Lenovo: New ThinkPad accessoires with USB Type C
ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock and ThinkPad USB C Dock
Dell and HP already announced Thunderbolt 3 docks last year, Lenovo is now following suit. The reason for the late start: Last years ThinkPads all lacked the modern standard, except for the expensive Workstation models (P50 & P70). That is changing in 2017, T470, T470s, T570 and the Yoga 370 all feature Thunderbolt 3. Also, we already know that the yet to be announced X1 Carbon 2017 features the standard as well, thanks to a leak.
Users of the traditional, mechanical docks of the prior generation (ThinkPad Basic Dock, Pro Dock, Ultra Dock) don´t need to worry though: For the meantime, Lenovo will offer both docking-standard side by side. The purchase of an expensive new dock isn´t necessary for users of the old docks.
The Thunderbolt 3 dock can output two 4K (3.840 x 2.160) external monitors at 60 Hz. It has Gigabit Ethernet, the connected laptop will also be charged. The dock delivers up to 65 W, which is enough for machines with dual-core CPUs, but not for quad-core equipped models. For those users, a mechanical dock seems to be a better option.
Aside from the Thunderbolt 3 dock, Lenovo will also offer a cheaper USB Type C dock for models like the Thinkpad X270 or ThinkPad 13 – models with USB C, but without Thunderbolt. This dock is similar to the more expensive Thunderbolt dock, but it is more limited: It can only ouptput one 4K monitor at 30 Hz and the dock only delivers 60 W to the connected laptop. Also, it has less USB ports.
Both docks have a Kensington-lock-slot and a power button at the top, which can be used to turn on/off the connected laptop. The ThinkPad USB C dock will be available in January for 200 US-Dollar, the Thunderbolt 3 dock will hit the market a little bit later in February for 280 Dollar.
ThinkVision P24h and P27h
Aside from the docks, Lenovo announced two new monitors with USB Type C as well. The new screens are called ThinkVision P24h and P27h, one in the 27" format, the other one measures 23,8". Both offer a 2K/QHD resolution (2K/QHD) and 99% sRGB color gamut. Both panels are matte, they have very slim display-bezels.
Since the monitors are connected to the laptop via USB type C, they also serve as a dock. Both deliver 45 W to the connected device, they have multiple USB ports and DisplayPort-connectors for daisy-chaining. Also, both have a slot for Lenovo´s ThinkCentre Tiny desktop PC, which can be inserted in the back of the monitor-chassis, effectively transforming it into a All-in-One.
The new ThinkVision screens will be available in March. The ThinkVision P27h will cost 329 Dollar, the smaller P24h will start at 259 Dollar.