External graphics card enclosures typically bring high-end graphics to compatible desktops and laptops via a somewhat large enclosure, and while this may work for some users, Lenovo’s new Thunderbold 3 Graphics Dock packs graphical performance into a tiny package.
The Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock was envisioned to be paired up with a small and light Ultrabook for graphics horsepower on the go or at a moment’s notice. With an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 sporting 4GB of GDDR5 inside, this external dock has plenty of horsepower to support up to three 4K displays, or even play some of today’s most popular games at 1080p resolutions. While the Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock is currently only certified with the IdeaPad 720S, Lenovo was showing off the unit attached to a ThinkPad X1. We expect to see more devices supported in the future.We really like the small footprint of the dock, as it takes up minimal desk space, and can easily be transported in a bag along with its external power supply and your Ultrabook for gaming or multi-monitor productivity on the go.
As it also functions as a connectivity dock, there are multiple options available for additional peripherals and communications. A single USB 2.0 port, and two USB 3.0 ports are available, as well as a single HDMI 2.0 port and two DisplayPort 1.2 ports. Wired network connectivity is available via a gigabit Ethernet port, and a single 3.5mm combo jack is on audio duty. The dock itself is a 170W part, but can supply charging power to a connected device, up to 65W.
Expect to see availability of the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock sometime this month, with a price point of $399.