Unfortunately, the Varanus is ultimately just an inferior KDF version of the Nebula/advanced research vessel retrofit. The repair platform is quite subpar as well. The relatively better turn rate will help it as a gravity well spammer though.
Very true, but the Veranus / Fleet Veranus is also the ONLY truly dedicated Science ship in the faction's lineup. Everything else is a hybrid. The BOP can be made a Science monster, but there are severe pro's & con's to that. The worst con is being fragile in PVP.
I have a Vo"Quv, and Jem Hadar Dreanought, respectfully, they are nowhere near even being close to be called a "Science Vessel". They just don't cut it. A support vessel yes, but they are no where near science ship category. That's like calling a Cruiser a Science Vessel, despite the console slots, it doesn't meet the standard.
The Tholian Recluse, however, is a science carrier.