Optical disc drives are not dead
There is something about obviated technology that just makes it endearing to me. Take the once ubiquitous CD player of old-fashioned laptops and desktops (in the past about a decade ago). It was nearly obsolete by Apple’s MacBook Air and the legion of PC clones that followed in its wake. Almost no one cares anymore about trying to install a large mechanical repository for optical media in modern laptops, but business users seemingly still like this option.
Acer’s new business laptops for Computex are exactly the sort of forgettable, unappealing black officials you’d expect 2004 business PC buyers to be interested in. “textile” on the top and sides, brushed metal see on the wrist rest, and perhaps the bulkier bezels you’ll find on any new device announced this year. I would call its design excuse plastic.
But the Travelmate P2 lets you configure it with a DVD / CD-RW drive, and it has Nvidia GeForce GTX 940M graphics with outputs for up to three monitors, as well as Skype for Business certification, processor options. Intel Skylake and more. to 32 GB of RAM. So, you know, it’s not absolutely terrible – just looks terrible.
I’m not going to question business users who still cling to their old CDs and DVDs, especially not in light of the Pentagon’s admission that it relies on floppy disks for top-secret national security stuff. But, guys, can’t we just raise the aesthetic standards a bit? Acer also makes great looking laptops!