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Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-03-25, 4:14 AM

Hi guys, could you please help me choose the best docking station for my purpose? I alternate between using two of my laptops - a P1 gen 2 and an older P 50 laptop.  I would like to have a docking station that can support either of these two laptops, has at least two HDMI outputs, can support two monitors and a few usb ports.  I would like a high performance one so that there is no degradation in display quality and speed/bandwidth.  What docking station would you recommend works best for me?  Please note I won't be using both the laptops at the same time on the docking station (doh!) 

 

Cheers,

Krish

 

 

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Re:Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-03-25, 14:33 PM

Hello kkrathi,

 


Greetings

 

 

Lenovo P1 Gen 2 compatible docks are the models 40AS0090US and 40ANY230US, while the P50 fits with ThinkPad Workstation Dock 230W US (40A50230US).

I wasn't able to find any dock that works with both machines.

Let's wait for the comments of fellow users who might have the same set up with these computers and docks.

 

 

Best regards, 
Lorenzo_Lenovo



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Re:Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-03-25, 22:57 PM

Hi Lorenzo, I know what you are saying. I cannot find something that can be used for both laptops. Hope someone responds to us.

 

If there is no solution, I wonder if either USB-C Dock Gen 2 or TB3 Workstation dock gen 2 could support P50 as long as I accept the fact that I have to use P50's power adapter to power it separately (outside) from the dock.  Will then either of the docks work?  Hope there is a better solution though. Fingers crossed.

 

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Re:Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-03-26, 8:28 AM

I would try to wait and hold out for the TB4 dock, it seems worth trying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghBXth1jwM0

If not, the TB3 gen 2 dock could certainly be worth trying.

 

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Re:Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-03-26, 9:08 AM

Hello,

 

I have used the ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Workstation Dock (Type 40AN) with a ThinkPad P50.  I had both a 135W and 230W plugged into the dock to provide power to the dock and the ThinkPad P50, and a ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Workstation Dock Split Cable (Type 4X90U90621) to provide both power and a data to the ThinkPad P50.

 

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Re:Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-03-26, 22:43 PM

@ goretsky wrote:

Hello,

 

I have used the ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Workstation Dock (Type 40AN) with a ThinkPad P50.  I had both a 135W and 230W plugged into the dock to provide power to the dock and the ThinkPad P50, and a ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Workstation Dock Split Cable (Type 4X90U90621) to provide both power and a data to the ThinkPad P50.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 

Hi Aryeh, thank you for that!  Would you please clarify something.  So sorry I didn't understand you properly. When you say you had "both ..135 and 230w plugged into the doc", what do you exactly mean by that?  Secondly, are you saying that if I get that split cable you mentioned, then I can use P50 too without having to run a separate power adapter from P50 to the main power supply?  

 

And finally, do you recommend TB3 dock based on your experience?

 

 

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Re:Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-03-29, 20:21 PM

Bumping this.  would appreciate some responses to follow up questions and if you have any other advice for me?

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Re:Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-03-30, 7:21 AM

Without being Aryeh, the answer is Yes.

 

 

For the last question,

I have not personally tried the dock and and will not comment further.

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Re:Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-03-30, 23:27 PM

Thank you.  Since the TB3 Workstation dock gen 2 is not available, my only other options are (a) this TB3 dock gen 2 or this third party "Plugable" dock.  Anyone has thoughts on the Plugable dock or the TB3 (non-workstation) dock gen 2?  Please assume that I will just be having a separate power supply and not relying on the dock.  So mainly for monitors, usb ports, ethernet, keyboard and mice connection.

 

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Re:Best docking station to support P1 Gen 2 and P50.

2021-04-03, 12:41 PM

Hello,

 

The ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Workstation Dock (Type 40AN) has two Lenovo SlimTip power connectors on it, one labeled 230W and one labeled 65W/135W.  This is because the dock can be used with different models of laptop with different charging requirements, and allows the dock to get all the power it needs, while also being able to pass through 230W of power to P-Series laptops like the ThinkPad P50 and P1 Gen 2 which require more power than can be provided over a Thunderbolt 3 cable with the USB Type-C connector.  So, for these high-wattage systems, there's a cable you can order called a ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Workstation Dock Split Cable which has two connectors at each end, one for data, and one for power.

 

They seem to work well, but I do not have any other Thunderbolt 3 docks to compare it to. 

 

The type 40AN dock you linked to should work fine, as long as the appropriate power supplies are plugged in to it (I'm guessing it will require a 230W power supply as well) and the aforementioned split cable is used to connect it to a ThinkPad.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 

 

 



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