Lenovo unveils USB-C Dual Display Travel Dock with 100W USB power delivery

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In a nutshell: Lenovo has introduced a portable docking station designed for those that work onsite and remotely. The Lenovo USB-C Dual Display Travel Dock, as the name suggests, connects via USB-C and grants access to seven additional ports including an always-on USB port, a 100W USB-C PD (power delivery) port, a 4K DisplayPort connector, a 4K HDMI port, and an Ethernet jack. A retractable USB-C cable conveniently tucks away into the bottom of the unit.

Details are few and far between at this hour. For example, we don't know if the display options support 60 Hz refresh rates, nor do we have any information regarding physical dimensions and weight. With the word "travel" in its name, however, we expect it to be small and light enough to toss in a laptop bag for use on the go.

Laptops with as few I/O ports as possible are in vogue. While they certainly look sleek and are no doubt cheaper to produce, trimming useful ports is particularly annoying to power users seeking to maximize expansion options for productivity purposes. Adding a second or even a third display to your workspace can do wonders for productivity as you can have multiple items visible all at once, eliminating the need to constantly open and close windows.

Last month, Belkin launched an 11-in-1 USB-C dock that is better suited for permanent desk use. That unit includes a Kensington lock slot, an SD card reader, two USB 3.2 Type-A 10Gbps ports, a USB-C 3.2 10Gbps data port, a USB-C 3.2 100 watt PD port, a pair of HDMI 4K ports, a VGA 1080P port, a 2.5Gb Ethernet jack and a 3.5mm audio jack.

While the Belkin does have more ports (and we know it supports 60 Hz refresh rates on one port), it is also a lot more expensive. Belkin priced its dock at $199.99, and it's available now. If you want Lenovo's option, you will have to wait until March 2024 when it will set you back $109.99.

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We stopped using dell docks after we had tow separate models suffer a string of failures, and switched to lenovo. Not only have they not failed, but we get more USB A ports and an audio jack, for a lower price then dell!
 
We stopped using dell docks after we had tow separate models suffer a string of failures, and switched to lenovo. Not only have they not failed, but we get more USB A ports and an audio jack, for a lower price then dell!
you have a 3.5mm audio jack? How dare you!
 
We stopped using dell docks after we had tow separate models suffer a string of failures, and switched to lenovo. Not only have they not failed, but we get more USB A ports and an audio jack, for a lower price then dell!

Besides the plastic USB-C connector shroud occasionally breaking, which is super easy to fix with some shrink tube and a heatgun, the Dell WD19 and WD19TB docks have been great for us once on the latest firmware. Did you make sure to update them to the latest firmware versions?

I do agree that the 3 total USB-A ports is limiting, and the newer WD19S and WD19TBS models lacking 3.5mm audio ports is pretty frustrating too.
 
Besides the plastic USB-C connector shroud occasionally breaking, which is super easy to fix with some shrink tube and a heatgun, the Dell WD19 and WD19TB docks have been great for us once on the latest firmware. Did you make sure to update them to the latest firmware versions?

I do agree that the 3 total USB-A ports is limiting, and the newer WD19S and WD19TBS models lacking 3.5mm audio ports is pretty frustrating too.
Dell docks are horrible, and ridiculously overpriced. My favorite part is when you buy the OFFICIAL dock for your laptop, then the laptop says it's underpowered and I should get an official docking station.

But other than that, they indeed randomly fail, and we're not talking about physical breaks, it just won't charge or won't display, etc.

Just say no to Dell.
 
My favorite part is when you buy the OFFICIAL dock for your laptop, then the laptop says it's underpowered and I should get an official docking station.
That happens if you buy a dock with an underspecced power supply. The WD19 models come with both 130W and 180W power supplies, with the later being necessary for beefier systems. If you're getting that warning, now you know.
 
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