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MacBook Pro Retina Display Arrives at Henge Docks

MacBook Pro Retina  

We just received our first shipment of new Retina Display equipped MacBook Pros. After only a short time with the new machines we began to get very excited about their potential. Everyone knows about the specs - the display is fantastic, it is amazingly fast, its thinner and lighter, but one really cool feature has gone unnoticed. The MacBook Pro has three ports that can accommodate video out and will run at least three external displays in addition to the internal Retina Display right out of the box. Previous MacBook Pro's were limited to two daisy-chained Thunderbolt displays, if you didn't have a Thunderbolt Display you were stuck with a single external monitor. There are some third party options available to run multiple external monitors on older MacBook Pros, but they required additional software and setup. In our tests on the MacBook Pro Retina Display we found no discernible lag when running four 1080P video feeds off of YouTube. This is a serious machine. Apple has thoughtfully placed power, display, data and audio ports all on the same side of the new machine. That means a new generation Henge Docks is on its way. The desktop workstation potential is going to be huge for the new MacBook Pro Retina. MacBook Pro Retina Display Measurements


100 Comments

Henge Docks
Henge Docks

December 29, 2014

The Horizontal Dock will be released very soon – in conjunction with CES 2015.

PopcornAndFail
PopcornAndFail

December 24, 2014

Amazing, over two years later and they finally release a vertical dock. The horizontal doc promised in Q3 of 2013 is still in pre-order with no apparent ETA. Just turn the lights off and lock the doors, you’re not cut out for this work.

Henge Docks
Henge Docks

September 30, 2014

Our Vertical Docking Stations for MacBook Pro with Retina Display have been available since June! They are available in both Metal and Glossy White editions.

The Horizontal Dock is on schedule for a late fall release this year.

StillWaiting
StillWaiting

September 29, 2014

What is it, like two years after the rMBP released and you still don’t have a solution to market? Has anyone lost their job over this yet?

Andrew
Andrew

March 17, 2014

When will there be a henge dock for the macbook pro with retina display.

Allan
Allan

March 17, 2014

I’m actually waiting till you finish the dock before I order my rMBP – so double time guys!!!

Jason
Jason

March 17, 2014

Can and will you make a dock that allows the retina monitor to be visible while still using the 2 thunderbolt ports and the hmdi port too?

Matt
Matt

March 17, 2014

We don’t have a timeline yet, but keep an eye on our blog for updates!

stuart
stuart

March 17, 2014

My MBP with Retina display is on order and I’ll be first on the list for a Henge dock to suite it!

Rick
Rick

March 17, 2014

I’ll be getting a RetinaBook soon to replace a Macbook Air and a Mac Pro. I work in a ‘garden office’ (A fancy shed conversion) and security is always a worry. Being able to plug 3 screens into the RetinaBook will mean I can take the computer out with me when I finish work!

I know you’ll probably not want requests but if I could have one it would be that the Henge dock for the retinabook needs to have connections for both sides, so we can take advantage of the HDMI in addition to the wo thunderbolt ports without the need for plugging in the HDMI cable manually (as its on the opposite side of the laptop).

I’ll be one of the first in line for the Henge dock for this beastly laptop! :)

Drew
Drew

March 17, 2014

Any update on a dock for the retina display MacBook pro? Just ordered mine and should be delivered in a few weeks? Will a henge dock be ready by then???

Brian
Brian

March 17, 2014

Excellent! So glad to know a Hengedock for the retinabook is coming! Hopefully there will be preorders!

Geoff
Geoff

March 17, 2014

…I’ll be second ;-) Please keep us posted…

Keith
Keith

March 17, 2014

My new MBP with Retina arrives on Tuesday… can’t wait to get it… but the down side is that my 17" MBP and henge dock will go to someone else and I’ll be dockless (Hengeless?). I can’t wait until you guys have the new version ready, I’ll order it the first day… I’ll even pre-order it if it gets it to me sooner.

Keep up the good work

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

We’ll post a preorder link sometime soon. Keep checking our website for an announcement!

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Thanks for the feedback! We are working on designs and will make an announcement soon.

Mike
Mike

March 17, 2014

My MBP Retina arrives this Wednesday. Anxiously awaiting a Henge dock for it!!

