Laptop docking stations are designed to fill the gap between the portability of a laptop and the static solidity of a desktop, creating a versatile way to connect peripherals.
Attach multiple devices, keeping cabling to a minimum, and yet hang on to the mobility afforded by a laptop. By providing the option of rounding out the laptop experience with additional features more readily associated with a desktop, a docking station allows a desktop experience without the desktop budget.
What to look for when buying a docking station?
- Operating system – it’s important to check the OS as not all models will be compatible with your OS. Universal docking stations are available that cover most makes
- Connector – ensure that the laptop port you plan to connect the docking station to is compatible
- Ports – decide which ports you are likely to require. Do you want to add a monitor or two, cell phone, or charge another laptop?
- Cables – check that you have all the necessary cables and that they are long enough
We’ve put the best selling Lenovo docking stations through their paces, and chosen our favorite models – have a look at our top picks.
1) Lenovo ThinkPad Pro Dock Docking Station
The Lenovo ThinkPad Pro Dock 40A10090US Docking Station is what every ThinkPad owner needs. It lets you charge your machine without the hassle because it includes its own adapter and also it has 3 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0, ethernet port, display port, VGA, and an audio port. Now, you can work and be productive without having to wait for your laptop to be fully charged. It is fully compatible with 65W Lenovo ThinkPad and 90W Lenovo ThinkPad, but you can also check if your unit can utilize this docking station. Also, you need your machine to update its Lenovo firmware utility drivers for this docking station to function correctly and it requires the laptop to run on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, or 7.
Lenovo ThinkPad Pro Dock 40A10090US Docking Station
19 used from $24.86
- Depending on many factors such as the processing capability of the host and peripheral devices, file attributes, and other factors related to system configuration and operating environments, the actual data transfer rate will be slower than 5 Gbit/s on USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) connectors, slower than 10 Gbit/s on USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors, and slower than 20Gbit/s on USB 3.2 connectors.
- Compatible with both 65W and 90W Lenovo ThinkPad machines (see product description for compatible Lenovo ThinkPad machines) that have the required bottom dock port
- Only Supports a dual monitor hook up with different connection types
- WARNINGS: (1) You must download the updated Lenovo firmware utility drivers for this item to function correctly (requires: Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7); (2) This product does not support Lenovo ThinkPad models with a Quad Core Processor; (3) This product does not support ThinkPad T460p quad-core models with discrete graphics; (4) NOT recommended for Lenovo ThinkPad machines with 170W AC adapters
2) Lenovo ThinkPad Ultra Docking Station
The Lenovo ThinkPad Ultra Docking Station US is created for the following models: L480, L580, X1 Carbon Gen 6, P52s, P580p, T480s, T480, T580, and X280. It is the docking station that contains everything you need to be more productive with your laptop. It includes 135W Slim tip AC adapter that has 2 pin power Cords, the Ultra dock, 2 locking keys, and set up guide. What is great about this is you can hook up up to 3 monitors and you can have several screens allowing you to work more efficiently. Be more productive with your ThinkPad and maximize its potential.
Lenovo ThinkPad Ultra Docking Station US (40AJ0135US)
$218.99 in stock
12 used from $160.00
- - Lenovo USA ThinkPad Ultra Docking Station (P/N; 40AJ0135US ) For P52s, L580, L480, T580, P580p, T480s, T480, X1 Carbon Gen 6, X280.
- - Lenovo retail packaging includes the Ultra dock, 135W Slim tip AC adapter with 2 pin power Cord, 2 locking keys, set up poster.
- - 1 HDMI port, Intel vapor, PXE Boot, Wake-On LAN, and Mac address pass-through, optional master key lock. Allows for a 3 monitor hook up.
- - 4x USB 3. 1 Gen2 (10Gbps) with 1 always-on USB charging, 2x USB-C ports (10Gbps, 5V 3a power), 10/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, 2x DisplayPort 1. 4, 1x HDMI 2. 0, 1x VGA, 1x Stereo/mic combo Audio port, 1x DC-in.
- Compatible Devices: Thinkpad A485, L480, L580, P52S, T480, T480S, T580, X1 Carbon 20Kg, 20Kh, X280
3) Universal Docking Station For Windows
The ultimate docking station for all types of Windows devices and laptops is just within your reach. The Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitor for Windows is a great docking station that will not let you down. It provides you great versatility and flexibility of use with its ports that provide you 2 fast USB 3.0 connection for faster data transfer, dual video output, ethernet port for a more stable internet connection, 4 USB 2.0 ports, and an audio jack. It comes with a 2-year warranty so you can rest assured that your product will be used for a long time.
