Connectivity and dvd drives are some of the first casualties of Intel’s laptop slimming process to come up with the Ultrabook specs. As a result, a market is developed for external connectivity alternatives such as docking stations, which give users extra connectivity when at their workplace, while sustaining the extra mobility of Ultrabook, when on the move. Apricorn released one such device. Named the NetDock, the gadget contains a slimline DVD drive, provision for a 2.5-inch SATA HDD-SSD and a 4-port USB 2.0 hub.
The NetDock connects to Ultrabook over a USB-2 port. Its DVD/RW is capable of writing discs at 8x speeds. One of the four downstream USB-2 ports is a port for charging different portable gadgets (such as smartphones, media players, tablet PC’s…). Both drives (the DVD/RW and the additional 2.5-inch HDD-SSD) are visible as USB storage units. The NetDock sizes 158.8(W) x 146.1(D) x 54.0(H) mm, and supports Windows-7/Vista/XP OS and Mac OS X.