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ASUS Silver 90XB004N-MDR010 VariDrive Optical Media Device and Dock in One

  • Silver
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 RJ45 LAN
  • 1 x 15-pin VGA
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 3 x USB 3.0 (including charging port)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 B-type
  • 1 x DC-in jack (power adapter included)
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Simplify and consolidate accessory convenience with VariDrive, the one device that connects more possibilities with a single USB 3.0 cable and saves you the need to buy multiple peripherals. Instantly add optical media capabilities and extra ports to your notebook or ultrabook, as streamlined and compact VariDrive enhances your experiences in diverse situations. It's a convenient slot-loading external Super-Multi DVD combo drive that reads and writes data at high speeds, plus a dock base. The latter gives you extra HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet connectors, expanding your display and online possibilities. It also includes three USB 3.0 ports, offering significantly faster data transfer speeds. And it's all wrapped in a stylish spun-metal Zen-inspired design that looks great wherever you take it.


Learn more about the ASUS 90XB004N-MDR010

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
90XB004N-MDR010

Features

Color
Silver

General Spec

Compatibility
All Laptops with USB 3.0
Ports Spec
1 x 10/100/1000 RJ45 LAN
1 x 15-pin VGA
1 x HDMI
3 x USB 3.0 (including charging port)
1 x USB 3.0 B-type
1 x DC-in jack (power adapter included)

Physical spec

Dimension
7.98" x 5.51" x 0.59"
Weight
0.94 lbs.

Features

Features
One-of-a-kind Invention by ASUS

2-in-1. ull USB 3.0 dock plus DVD+/-RW

Slim, Sleek all-metal finish . ASUS Zenbook concentric circles design.

Slot-Load Super-Multi 8X DVD+RW/-RW

3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x High-Speed Gigabit 10/100/1000 Ethernet. Single USB 3.0 connection to dock to Laptop.

USB Ports, Ethernet, and Optical Drive works without any external power!

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • David P.
  • 11/16/2014 10:14:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsA nice device IF you know how to install it

Pros: Provides three USB 3.0 ports, a 10/100/1000 ethernet port, a CD/DVD burner, and one external video port (either VGA or HDMI).

Sleek design.

Cons: Provided instructions insufficient for installation.

Some drives need a firmware flash before the video works.

Some drives have an Ethernet port that won't work with Windows 8.1 (only Windows 7 or Windows 8).

Runs hot at the base.

Other Thoughts: The Asus VariDrive generated great excitement when it was announced, but received terrible reviews when it was released.

Those bad reviews are due to several factors:

1) A bug in the firmware for the video channel that resulted in a checkerboard (only) from the video ports. This was later fixed with a firmware flash--but the flash is hard to find.

2) A bug in the firmware for the Ethernet port, which results in an Ethernet port that will NOT work in Windows 8.1--only WIndows 7 or Windows 8. Only a small fraction of units have the Ethernet port with the defective firmware, but if you have one, you can't fix it and it won't install under Window 8.1. All other functions will still work, though.

Installation of this drive requires that you install the latest DisplayLink drivers from the DisplayLink website. Don't use the drivers that come on the drive--they are far out of date and are buggy. You also need the latest drives/software for the drive itself--available from the Asus website. And if you happen to get a checkerboard video output drive, then you also need the firmware flash.

With all these issues, it's no wonder that many people returned these drives and wrote negative reviews. BUT once you attend to the issues--and you can--it's a nice piece of hardware.

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  • ERIC M.
  • 3/25/2014 1:46:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat idea bad implementation / Refurb?

Pros: Optical drive, USB hub, gigabit LAN and up to 2 possible external monitors with a similar cost to a USB dock with just the Monitor, LAN and USB support. Solid design.

Cons: Went through two of the devices each one had different issues and looked used (scratched up) out of the box.

First one was in its box wrapped in shrink wrap. The monitor output was non-functional and the ASUS drivers did not see the device as a VariDrive although the USB, LAN and Optical drive did work. Sent it back to Newegg.

Received the second one was sealed in its box with two pieces of scotch tape (not shrink wrapped) the box itself was ripped on the inside. One monitor output worked one at a time either VGA OR HDMI you could not use both at once. Not sure if that is a limitation of the product or a defect. The LAN port did not work Windows reported "The USB device returned an invalid USB BOS descriptor".

Other Thoughts: Looks like a solid product, nice chunk of aluminum with a rubber bottom. Slick twist to lay flat or stand option. Charges a device that is plugged into the side USB port even without a computer present.
Would be better if it had two HDMI ports or other digital ports (DVI) instead of the VGA/HDMI combo. Again, not sure if it is a defect but, the capability to use both monitors at the same time would be great.
Newegg and/or ASUS, stop selling used/refurbs as new. It only hurts your reputation.

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