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Lenovo ThinkPad Advanced Mini-Dock Port Replicator (250410U)

by Lenovo
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  • Does NOT support All other ThinkPad models
  • Supports ThinkPad models: T60, T61, T60p, T61p, T400, T500, R60, R61, R400, R500, Z60, Z61, Z60m, Z60t, Z61m, Z61t, W500, SL500
  • Standard device ports: 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 PS/2 port for mouse, serial, parallel, Microphone in, headphone out, S/PDIF (digital audio), DVI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) and modem (RJ-11)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 13.1 x 2.1 inches ; 2.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000BYA5NC
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  • Item model number: 250410U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 22, 2003

Product Description

The ThinkPad Advanced Mini Dock offers enhanced cable management and connectivity in a surprisingly small form factor. It is ideal for notebook users who need quick and easy access to peripherals but do not require full desktop expansion capability.

Compatibility: ThinkPad T60, T61, T60p, T61p, T400, T500, R60, R61, R400, R500, Z60, Z61, Z60m, Z60t, Z61m, Z61t, W500, SL500.

IMPORTANT! DOES NOT WORK WITH: X series, L series, W series, and select T series models.

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Charging and port replication work flawlessly.
Princeton J White Jr
If you have a work station in one location that you frequently use, this dock can be a welcome addition.
tsaro
I used this with a T61 and it's now also working great with a W500 thinkpad.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Darren He on December 12, 2006
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This Thinkpad Dock, built for the IBM Thinkpad T60, works very well - it is an excellent port replicator, short of the full-sized advanced dock by only 1 USB port and the expansion bays. The design is also a lot more attractive than that of the T-43 Port Replicator. There is an "undocking" system, but I usually, just eject the Thinkpad, without any ill effects to either the dock or my laptop. (The ejection process is annoying because my external hard drive sometimes does not stop immediately). My own wishes for this product are: 1) It included FireWire ports, and 2) It was cheaper. Just like all proprietary products, it sells for a lot more than it's worth.

Last note: The dock has these ports and features

4 USB 2.0

DVI

VGA

Ethernet

Phone jack

PS2

Serial

Microphone (Audio In)

Headphone (Audio Out)

S/PDIF

Power adapter

Lock

and couple more that I have no use for and will not even bother to look at. Full specs are at the company website.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Leland on October 28, 2008
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I was unsure about this myself, so I am happy to confirm that this product *does* let you use two external monitors under Linux. (You may have to disable the built in display panel to do it, though...I don't think the Intel GMA integrated card can support all 3 at once).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Y. Michael Ma on August 20, 2008
I bought this for DVI output. And for that purpose, its perfect. The build is of the same quality as the laptop. The price is a bit high, but this is the cheaper way to do DVI on the T60. The two problems I have with it is heat and mic-in.

I always have my T60 on a laptop cooler that blows air from underneath the laptop. The cooler works really well. Unfortunately, this dock manages to cover up the hottest parts of the laptop. To give you a comparison, my laptop cooler will keep my battery at 34C (not charging). With this dock, the battery is around 42C (not charging and cooler blowing on it). Without the cooler it can only be getting hotter, but considering there hasn't been a recall of any sort, its reasonable to say your laptop is not going to melt, but I still don't like the idea of it running hot.

Another problem I noticed was that the dock's mic-in seemed to be of poor quality. For example, anything you put on the mic-in sounds like the gain has been boosted to where it sounds distorted (almost like you have the mic-gain feature selected, and no that wasn't the problem.) The solution to this problem is to just use the audio out built into the laptop. This takes away a little bit from the ease of docking experience.

Overall, I feel like the DVI (compared to the jittery VGA on my 24" Dell WFP-2705 some weird conflict with this monitor) was well worth it. 4 more USB ports are nice. Can never have enough USB 2.0 ports.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JB on April 6, 2007
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I would have given this 5 stars but it only comes with 1 ps2 port and my keyboard and mouse both need one so I knocked it down a peg because there's all kind of ports I don't use, it would have been nice to have one that I do use. Really though, it's a well made unit and I have no complaints thus far. It's a big time saver without having to unplug cords from the unit and if you don't need the add-on cd drive it's a much better value then the full size dock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allen Moore on December 31, 2008
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I bought one of these for my Lenovo T61 four months ago, mostly to add a "real" serial port, which is still widely used in the embedded development field in which I work (USB-to-serial converters add unacceptable overhead to data transfer rates). The serial port works at full speed with true RS-232 levels--no complaint there. Since then I've also appreciated the four extra USB ports, and the convenience of being able to leave all cables still connected to the Mini-Dock when I take my laptop off-site. I've had no mechanical issues, and I dock/undock on almost a daily basis.

However I've had enough OS problems with the undocking process (running WinXP SP3), that I've learned it's less problematic to just Shut Down the T61 before undocking. Also, if you happen to shut off power to the dock while undocking, that will definitely lock up the OS.

Except for the serial port and Ethernet jack, I haven't used any of the other ports (legacy parallel, audio out/mic in, DVI, VGA, modem, PS/2) so can't comment on those. The dock comes with a 90W AC adapter.

It would be nice if the Mini-Dock also included a stand (like the Lenovo ThinkPad Adjustable Notebook Stand, which I have on order); right now I have it propped up on a homemade stand to get a comfortable angle on the T61's keyboard.

Of course the ultimate question is, 'Would I buy it again?'. The answer is yes--I've just ordered another one for home office use.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. alsanea on June 27, 2008
2 years ago I bought this product along with my ThinkPad T60 and it worked perfectly without any issues full desktop experience with my laptop before this I always use to have a desktop + a notebook now just a ThinkPad notebook will do 2 years later I upgraded my ThinkPad from T60 to T61 and the docking still works 100% this is a great solution from Lenovo to us ThinkPad owners, all in all a high quality product that deserves more than 5 stars!
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