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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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