Hardware Steven Kippel on 29 Jul 2009

Who needs optical drives anymore?

Who needs optical drives anymore?

cd-pileThe 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?

4 Responses to “Who needs optical drives anymore?”

  1. on 30 Jul 2009 at 8:53 AM 1.Jared said …

    Agree. I have an external CD/DVD drive, which does come in handy for the occasional install disc, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve been on the road and missed having an optical drive around.

    You basically need an optical in your laptop if a) it’s a gaming laptop or b) you watch a lot of Netflix movies from the road. Both uses are fairly specialized.

  2. on 31 Jul 2009 at 8:59 PM 2.IanCDRLabs said …

    Believe it or not, I don’t have one in my laptop. I couldn’t do without having one in my desktop though.

  3. on 01 Aug 2009 at 6:23 PM 3.Wesley Novack said …

    USB thumbdrive support is a requirement for the next DVD player I purchase. It’s much easier and convenient to throw a video file on flash media than to burn it to a disc.

  4. on 03 Aug 2009 at 4:33 PM 4.Bill campbell said …

    Check out the Myka Box. Copy your movie to USB and pop it in.

Trackback This Post | Subscribe to the comments through RSS Feed

Leave a Reply