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13" vs 17" Laptop Differences


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#1 Justa

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 08:09 AM

I bought a 17" laptop very much influenced by the fact that optical drives are disappearing from 13" laptops and the fact that so many 13" laptops have non-removeable batteries.  These laptops must go back to the factory to replace the battery, I assume this is not inexpensive.

 

Are the portable optical drives a big hassle or is it not much of a problem?  Are they rugged?

 

I am contemplating an additional laptop.

 

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#2 SpywareDoctor

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 02:23 PM

Portable CD-ROM drives start at $14.99, including shipping; CD-RW burners add $2 and CD-RW burner that can read DVDs add $2 more. Portable DVD (and CD) burners start at $27.99, including shipping. And yes, they're fairly durable. A couple of mine are going on 4 years old.

 

However, I find myself using USB flash drives a lot more than lugging around big-'ol CD/DVDs. ;)

 

http://www.newegg.com/External-CD-DVD-Blu-Ray-Drives/SubCategory/ID-420?Order=PRICE


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 03:39 PM

I have been flogging an LG Slim CD for about four years it is still doing great, no queswtion pen drives are super for most things but lack the flexability to play/load CD's.  They run $20 great to have along with a few pen drives.


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 04:33 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys.  Personally I think it would be great if pen/drives were available to replace all the software that seems to still come only in CD/DVD format.  I just think I would hate to have to carry around a portable so I guess I will stick with the thicker/heavier laptops.

 

The thought of having to return a laptop for a new battery really turns me off though.  I like being able to buy spare batteries for $40 and changing them in about 2 seconds.






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