We've seen tablet hybrid machines that double up as laptops before. And we've seen plenty of tablets that offer keyboard, mouse and docking options, thus creating a makeshift desktop setup.

But, until now - and the announcement of the NEC LaVie Touch over in Japan - we hadn't seen a tablet option that provided a desktop dock with an optical DVD drive.

The DVD drive is part of the LaVie Touch's Multi-station dock - one of three accessories it comes boxed with; the others being a keyboard and a mouse.

It's a Windows 7-flavoured tab, with a 10.1-inch IPS LCD panel (1280x800) all powered by an Intel Atom Z670 1.50GHz CPU.

It's got 2GB of RAM onboard, 64GB of storage courtesy of its SSD and there's an Intel SM35 Express chip set too. Connectivity is via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a HDMI port and an SD card reader, and battery life is a pretty reasonable 10.6 hours.

It measures in at 263 x 183 x 15.8mm and weighs 729g.

No word on a UK release, just a Japan launch is planned at present.