Floppy drives are dead and the computer industry seems to have its sights set on the CD drive as the next victim. The vast majority of Ultrabooks ship without an optical drive, and as someone now using an Ultrabook as my primary computer, I can tell you that I’m honestly no missing it. There seems to be little room, or little need, for an optical drive in an Ultrabook.
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Netbooks started the driveless trend, and I think that Ultrabooks will see it through to the end. Netbooks lacked optical drives — after all, why include a Blu-ray drive, for instance, if a netbook rarely had the power to play back HD content. Ultrabooks, on the other hand, seem to exclude optical drives — an Ultrabook has the power to play HD content with ease, but with the proliferation of readily available HD media online, why bother with the physical drive — and for that matter — why even bother with a dedicated Blu-ray player if you can just as easily hook an Ultrabook up to an HDTV, or even just stream your Ultrabook to it with Intel’s WiDi technology.
But of course this might not hold true for everyone, there are certainly other practical uses for optical drives. So we’d like to hear from you: is an optical drive still an essential part of your computing experience, or will you be happy to rid yourself and your computer of it?