Anyone have MBA as their ONLY computer w/no DVD drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by wordmunger, Oct 8, 2008.


What is your MacBook Air situation?

  1. It's my only computer, and I DON'T have an external CD/DVD drive

    9 vote(s)
  2. It's my only computer, and I DO have an external CD/DVD drive

    12 vote(s)
  3. I have another computer in addition to the MBA

    18 vote(s)
  4. I don't have an MBA

    34 vote(s)
  1. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I'm just curious: Does anyone own an MBA and no other computer, and also no external DVD/CD drive?

    I don't have the external drive, but I also have another computer (indeed, a total of five computers in the house).
  2. sookainian macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2008
    Same, I don't have the external drive, but I also have another computer ( windows )

    Till now i dont see the need of a CD-rom drive. :)

    Even my windows desktop cd-rom drive, i haven't use it for years...
  3. iPave macrumors member


    Mar 15, 2008
    Tampere, Finland
    It's my only computer and I'm not missing the optical drive.
  4. wordmunger thread starter macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Wow... impressive! I very rarely use mine, but it sure comes in handy when you need it.

    Though, come to think of it, I don't think I've had a disaster (e.g. something requiring a reinstall of the system) in several years. Maybe I'm just thinking like a 20th century computer user.
  5. CaptainCannabis macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    It's my only computer, and I don't need more power.

    Does everything I want, and I don't need more power.

    Do people seriously need a computer that has 3.0ghz and a 512mb graphics card when they just browse the web, watch movies, listen to music and do work on their laptop? Do you even need 3 USB slots and the drive when you can connect to you printer and many other devices through blutooth and wireless? And you can download the music, and movies online at high speed and watch them as soon as you start downloading?

    People are just picky.

    The only thing I hate is the fan, it sounds like a damn hoover vacuum. And the occasional core shutdown, especially when I ichat for more than 15 min... Apple, you suck at this.
  6. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    My college setup.

    MacBook Pro 17 inch 300GB Hard drive 4Gbs of ram 2.6ghz multi touch HD Display.:apple:
    MacBook Air 1.8GHZ 64Gb no external drive :apple:
    Perfect setup carry the air around and use the pro for the intense stuff:cool:
  7. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2004
    I'm one without a dvd drive and I've had the air since April I believe. I'm away from grad school so when I need to rip movies, I do it at home 50 miles away. Don't really miss it, and if I do need to, I forsee using it once a month. I am thinking of buying a used superdrive on ebay one of these days. Its not a crucial item so I'm taking my time looking for a good deal. Looking to pay 50-60 dollars to justify purchasing. 100 is too much for something I will rarely use.
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I bought the SuperDrive when I bought my 2nd MBA, and I've used the remote file transfer quite a bit with my Mac Pro. I travel too much, and the SD is pretty light and compact, so I store it in my CaseLogic sleeve in the top compartment right above my MBA. I've forgotten that it's in there on several occasions, but I have it with my MBA 24/7...:cool:
  9. Samarium macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2008
    @ home.
    I have a MacBook and haven't used that much my DVD Drive.
  10. nsbio macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Remind me when your B'day is and I will send you a Firewire hard drive for backups, or a DV camcorder. :D.
  11. iPave macrumors member


    Mar 15, 2008
    Tampere, Finland
    No thanks. I've got Time Capsule for backups and I don't need a camcorder.
  12. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I've had a MacBook Air and used it as a primary computer. Beyond my Virtual Machine work that was painfully slow, it was a great system. Never used the optical drive except the first day where I formatted to clear up some space.
  13. n0de macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2005
    Ironically the only time I needed a DVD drive was to install MS Office ;)
  14. Cynicalone macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
    I have two iMacs and my MBA. I use the MBA when on the road it's a good secondary computer but I couldn't see it being my only computer. I did pickup the Superdrive, because I occasionally need to load info off a disk onto the laptop when on the road. I wish everybody would just use thumb drives. :)
  15. BLACK MAC macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2007
    I have a MacBook and I only use the drive when I need to install a program. I hardly burn anything, but when I need to it's handy. So I think I would lean towards having no optical drive and use it as external. That's when I need it.
  16. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Not using my MacBook Air as my only computer, but loving it all the same! :) :apple:

    I do have the external Apple SuperDrive, but I rarely use it. It is easier just to transfer the files wirelessly from my iMac or Mac Pro.
  17. dcMobile macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    I've got an MBA as my only computer (outside of work, that is), and I don't have a SuperDrive.

    But I'm a bit of a cheater because my job involves me having an external hard drive with me at all times that has OS installation partitions, app installers, updates etc. :D

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