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Originally Posted by linkin93;14351221 
What about these things called games, operating systems and movies?

Downloads or external drives.

I've pulled the optical drives out of all of my systems. I now have a single optical drive in an external enclosure for the rare cases when I need to use a CD/DVD.

Even my laptop now has a second hard drive where the optical drive used to be.
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Originally Posted by andrews2547;14370227 
Oh right tongue.gif I personally don't know anyone who uses CDs or floppy disks anymore. (btw I was thinking more of games than movies to be stored on a HDD because I am a gamer that is why I went for a 7200rpm drive over SSD.)

I own a number of machines and use the same strategy: OS and programs on SSD, games on 7.2k hard disc. I have a 500gb 7.2k Seagate in my sig laptops optical bay for them.
 
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Originally Posted by Foolsmasher;14370044 
So what man? Last years models were structured the same way, and they all had DVD drives. That's the lamest excuse for not having an optical drive I've heard yet.
I wasn't talking about the structure, I was talking about the hotter components inside of it. The server model has a quad-core i7, the high end model has a dedicated graphics card, etc., all models have CPUs with a higher TDP than the previous generation.
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Originally Posted by i7Stealth1366;14370738 
Mac's are obscenely over priced anyways... they must have thought "here we will get rid of the DVD drives so we can rape our customers a little more" For the hardware you get, it is far from bang for ur buck.
You're kidding right? Find me any other HTPC that has the same hardware in it that's cheaper.
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Originally Posted by steelbom;14372282 
You're kidding right? Find me any other HTPC that has the same hardware in it that's cheaper.

Laptop hardware? lol
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Originally Posted by Raven Dizzle;14372558 
Laptop hardware? lol

The only thing that a competitor has out that I know of to compare to the mini is Asrock.

Asrock Vision 3D -- This one has a blu-ray drive built in, form factor is similar but they shouldn't have messed the front panel up w/ usb ports and etc.


Notice the price w/o paying for Windows 7 -- $930
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Why do I feel like I'm the only one here who still buys CD's? confused.gif
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I went out and bought a Mac Mini today because I needed it for iOS development. I am pretty pleased with the latest iteration of the Mac Mini, and consider it one of the only Apple computers that doesn't feel incredibly overpriced (looking at the basic Mac Pro makes me want to vomit because of it's horrible bang for buck compared to a home-built system).

For $569 pre-tax ( small sale at best buy) I've got a small, attractive sandy-bridge based Apple that I have sitting next to my sig rig. Wired it all up through a KVM... NO complaints so far except that Lion doesn't allow manual adjustments of the mouse acceleration curve. Had to use a third party program to fix some issues with my Logitech MX Revolution being a bit jumpy on the Mac.

No optical drive? I could care less personally. I only ever use them for OS installations and repairs. I've downloaded my CD's to an external drive long ago...
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Originally Posted by Domino;14355738 
Good to know. Any drive, or does it have to be an apple? And if so, a link for verification would be appreciated. I've dealt with many recovery disks that wouldn't boot as the hard drive was not exact to the original.

thinking.gif

Swapping the HDD on any Mac is exactly the same as doing it on a PC....or, it was until they modified the SATA connectors on the new iMac in order to add a temperature sensor to the HDD itself. Make of that what you will.

Regarding the comment in bold: I do this (computer repair) for a living and have never found that to be the case. Replacement HDDs do not have to be of the same make & model as the OEM for any computer / recovery partition I know of.
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People do generally use computers for things other than gaming.
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Originally Posted by i7Stealth1366;14370738 
Mac's are obscenely over priced anyways... they must have thought "here we will get rid of the DVD drives so we can rape our customers a little more" For the hardware you get, it is far from bang for ur buck.
Uh, how is getting rid of the DVD drives "raping" customers? rolleyes.gif

I don't think anyone's buying the Macbook Air for the DVD drive, lets be real. What do you need a DVD drive for anyway? Other than the occasional OS install I don't see a need for it nowadays. Hell, I haven't even bothered to buy a DVD drive for my new rig.

As for the price - the Macbook Air isn't overpriced. Show me another laptop that's that small/light, with Sandy Bridge and a 256GB SSD, the same battery life, etc. for the same price. Even if you can, you won't get Apple's elite customer service nor the ability to dual-boot OSX/Windows.
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