No DVD reader, how to cleat this tangle

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iMac2012., Nov 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I am going to enthusiastically get the new iMac. Though, I couldn't care less for the augmented thinnes of the computer's body, while the lack of a DVD reader is a crucial annoyance to me. I know very little about computers. What I ask is, some DVD reader brands that offer the same quality Apple gives, and I can buy, link to the iMac, and get performances as perfect as those Apple made me used to.

    thank you
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    The drives that apple puts in their computers aren't anything special. You'll get the same performance with any external optical disk drive that isn't broken.
     
  3. jsw
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    jsw

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    Agreed.

    But, if you are unsure, buy the Apple external DVD. It costs a lot more, but it might give you peace of mind, and it doesn't require 2 USB ports.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. macrumors member

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1487164
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

    comatory

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    I will dare to say that optical drives used in Mac computers are sub par - they often stop working after few years, especially the ones in laptops. I had two of ODDs die on me. They're nothing special or "Apple" quality.

    Get any external DVD drive (or even Blu-Ray) with USB 2 connection, it will work ok. They even make wireless drives (Sony I think) but to me, it's pretty useless because you'll be plugging power cord anyway.
     
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  8. macrumors 604

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    Some of the external DVD drives require 2 ports in order to get enough power. Other externals use 1 usb port plus a power brick.
     
  9. macrumors 603

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    Just use remote disc if you've got a computer on the network with a dvd drive. That's the free solution.
     

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