Lenovo Intros ThinkPad Laptop USB 3.0 Dock

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Lenovo and HP both have found time to unleash loads of new gear in the past day or so, but this one in particular caught our eye. The new ThinkPad Laptop USB 3.0 Dock is a swanky looking device that's powered by DisplayLink and a DL-3900 Dual Head Graphics chip with integrated Gigabit Ethernet and Audio. According to Lenovo, it offers dual video connections (2xDVI), enabling multiple displays to be connected, as well as five USB 3.0 ports for peripheral expansion. One has to wonder how much use these things still have in a market of increasingly powerful laptops, but those who find it useful will be able to buy one starting May 15th for $180.

ThinkPad Laptop USB 3.0 Dock Enabled By DisplayLink USB Graphics Increases Connectivity and Expansion in an Ultra Small Package

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DisplayLink®, the leading provider of technology for virtual graphics and USB-connected computing, announces availability of the Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock, powered by the DL-3900 Dual Head Graphics chip with integrated Gigabit Ethernet and Audio.

"Lenovo's latest ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock takes full advantage of the bandwidth offered under SuperSpeed USB to achieve exceptional graphics and video performance in an unprecedented form-factor," said John Cummins, VP of sales and marketing for DisplayLink. "Lenovo has completely redesigned the product and packaging around the new ASIC to offer smart connection and expansion for Ultrabooks and computers over a single USB 3.0 cable connection."

The new DisplayLink Certified USB docking station packs a huge amount of expansion opportunities in a small form factor including dual video connections offered via 2 x DVI ports enabling multiple displays to be connected for enhanced productivity, 5 USB 3.0 ports for peripheral expansion and always-on mobile device charging, Gigabit Ethernet and Audio connectivity.

"Lenovo is dedicated to delivering a premium experience to its customers," said Tom Tobul, VP of Think Accessories at Lenovo. "The ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock combines a solid Think-brand design with DisplayLink's DL 3900 chip to provide exceptional dual video performance, reliability and interoperability, ultimately leading to increased productivity and the ideal ThinkPad laptop user experience."

Pricing and Availability
The new ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock is available worldwide starting May 15th, with a US MSRP of $179.99.

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pwrntspd replied on Thu, May 10 2012 3:43 AM

Are external graphics becoming a thing now? I swear someone else (ie another company) announced a similar product a few months ago (sony?).

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Now the question is will they work with other brands laptops. These docks sound really nice for someone who takes a laptop between home and work so they can just plug in when they get to work and go with their external mouse/keyboard and monitors. I like but $179 is a bit much for what I would use it for.

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karanm replied on Thu, May 10 2012 9:52 PM

I really don't see the point of this product, even ultrabooks now can run an external display via HDMI and come with USB 3.0 ports. People who have second thoughts of buying a laptop as their main pc may use a product like this but as the author said you can get a beast of a laptop from maingear or other pc builders that can blow away some desktops. 

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