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"Dock" Solution for X1 6th gen - vs. 3rd Party USB-C Docks

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"Dock" Solution for X1 6th gen - vs. 3rd Party USB-C Docks

#1 Post by ExtraMediums » Sat May 05, 2018 11:55 pm

I thought this might interest some X1 Carbon users. A few weeks ago picked up the X1 Carbon 6th Gen from Costco, and after trying various USB-C docks for pass-through charging, USB mouse/keyboard, HDMI, etc. ($30-60 each on Amazon), I find them all VERY wanting. Most get pretty hot, some tax the computer with fan constantly running, and ALL have occasional lag on a USB mouse. And the official Lenovo dock is like $300....so yeah nope.

So I decided to make my own "dock" with Thermoplastic Pellets that melt at 140F in water and you can mold into whatever you want, and then it dries hard. There are a bunch of these on Amazon - I got 22 oz. of pellets - you could easily use 5 oz. for this solution. I had a short usb extension and short hdmi extension lying around, and bought a usb-c to usb-3-female adapter. All that is held together with the thermoplastic, which I molded around the connections while plugged in. Works like a charm so far (plastic dries very hard). Also leaves USB-3 on the right side available for external HD or whatever. (And you don't need to use HDMI and usb extensions....could just go direct to actual cord to each peripheral, but I had them so why not go for the extra flexibility). I'll probably make another one for work and continue to enjoy the benefits of directly plugging in to dedicated ports instead of giving those USB-C connections such a workout. Maybe someone will come up with a decent 3rd party dock that takes advantage of both USB-C Thunderbolt connections, but until then, I'll be rolling with this.


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Re: "Dock" Solution for X1 6th gen - vs. 3rd Party USB-C Docks

#2 Post by burhan » Sun May 06, 2018 12:43 am

OWC (sellers of mac peripherals) have a good dock solution; although it is expensive at $300 but it offers a bit more over the Lenovo docks:

1. Available in both silver and black.
2. Firewire
3. SD Card Reader (full size)
4. Optical Audio Out
5. mini-DP

Support for one 5K, or two 4K (all at 60Hz)

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