The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is an incredible laptop, in both design and its hardware. However, making such a sleek powerhouse requires some sacrifice, and the Ethernet port just won't fit. But if it's something you need, have no fear, there are some easy ways to get it back with these great adapters.
Lenovo USB-C to Ethernet (opens in new tab)
Because the X1 Extreme doesn't have a built-in Ethernet port, Lenovo built its own that hooks up over USB-C. It's compact, matches the ThinkPad styling and, importantly for some, supports PXE Boot. That alone is worth the more premium price.
StarTech USB-A 3.0 to Ethernet (opens in new tab)
This adapter is compatible with 10/100/1000Mbps networks and will remind you that you'll get better performance from a USB 3.0 port if you should connect it to a slower USB 2.0 one. It also provides a USB port on the adapter to replace the one you used up by connecting it in the first place.
AmazonBasics USB-A to Ethernet (opens in new tab)
If all you need is an Ethernet adapter via USB-A 3.0, this option from AmazonBasics is about the cheapest you'll find. It's a no-frills option that will do just what you need and nothing more. Even so, it's pretty well made and should last a fair while.
Anker 3-Port hub with Ethernet (opens in new tab)
The Ethernet port here supports 10/100/1000Mbps networks to ensure you can connect pretty much everywhere, and LEDs on the port ensure you that data is moving as it should be. It's also an excellent USB 3.0 hub, with a trio of USB-A 3.0 ports along the top of the adapter support that all support data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps.
No wrong answers
Part of owning a slim laptop like the X1 Extreme is that you don't get the full suite of ports you were perhaps used to once upon a time. Thankfully, one thing you'll never be without is USB-A, or in the case of newer, higher-end laptops like this, USB-C. Lenovo's own USB-C Ethernet adapter (opens in new tab) is a perfect companion, in no small part thanks to its support of PXE boot. Just toss it in your laptop bag and never be without a wired connection.
Adding USB ports is also something you can easily do while getting Ethernet on your laptop, too, and Anker's excellent USB Ethernet hub (opens in new tab) is the one to get. Not only will it give you a super-fast wired data connection, but you'll get back the USB port you gave up for it and add another couple on top.
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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