Gravitas iPhone dock by Henge Docks is both hefty and low key

By , Feb 3, 2017

I do a lot of work at my office desk at home, and for that reason alone, I have a love for things that help keep my work space uncluttered. One of the things I like to have that helps with that is a good quality dock that I can use to put my iPhone or iPad somewhere without it taking up much real estate where I’ll be putting my papers or elbows.

The Gravitas dock by Henge Docks is a good choice, and in this review, we’ll give you an up-close look at it.

A dock made to stay put

Gravitas is a very hefty dock, weighing in at 2.5 pounds. It’s built out of a custom zinc alloy, which looks like aluminum, but is approximately 265% denser. Despite how much it weighs, it’s very small, not really much wider than your iPhone itself. That said, it doesn’t take up too much space on your desk, allowing you to dedicate that space to more important things.

With this kind of weight, you never have to use two hands to remove your device from the dock, because the base is heavy enough that it over-powers the Lightning port’s plug resistance that normally causes lighter docks to come up with the device as you pull up on it.

Comparable in weight to the Grovemade walnut dock we showed you back in August, I have to say I’m a fan of these heavier docks, because they’re easier to utilize when your hands are doing multiple things at once, as mine often are, because you don’t have to put everything down just to take your device off with two hands.

The exterior of the dock is coated to look just like all of Apple’s classic silver aluminum unibody computers, but at the core is a polycarbonate insert, which can be interchanged depending on the type of device you’re using. One insert is made for the iPhone 6/6s specifically, while the others let you use iPads or larger iPhones with the dock, even if they have cases on them.

Unfortunately these inserts are hard plastic, so they don’t have any rubber to protect your iPhone from scuffs from use, day in and day out. This would be a nice feature for the caseless iPhone users out there, but I personally don’t have a problem with it because I choose to use a case. Again, this is a difference of opinion, so I can’t speak for everybody.

Because of the weight of the dock, even if you’re docking an iPad, it’ll stand up straight with no problem. The plastic insert made for the iPad even has a back support that helps keep the iPad from toppling over, so it’s nice and sturdy.

It’s also worth noting that when you have your iPhone or iPad docked in the Gravitas, it’ll be perfectly aligned with the Home button groove, which allows you to still use Touch ID and the Home button functionality, even when the device is docked. And thanks to the weight, the dock doesn’t tip over when you press it.

On the back of the Gravitas, you get two things: a USB-out port, and a 3.5mm audio jack port. The USB-out port is used with the supplied USB-A to USB-A cable, which can be used with any AC adapter to charge your iPhone. It’s recommended that you use the AC adapter that came with your device, to prevent any power issues from occurring from cheap aftermarket options.

The 3.5mm audio jack can come in handy for anyone who has the iPhone 7/7 Plus, as it provides a way to use your headphone or speaker in a way you wouldn’t normally be able to while charging your device simultaneously, unless of course you already had wireless headphones or a splitter adapter.

On the bottom of the dock, you will find a rubber boot that keeps the dock in place anywhere you put it. This prevents accidental sliding, which would be detrimental if you were to bump your dock with something heavier.

Thanks to this grip, you don’t have to worry about your devices face-planting on the floor due to a little accident, and that’s a nice bit of cheap insurance right there.

The pros and the cons

It wouldn’t be a review without talking about the potential pros and cons of the product, so I’ll share them in a simple outline format below:

Pros:

  • Heavy 2.5-pound base allows for one-handed use
  • MFi-certified Lightning connector
  • Interchangeable inserts depending on the device
  • Small footprint takes up very little desk space
  • Works with both iPhone and iPad
  • Matches the aesthetic of most MacBook Pro/Air or iMac computers
  • Provides a 3.5mm audio jack
  • Works with iPhone cases

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Doesn’t match all the finishes of some of Apple’s newer computers lineups

Overall, I would say this is a pretty cool iPhone and iPad dock. It’s pretty nice that the Lightning connector is already integrated into the dock, which some docks don’t have, and another thing is it has the perfect weight and desk footprint ratio, so it’s low-key.

You can pick up a Henge Docks Gravitas dock on Amazon for $70, which might be a little pricey for some, but compared to a lot of competition, Gravitas has a lot of quality features that many other docks don’t have, like the added weight and the 3.5mm audio jack.

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  • Cris Franco

    Is the inside of this thing just black plastic? If so, I can imagine this scratching the back of my jetblack iPhone as I put it in and take it out.

    • You mean you’re not using a case and you’re worried about scratching? I have a Jet Black iPhone and I’m using a case because I don’t want it scratched up. From anything. Period.

      • Cris Franco

        That’s correct. I purchased the jetblack because I want to see the color. If I was going to cover it up, I would have purchased the regular black. The inside of this dock looks like hard plastic. I used to have an Elevation Lab dock for my iPhone 5 that had rubber on the inside. It was perfect.

      • Kharl Martin

        Anthony wants to keep his jet black iphone in presitine condition by using a case and you all are basically saying he is doing something wrong. What!!!! Case in point he admires the finish, know’s how easily it scratches so why is it a problem to people to judge him is beyond me. We all are different and must learn to live with another persons decision when he/she spends a lot of money on a particular device.

      • Anonymouse

        I think you’ll find if you take your ‘Anthony’ glasses off you’ll find Cris asked a valud question which Anthony has mot answered and instead questioned Cris and his non use of a case. You can put your Anthony glasses back on now.

      • I guess they didn’t like my sarcasm :s

        Oh well! Moving on!

      • No problem with that! Sport it out. The inside is indeed hard plastic. Sorry I did not get to you sooner, although I was pretty much MIA yesterday.

      • igorsky

        I don’t really the point of getting Jet Black if you’re going to have a case on it…seems like a waste. But I digress.

      • Yeah, just a little bit. But I have the peace of mind that I have Jet Black nevertheless. Haha

      • Anonymouse

        So Anthony to reiterate the question from Cris which you haven’t answered, what type of material is the phone resting on/against made from? Is it a material that could mark/scratch say the jet black finish, thanks?

      • He was right, plastic.

      • coLin

        Why don’t you state from the beginning that it’s a paid advertisement?? Thumbs down

      • Because it’s not a paid advertisement. If it was, we would state it.

    • Anonymouse

      Let’s see if my question gets answered.