ASUS has announced the launch of the ZenDrive U8M, an all-new, high-style external DVD-writer drive that features the latest-gen USB-C interface to enable instant and convenient multimedia playback and data archiving. Imbued with the spirit of the iconic ASUS ZenBook series, U8M is the perfect complement to the latest-generation ultra-slim laptops. In addition, it offers M-DISC support for creating long-lasting archives and includes intuitive software for easy, comprehensive backups.
ZenDrive U8M packs serious functionality into its robust, ultraslim 13 mm frame. Finished with the beautiful, Zen-inspired concentric-circle aesthetic, it effortlessly combines great design, solid construction and sophisticated style. For simplicity and speed, ZenDrive U8M connects via USB-C. This type of port is a feature of virtually all new laptops, including all-new ASUS ZenBook models—so ASUS ZenDrive U8M is ready to plug right in. In addition, the smart little socket enables any-way-up connection convenience, empowering users to add instant multimedia playback or backup functionality to any modern Windows or Mac computer.
Save precious photo, video and data for generations
ZenDrive U8M supports M-DISC, an archival-quality storage solution to protect precious digital memories—from family photos to home videos and more. M-DISC-burning technology engraves recorded data into a patented rock-like layer that is resistant to extreme conditions, allowing a lifetime’s digital memories and important data to be stored safely for up to 1,000 years.
Easy-to-use, comprehensive backup solution
ZenDrive U8M provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use backup solution for Windows, with everything to protect precious data included for total peace of mind. All the user needs is a supply of blank discs, then backing up is a simple three-step process via an intuitive interface. Password-protected encryption is an option, along with hidden-folder functions. ZenDrive U8M also comes with Nero BackItUp for easy archiving of photos, videos or data to an HDD or SSD.
At the time of writing, ASUS has not confirmed any specific regional release dates for the ZenDrive U8M nor how much we can expect it to cost when it does hit retailers. With availability expected imminently, however, for more information, you can check out the official product website here!
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