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CES 2012: Henge Teases Its MacBook Air Dock

By Matthew Braga

Of all the Apple accessory manufacturers at CES this year, Henge is one of the good guys.

Of all the Apple accessory manufacturers at CES this year, Henge is one of the good guys. We watched the company’s line of MacBook docks go from fanciful concept to full-blown product a few years back, and they’ve come a long way since. At this year’s CES, Henge was on the show floor demoing its new line of MacBook Air docks for the first time—and they’re reasonably priced, too.

The original Henge Dock was a fantastic way to use a MacBook or MacBook Pro as a desktop machine. The laptop would sit vertically in an adjustable cradle—like a Stonehenge monolith, thus the name—with interface connectors for the ports on the side of the machine. The new MacBook Air dock follows this same basic design, but with a few stylistic changes for simpler function and design.

The inside of the dock is now lined with a rubber cradle, which better grips the laptop and prevents dirt and course particles from scratching the side of the machine upon insertion. Meanwhile, the USB and mini-display port connectors have been integrated directly into the design, which, unlike previous models, means no need to fiddle with connecting cables.

Cost is similar to the current generation line of Henge Docks, with the 11-inch model priced at $55, while the 13-inch model is slightly more expensive at $60, plus shipping. Each dock will be available in mid-February from the company’s website, and available to pre-order today.