Brian
Brian

March 17, 2014

Will the Henge dock for the Macbook Pro Retina allow for the computer to be open rather than requiring it to be closed like your Macbook Air docks? Something like the LandingZone dock (http://landingzone.net/) for the Macbook Pro Retina would be great. Thanks!

Jack
Jack

March 17, 2014

I love my 17-inch MacBook Pro Henge Dock. I have ordered a MBP Retina Display.
Can I pre-order a Retina Display Henge Dock?

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Thanks! We hope to get a preorder link up soon.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Thanks! We hope to get a preorder link up as soon as we have more details about the new dock. Stay tuned!

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Thanks for the interest in Henge Docks! We hope to share some information about the new dock soon.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

We are currently working on designs and will release more information as soon as we have it!

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Thanks for the note! We will keep everyone posted on the new design and release date when we have more info.

Anthony
Anthony

March 17, 2014

My rMBP is in transit and I am very interested in a Hengedock for it. Looking forward to see what you guys come up with.

BTW, this Customer Service Blog is great! Keep up the good work. Now, if only Intuit would take some lessons from you and come out with a decent Quicken App for iOS, all would be right in the world!

Alex
Alex

March 17, 2014

Any idea on timing for the release of this? A month or quarter even?

Martin
Martin

March 17, 2014

Could you combine your already proved Henge Dock together with the (still not in production) Landingzone. I think the result will be gorgeous and bring us the best docking ever made fot the beatiful MBP Retina.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Thanks! Stay tuned for more updates.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

We are hard at work on the design and will make an announcement as soon as we have more info to share!

Manuel
Manuel

March 17, 2014

Hello!

I would like to pre-order a henge dock for my MacBook Pro Retina.
Hope it will be available at the beginning of august.

Thanks for the great work of producing this excellent docking stations.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

No release date yet, but we hope to post some more product info soon. Thanks for your patience!

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Thanks! We hope to have some more info on the Retina dock soon.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

We plan to do this as soon as we have more product information to release. Thanks for your patience!

Anxiously Awaiting Desk Space
Anxiously Awaiting Desk Space

March 17, 2014

I see you’re able to collect emails for your “CLIQUE left handed pre-order”.

Why not set up an email collection/list for Macbook Pro Retina Display owners to join, to inform us all when you do release it for sale?

This way we won’t be frustratingly checking your site and posting “When will it be available?” on this blog, over and over.

I love your products. Please help us stay connected to product releases. Thanks.

Red
Red

March 17, 2014

Please define “soon”! I’ll have to look elsewhere unless you can provide an ETA on the new Retina display dock…

Felipe
Felipe

March 17, 2014

Any updates on the availability of this dock?

Jimmy
Jimmy

March 17, 2014

I’m not quite sure I understand the point of this post. You have it… you’re generating buzz for your product. That’s all fine and good, but every request for more information, a tentative release date(ie, 3rd or 4th quarter,etc) are rebuffed with “thank you for your patience” and “more info is coming soon”.

This post is already nearly a month old. At this rate, I’ll have the USB 3.0 updated Thunderbolt 27" display before your product is released.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Thanks! We hope to have a preorder link out soon.

Jimmy
Jimmy

March 17, 2014

Could be a week, could be a year… but rest assured they have a rMBP and have taken pictures of themselves measuring it!

Jimmy
Jimmy

March 17, 2014

That’s okay.

I bought a MiniDP to HDMI cable, an HDMI cable, a USB 3.0 Dock that I leave all of my USB peripherals plugged into and a 1/8" stereo extension cable.

“Docking” my retina takes all of about 1 minute and I can use both of my monitors just fine.

The complete lack of information about ANYTHING regarding this dock is why I purchased the above ~$60 worth of stuff.

Chris
Chris

March 17, 2014

I think what’s frustrating here is that you’ve been telling people you’ll post information SOON. Maybe instead you should just be more forthcoming about the process, like: we’re still designing what the product will look like – then we’ll start producing and testing prototypes – then we’ll start our first production run – and then we can start taking orders and give a timing on shipping and delivery. Realistically that sounds like 4-6 months to me. Unless of course you tell us something otherwise – like SOON…

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Sorry Jimmy, we know it’s frustrating to wait but we just don’t have the info to release yet.

