If you’re hesitant to get a new MacBook Pro because you hate the idea of using all kinds of adapters to connect to the laptop’s Thunderbolt 3 ports, you may be relieved to know that several companies are seizing this opportunity, including Henge Docks.
On Thursday at CES, the company revealed not one, not two, but three docks for the new MacBook Pro, all of which are equipped to make it easier to connect to the laptop. Two of the docks are revisions of currently available products.
Tethered Docking Station
The Tethered Docking Station is a brand-new product from Henge Docks, and it features a design that’s somewhat akin to other Thunderbolt docks: it’s an external box that you connect all your devices to, and then you use a single cable to connect your laptop to the box. The Tethered Docking Station has a wedge shape, so you can rest your laptop on top of it.
The dock has three USB 3 ports, two Mini DisplayPorts, gigabit ethernet, an audio port, an SD card slot, and a Thunderbolt 3 port for connecting to the MacBook Pro. The Tethered Docking Station also has an 85-watt power supply for charging your laptop.
The Tethered Docking Station will be available in March. Pricing has yet to be determined.
Horizontal Docking Station
The original Horizontal Docking Station made its debut years ago, but the latest version of this dock now supports the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C connections on the MacBook Pro.
If you need a lot of ports, the Horizontal Docking Station has plenty: four USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, two Thunderbolt 2/Mini DisplayPort connectors, gigabit ethernet, two audio jacks, a SD card slot, and an HDMI port.
The Horizontal Docking Station will be available in Spring 2017, with pricing yet to be determined.
Vertical Docking Station
The Vertical Docking Station has also been in Henge’s lineup for some time, and it also has been updated for the new MacBook Pro. The dock doesn’t expand on port connectivity like the other docks, but it does help keep your cables tidy. It’s also a good dock to use if your desk space is tight. (Of course, you can’t use the Touch Bar or enjoy the Retina display with the lid closed.)
The Vertical Docking Station offers pass-through connectors to the laptop’s Thunderbolt 3 ports. If you need more ports, you can connect the new Tethered Docking Station.
The Vertical Docking Station will be available in Spring 2017. Pricing has yet to be determined.
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