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.