6 of 19(32%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock
Review 1 for ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock
Owned Product:Just got it
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
Not a dock!
Date:December 5, 2013
Cons: no laptop charging, no displayport, no remote laptop power on
"With the new T series laptops we needed to start getting new docks to go with them. I am very disappointed with this product. It is not a dock as we know it. It cannot power the laptop so you still have to plug your laptop in under the desk. It cannot switch on the laptop so you need to open your laptop lid to switch on the laptop. There are only DVI display connectors that have never really been highly used and are being replaced by DisplayPort. Why aren't there DisplayPort sockets?"
"If it works or not for your computer and setup is totally random. I've tried every driver available from lenovo for my ideapad, for windows 8 and now windows 8.1 and dock drivers from both lenovo and displaylink.
NOTHING MAKES IT WORK AS INTENDED.
Mouse pointer jerks. Graphics blurs. And when downloading something (NIC is used) it basically stops updating the picture and all of the above is much worse. DON'T SELL THE PRODUCT UNTIL IT WORKS."
"With X1 Carbon, since it does not have an ethernet connection, your IT dept might use the dock's MAC address to network your computer. Since a replacement dock will have an different MAC address, it will not connect to the internet/network."
"Some people here clame that they get poor video performens.
I wonder if they have updated there laptops and the firmware.
Anyway, i use this doc with my Thinkpad X1. i have two monitors on the dock, and one connected to th laptop. I'm able to run full HD movies on both screens connected to the doc. sadly i have to play games on the monitor connected to the laptop, sice there's a short delay on the monitors connected to the doc.
"I have this with my x1 carbon at work. At first I found the video performance poor. But I've found this to be related to the power management on the laptop itself. If I choose the "balanced" power management option the video performance is really poor. But if I change to "power source optimized" everything is fine. Not sure why. Also had problems with cursor accuracy. But after moving the wireless dongle to one of the USBs at my monitor this seems better. So now it works ok, but I would expect more out of the box performance from Lenovo.""
"Every day it is something else with this dock. Mouse is jerky, monitor display and color resolution pixelates randomly until power off/power on of dock. Sound fluctuates. Most recently, I'll lose Ethernet and USB port usage at random times of the day until dock is rebooted. The device gets very hot too, which could part of the problem."
"I'm very disappointed with this dock. The only thing it actually does is to allow me to use a larger external monitor. It will not allow me to access my network via my network cable--I have to plug in directly to my Ultrabook. Also, it will not allow me to use external speakers--I have to plug the audio directly to my Ultrabook. Worst of all, it will not allow charging of my Ultrabook. I'm wondering why I even have this device; it is NOT worth $179.00!"
"I am writing the review to comment on others who have experienced erratic mouse movement when using wireless devices. I too had some erratic motion with my Bluetooth adapter. It appears to be some interference with the wireless radio of the usb dongle. A simple 1 foot usb extension cord proved a perfect solution.
The devices works perfectly with my dual monitors, usb 3 drive, speakers, and Logitech mx5500 keyboard and mouse."
"This dock will not work with an Idea Pad laptop. I just purchased a new Idea Pad and this dock. What was really frustrating was the technical support contacts, both Idea Pad and Think Pad said it was the other sections problem. I spent 2+ frustrating hours on the phone with this situation. Finally, Lenovo is taking it back for a credit. This information should have been stated on the site with the item."
"Lenovo labels this as a dock. I think it's more like a port replicator. This unit does not offer the ease of use and convenience that a dock does: 1) undock with a push of a button, 2) power on without having to open the laptop, 3) pass through AC power. I'm SUPER disappointed. I anticipated giving up the undocking, but the loss of the power features is a DEAL BREAKER. Wish I'd known before plunking down $200 for this given Lenovo's RA policy."
"I have an X1 Carbon with this USB 3.0 Dock. My wired devices (headsets, keyboards, mouse) all work but when I connect my Logitech MX550 combo keyboard/mouse, all I get is erratic behavior from both. I connect the wireless adaptor to the laptop and they work great. Same with my Plantronics wireless headset. I plug the adaptor into the dock and my range reduces from about 25 feet to less than 3. Plug it directly into the USB 2.0 port on the laptop and they work great."
"We have a couple of them for users in my company and they worked great for a month or 2. They proved to be extremely convenient in supplementing the lack of usb ports on the Lenovo Carbon X1's we have. I would love to see more accessories like this however, soon after we started receiving frequent "device not recognized" errors with all the docks. There are hundreds of forum posts referencing users with these errors so its not just the few we have in use but no fix in sight. Unless a fix is found or a newer model has been released and properly tested I would not recommend this product."
