Lenovo did a fine job on the design of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme. It's a thin, sleek-looking notebook that houses a solid collection of ports. In order to attach countless accessories or hook up an Ethernet cable, you're likely going to need a dock. Here's a short selection of the best ThinkPad X1 docks out there.
CalDigit TS3 Plus dock (opens in new tab)
Lenovo added numerous ports to the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, but in case that wasn't enough, the CalDigit TS3 Plus should be at the top of your list thanks to its addition of 15 ports, up to 85W of power to charge the laptop, and sturdy construction.
Lenovo ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 dock Gen 2 (opens in new tab)
This official dock from Lenovo is pricy, but the sleek device houses four USB ports, two HDMI ports, two DisplayPorts, and Ethernet. If that wasn't enough already, Lenovo also bundles a power cord with a dedicated input to help provide additional juice to whatever is connected, including your X1 Extreme.
Plugable Thunderbolt 3 dock (Windows and Mac) (opens in new tab)
With up to 60W of charging, support for 4K displays at 60Hz, and a myriad of other ports, this Plugable dock is a solid option for those on tighter budgets. It doesn't have quite as many ports as our CalDigit pick, but it's also about $60 cheaper, making it the runner-up if you can't get your hands on the TS3 Plus.
StarTech Thunderbolt 3 dock (opens in new tab)
Looking for a more compact dock that you can more conveniently carry around with your notebook? You'll want to have a look at this portable option from StarTech. This dock offers a single USB-A 3.0, RJ45 Ethernet, and two DisplayPorts.
Choosing the right dock
The ideal dock for your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme depends on what you need to use with the notebook. If you need additional ports, Ethernet, and some other connectors, a dock like the CalDigit TS3 Plus would do just fine.
This dock has nearly everything you'll need to hook up all your accessories and devices. Other docks will provide additional features at a more affordable price, which may be a better choice if you simply require an additional USB port or two. It's also our pick for best Thunderbolt 3 docks.
It's not even the most expensive on this list, but it is still pricey. If you want to save some money and still get a bunch of ports, you can check out the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 dock. There are other docks that are cheaper, but if you want the full experience, you're going to have to spend some money.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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