By Andrew Liszewski
While it wasn’t the reason I ultimately decided to part ways with my EEE netbook, the lack of optical drive did make things kind of a hassle when I decided to install XP. The problem was resolved with a $20 DVD-ROM drive and an IDE to USB 2 adapter cable, but this slim netbook stand that features a built-in DVD super multi-drive from Century looks like a better alternative.
It connects to your netbook via USB and supports nearly every sub-Blu-ray disc format you could possibly need. The slim form factor means it’s not that difficult to travel with when you need to, and it even doubles as a cooling pad thanks to a built-in 4cm fan. It will be available in Japan on Friday, but the $100 price tag is kind of a hard sell given it’s roughly 1/3 the price of the average netbook.