Hardware Steven Kippel on 29 Jul 2009
Who needs optical drives anymore?
The portable computing website Liliputing asked the question this week “Do optical disc drives matter anymore?” Judging from the comments, even those who said they need a CD/DVD drive prefer not having the extra size and weight on their laptops.
With the increasing popularity of netbooks, and the increasing ubiquity of downloads and cloud computing, optical drives have been uses less and less frequently. Personally I have used my DVD drive in my laptop only a few times this year, and usually to burn files to disc. A USB optical drive could easily have handled my needs.
With the music industry’s top-10 selling albums only reaching into the tens-of-thousands, and software being downloaded online, it seems like the CD is reaching its latter days. Do you agree or disagree?