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Hands on: Henge Docks’ Horizontal Dock for MacBook is one of the best in the business (Video)

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I’ve been looking for a serious MacBook dock setup for quite some time, but really have been disappointed in the current offerings. Henge Docks displayed its Horizontal Dock as a prototype last year, but it’s now available to order and I’m pretty excited about it…

If you’re not familiar with Henge Docks, we’ve covered their products in the past, but the one really hits home for me. If you’re mainly using a MacBook Pro with Retina Display for your setup, this tough dock will provide 13 ports of connectivity. Along with that it has a sleek automated docking system that utilized motors to slowly and securely dock the MacBook Pro.

Check out our hands-on video with the Horizontal Dock below:

Henge Docks’ Horizontal Dock is made from Zinc Alloy and can be ordered now for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, but will also be available for the 13-inch model and MacBook Air in the future. As far as the ports go, you’ll find two TRS audio jacks, an SD card reader, HDMI output, six USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Along with that, the Horizontal Dock is the first third-party accessory to supply power to the MacBook Pro so you won’t have to worry about fiddling around with your power brick and cable. It automatically docks and begins powering the MacBook at the same time.

This is probably one of the best MacBook docks that you can get right now. It’s super sturdy and built to last, but you’ll pay for all of the luxuries it offers. Henge Docks’ Horizontal Dock is available to order for $399 and will begin shipping soon. For more information about this dock or other products from the company, be sure to check out their website.

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Hands-on with The House of Marley’s Legend ANC headphones and Chant Mini speaker (Video)

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Along our CES 2015 journey we stopped over at The House of Marley to take a look at some of the new gear they have launching this year. If you’re not familiar with the company, they create a wide range of audio accessories which are crafted from natural and recycled materials. In the video below, we took a closer look at the Legend ANC headphones and Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker…

First up we have the Chant Mini. This little Bluetooth speaker has a 1.5-inch driver, 4 watts of power, up to six hours of battery life, and comes in a small and portable splash resistant housing. There’s also a set of button controls and an auxiliary input. The Chant Mini is expected to be released in the near future for $49.99. The Chant Mini is actually a sequel to The House of Marley’s original Chant speaker line, but obviously the Mini is going to be a very portable solution.

Check out our hands-on video below:

Next, we’re taking a look at the Legend ANC headphones (MSRP $299). These solid over-the-ears bring 24db of active noise cancelation and 20+ hours of battery life. The feature a tangle-free braided cable with in-line controls for play/pause etc They are built like a tank with all metal sides and wood accents, but in my opinion they look way better than some of the other noise canceling headphones that are currently out on the market. The Legend ANC headphones will even operate without power as regular headphones so you won’t have to worry about loosing your tunes if the battery dies, but you will miss out on the noise cancellation.

Both of these products should be coming to market in the near future. All pricing and availability along with the other announcements from House of Marley can be found in the press release below:

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LAS VEGAS (January 6, 2015) – House of Marley introduces the new standard in technology with state-of-the-art additions to its world-class collection of personal audio and lifestyle products at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place January 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES attendees can hear, feel and experience the latest in audio technology from House of Marley in Central Hall, Booth #7913, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Kicking off the new year of products with a sonic boom is a remastered One Foundation sound system featuring the latest in streaming technology, the Qualcomm® AllPlayTM smart media platform. The sound bar is strikingly beautiful and features a custom glazed oak wood baffle with magnetic breakaway speaker grills that accentuate the powerful audio system’s 5.25” high- output woofers and 1” high-definition tweeters. With enhanced Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi capabilities, the One Foundation utilizes AllPlay to stream music directly from the users’ phone, tablet, local server or cloud to create a harmonized synchronization between all speakers resulting in an effortless multi-room system to play the same song in all rooms or different tunes in various spaces. AllPlay also supports streaming with your favorite online music services.

“House of Marley is a lifestyle portrayed in every speaker, headphone or accessory that adorns the HoM logo,” says Sam Vanderveer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, House of Marley. “In 2015 we continue to push the bar in personal and home audio systems with standout products that truly connect people with their music. Our new product lines tap into uncharted territory and promote a lifestyle that is House of Marley – superior quality, consciously crafted and cause minded.”

