Docks are finally getting their chance to shine after Apple nixed all the ports on its new MacBooks Pros and instead opted for only Thunderbolt. Suddenly, we love our ports. Don’t take our ports! Luckily for us, the wheels of capitalism have already started turning to satisfy our port needs. There’s OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 dock, for instance, and something called the Line Dock on Indiegogo. Now, Lenovo, too, is getting into the game with its Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docks that it introduced today. These docks are designed for the modern day office worker, like all of Lenovo’s ThinkPad products.
The ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock includes two DisplayPort ports, HDMI, VGA, five USB 3.0 ports— one of which is always powered — Gigabit Ethernet, a headphone jack, and a Thunderbolt 3 port over USB-C. It supports up to three displays and costs $279.99.
Meanwhile, the ThinkPad USB-C Dock has two DisplayPort outputs, along with VGA, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, Gigabit Ethernet, and a headphone jack. It can power up to two displays and costs $199.99. Both docks come with separate power supplies to power a laptop.
Listen, you’ve got some options for docks. Not all hope is lost. Just remember: ports come and go, but docks remain a constant.