Review: Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station For 13-Inch MacBook Air – Forbes

Need More Desk Space? Go Vertical

I’m one of those people who carries around a 13-inch MacBook Air as my primary computer. However, 95 percent of the time I’m actually using it while sitting at my desk. It’s connected to a 27-inch iMac that does double duty, serving as both an external monitor for the laptop and a home media server. That takes care of the MBA’s small and terribly low resolution display for day-to-day working. I also have a mechanical keyboard and Bluetooth mouse connected, with the MacBook Air sitting on a horizontal stand.

This configuration means there are a few wires, and the laptop stand has a pretty big footprint, cutting into the available desk space.

That’s not a problem for me, since I use the MBA’s display as a second screen and I have plenty of space. But what if desk space is at a premium, and you switch to an external display when connected? Many people use their laptop with the lid closed when connected to a monitor. That’s where the Vertical Docking Station from Henge Docks comes in. It docks the laptop vertically, saving desk space while offering a sleek, thin look.

Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station review

13-Inch MacBook Air in Vertical Docking Station from Henge Docks (Credit: Brad Moon)

Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station for 13-Inch MacBook Air

I was expecting the Vertical Docking Station to be made of the same aluminum as the 13-inch MacBook Air. The description on Henge Docks’ website does note the “solid metal chassis of the Vertical Dock.” The review unit that arrived was actually made of glossy white plastic, but it does still offer a premium appearance and solid build that fits well with the Apple look.

Inside, a soft gray lining holds the MBA snugly without scratching. You slide the laptop in, with its Thunderbolt port facing down. Inside the dock are a pair of passthrough connectors that fit securely into the corresponding ports on the MacBook Air. At the bottom rear of the Vertical Docking Station are a USB port and a Mini DisplayPort for connecting a USB peripheral and an external monitor.

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