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Lenovo Thinkpad X200 UltraBase

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      24.04.2010 15:55
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      A good companion for the X200, a must if you're using the machine all the time

      I've already reviewed the X200 so thought it would be a good idea to write something about the UltraBase docking station as well.

      Do you need a docking station?
      First of all i'd recommend really thinking about whether you need a docking station, at well over £100 this doesnt come cheap and may not be necessary depending on what you're using the latpop for.
      If you're the sort of person who's using the laptop all the time and primarily as a desktop replacement then i would definately recommend getting one of these, similarly if you're the sort of person who has lots of peripherals to connect up to the laptop - this will save you time and make your desk area alot neater. It also means you can have a proper monitor set up so you dont strain your eyes on the X200's 12.1" screen!

      If you have an X200 and need a docking station then you dont really have alot of choice but to buy this. But having said that Lenovo dont seem to have taken that for granted and have produced a pretty good piece of kit.

      Firstly, its neat its the same size as the laptop (if you have an X200 with a smaller battery this will be about 3/4 of an inch longer at the back as it also caters for the larger battery packs which stick out of the rear of the laptop further. Its almost as tall as the laptop itself, about 1 1/2 to 2 cm tall.

      Ports - i wont list them all as you can find this in the tech specs but all the ports bar one USB are in the back of the docking station making it easy to connect all your peripherals and keep the desk area neat and tidy. There is one USB port on the right side for easier access if needed.

      There is a power button on the front to turn the machine on when its docked and an eject leaver on the left side to undock the laptop.

      All in all pretty simple and easy to use. You literally just put the laptop on top of this and click it in place, once docked all your peripherals should work with the laptop.

      There is an expansion bay in the docking station for a optical CD/DVD drive. But be careful as this may not come as standard, mine doesnt have an optical drive included but i know some do come with this already installed.

      My only issue...
      Other than the price which is a bit steep i have a recurring issue with this whereby whenever i undock the laptop and then re-dock it the laptop goes into 'sleep' mode and has to be woken up. Not a major issue but a bit of an inconvenience as i have to log in with a windows password each time this happens!


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