Craig
Craig

March 17, 2014

Let me know when the Retna dock is available. Thanks.

Kurt
Kurt

March 17, 2014

Debating whether to get a clear skin to protect my MBPr from scratches. Do Henge docks provide enough extra space to be able to dock with a thin skin applied?

Andrew
Andrew

March 17, 2014

It has been over a month since your last blog post. I dot know if it is still considered “soon”, but can we please have an update? Thanks! My MBPwRd is eagerly awaiting a dock.

Ken
Ken

March 17, 2014

One item I hope you are addressing is that users of your docks necessarily have external monitors.

Likely, this monitor is an Apple Cinema Display (either MDP or Thunderbolt).
These Apple displays have a very convenient power pass through. However, currently these displays support the MagSafe 1 connector. To use this power passthrough with a MPB Retina requires use of the MagSafe1 to MagSafe 2 converter.

To me, the Henge Dock MagSafe “Bracket” was one of the top features on your prior products. Any MagSafe1 could be locked into the dock – very convenient.

I hope the potential need for this MagSafe converter is part of your development and that you have/will design the perfect piece of plastic to complement this very useful feature.

If not, users will not be able to use the passthrough, but will need to use a MagSafe2 power supply instead (not optimal).

Thanks,

Eric
Eric

March 17, 2014

I agree with Chris. There are a lot of steps in building the product, and we understand that. But the lack of any information is quite frustrating. I need two MBP Retina docks and I don’t mind waiting a bit, but right now it feels like it could be 2014 before we know anything.

Chris
Chris

March 17, 2014

Hi Hedge Docks,

Big fan of your products.

Is there an expected timeframe as to the release date for the MBPr dock?

Cannot wait for its release!

Cheers,
Chris

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Sorry to hear that Jason. Thanks for considering Henge Docks.

Jason
Jason

March 17, 2014

First MB here and I have been looking for a quality dock. Unfortunately I am going to pass on Henge due to the way their PR is handled, in conjunction with the fact reviews are hit/miss. I’d figure the delay was due to precision but that seems to be a complaint of previous devices from the company so…

Dont spur attention for a device just to consistently request patience. This post is 2 months old and still no development. Things dont move quickly here. :(

Michael
Michael

March 17, 2014

Any chance of a “please alert me when this goes to pre-order status/when there’s more info available” email list subscription?

Been checking this site daily for updates; would prefer to come back when there’s something to look at :)

Thanks.

Ben
Ben

March 17, 2014

100% agree with Chris. Please be more transparent about the progress and then we as customers will be happier & stop asking so many questions!

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Sorry to hear that Jimmy. Thanks for considering us.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

I know it’s frustrating to wait for info. We are trying to come up with the best solution to get you guys updated as soon as we have something to share.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

We have had some people report that they are able to use a thin skin (not a hard shell case).

Ron Elliott
Ron Elliott

March 17, 2014

Any chance of you guys making one similar to the bookendz style dock? I want a dock for my MBPR but don’t want to lose the awesome display buy using this style dock.

Keith
Keith

March 17, 2014

Jason,
I develop products for a living. If you handed me a Macbook Pro Retina the day it came out (I actually got mine a week later) and I had nothing else to work on but a dock for it. It would probably take me two weeks to adapt an existing design, another two weeks to prototype… that’s one month…. another week to tweak the design based on discoveries from the prototype.
Assuming no major changes and we go to tooling, another 6 weeks for tooling and first shots… that’s 2 1/2 months out and you’ve got to get packaging and manuals and new cables (assuming you need a Thunderbolt cable and not a video pass through cable), manuals etc.
So, on the fast track you’re out 2 1/2 months… probably more like 3 months and if you want to make a mold that produces more than 1 dock at a time.. add more time…. plus you need tooling for the over molded “foot” and the power adapter (it’s changed too)… plus questions like, do I want to make a version that works with old style mag safe connectors or only the new….. lots to be done.
So don’t blame henge docks for saying it can be done and they’re working on it and not giving us a date, these things take time. If it was 6 months from start, then I’d start to agree with you.

Oh… and don’t forget industrial design and art work (printed on the side) will add time too

Adam
Adam

March 17, 2014

Really want to get a dock asap. any up to date info?

