Every Talk I Have About Buying a Laptop Goes Like This…

01.12.2010

Me: Okay, so your needs are: lightweight and easy to carry, $700 or less, sexy, and powerful enough for the photos/video/flash/whatever. Do you need an optical drive?

Buyer: A what?

Me: A DVD drive. Do you frequently install software from disc, or mostly just download it? Do you watch DVD movies?

Buyer: Oh I want to be able to do that for sure!

Me: The computers with optical drives tend to be thicker and heavier than ones without. Really, when was the last time you watched video off a disc on your PC? Do you really need the optical drive? Could you make do with an external USB optical drive if some rare emergency comes up that you need to install something off a disc?