maybe this has been discussed on different threads, if yes then please give me the link. Why don't all macs just have external cd drives? Sure CDs are used to install a program, or import music into the laptop, but it never has to be used at all times. installing and importings from a CD only requires the drive to be there temporarily. videos games would be the only reason not to have an external drive but a macbook is not a video game dedicated laptop, nor is the mbp. If taking out the CD drive will decrease the weight of the laptop and possibly the height, i would definitely consider buying that laptop.