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P50 docking station compatibility

2016-03-11, 12:58 PM

Hello everybody,

 

I bought a P50 recently (i7-6700HQ, 16GB RAM, M1000M, 256GB SSD) and now would like to add a docking station.

In all the shops I looked so far it is stated that only the biggest 230W version named "performance dock" or "workstation dock" is compatible to the P50.

Can I really not just use the cheaper models "pro" (90W) or "ultra" (135/170W)?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Re: P50 docking station compatibility

2016-03-11, 15:51 PM

To find which Lenovo accessories including docks are suitable for your model, please visit Lenovo's Quick Pick webpage.

 

Here's the link for P50 Accessories, which includes two options for docks: http://lenovoquickpick.com/usa/system/thinkpad/p-series/p50#allaccessories

 

Thank you,

 

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2016-03-11, 14:43 PM

Yes, you can, I am using the P50 with the Pro Dock right now. Of course, you need to use the 170 W charger.

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Re: P50 docking station compatibility

2016-03-11, 15:51 PM

To find which Lenovo accessories including docks are suitable for your model, please visit Lenovo's Quick Pick webpage.

 

Here's the link for P50 Accessories, which includes two options for docks: http://lenovoquickpick.com/usa/system/thinkpad/p-series/p50#allaccessories

 

Thank you,

 

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2016-03-11, 18:06 PM

Thank you @ibmthink, I hoped to hear something like that!

 

Also thanks @Amy, I already saw this page. But I cannot really believe it. What are the downsides, when I use e.g. the Ultra Dock?

In my understanding the only potentially limiting difference is the power supply. Since my P50 was shipped with a 170W unit, that should be enough for this model. The 230W version is only needed for the P70, I guess?

 

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2016-03-11, 20:53 PM

The real downside is just one: it's takes a bit more precision to plug P50/P70 into the older docks, as the plastic guide "end of laptop" is in a different place.

 

170W is fine for P70 too, at least with M3000M GPU. Perhaps M5000M really requires 230W.

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2016-03-13, 4:10 AM

Sorry, just a sanity check, you're saying the mechanical docks that fit the t440p and others fit the P50?

 

That's fantastic news if so :)

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2020-02-11, 22:49 PM

My experience:

I have a T470 that fits perfectly on a Thinkpad Ultra Dock (40A2).

Based on loose info on the Internet (and definitely a bit to high trust in the skills and common sense of Lenovo engineers/product managers) I expected it to fit my P50 (20EN) also. Guess I should have investigated it properly....

 

The connector fits and everything works. And nothing is in the way to make a physical docking possible...

BUT mechanically it's not suited: The connector on the P50 is stupidly (at least from my limited point of view ;-) placed so that the lead-in guides do not work. And worst: The front end of the dock needs to be raised a fair bit to not place strain on the connector (which at least with my devices makes it non-functional)... I think it might be solved with a proper set of rubber feet - but that will of course then make the dock unsuitable for the "standard" ThinkPads (like my T470)... :-(

It's still a riddle to me why Lenovo did not place the connector on the P50 properly - or design a dock with a switchable angle. But for sure it's disappointing. But OK, at least they did use a common standard for the connector...

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Re:P50 docking station compatibility

2020-12-17, 5:46 AM

Anyone have a docking station recommendation for the P50 in 2020?

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Re:P50 docking station compatibility

2020-12-17, 7:14 AM

The workstation dock works perfectly for me:

I have purchased several P51 because this is the last generation that will fit a proper dock.

EDIT: And yes the photo depicts a P50.

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Re:P50 docking station compatibility

2021-01-13, 17:00 PM

What's the model number or SKU on that one?

I want to make sure I order the right one, and I also want to have a look at the ports before I order.

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