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Best Docking Stations for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 in 2023

Best Docking Stations for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 in 2023

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Looking to expand your ports on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11? Check out some of these Thunderbolt or USB docks.

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ThinkPad X1 Yoga (7th gen)

Compared to many other Lenovo laptops, the strong point of the ThinkPad line for business users has always been the port selection. So it’s not surprising that the upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 has a plethora of ports ranging from Thunderbolt 4, USB-A, a headphone jack and HDMI. But if you want more than that, maybe a VGA port, Ethernet port, or DisplayPort to connect to other accessories, then a dock is a must. Just plug it into the right port and start connecting.

With the ThinkPad being so popular, there are of course many dock options. Lenovo makes Thunderbolt 4 docks, but so do HP, Razer, CalDigit, Anker, and many other brands. One of these nine options could be just what you need!

Perspective view of the Lenovo ThinkPad Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock Lenovo ThinkPad Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock

This is the de facto dock for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11. It is manufactured by Lenovo and offers you multiple additional USB ports and multiple display outputs, as well as up to 100W of charging power for your laptop.

caldigit-ts4-dock-169-render-01 CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock

CalDigit’s TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock is another popular dock for Windows PCs like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11. It’s pricey, but you get a total of 18 ports for accessories, up to 98W of power, and a premium aluminum body.

lenovo mini dock connected to a pc Lenovo Mini Dock

This is more of a dongle than a dock, but it’s great for adding ports on the go. Despite its tiny size, you still get HDMI, VGA, USB-C, USB 3.1, USB 2, 3.5mm audio, and Ethernet ports.

If you don't need a lot of ports, the CalDigit Element Hub gives you four USB Type-A ports and three Thunderbolt downstream ports that you can still connect plenty of accessories to.  It's also very compact and cheaper than most Thunderbolt docks. CalDigit Element Hub CalDigital Element Thunderbolt 4 Dock

This reversible dock from CalDigit is a bit more compact than the previously mentioned TS4. It sits nicer and flatter on a desk and adds USB-A and Thunderbolt 4 ports to your ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11.

hp-thunderbolt-dock-g4-169-render-01 HP Thunderbolt Dock G4

It may seem strange that we are proposing an HP Dock for a Lenovo product, but the HP Thunderbolt Dock G4 is very popular among Windows laptop users. You get DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and up to 120W of power. This dock can also power up to four external 4K displays.

If you want a more portable hub to add ports to your laptop, this one from Lenovo can do the trick.  It gives you three USB Type-A ports, HDMI, and a couple of card readers, and supports pass-through charging over USB-C.  It's also very compact. Lenovo USB-C 7-in-1 Hub Lenovo USB-C 7-in-1 Hub

This compact 7-in-1 hub adds seven additional ports to your ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11. You get some extra USB-A ports, HDMI and card readers. There’s even support for passthrough loading.

Anchor docking station Anchor docking station

You can’t go wrong with this dock from Anker. You get 13 additional ports for your ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11, including USB-A, USB-C, Ethernet and card reader. You can even charge your laptop.


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Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma

This Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock is for those who value RGB lighting. It might not be for business settings, but if you love RGB effects and need the extra 10 ports, this is an option for you. It features an SD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, Thunderbolt 4 ports, and more.

If you're looking for a great all-round dock with a wide range of ports and a premium design, the Anker 777 is probably one of your best options.  It comes in a rugged-looking all-metal body and has plenty of ports including two HDMI ports, USB Type-A, Ethernet, and downstream Thunderbolt. Anchor 777 Thunderbolt 4 Dock Anchor 777 Thunderbolt 4 Dock

Our final pick is the Anker 777 Thunderbolt 4 Dock. This dock has a metal shell and is absolutely top notch. You also get two additional HDMI ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, 3.5mm audio, and card readers.

That ends our list. We hope you found a dock that fits your ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 needs. There are many options, but all of these products offer additional ports that you may need. However, out of all the picks, we strongly recommend going with the Lenovo ThinkPad Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock as it comes directly from Lenovo, but a third-party option like the CalDigit TS4 is just as good and has even more ports. Of course, if these are too expensive for you, you can’t go wrong with the Lenovo Mini Dock or the Lenovo USB-C 7-in-1 hub.

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