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I'm actually surprised that this hadn't become the standard years ago.
It probably didn't become a standard due to poor early examples on the market. We had a Pentium II Compaq with a slot load DVD drive and no eject hole. It, of course, broke with our Windows 98 CD inside and had to be disassembled to retrieve it.
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They find one drive like this, and now it is the "standard" which we will see all DVD drives move towards... That has to be a fallacy...
     
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They find one drive like this, and now it is the "standard" which we will see all DVD drives move towards... That has to be a fallacy...
I would assume Anand spoke to the Antec representatives and got more information.
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I myself will not be 'upgrading'. I have seen too many problems with them, both in Apple laptops and in cars.

I like a cover on my optical drive, keeps dust and what-not out of them.

Along with a button.
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I myself will not be 'upgrading'. I have seen too many problems with them, both in Apple laptops and in cars.

I like a cover on my optical drive, keeps dust and what-not out of them.

Along with a button.
Understandable. I don't as much care about dust and stuff, but I DO like the ability to manually eject the tray, and also to play non-standard-sized disks if the case arises.

I wonder if the main push for this is to simply cut down on the raw materials required to make a drive, whilst at the same time not reducing the price to the public...?
    
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I am betting it will come with a filler pannel to make up the space...but if it catches on we might see even smaller micro cases for media PCs. Though you could get one that accepts a laptop optical drive that is even smaller...so I don't really know what this is about.

I don't really know if R&D on optical drives is even worth it now, though. Outside of my media PCs I hardly use an optical drive. Plus I think flash drive technology is getting better and cheaper...I can see opening a box with software and having it be on a read only flash drive. Already happens a lot (Though it is just a normal flash drive), but it typically is for promotional reasons and comes with a DVD as well. I think optical drives for computers might be on its last legs. If it weren't for a few old games that I have on disk and require the disk to be in the drive I wouldn't even have an optical drive on my machine.
The only time I have eveer used my optical drive was to install windows
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This design likely has more to do with benefiting the likes of DELL and HP, than system tinkerers like OCN users. Building smaller desktop PC's is the name of the game at this point, and just about everything has been made smalledexceptthe DVD/CD ROM. These drives, regardless of slot load or tray load are all mechanical. Both varietities use small motors to move a disk in... both can fail in their own way. Some might thing of these drives like this: for a small PC build, you could fit an SSD and a DVD ROM into the same 5.25" slot... which saves both space and cable routing (possibly).

This is a good thing IMO, although I really only use a DVD to reinstall Windows...
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The only time I have eveer used my optical drive was to install windows
I do that over the network...it I didn't I would do it from a flash drive most likely.
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This device will only work good and gain reputation if they forget about getting it dirt cheap, but build it good. durability over performance and feature on this sort of product.
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