Slot load? Why?

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  1. rye9 macrumors 65816

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    What are the benefits of a slotload CD-ROM drive? Anything can get in the slot like dust, small objects and stuff. Why doesnt Apple use trayload drives? I could be totally wrong about the slotload drives but as of now I dont see any advantages. Can someone please tell me some?
     
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    iirc they have what are basically little flaps to protect the inside.
     
  3. obeythelaw macrumors newbie

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    i actually prefer the slotloading drives. they look better, in my opinion. and, for me, they are less prone to breaking.
     
  4. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    speaking of slot-loading drives, anyone know where to get slot-loading desktop drives? i cant seem to find any...
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Don't they take up less space? Also, some Apples do have tray-loading drives. :)

    There's nothing uglier than a chunky tray loading optical drive on a laptop IMO. :(
     
  6. iRachel macrumors 6502a

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    I've had both, and I prefer the slot. No chance that it will accidentally open in your backpack and then get snapped off (I've had this happen, it wasn't pretty...)
     
  7. reberto macrumors 65816

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    There are only 2 major pros that I can think of right now

    1. More compact
    2.In a iMac, the drive is easier to replace sence you can just use any drive from a G4 iBook or Powerbook G4. Am I correct here?

    Bu if you get a CD or DVD stuck inside, its no fun getting it out.
     
  8. mikemodena macrumors 6502a

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    PowerMac G5's have tray loaders. They are by far the most elegant ones I've ever seen in a computer, but tray loader's none the less. I don't see how Apple could put a slotloader in a PM anyway.
     
  9. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    Well, for one thing, it doesn't pop out suddenly and knock the morning coffee cup all over my desk! :D
     
  10. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    Plextor PX-716AL is a slot loading DVD burner. (DVD-/+RW, +R DL). Probably won't come cheap though.

    Pioneer used to have a DVD-ROM drive, I don't know if they make them anymore. I owned one for a while. Worked well enough.
     
  11. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    They could, but then they couldn't tout a cup holder as a fancy new spec.

    :p
     
  12. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    wow! :eek: as much as i'd love a slot-loading drive for my pc im certainly not paying $145 (newegg price) for one! perhaps a dvd-rom drive would be cheaper though and then i could just use my tray-load for burning...
     
  13. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    Most important in my opinion is the lack of anything to break off on laptops. The trays on laptop optical drives are notoriously fragile with a slot loader nothing to break off.

    Plus they are super cool.
     
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    Duff-Man says...slot-loading drives are very attractive for laptops where weight and bulk are trying to be kept to a minimum. I've got a whole whack of Dell and HP/Compaq laptops I have to support at work with tray drives and they are bulky, heavy and totally non-elegant. For a true desktop, like the G5, then there's no reason not to use a tray-loading drive as they do tend to be a little less expensive and the newer, faster spec drives are almost always available in tray-loaders first....oh yeah!
     
  15. virus1 macrumors 65816

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    slot load is fine once you get over the sound of it chewing up your disk when you first insert one.
     
  16. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    For the most part I do like the slot load drive on my PowerBook, but it does have some disadvantages. It can't take non-standard discs (business card, mini, etc) like a tray loader can. Also, I've noticed that discs that I use in the slot loader drive a lot get scratched a little bit from going in and out. Presumably it's from the disc scraping the bottom of the slot accidentally when I insert the disc. Even little scratches on my CDs and DVDs bug me, and in fact, none of them are scratched except for the (relatively few) that I've used in my PowerBook.
     
  17. skubish macrumors 68030

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    I don't think the laptop drives are the same as the one in the iMac.
     
  18. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    I've always been fine with slot-loading disk drives... Until Apple decides you don't need a manual eject pin/hole. I'm actually dreading the day that I'll need it, only to find out that Apple decided they were "ugly" :rolleyes:
     
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    never had a problem with slot loading, i actually prefer it, it is one of the factors why i bought a slot loading DVD player over trayloading
     
  20. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    I'll tell you one thing, on the iBooks, the slot loading drive makes it MUCH more sturdier and stronger on the underside by the drive. You don't have to worry about cracking it now, really. I love the slot loading drive because it also attracts people's attention. :eek:
     
  21. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    Well, I haven't had any issues with my slot-loading drive on my PB, but something is bound to happen shortly after the warranty expires. And I KNOW I'm going to be pissed that Apple removed the manual eject (Well, I don't know if it was apple or not, nor do I care) but the fact that Apple used to have it in their PBs, and now they don't.
     
  22. Lacero macrumors 604

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    On a related topic, would you like to see tray-load CD players in a car? I think not.
     
  23. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    3. Doesn't brake off.

    4. Less steps to insert Cd.
    (Laptops)
    Slot Load
    - Slide CD in
    Tray Load
    - Press little button
    - Wait for Tray to pop out
    - Pull out Tray
    - Put CD in
    - Close Tray
    5. Looks way cooler!

    6. Tray Load on the iMac G5
    Would look hideous
    Hard to insert
    -Press button
    -Put CD in, and hold there
    -Reach over to keyboard to press button
    -Make sure CD doesn't fall out
    Bad ejection
    -Press button
    - try and catch the cd before it lands on your desk and breaks in half.

    Cons:

    1. Doesn't take Mini Disks

    2. Louder
     
  24. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    That wouldn't be safe. See my list above.
     
  25. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    Uhh... Dramatic are we? :rolleyes:
    While I do think I'd look hideous and I wouldn't want to see it on the iMac, it can be done, and it can work well. The PS2 can tilt on its side and the tray works just fine. So can my PC. CD breaking from a fall? Common. ;)
     

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