To get started with any Henge Docks docking station, all you will need are the cables normally used to connect your device to the MacBook. Instead of connecting the cable directly to the MacBook, however, you will be connecting to the docking station in between, which will then pass through the connection to the MacBook when docked.
If you are not sure how to do this, you should reach out to Apple to find out exactly how you would connect the device directly to your MacBook. We always recommend testing your desired setup prior to purchasing one of our docks.
If you would like to know which docking stations will work with your specific MacBook, please use the guide here.
The Vertical Dock passes the ports on the left side of your MacBook (Right side on the MacBook Air) directly via either removable extension cables or through ports built into the dock. If you require more ports than the MacBook natively has, you may want to consider some form of expansion such as a USB Hub or our own Stone Tethered Docking Station (compatible with the 12" MacBook and the 2016/2017 MacBook Pro).
The Tethered Dock connects directly to your MacBook via a single USB-C cable. Stone can output a single display of any resolution up to 4K. Stone is a USB device which, by default, cannot support Thunderbolt displays or peripherals. Video output is available from the mini DisplayPort on the back of the docking station. Video output is possible only via the mini DisplayPort.
We are always happy to answer questions about Henge Docks products but we are not able to build your desktop for you. If you are unsure about where to begin, we recommend starting backwards from exactly what you'd like to achieve and do the research on how to get there. Our own support site, as well as Apples, are both excellent resources. There are also many user forums online that are completely centered around achieving a desktop setup with a notebook computer.