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willbry
01-04-2010, 03:54 PM
Am going overseas and am thinking of buying a netbook because of its compactness, but I understand they don't come with a CD/DVD drive. Are there any models you can buy locally at the major retailers that come equipped with an internal drive. I know I could buy an external one and use it via a USB port but that would defeat my main purpose.

GR8Metal
01-04-2010, 04:21 PM
There is an Asus Eee PC 1004DN that has an optical drive....

http://www.asus.co.nz/product.aspx?P_ID=rZw30fijx88iTxME

willbry
01-04-2010, 04:38 PM
Thanks for that. Specs look pretty impressive for a little beast, especially the battery. Wonder if it's readily available and how much?

GR8Metal
01-04-2010, 04:56 PM
Yep, that's going to be the issue....availability and price.

Otherwise you'll have to look at a small 12.1" notebook model.

willbry
01-04-2010, 04:59 PM
Yeah , have had a look at Price Spy and no one seems to have that model, but your suggestion for a 12.1 inch regular lap top seems a a reasonably good alternative option.
Thanks mate.

fred_fish
01-04-2010, 05:05 PM
Do you really need an optical drive?
For some it is a change of mindset, but what can't be done via network or USB?

willbry
01-04-2010, 07:53 PM
I want to be able to play CDs and DVD movies, do a bit of burning

fred_fish
01-04-2010, 08:26 PM
Fair enough.
Just thought it worth mentioning that it is not really necessary to insert a plastic disc in order to play music or video.

Also, not having an optical drive pretty much eliminates the need to burn. :)

pcuser42
01-04-2010, 10:03 PM
You can use software that mounts an ISO image of a CD as an alternative to a physical optical drive.