Plugable USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitor for Windows (Dual Video: HDMI and DVI/VGA/HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio, 6 USB Ports)
$99.00 in stock
3 used from $74.90
- FLEXIBLE EXPANDABILITY - A single USB 3.0 connection from a host PC to this dock provides dual video outputs, wired Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm Headphone and Microphone jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports
- DUAL HD MONITORS - Built-in HDMI and DVI outputs each supporting 1920x1200 resolution @ 60Hz refresh rate. Includes DVI to VGA adapter and DVI to HDMI adapter. HDMI port supports resolutions up to 2560x1440 @ 50Hz with a single HDMI display only
- COMPATIBILITY - Docking station compatible with Windows 10, 8.x, 7, and XP systems, and Macs with 10.14+. Additional adapter needed for USB-C systems (USBC-AF3). Plug and play driver installation via Windows Update. Wired Ethernet supports Gigabit speed. Dock does not charge host PC
- RECOMMENDED USE - For use with web and productivity software; not recommended for gaming. Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB adapters. DisplayPort connections not supported. Does not support HDCP, will not playback encrypted or copy-protected content
- 2 YEAR WARRANTY - We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. This product is covered by a 2 year limited parts and labor warranty, as well as Seattle-based email support
4) Lenovo ThinkPad Ultra Dock
If you think you have pushed the limits of your Lenovo ThinkPad then you might want to check out the Lenovo ThinkPad Ultra Dock 40A20090US. It comes with three USB 2.0 and three USB 3.0, so you can plug in several USB devices at once and enjoy fast data transfer between your devices. It also comes with 2 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI, and 1 VGA so you can plug in a maximum of two displays. Check with your store before buying the dock if your machine is compatible with it. Rest assured your productivity will increase with a new docking station that maximizes productivity with connectivity.
Lenovo ThinkPad Ultra Dock 40A20090US
$109.00 in stock
5 used from $43.98
- 3x USB 2.0 and 3x USB 3.0
- 2x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI 1.4 and 1x VGA (max two displays, including laptop screen)
- Comes with ThinkPad US AC adapter (90W) Does not support ThinkPad T460p quad-core models with discrete graphics. Please use the ThinkPad Ultra Dock 170W.
- COMPATIBLE with select 65w and 90w Lenovo laptops - NOT recommended for laptops with 170W AC adapters
- L440, L450, l460, L540, L560, L570, P50S, P51S, T440, T440p, T440s, t450, T450s, t460, t460p, t460s, T540p, T550, T560, T470, T470S, T470P, T570, W550s, X240, X250, X260, X270.
If you need more than 2 monitors to be able to work more productively with your ThinkPad machine then get the Lenovo Onelink Plus dock (40a40090us) which is made especially for selected ThinkPad models. The set includes a 90w AC Adapter with 2 prong 110v power Cord, 4 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, an ethernet port, audio port, VGA, and OneLink plus connection, which can be used to hook up to 3 monitors. Now, you can play, work and watch all at the same time without needing to buy a new laptop or additional machine because with this dock you can hook up your existing monitors.
Lenovo Onelink Plus dock (40a40090us) For Select ThinkPad Models Only (Renewed)
$46.99 in stock
- Lenovo 40a40090us In The Factory Sealed USA Retail Packaging Includes The 90w AC Adapter With 2 Prong 110v Power Cord.
- This Item Is Only Compatible With The Following Lenovo Models ; V310-15ISK , ThinkPad 13 (1st Gen) Windows , ThinkPad 13 (2nd Gen) Windows, P40 Yoga, X1 Tablet (1st Gen- Productivity Module (4X50L08495) Required ) , X1 Tablet (2nd Gen - Productivity Module (4X50L08495) Required ), ThinkPad Yoga 14 , ThinkPad Yoga 260, ThinkPad Yoga 460, X1 Carbon (4th Gen) Only, X1 Yoga (1st Gen) Only.
- Specs and Features 1Connectivity - ( NO HDMI PORT ) 4 x USB 3.0, 1 provide always on mobile device charging , 2x USB 2.0,1x OneLink+ upstream connector, 2 x DP , 1x V GA, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x Stereo/Mic Combo Port , 1 x Security lock hole , 1x DC in.
- Up to 3 monitors can be Hooked Up. OneLink Plus dock Is Capable To Support up to 4k2k(3840x2160) resolution.
- Warning - The X1 Tablet 1st and 2nd Generation Requires a purchase of the Lenovo Productivity Module (4X50L08495). This item is Not Compatible with the X1 Carbon 1st gen, 2nd gen, 3rd gen or 5th Generation Models Or The X1 Yoga 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen , 4th Gen, 5th Gen Or Any T Series, X Series, Edge Series , G Series Or Any IdeaPads.
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