Optical disc

Panasonic still makes 2-pound laptops with optical disc drives (for the Japanese market)

If you want a laptop with a DVD or Blu-ray drive in the US, you’re probably going to want to look for a model with a big screen and a thick, heavy chassis. Most companies making ultraportable PCs years ago sacrificed optical disc drives for thin and light designs.

But if you find yourself in Japan, companies like Panasonic still make compact laptops with disk drives.

The company’s latest model is the Panasonic LV-series with a 14-inch screen, a starting weight of around 2.8 pounds, and a choice of a DVD or Blu-ray player and the SV-Serieswith a 12.1-inch screen, DVD player, and starting weight of just 2 pounds.

Panasonic CF-SV7

It’s unlikely either model will be available outside of Japan anytime soon – and if you’re planning on picking one up on your next trip to Tokyo, you should keep in mind that these things are very dear.

But it’s still interesting to see what’s possible if you decide that a light computer doesn’t need to be super thin.

There’s room on the 12.1-inch model for full-size Ethernet, HDMI and VGA ports, along with three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C port and that DVD drive. The computer features a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, supports up to an Intel Core i7-8550U processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of solid-state storage. There is optional support for 4G LTE. And Panasonic offers both small and large batteries (the larger adds some weight to the laptop, obviously.

Panasonic CF-LV7

The specs of the 14-inch model are quite similar, but the laptop has a 1920 x 1080-pixel display, optional Blu-ray drive support, and a heavier chassis, obviously.

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