Velocity Micro announced the VMUltra Drive last week for CES — it's a combination 500GB hard drive, DVD-ROM, memory card reader, and 3-port USB 2.0 hub. Today, we went to get our hands on the accessory and came away fairly impressed. The build quality seems pretty solid, and the soft-touch finish feels fantastic. Although it has a DC power input, VM people told us that it'll run straight off USB power as long as you don't use the DVD-ROM. A door on the bottom lets you pop out the hard drive and swap it with any 2.5-inch SATA you want; no tools required. Velocity Micro plans to release the combo peripheral in February for about $180.
VMUltra combines a hard drive, DVD-ROM, and cardreader for ultrabooks (hands-on)
Velocity Micro is a combination 500GB hard drive, DVD-ROM, memory card reader, and 3-port USB hub. We got our hands on it at CES and were impressed with the soft-touch finish and solid build quality.