Jim
Jim

March 17, 2014

How about an update. Its been some time now…

Jim
Jim

March 17, 2014

Hows about an update.

Phill
Phill

March 17, 2014

never have bought a hengedock i read lots about after looking for a solution to housing my MBPR.

i understand products take some time to design, manufacture, test etc. etc. yet i find it strange you guys can’t throw up a blog update and/or a “notify me” link. two simple things which would take no time at all.

INFORMATION, that is ONLY what your customers (people who want to give you their money) want at this stage.

you should review the comment left by Pallu above my post and ask if this is really what you want to tell people on a public forum. such a passive acceptance that you are losing a customer.

you should be making a song and dance that you have a great product on the way for apple’s flagship. all you seem to have done is build up an initial anticipation then gone silent.

do you really consider this good customer communication?

Fredrik
Fredrik

March 17, 2014

Any news when HengeDock will be released for MBPr? More than 1 month? We have already waited almost 3 months =(

Songkun Ji
Songkun Ji

March 17, 2014

will you guys come up with a solution of mounting HDMI port? it is on they other side but it will be really handy to use it with hengedocks.

Kurt
Kurt

March 17, 2014

I think my definition of ‘soon’ is very different than yours.

Tom
Tom

March 17, 2014

The dock for the Macbook Pro Retina would look like the old Docks? Could be Problems with the Hot Temperature when the Macbook is closed in the dock? Couse Macbook Retina becomes hotter then the old Macbooks

Brian
Brian

March 17, 2014

I currently have a MBP and your product was the reason Apple got me to purchase their laptop, and just absolutely have to be able to dock when I’m at home to larger screens and settle for the built in screen when i’m on the road.
My only gripe is:
Why haven’t you made the Henge Dock in black?(Apple’s monitors are now Silver and Black, would be nice to see the henge dock match the monitors and so my complete setup(including the henge dock) match. At least give us the option(just like we have the choice of a white or black iPod….)

I want to upgrade to a Retina MBP but I am staying put until a dock solution is available. When is your ETA?

WBB
WBB

March 17, 2014

Is there an approximate release date for the mbp-r hendgedock?

Steve
Steve

March 17, 2014

Three months. Come on guys. At least hit us with the preorder link. Please!?

Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson

March 17, 2014

It has been approximately 3 months since rMBP was introduced. Time for the dedicated dock to be released or customers will give up and find alternatives.

Marc
Marc

March 17, 2014

With no news yet?

My new Macbook Pro Retina is waiting since August 4

Thank you.

Johns
Johns

March 17, 2014

Great for you Jimmy! We get it. You want a quality dock like Henge produces, which takes time, patience, & generally more time than you care to give.

Go take your unhelpful posts elsewhere while the rest of us patiently wait for a solution from this proven small business. Too bad your pops forgot to wear his jimmy hat, but I digress.

Keep up the great work Henge team! From one business owner to another, most of us can grasp the challenge of a complete new design and your dedication to provide a third party solution when very few worthwhile products exist in this market. All the while, keeping costs at a reasonable price point for the end user. While I cannot speak for everyone who is chomping at the bit for an update, I will pre-order when the time comes.

Thomas
Thomas

March 17, 2014

Can we get on some sort of mailing list so that we know when these things are ready?

Mosk
Mosk

March 17, 2014

Hi,

I was wondering if there was a mailing-list anywhere where we can put our email address and get the pre-order link as soon as it is issued.
I am a European customer, and I know I’ll have to wait for shipping too, so I’d like to be aware as soon as possible when the pre orders are opened.

Thank you !

joeh
joeh

March 17, 2014

you know that these docks require that your MBP needs to stay on when its closed, but MBPs (esp the new ones don’t stay while closed even with caffein etc. rendering these docks useless untill a solution is found…….its kind of a scumbag move on hengedocks part to know notify people of this

WJM
WJM

March 17, 2014

Enthusiastically and patiently waiting. I understand the difficulties in getting a product ready for production and appreciate you getting it all done right the first time.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

We completely understand the frustration and want to thank those that are waiting patiently for the Retina docks. We cannot release a launch date until we have a finalized production schedule but we know that they’re going to be worth the wait. This dock will have some great features and we are really excited and working hard to get them to you.

