Some changes we make due to technological advancement can be hard to notice. For instance, the slow disappearance of landlines was something that most of us didn’t even notice until it was well underway. The same thing is happening to CD/DVD drives on most laptops. What used to be an essential add-on is now being removed to make computers more compact since most people use online streaming services or USB keys at this point. That means actually finding a laptop with a DVD drive takes a bit of looking.
If you want a laptop that’s still as modern as they come but with the old comforts of a disc drive, consider these options:
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook
This 15.6-inch gaming notebook from PC comes with a powerful AMD Quad-Core processor as well as AMD Radeon R4 graphics capability. Also, noteworthy specs are the 4GB of ram, 500 GB hard drive space, as well as the powerful DVD writer/reader. The 15.6’’ display means that there’s also a full keyboard with a numpad and enough room for an HDMI port to boot. It’s an affordable as well as complete media player/repackager which means no digital files are out of your reach. The AMD card is excellent for gaming, making this a good all-around option overall.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576-392H
If you want a laptop with a bit more processing power and RAM than the HP Pavilion 15 and are willing to handle a less powerful graphics card, the Aspire E15 by Acer works swimmingly. It fits into a lot of the criteria for a laptop best for remote workers. While it does only have an Intel integrated graphics card, it boasts 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard disc, and a 2.2 GHz Intel I3 processor. It’s an excellent choice for someone who wants to browse the net as well as do some work functions without much care for the computer’s ability to play games.
HP Envy 17
If the previous two budget-conscious laptops weren’t your style, the HP Envy 17 should be much more up to snuff for you. Besides the 17.3’’ screen, there are a full 16 GB of RAM, 1TB hard disc space and a 4GB Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card. It’s perfect for someone who wants a modern and powerful laptop that also has a disc drive as opposed to a backup computer meant solely for managing disc media. The screen is fitted with anti-glare technology that helps cement its position as a laptop without many limitations to speak of. The only downside of this premium machine is that it commands a premium price.
It might seem backwards to be looking for a laptop with a DVD drive in today’s cloud-based age, but they’ll still be useful for some years to come. Many people use Copy DVD software to take some of their old discs and digitize them when they can’t find a copy online. There’s still a lot of movies and songs out there that just don’t have the level of interest necessary for someone to have put an equivalent online. Not to mention some people still need to digitize their entire catalog of movies so it can be lugged around on a small disc drive instead of taking up a whole shelf. Lots of older games are still disc-only as well, so that’s yet another reason why the disc-drive still occupies a space in our collective hearts.