Japanese company devises DVD dock for netbooks

Netbooks are great... unless you want to use them to watch a DVD or play a CD. Then the lack of an optical drive usually poses problems. Some might say that omission helps make netbooks cheap and portable, but as CrunchGear reports, the folks at Marshal think you might want that optical drive anyway.

Indeed, Marshal—the little-known Japanese firm, not the amp manufacturer—has developed a sort of docking station for netbooks. The DVD Power Up Dock hooks up via USB, and it includes a dual-layer DVD burner as well as room for an auxiliary 2.5" hard drive. Marshal says the device weighs just one pound and measures 8.9" x 7.1" x 0.6".

You probably won't be using this contraption on the go, though, since it requires an AC adapter. Other downers: CrunchGear says the DVD Power Up Dock will cost $95 when it launches in Japan later this month, and you may have to grab it from import sites like Geek Stuff 4 U and Japan Trend Shop.

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