Lenovo ThinkPad Stack: Modular, Portable Docking Station For Laptops

Most business-class laptops support something called a docking station, which allows you to plug monitors, a keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals to your laptop without dealing with a bunch of cables. Generally, docking stations are heavy and best left at home, but Lenovo has announced a setup that seems tailor-made for use on the go.

The ThinkPad Stack are laptop accessories, each with a specific function, that can be stacked atop each other, allowing the use of all at once with one cable, or individually by pulling 'em apart. The point here is to ease the burden on your shoulder by letting you leave at home the extra features you won't need on a trip.

 

 

These four Stack modules include: a 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive, an Ethernet or 3G/4G cellular-to-WiFi access point, a 2w Bluetooth speaker with mic and an audio input; and a 10,000 mAh USB power bank. All four attach to each other magnetically, with a combined weight of 1.9 lbs and dimensions of 5.4 x 3”.

Lenovo aren't ruling out releasing additional modules in the future, which can only be a good thing. There's a conspicuous lack of any actual USB hub, here, and the power bank ought to be, well, more than just a power bank. It'll charge two USB-connected devices (such as smartphones) at once, but won't serve as an extra battery for your laptop.

Either way, you'll be able to buy said power bank, plus the other members of the ThinkPad Stack family, from Lenovo's website come April. Prices are USD $50 for the power bank, $90 for the Bluetooth speaker, $200 each for the access point and 1TB hard drive; and $340 for the whole shebang.