Stylish Asus VariDrive Adds Extra USB and Media Ports to Your Laptop

by Madalina Dinita
Madalina Dinita
Madalina Dinita
Madalina has been a Windows fan ever since she got her hands on her first Windows XP computer. She is interested in all things technology, especially emerging technologies... read more
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You have a notebook or ultrabook that doesn’t have optical media capabilities and you only have, let’s say, two ports. But you need to connect your phone, your camera, a memory stick and an external hard-disk. If you think about buying a new notebook because of this inconvenient, think again because ASUS has released a new device that lets you add optical media capabilities and extra ports to your notebook or ultrabook. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the ASUS VariDrive.
Asus VariDrive
With a price tag of only $149.99, this device helps to save money by not buying a new notebook or ultrabook. It offers you a slot-loading Super-Multi DVD drive that reads and writes data at super high-speed on a 15mm dock base that includes USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet ports.

Do not think of it as extra weight because it has a stylish, slim design that looks very good and it is quite small, all these qualities making it perfectly portable. And let’s not forget the spun-metal Zen-inspired design that look great both at home and at the office.

Thanks to this device and to a single USB 3.0 cable, you no longer need to buy multiple peripherals. ASUS VariDrive incorporates three USB 3.0 ports offering you super high-speed data transfer, outperforming the common USB 2.0 technology.

Still not convinced by this product that has won 8 awards so far at various international competitions such as: CES 2013 Innovations, TAIWAN EXCELLENCE 2014 or Red Dot Design Award Product Design 2013? Let’s take a closer look at the technical specs:

  • Interface – USB 3.0 x 1 (Type B)
  • Read Speed DVD-ROM : 8X
  • Write Speed DVD+R : 8X
  • I/O Ports 1 x VGA port
  • Power Adapter Output : 19 V, 33 W
  • Video Resolution HDMI Single Ext. Output: 2048*1152 (16:9)
  • LED Indicator 1 x Power on LED (White from system /Orange
  • CD-ROM : 24X
  • DVD-R : 8X
  • DVD+RW : 8X
  • DVD-RW : 6X
  • DVD+R(DL) : 6X
  • DVD-R (DL) : 6X
  • DVD-RAM : 5X
  • CD-R : 24X
  • CD-RW : 4X
  • 1x Standard HDMI port
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M LAN port
  • 3 x USB 3.0 port
  • 1 x DC-in jack
  • Input AC : 100 ~ 240 V
  • VGA Single Ext. Output: 2048*1152 (16:9) from power adapter)
  • 1 x ODD Read and Write LED (White)*
  • 2 x RJ45 LED (Green and Orange)
  • Memory 128M (read only)
  • Supported Model ASUS B400A / ASUS UX Series / ASUS NB
  • Dimensions 20.27 x 14 x 1.5 cm (WxDxH)
  • Weight 452 g
  • OS Support Windows® 8

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