"I needed to use my laptop monitor with 2 external monitors and was given this to try. It serves the function I need but I do miss not powering the laptop from the docking station and not having one button power on in the docking station. One very annoying issue is that I use a Jabra wireless headset and no matter if I plug into the docking station or the laptop while on the docking station my phone connection is horrible. Nothing I've tried short of not using the docking station will fix the problem. Not sure I would have purchased this product with my money."
"There are so many things wrong with this: It ships with a 12 V adapter whereas a20 V adapter is required. It takes weeks for Lenovo to send the right adapter. several USB ports do not work. Sometimes it does not recognize the keyboard, then I need to stick that USB directly into the computer. The computer does not transition well between stand-alone laptop and docked with 2 additional projectors. It needs help every time to tell which display is what, and then when you undock it scrambles it again.
Many other things are wrong with it. Lenovo sent me a new one after two months, and it had similar but different problems.
"This device does not work for me. I know that it isn't really a dock and that It wouldn't power my X1 Carbon Touch. But it keeps dropping out and resetting, about every 10 minutes. When this happens I lose everything: Audio, network, mouse, keyboard and both monitors. This is so disruptive. And my computer is useless without it because of the lack of useful IO ports."
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."