Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a 15.6-inch business laptop that is filled with performance hardware to help you get through a day’s work. It’s loaded with ports, it has plenty of security features, and the display is available in 4K touch with Dolby Vision HDR. It’s pretty much the complete package, though it can certainly benefit from some worthwhile accessories. We’ve rounded up the best right here.
If you have the 4K touch model, a Wacom AES 2.0 pen — like Lenovo’s Pen Pro — will let you take advantage of Windows Ink features. The pen has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, a battery that lasts more than 150 hours, and it supports tilt function. It has three buttons that can be configured, and it includes three replacement nibs.
Logitech MX Master 2S
The X1 Extreme includes a touchpad and a ThinkPad TrackPoint system, but a wireless mouse can still increase productivity and precision. The MX Master 2S is an outstanding mouse thanks to ergonomic design, up to 70-day battery life, a precise Darkfield sensor that works on any surface, and connections over Bluetooth or a 2.4 GHz receiver.
$79+ at Amazon
The X1 Extreme promotes productivity, but typing all day can harm your wrists. An ergonomic keyboard, like the Microsoft Sculpt, can help. The keys are split and angled to promote better wrist health, it has a cushioned palmrest for added comfort, and a separate numpad allows you to crunch numbers. The black finish matches your laptop for a cohesive workstation.
$68 at Amazon
Thunderbolt 3 dock
CalDigit TS3 Plus
This is an expensive dock, but it’s well worth the money if you want to create a workstation with your X1 Extreme. It connects with Thunderbolt 3 and adds 15 ports, including five USB-A 3.1, DisplayPort, two USB-C 3.1, Ethernet, and two Thunderbolt 3, and it can charge your laptop with up to 85 W of power at the same time.
$310 at Amazon
The X1 Extreme is designed with durability in mind, but a sleeve can nevertheless help with scratches and bumps. This 15.6-inch ProCase sleeve is extremely popular thanks to its quality, lightweight build, a zippered main compartment with plenty of padding, an extra pocket on the side for smaller accessories, and a carrying handle on top. It’s available in black and five other colors.
$19 at Amazon
Premium laptop bag
WaterField Staad Attaché
The Staad Attaché is an ideal business companion for the X1 Extreme thanks to a premium design that will fit in just about anywhere. It’s handmade in the U.S., primarily from waxed canvas and with a full-grain leather top handle and protective flap. A secure clip keeps it closed, and a shoulder strap can be attached for easier carrying.
$239 at SFBags
If a premium leather attaché seems like too much bag for your needs, this Timbuk2 Command messenger should do the trick. It has plenty of room inside with padding for your laptop, two secure clips hold the flap in place, and it can be carried in-hand or over the shoulder. Choose from a bunch of different colors to best match your style.
$90+ at Amazon
Dell’s UltraSharp U2718Q is one of the nicest 27-inch 4K monitors available, thanks to an unreal picture with excellent color reproduction, near bezel-less display, and HDR10 support. Connect with HDMI, adjust for tilt, rotation, and height, and take advantage of USB-A 3.0 ports for connecting other accessories.
If we’re making some suggestions
All of the above accessories can definitely complement the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, but if you’re wondering exactly where to start, we can help. The ProCase sleeve is a relatively cheap way to keep your laptop looking pristine, gives you inking capabilities if you have the 4K display configuration, and the CalDigit TS3 Plus dock is the first step in setting up a high-performance workstation at home or at the office.