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ThinkPad Series 3 Docking Stations/Port Replicator

So what are the differences between the Series 3 docking station/port replicator option?

Lenovo ThinkPad Ultrabase Series 3

1. Series 3 Ultrabase

The series 3 ultrabase is used on the X220(i), X220t, X230 and X230t.

Features:

  • Serial Ultrabay Slim (9.5 mm) – 6 Gbps/SATAIII
  • VGA monitor
  • Displayport
  • Headphone Jack
  • Microphone Jack
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • Key locking mechanism
  • Kensington lock mechanism
  • DC power jack
  • External ON/OFF switch

 

Lenovo ThinkPad Ultrabase Series 3

2. ThinkPad Mini Port Replicator Series 3 (Product no: 4336-xxx)

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  • Doesn’t come with power adapter
  • Power ON/OFF button
  • Kensington lock
  • 4 USB 2.0 port (new version has one USB 3.0 in place of USB 2.0)
  • VGA
  • Gigabit Ethernet passthrough (when in use, the laptop’s ethernet port doesn’t work)
  • DC power jack

 

3. ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 (Product number: 4337-xxx)

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  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x Displayport (displayport is deactivated when DVI port is used)
  • Single link DVI-D (even though its a dual link DVI-D)
  • Gigabit Ethernet Passthrough (when in use, your laptop’s own gigabit ethernet is disabled)
  • 6 USB 2.0 (in the updated model with USB 3.0 port, one of the USB port is USB 3.0)
  • DC power jack
  • 90 watts adapter

 

4. ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 (i.e. Workstation model) (Product number: 4338-xxx)

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  • 1 x VGA port
  • 2 x Displayport
  • 2 x DVI-D single link (when one DVI port is used, the Displayport next to it is disabled)
  • Gigabit Ethernet Passthrough (when in use, your laptop’s own gigabit ethernet is disabled)
  • 6 USB 2.0
  • eSATA (not eSATAp) – new USB 3.0 model has no eSATA port, the eSATA port is replaced with a USB 3.0 port
  • DC power jack
  • 90 watts adapter (Workstation model comes with 135 watts, latest one comes with 170 watts adapter)