-to-DVI adapter. The last item fits, but does stick out a little from the back. If you position the dock right, its a non issue.
To people who are experiencing buyer's remorse, I suggest deeper research and spending five minutes watching the video on the front page of hengedocks.com.
4 stars for the product being plastic and not aluminum. However, its VERY well made (think macbook material, not macbook pro).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All I will say is that the plastic versions of this do not impress me, it doesn't make good contact with the battery cable and all of the cables very easily. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BONNES
WARNING! I did the math and at 4-5 hours of use a day the heat dissipation rates could kill your computer in a week. MB's breath through their keyboard, that fans not that good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hunter
Best thing you can have for a mac desktop alternative. Now all you have to do is slide your macbook in when you get home. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kenneth
When I ordered it I didn't realzie it was plastic. It's a pretty solid plastic, but not nearly as strong as I had hoped. Read morePublished 13 months ago by NYC Reader
Worked well for a while but started to have hdmi / video issues. Not sure if it was the dock or laptp that has the problem.Published 16 months ago by Sean in PA