Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Greg0
Henge’s Gravitas: A Classier iDevice Dock
The modern smartphone dock is a fairly humble creature, content to sit on your desk or table waiting patiently to cradle your electronics. While older Apple models included a dock in the original box, it’s been a while since we used (or saw) those sometimes-awkward accessories. Newer docks often include another feature- a radio, clock, or set of speakers- but today’s dock is more focused, a design-forward, polished object that looks like a space-age paperweight.
The Henge Docks Gravitas with Lightning Connector comes in a small box, but always surprises anyone we toss it to with sheer heft. The heavyweight dock inside weighs over two and a half pounds, thanks to the very dense zinc alloy, which makes all the difference. Now, you can pick up your phone and go, without fumbling with the device or needing to use both hands to slip it out. Just grab, lift, and you’ve disconnected your iPhone in one motion, and the dock stays on your desk, where it should be.
Thanks to a clever set of interchangeable inserts, you can use your iPad with the Gravitas as well- but in our tests, it’s not quite the same, since we did need to use both hands to retrieve our tablets. The company promises support for future Apple products, which means you don’t have to worry that your iPhone 6 won’t fit in your sleek dock. On the other hand, if you use a case, then the provided inserts won’t readily work. We also liked one other feature: this is also one of the few docks we’ve seen with a direct audio line-out handled through the Lightning connection, handy if you want to plug in external speakers.
Versatile and easy to use, this is the best-looking dock we’ve seen. It doesn’t take up much space on a desk, and is certainly stable and feels very durable. That said, it’s fairly expensive and certainly isn’t portable- unless you need a weapon close at hand. For anyone with limited space but tired of managing cables for their phone, or anyone who already has speakers they would like to use with a dock as well as a couple of Apple Lightning devices who trades between them, the Henge Docks Gravitas is a solid choice (pun intended). Available now, online and in stores, for around $90.