HP, Dell and Asus Consider Ultrabooks without Optical Drives

Notebook makers are anticipating the launch of the next generation of MacBook Pros and apparently are planning their product strategy around Apple's success or failure.

Rumors suggest that Apple will eliminate optical disc drives from the standard feature set and offer external drives as an option. Digitimes reports that notebook manufacturers such as Dell, HP and Asustek will follow Apple's lead, but only if Apple sees a positive reaction from customers.

Digitimes noted that notebooks without an optical drive could be manufactured for $20 less and could enable shell designs that are about 1 mm thinner than notebooks with an optical drive.

There is some credibility to the rumor that Apple will drop optical drives as the company is moving toward iCloud and content streaming. Back in 1998, Apple was first to drop the 1.44 MB floppy drive when it launched the original iMac. The initial iMacs only had CD-ROM drives and forced users to use Apple's (online) iDrive as a storage alternative to write data.

Create a new thread in the US News comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
25 comments
    Your comment
    Top Comments
  • mrpijey
    Then get them a USB drive for the occasional moments you need an optical drive... or teach them how to use an USB stick...

    And I thought ultrabooks were by default without optical drives to save space and weight...
    15
  • Other Comments
  • joytech22
    It would suck if your boss uses CD's to give you presentations on.

    I know a few people that still rely on CD's for mass distribution (of WORK files) because they are too scared to make the change over to servers..
    0
  • molo9000
    *applause*
    Only a minority of users need optical drives these days. The majority of laptop users carry an optical drive with them every single day even though they've never even used it once.
    The space&weight of the optical drive could be put to much better use.


    Weren't ultrabooks always supposed to be without optical drives anyway? How else are you going to stay within the size, weight and battery life limitations of the "Ultrabook"?
    (lol @ OS X spellchecker not recognizing the word "ultrabook" :D)
    2
  • mrpijey
    Then get them a USB drive for the occasional moments you need an optical drive... or teach them how to use an USB stick...

    And I thought ultrabooks were by default without optical drives to save space and weight...
    15