"I am using this with a new Carbon x1. The USB 3.0 performance isn't good enough for multi-monitor use at decent resolution. The mouse is jerky, the screen often shows compression artifacts making it difficult to read, dragging and dropping, scrolling, and just about everything else is slow, jerky or non-responsive.
Poor product. Even performs poorly with just one monitor. I would not purchase again."
Cons: Display performance, too slow to be practical
"This Thinkpad USB 3.0 Dock had serious performance issue. I connect it with T420s (with SSD). I had Logitech webcam and Audioengine D1 DAC, Logitech bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and one Asus 23" LED screen with the T420s screen off. The bandwidth of USB 3.0 could not handle (even with Webcam off) the data throughput. Mouse movements were jittery and pause often. I wish I could return the product. Single USB 3.0 is too good to be true and hence it's actually unacceptable."
"I purchased this USB 3.0 Dock with a new X1 Carbon a little over two months ago. From day one, the dock has not worked well with the 3.0 port (frequent device not recognized errors), but no errors when plugged into the 2.0 USB port. The device seems to frequently reset itself, as the keyboard will flash (like the PC is powering up), and the network connection momentarily drops connection (not a killer for surfing, but kills my telnet connections). The dual monitor output works fine, as well as the audio output. This is not working well for a full time desktop replacement docking station, and is expensive as a part time docking station."
"Purchased the 2.0 dock, and had alot of problems with monitor!!!! Screen would go crazy on external monitor. Replaced with new 3.0 dock. Love the dock running on Lenovo 530 ThinkPad on 3.0 port. Noticed that if screen on laptop open and monitor going at same time screen will wiggle alittle. Close monitor on laptop, screen is perfect. Doesnt matter laptop screen is not used at this time. Wish they would put some kind of power point on dock for computer, leave cord charger in bag. Always forgetting cord charger and needing it on job site."
"running Windows 8 on a t420s, the USB 3.0 Dock has come the closest to what I have been hoping to find: a single connection to "dock" on my desk with 3 monitors, a ton of peripherals, and less than ideal cable management habits.
i have but one gripe so far: the gigabit ethernet port is only getting about 38MB/s throughput. So now, I have 3 cables going into my laptop: usb3, power, and ethernet. i've just confirmed that the usb ethernet port works fine under hyper-v, so i'm happily able to report this is the best solution i've found so far, especially in the context of windows 8 OS compatibility."
Pros: Weight, Build Quality, Display performance, Input/Output compatibility, Support
"This USB 3.0 Dock is replacing my T400's Advanced Mini Dock (USB 2.0). I upgraded the T400's RAM and hard drive, and got a USB 3.0 ExpressCard and 3.0 external hard drive plus a USB 3.0 media drive for streaming. The final upgrade was this small, sleek, 5-port USB 3.0 dock into which I plugged all these peripherals. I took a risk on this Dock because after I ordered it, I found specs that said it didn't work with my older model Thinkpad. Then I found a trusted blogger's comment that made me think I should give it a try. I'm so glad I did! Everything is working well together. The updated driver installed smoothly with Win XP Pro. Transfer speeds are incredible with 3.0. The Gigabit Ethernet accesses the internet much faster. My external monitor is performing beautifully plugged into the Dock. The user manual is clear and gave me all the information I needed to do the install and find my preferred video mode; I love all the video options. I keep a mini USB cable plugged into the charging port to attach my phone or tablet. All wires are plugged into the 3.0 Dock's small form factor, which sits at the back edge of my desk with the external drives and my closed laptop (under desk sliding wireless keyboard). I have lots of desk space and a neat desk, finally! The only con is the price tag, but this is a brand new unit, price will probably come down in time, I couldn't live with slow transfer times and messy wires any longer, and after reading reviews of other units and their troubleshooting experiences, I only want to deal with Lenovo technical support if i have a problem."
"I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of design work that Lenovo put into this product. Though it is just a docking station, they managed to get it down to only half the size of the Toshiba, Targus, and Fujitsu products. And while all the other guys had roughly the same shape and generic design to their docks, the ThinkPad one looked very unique and feels like my X1's little brother on the desk with the black rubber paint and glossy front panel.
The performance was outstanding as well. I do graphics design work and had two 1080p videos running on two external monitors. The thing didn't even hiccup. I also love the charging port they put on it to fuel my phone, which works even when my notebook is not connected.
I'm a very happy customer and hope to see more unique and well thought-out products like this in the future. For those who's in the market for a USB 3 dock solution. There is no reason to go anywhere else.