Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a sleek-looking, lightweight, and powerful laptop for professionals. You can kit out this notebook with advanced audio, stunning displays, capable Intel processors, and LTE connectivity for truly wireless computing. Better still, you can make this notebook even better with some handy accessories.
Thunderbolt 3 Dock:CalDigit TS3 Plus
We’ve recommended this expensive dock time and time again, but it’s well worth the money if you want to create a workstation with your X1 Carbon. It connects with but a single Thunderbolt 3 port on the laptop, adding 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.
$310 at Amazon
Premium Design:Waterfield Sleevecase
Waterfield makes all its products by hand in San Francisco, and they come with a generous warranty, so you can be sure this is a quality sleeve. It’s made to fit precisely around the X1 Carbon, and it’s available in either waxed canvas or ballistic nylon. Choose from vertical or horizontal orientation, and add a strap if you’d like to sling it over your shoulder.
From $69 at SFBags
Ink on Windows:Lenovo Pen Pro
If you have a touch-enabled display on your X1 Carbon, a Wacom AES 2.0 pen — like Lenovo’s Pen Pro — will let you take advantage of Windows Ink features. This pen can last for more than 150 hours on a single charge, has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, and three buttons that can be configured.
$60 at Lenovo
Best Wireless Pointer:Logitech MX Master 2S
The X1 Carbon includes a touchpad and a ThinkPad TrackPoint system, but a wireless mouse can still increase productivity and precision. We rate the MX Master 2S as one of the best wireless mice 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 2.4GHz receiver.
From $79 at Amazon
Better Typing Ergonomics:Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
The keyboard isn’t the most ergonomically designed accessory, especially when all keys are aligned in rows like the standard layout. The X1 Carbon has an excellent keyboard, but using one all day can harm your wrists. The Surface Ergonomic keyboard is one that helps fight against fatigue.
$130 at Microsoft
Budget protection:Inateck sleeve
If you’re on a tighter budget, but would still like to protect your Carbon X1 against damage, Inateck’s sleeve keeps it basic with an unbeatable price. Included is a main zippered pocket with soft fleece lining and a secondary zippered pouch on the front for your smaller accessories — a few colors to choose from too.
$15 at Amazon
4K Upgrade:HP Z27
HP makes some cracking displays, and the Z27 is one such excellent choice. A 4K resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and 8ms response time make it very compelling for use as an additional (or external replacement) display for the X1 Carbon. If your laptop screen feels a little restricted, try this monster out.
$539 at HP
Making the right choice
All the accessories listed in this collection will complement the Lenovo X1 Carbon, allowing you to get more done on the go, but if you’re not too sure about where to begin, we can lend a hand here.
The big recommendation here is the Thunderbolt 3 dock. The CalDigit TS3 Plus is an excellent choice should you need a handful more ports to hook up additional hardware to your X1 Carbon. You get five USB-A 3.1 ports, two USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, two Thunderbolt 3 (one for the laptop), Ethernet, S/PDIF, an SD card reader, and 3.5mm audio in and out.
Laptops are also portable PCs, and you should treat them as such, making full use of Windows 10 wherever you go. If you find yourself frequently taking the X1 Carbon out your front door, you’ll want to consider some protection. Waterfield Sleevecase is a premium choice for additional shielding against bumps and drops while looking as premium as the price.