Are CD Drives Still Helpful?
First there were the days when the old floppy disk was replaced with a smaller, thicker version. Then slowly those went by the wayside as well, as CDs made their way into the world of personal computers and laptops. Now, some state of the art desktops and laptops don’t even come with a CD drive! Should you go out of your way to include this feature? The answer is, it depends – on you.
Also known as the “optical drive,” the CD drive used to be a must in order to install software, play games or listen to CDs. Today’s digital age renders much of that not needed anymore. So do you still need the drive? Here are some pros and cons. If you want a lighter machine, you’ll want to do without the drive. Still, going digital can be intimidating if you’re concerned about installing software or recovering your operating system.
Can you really download everything? Sure, if your Internet connection is up for it! Your Internet speed is the determining factor for being able to watch a movie on your new computer – not the drives. So if you don’t have this kind of ‘net access, you’ll want to be able to watch your DVDs on the computer through a drive. If you need to upgrade your Internet just to be able to use a laptop with no optical drive, you have to determine if financially that is the best move for you to make.
Determine what your needs are and the see if you want to go the CD drive route, invest in an external hard drive or go without and leap into the world of downloads. You can absolutely download any kind of music or movie you want to watch – just remember with a driveless computer, you are forcing all that storage onto the hardware itself. For slow Internet connections and budget buyers, the lack of a CD drive will probably be annoying. For everyone else, it’s not that big of a deal!