CES 2013: Is the Asus Varidrive the best laptop docking station ever?

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We came across a rather interesting peripheral a few hours ago when we paid visit to Asus. The Varidrive combines a docking station with a slot-in optical drive (8x DVD writer) and may well be the best laptop docking station that ever existed as it combines excellent expansion capabilities with a superb design and some smart engineering.

Hardly bigger than a blank DVD case (200x150x15mm, 450g) The Varidrive can be positioned either at an angle or horizontally using a clever twist-and-turn mechanism; one side is covered with felt and the other sports a metal design that’s reminiscent of Asus’ own Zenbook range.

The laptop powers the peripheral via USB and interestingly enough, there’s no eject button.When it comes to connectivity options, the Varidrive shames many of its competitors. It comes with an Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports (including one that can charge devices even when the laptop is switched off and a flat B-type one), a HDMI port, a VGA port and a DC-in jack.

Asus couldn’t confirm yet when the Varidrive would go on sale in the UK and at what price.