Road Test: Hengedocks
Laptop computers are so much more than just a work station. It’s now where many people consume television, speak to distant relatives, record memories and play games. And yes, some of us even work on our laptops. Given the central role these devices play in so many people’s lives, they need a place on the desk, in the lounge and just about everywhere else. Hengedocks is an unusual product that gives you somewhere to pop your laptop in the places where it hangs out regularly. So long as it’s a Mac.
The premise is simple – you have a monitor, network cable, keyboard, mouse, power adapter and maybe even sound and external storage leads that you have to connect to your laptop when you arrive at work, or a similar octopus of cables that it connects to in your lounge or home office. Hengedocks gets all the cables sorted out neatly so that you can plonk down your laptop and get to work, much like with the docking stations that have been common in the PC laptop market for years.
The laptop itself is mounted closed and on its side, sticking up in the air. This is one downside of the Hengedock as it deprives you of using the screen on your laptop as a secondary display, as I do at work. It makes perfect sense in the lounge, however, if you’re connecting the laptop to a television or other big monitor and don’t require the additional dditional screen.
The Hengedock gedock we were sent for testing is for my 13” MacBook Pro. Setting it up relies on gathering together ether all the cables you need connected to o your computer, most of which you’ll find ind included in the box, and inserting them hem through holes in the dock and then plugging ugging them into your computer. With everything verything in place, you then use included screws to secure the jacks.
Once all this is done you simply insert or yank out the laptop as needed ded – but you do need to be careful not to do o so at an angle, which could damage your r connectors. It also requires you to hold down own the dock with one hand, which makes es extracting your laptop something that needs getting used to.
The Hengedock didn’t quite uite work for me as a solution on my desk at work, but I love having it connected to my home theatre system for connecting g my Mac in the lounge. There is a bracket, et, sold separately, that allows you to clip in a wireless Apple keyboard and Magic c Trackpad, making them more lounge-friendly riendly too.
In the right spot, the Hengedock gedock is a delight – especially if you have external hard drives and other bits that need plugging in before you u can get on with things on your Mac.