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OzziesMAC Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

I know there are 50 excuses to leave it out, but a laptop top of this caliber lacking a blu-ray drive is bad enough but lacking a dvd drive all together is ridicoulous.


iMac 27, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2.8Ghz Intel Quad Core i7 / 8GB / 1TB
  • iMac'd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It is only the model with the Retina Display that excludes the optical drive. The spec bumped 15.4 MBP without the retina display still includes the optical drive.

  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    If you must have an optical drive you can get Apple's USB Superdrive. I believe there are 3rd party Blue-Ray drives available as well.

     

    Best of luck.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (40,715 points)

    I don't find it surprising. What I find surprising is they still include them on any computer.  As has been noted on this board in the past, Apple is getting away from optical media of any kind.

     

    Commentary on DVDs by Klaus1 - https://discussions.apple.com/message/18338996

  • amouses Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, after waiting more than 3 years (for Apple to catch up) I am delighted to see that a concequently lighter and more compact MacBook Pro is available sans Optical Drive.  In 2012 the use of an Optical Drive is an infrequent use case for most people.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    Wonder what other "surprises" will Steve be pulling from the grave....

  • LucianF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I work in video and find burning to cd, or dvd (and oh, how I wish, blu-ray) absolutely invaluable. Sometimes the client just wants a dvd. And sometimes, believe it or not, I just want to watch a movie on a dvd. Not to mention It's always irked me that they've never bothered to upgrade to blu-ray. "Oh cool, this movies out on blu-ray. I'll rent it on disc and watch it on my MacBook. Oh, no I won't."

  • Zyriab Level 4 Level 4 (3,300 points)

    LucianF wrote:

     

    I work in video and find burning to cd, or dvd (and oh, how I wish, blu-ray) absolutely invaluable. Sometimes the client just wants a dvd. And sometimes, believe it or not, I just want to watch a movie on a dvd. Not to mention It's always irked me that they've never bothered to upgrade to blu-ray. "Oh cool, this movies out on blu-ray. I'll rent it on disc and watch it on my MacBook. Oh, no I won't."

    Rent it from the iTunes store instead!

  • OzziesMAC Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    Yes thats my point, you have to get a super drive in order to burn your edited movies for the client.  It's no longer an all in one, its simply a Mac Air on Steroids, which is fine if thats what you want however not even having the option for an optical drive makes no sense to me.  I already have to carry an external BD Drive to burn the HD videos, and now one also has to carry a super drive!  Yuck.

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)

    If this surprises you then you haven't been paying attention for several years.

  • OzziesMAC Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    Sure I have, and I see multiple types of video formats, some are better than others, but you walk into a clients house and say here is the mpv, or divx, or avi, or any othe of a gazillion downloadable media types and say play it on your TV.  It's simply not going to happen in most cases however now you give them a DVD or a Blu-ray and most can instantly view it on their TV.  Simple as that.

     

    There is a place for no optical drives in portables, they are netbooks and mac air.  A Mac Book PRO with now optical drive is for my a Mac Book Air on steroids.  Which like I said is fine if thats what you would like but its simply not a PRO in my view.  Very nice laptop, very nice screen and specs, a bit over priced for what your getting but thats not unexpected from Apple, but the lack of optical drive is disturbing.

  • jedinite Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    OzziesMAC, if you already have an external BD Drive then there is no need for a SuperDrive.

     

    Unfortunately, there are pros and cons to having an internal drive. I think this is a natural progression. Just look at Floppy drives of yesteryear. If you can recall that far back, there was outrage when the floppy disk went away but look to today, we survived and we've changed our process and it has worked for the best.

     

    1. If you NEED a drive, use an external SuperDrive, or better yet buy an external BluRay drive and you've satisfied two requirements, a drive to burn and ability to watch BluRay.

    2. If you have clients that require video, why not export a high-res 1080p video onto 16-64GB USB drive and deliver it to them. Not only will they have higher quality video but they can burn their own discs afterward. You still have the option of giving them an .iso on usb flash.

    3. Ok maybe you really need to give clients a "final" product on disc. Then why gripe about carrying around a small external SuperDrive when you're already accepting of the fact that you are going to carry around a spindle of DVD-Rs? By the way, upgraded MBP 13" & 15" did not go away.

    4. Most media professionals will likely be carrying this with them on site and attaching it to a Thunderbolt NAS and editing in the field for dailies or quick turn around projects. This is the protable MacPro for professionals.

    5. I will agree with one thing on the need for a drive however, that is when I purchase BluRay with digital copy, half the time I'm required to place the disc into my drive in order to obtain the copy, even from iTunes. But I think that is a business process that needs to change.

    6. Did I mention that they upgraded the MBP 13" and 15" lines without retina? If you need an upgrade with the same requirements you had for a machine you're replacing Apple offers it still. If you requirements do not include retina display that is.
  • mdobbins Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don’t know anything about computers or laptops and I’m hoping someone can help me with this dilemma. I want to purchase the new Macbook ‘13inch laptop but I have reservations about it not having a CD drive. I don’t play video games or anything like that where I would need a drive every day, but I would need one for the occasional DVD or TV show I want to watch. It is more of a slight inconvenience. I mean, every once in a while you need a CD to install something onto your laptop or upgrade something, right? 

     

    If I were to by an external CD drive would the retina quality still be projected through the DVD? Would the type or brand of the external drive matter?  

     

    All my previous laptops have had a DVD drive so it is hard to imagine not having one. Overall does it really matter that there is no DVD drive?

     

    And, what else doesn’t the new Macbook have that most laptops do? I am a university student who uses it for normal use. 

     

    Thank you!

  • OzziesMAC Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    It seems to be missing a firewire port, and ethernet port.  So when you are in one of those hotels that still only offers ethernet the only solution is to carry an airport express, if you need an optical drive every once in a while you will have to carry a superdrive from appple, and if you use the firewire port I would think they have some adapter for that you can also carry or you can buy a real Mac Book Pro that has it all built in.

     

    Good luck in your decision but if you get the Mac Book Air on steroids you just might need an extra bag for all the goodies its missing.

  • tetra11 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    no need to carry an airport express there is a cable adaptor for the thunderbolt.

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