ASUS VariDrive – Display and DVD Dock in Zenbook Style

Updated on 20 December 2012 by

Until WiGig docks take off next year the only thing Ultrabook users can use are the USB3.0 docks that are available from Toshiba, Lenovo and others. The problem with those is that they were designed for bigger laptops and assume you’ve already got a DVD drive. The ASUS VariDrive solves that problem.


Gigabit Ethernet, Dual display outputs, USB3.0 hub and DVD drive in one. The only thing that is missing is an analogue audio in and out port for those Skype headphones.

VariDrive2I’m fairly sure this will be a DisplayLink-powered device but I can’t find confirmation at this stage. If it is, I can assure you that this works quite well for office-style work. You should, again unconfirmed, be able to attach two displays concurrently AND one via your Ultrabook.

The design matches the Zenbook range of Ultrabooks, has a nice 90 degree twist trick and weighs 425g which isn’t bad.

As for price and availability, you’ll have to wait. We’re guessing it won’t be the cheapest docking station out there but could be worth it for you hot-deskers out there. If you can’t wait though, how about making your own?

Via Liliputing

More from us. (No silly ads.)

5 Comments For This Post

  1. c_on says:

    looking great! it would suit my ux31a ;-)

  2. Chris says:

    *waiting*!! :)

  3. roylfewkes says:

    I believe it is actually connected via USB 3.0 x 1 (Type B) with a DCIN for power!

  4. Steve Chippy Paine says:

    Yup. DisplayLink is a USB2.0 or USB3.0 solution.

  5. C_ON says:

    The thing I was looking forward seeing here is an output that supports 27″ displays equal resolution.

    Bummer it doesn’t…

1 Trackbacks For This Post

  1. ASUS VariDrive – Display plus DVD Dock inside Zenbook Style | DailyGadgets says:

    […] 20, 2012, 13:07 plus is filed below News. You are able to follow any responses for this entry by RSS 2.0. You are able to leave a response, or trackback from your […]

Search UMPCPortal

Top Ultra Mobile PCs

Recommended Reading

GPD Pocket 2
7.0" Intel Core m3-8100Y
Viliv S5
4.8" Intel Atom (Silverthorne)
GPD Win 2
6.0" Intel m3 7Y30
Acer Aspire E11 ES1
11.6" Intel Celeron N2840
Archos 9
9.0" Intel Atom Z510
HP Chromebook 11 G3
11.6" Intel Celeron N2830
Microsoft Surface Go
10.0" Intel Pentium 4415Y
Lenovo IdeaPad A10
10.1" ARM Cortex A9 (Dual-Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad P40
14.0" Intel Core i7 5500U
Samsung Galaxy Book 12
12.0" Intel Core i5 7200U