Thread: 2013 iMac Refresh?
09-09-2013, 06:30 PM #16
To add to what Harry mentioned. If someone REALLY needed the occasional/rare need of an optical drive...external USB optical drives can be purchased relatively inexpensively.
No need to eliminate a newer iMac purchase (which may have some cool new features, abilities, and performance)...that doesn't have a built-in optical drive...when external optical drive options are easily & inexpensively available.
09-10-2013, 11:07 AM #17
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09-12-2013, 06:39 AM #18
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- Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
To date I have NEVER EVER burned an optical disc anywhere but my home, despite owning a portable Mac since at least 2006.
On the increasingly-rare occasions I need to burn one anymore, the $40 one I bought six years ago -- sitting in a $25 Firewire 400 case -- does the job. Unlike the slot-loading drive in my MBP, the tray-loading external a) isn't prone to finicky failure, b) can read all sizes of CDs/DVDs with the help of a 3" adapter, and c) would cost a pittance to replace if I ever needed to do so (have occasionally thought of replacing it with a Blu-ray now that its possible to get Blu-ray viewing and burning software).
Thus far, the external burner has outlasted two (and working on three) Macs. So someone telling me the lack of an internal optical drive in a Mac is a dealbreaker -- when one of OWC's hottest-selling kits is the one that lets you REPLACE the optical drive with a bay for an SSD drive -- just makes me chuckle.
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