Henge Docks is a company known for making docking stations for MacBooks and MacBooks alone. They’ve been known for some of the best. Now they’re branching off to the mobile space with the Gravitas, a dock for iPhone and iPad. It’s a product that lives up to its name. Now let me tell you why.
The word gravitas comes from gravity. It can also mean someone with a certain presence. This is the Gravitas. It’s made from a polished zinc alloy that is beautiful yet weighs 265% more than aluminum. You get your first taste of this the moment you pick it up. It’s like holding a small chunk of a neutron star. In the real world, that’s 2.5 pounds in a 3.5″ diameter dock. Other docks achieve stability though stick pads, design, or other methods. The Gravitas does it through sheer force. It takes quite a bit of force to move it.
The Gravitas comes in two versions: 30-pin and Lightning. Since my present and future iDevices are Lightning, I got the later. The devices are held though a series of black plastic inserts. It comes with inserts for the iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 5C, 4th generation iPad, and a final one that works with the iPad Mini, Mini Retina, and Air. There are no inserts that I know of for the 4″ iPod Touch, but if you’re worried about it working about it working with your iPhone 6, don’t be. HengeDocks will make inserts for future iDevices that use the Lightning connector. There is one caveat though, your iPhone or iPad has to be buck naked. Henge Docks is working on some case inserts however. As long as you don’t have an thick protection case with a port door, you should be fine.
For the ports, the iDevice docks into an up facing Lightning jack. With the insert and the magnet with Lightning itself, my iPhone 5S stayed very secure. The case and insert have a cutout to access the home button/ TouchID sensor. The edges were very smooth and you won’t be cutting yourself on this thing. In fact, the craftsmanship all around is near flawless. On the back you have a Type A USB port. Don’t lose the cable since Type A to Type A cables are almost impossible to find. There is also a 3.5mm line out. It sounded very good in tests. That rounds out the feature set on this dock.
Pricing and Availability
The pricing on the Gravitas is $89.00 on the Henge Docks website. You can say that’s a pretty penny for an iDevice dock and if you’re price conscious, I can’t disagree with that. I can’t say it doesn’t add value either, which is rarely the same thing as cheap. The metal alloy itself wasn’t inexpensive by any means. It’ll give you a couple things that other docks do not and it looks great alongside the MacBook you dropped a couple grand on.
The Henge Docks Gravitas is a premium dock that will fit alongside your other Apple gear. It’s also future proofed as long as Apple uses the lightning connector with the inserts. However, as of now, they well not fit your case…yet its also go very acceptable audio quality if you’re dock into a stereo via the 3.5mm out. With the super dense zinc allow, its also not going anywhere. At just under $90, it’s not a dock that everyone can afford, but it’s one that everyone should want. Henge Docks gives offers a premium product that lives up to the name Gravitas.
- Well made
- Heavy, hard to move off your desk
- Holds iDevice securely
- Future proofed with interchangeable inserts, should last a few years
- Good quality audio from 3.5mm out
- Not for the faint of wallet at $89.00
- Doesn’t work with cases out of the box
- Uses ultra-rare Type A to Type A USB Cable. May be tough to find a replacement if lost or broken.