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Lappy with optical Drive

Donkiluminate 424 43 September 4, 2015 at 11:43 AM
Hey folks, I'm in need of some shopping advice. I'm looking for a laptop that's preferably smaller than 15 inches with an optical drive bay. I'm fairly brand agnostic as long as it's a reliable device.

I'm looking at spending $1,000. Please spare the "who uses DVD drives?" comments 'cause I do. I also don't want to use an external drive because on occasion I use an external HDD and find it a pain to be tethered to another device since I do most of my computing on the couch or in bed and rarely at a desk.

Any suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks

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Hey folks, I'm in need of some shopping advice. I'm looking for a laptop that's preferably smaller than 15 inches with an optical drive bay. I'm fairly brand agnostic as long as it's a reliable device.

I'm looking at spending $1,000. Please spare the "who uses DVD drives?" comments 'cause I do. I also don't want to use an external drive because on occasion I use an external HDD and find it a pain to be tethered to another device since I do most of my computing on the couch or in bed and rarely at a desk.

Any suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks
Grab one of these, its well built.
http://www.provantage.com/hewlett...EWW697.htm
Pop an 250gb ssd in there.
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX2...ords=mx200
Otherwise look for dell outlet deals on their business machines...
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Try Dell Business - they have several choices that are 14" with optical drives. If you want to save some money then shop models at the outlet www.dell.com/outet - currently there's a 35% off coupon on all Business Outlet computers.
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Most manufactures offer 14" machines that fit this one requirement. Just don't look at the ultrabooks.

What do you do with your laptop? How much performance do you need etc?

I would personally highly suggest Intel processors over AMD due to the much better performance per watt ratio.
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Thanks everyone. I'll look into the Lattitudes.

I'm slowly but surely ripping my CD's and DVD's and then moving them over to my NAS, but I also burn digital home movies and photos to disc to send to my in-laws who live out in the sticks and don't have good internet. So I'll be looking for an I7.

Secondary use is for streaming Netflix and such.

I currently use a 6 year old ASUS ROG G73 but I'm getting tired of lugging the beast around.
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You should try HP branded netbooks as some of their models have built in DVD player but still within 10' wide display.
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