Ben
Ben

March 17, 2014

I want this, i keep throwing money at my computer monitor but nothing is happening. Please advise when Retina dock is available! i desperately want one.

Ken
Ken

March 17, 2014

You are truly uninformed.

Being written on a MacBook Pro Retina with the lid closed – funny that.

Troll on

Songkun Ji
Songkun Ji

March 17, 2014

I couldnt even remember how many times i visit this page already. please at lease give us some more info about this product!

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Sure. Email info@hengedocks.com – they’ll add your name to the list.

Jason
Jason

March 17, 2014

If you have a shop locally that deals with aluminum, check with them. For $15 (depends on the area), have them precision cut some holes in a rectangular block of aluminum, add a back plate to hold in place, slap on an apple sticker and you have yourself a great looking quick connect dock.

There’s no reason for this to have taken so long. If nothing else, the months old hype build up was completely unnecessary.

Oppers
Oppers

March 17, 2014

Please mail me when preorder is available. Thank you.

Bjoern
Bjoern

March 17, 2014

I would love to get a Henge Dock for my Retina MBP as well. I think if you were near a solution or a final product you would announce something like that or add a preoder link as some suggested.

Although I think Henge Dock would be the best solution I got tired of waiting and will purchase something like the BookArc (I know it isnt exactly the same…) if you dont have any news by the end of the week. Sorry for that but I want to a solution for me now…

Joseph
Joseph

March 17, 2014

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3131?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US explains how you can use an external display with clamshell closed, so YES, MBP RD does support running with lid closed.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

We don’t have the official preorder link yet, but if you’d like to be notified as soon as we have release info send an email to info@hengedocks.com
They’ll add you to the list. We really appreciate all the interest!

hanconquer
hanconquer

March 17, 2014

Agreed!

Anthony Berg
Anthony Berg

March 17, 2014

When do you think the doc for the Retina Mac will be available?

Tiago
Tiago

March 17, 2014

Agree, where the new or posts about it?

David
David

March 17, 2014

This is getting annoying. I keep checking here from time to time to see if this is available and always nothing. You are losing significant business here.

Jason
Jason

March 17, 2014

Woops, just realized the dated caption for the image. They’ve had the pro since June? Make that 4 months going on 5.

Jason
Jason

March 17, 2014

Keith,

Well, we’re going for 4 months at this point with absolutely no update. My problem isn’t necessarily the time it takes from design to production, it’s the lack of communication and fact that they posted hype and so damned early. Each additional request for update is meet with “soon.”

Lets be honest about what is being developed here, it’s just a dock. There are numerous possibilities, including low profile and full docks, low profile being ready within the first 1-2 months. A precision cut aluminum bar with perfect cable port cutouts and a locking plate took 1 day to design and have cut. It’s essentially a lock bar for your cords, perfectly lining them up and meaning I only have to attach one device to the laptop each time. Given the capability of thunderbolt, you could technically see only needing power and 1 thunderbolt port in the future. Yet here we are, 4 months later with no word on if or when people might see a product.

4 months in, they can’t even give a rough idea whether something will be released this year.

Pallu
Pallu

March 17, 2014

Hi Ryan – we will have some info on this model in early 2013.

Ryan
Ryan

March 17, 2014

Any plans on a dock for the new 13 inch MBP Retina?

FM1
FM1

March 17, 2014

Any update on a release date for the Macbook Pro Retina dock..?

Ryan
Ryan

March 17, 2014

Any news on the model for the 15" Retina? It’s the last piece in the puzzle for me.

Phil
Phil

March 17, 2014

I hope you can incorporate IR to work with this. Bought an Apple remote only to be sorely disappointed that it won’t work with my Retina. Otherwise though, I’m really looking forward to it.

David
David

March 17, 2014

No dock yet for the rMBP? Really? Is there even a prototype yet?

Kurt
Kurt

March 17, 2014

Don’t hold your breath, still no details/dates for the 15"

Paul
Paul

March 17, 2014

Can you at least get us an estimated date? I’ve been added to the email list, and still want your dock, but it has been a few months now with no end in sight…..

Dirk
Dirk

March 17, 2014

Dto. Here … It is time for this product to come to market…

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