Lenovo offers a handful of accessories for the ThinkPad 10, including a docking station, keyboard cover, Quickshot cover, and protective case. We tested all except the ThinkPad 10 Protective Case.
Of the three, the $45 Quickshot cover proved to be the most indispensable, as it not only protected the display, but also provided a convenient notch for the pen. It snaps securely to the bottom edge of the ThinkPad 10 via magnets, similar to the Touch and Type Covers, and features magnetic closures to wake the tablet when opened, a la the Apple Smart Cover. Its distinguishing feature is a camera flap that users can fold down to reveal the rear lens, which also launches the camera app.
The cover can also be folded over to double as a stand, though it’s not very secure and often unfolds with minimal pressure, dropping the tablet flat.
The $130 ThinkPad Tablet Dock also proves useful as it adds three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and Ethernet input. It ships with Lenovo’s full-sized AC adapter for charging. Unfortunately, docking station does a poor job security the tablet. A moderate tug forward could easily rip the ThinkPad 10 from the dock, or worse, snap off a piece and do some damage to the device.
The $120 ThinkPad 10 Ultrabook Keyboard is the worst of the bunch. It brings a full QWERTY along with a trackpad to the ThinkPad 10, and doubles as a case. The keys are sized and spaced well for comfortable typing, but they are very mushy and unpleasant to use. The trackpad is near useless it’s so bad. When docked, the ThinkPad is top heavy, and tough to use on a wobbly surface, like a lap. As a case, it’s also near useless as the ThinkPad doesn’t click in securely so much as it just rests against the case’s elevated back edge for a magnetic connection. A little bounce is all it takes to slide the ThinkPad 10 right out.