Rounding out this year’s keynote products is HoM’s Journey BT sport in-ear headphones. Featuring enhanced Bluetooth audio with aptX®, the headphones have high-performing sound quality and are made with responsibly sourced materials standard for House of Marley. Created with comfort and performance in mind, the Journey BT sport in-ear headphones have an angled nozzle for better fit as well as a flexible loop for a more secure in-ear position. The headphones also feature a 3-button controller for hands-free calls and easy music and sound operation.

With a commitment to premium audio craftsmanship, new products for 2015 continue to incorporate House of Marley’s exclusive, upcycled REWINDTM fabric, a blend of recycled

plastic bottles (rPET), along with other natural based materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, reclaimed hemp, and FSCTM sourced wood, which combine beauty and durability with an earth- conscious peace-of-mind.

In addition to the One Foundation and a variety of re-skinned products featuring new color palettes and dynamic designs, House of Marley will debut the following new product lines at CES for 2015:

  • JOURNEY BT In-Ear Headphones – (MSRP $129, June 2015) Activate your sound with these amazingly versatile Bluetooth® ready headphones. Perfect for working out or bruking out, the JOURNEY features a flexible loop for a comfortable and secure fit, cord length adjustment and a microphone with a 3-button controller. Crafted with wearability, sustainability and superior design in mind, your sound can keep stride with your lifestyle, and then some.
  • MYSTIC In-Ear Headphones – (MSRP $14.99, March 2015) Priced to please, these headphones are the perfect balance of sound, style and craftsmanship. Designed from ethically minded materials and featuring a 9mm driver, the MYSTIC headphones are compact, flexible and pack a powerful listening experience.
  • LITTLE BIRD In-Ear Headphones – (MSRP $14.99, March 2015) These very affordable, sustainably crafted in-ear headphones offer just the right alchemy of comfort, quality and performance. Mindfully manufactured plastic housing, a powerful 9.2mm driver and noise-isolation design deliver a sophisticated, multi-textured sonic experience.
  • ROAR On-Ear Headphones – (MSRP $39.99, March 2015) Whether it’s strictly roots and reggae riddims, or your self-selected soundtrack, the ROAR on-ear headphones have got you covered. Delivering competitive acoustic performance with a unique Marley look and feel, the clean design is enhanced by a powerful 40mm driver, as well as in-line microphone with a 1-button controller.
  • TRIBUTE Over-Ear Headphones – (MSRP $249.99, Fall 2015) Premium headphones with unbeatable acoustic quality. Balanced foldable design with snug leather ear cushions and DJ articulation. The incorporation of recyclable aluminum, genuine leather and other premium materials, not to mention 50mm premium drivers make these socially responsible jewels a hands down must-have for sound boys and soul girls, no matter what’s streaming on the airwaves.
  • LEGEND ANCTM Over-Ear Headphones – (MSRP $279.99, July 2015) Our flagship over-ear LEGEND ANC is standalone in style, comfort and performance. With added feature of Active Noise Canceling technology, you won’t hear anything outside of the music. And the high-definition 40mm drivers bring your favorite soundtrack to life with ultra-realist acoustics, premium craftsmanship and high-end design.
  • CHANT MINI Speaker – (MSRP $49.99, March 2015) Bluetooth® convenience, socially responsible craftsmanship and truly impressive audio quality transform this mini miracle into a world of sound. Quick pairing capability with any device, auto reconnect and exclusive REWINDTM fabric covering balance style and substance equally. Add to that bamboo detailing, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and aluminum housings, and you’ve got a wunderkind of sound, a world of sonic boom.
  • CHANT BT SPORT Speaker- (MSRP $99.99, June 2015) Featuring all the functionality and portability of the CHANT BT, but with bigger bolder sonic strength, the CHANT BT Sport works with Bluetooth® enabled devices and many more through the auxiliary input. There is also double pairing feature with two units for true stereo sound. 2×4.5W, 1.75” and 2x passive radiators assure a maximum listening experience. Plus its water-resistant for enhanced outdoor use.


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