New Mac Mini - No Optical Drive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by haruhiko, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    I just checked the new Mac Mini page and found that it does not have an optical drive now. Did the last version have the optical drive?

  2. bugout macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    Yes the last version did. Glad they got rid of it. I never used it anyway :)
  3. D4F Guest


    Sep 18, 2007
    Planet Earth
    I use it a lot so this part is disappointing. Another $100 to get one on top of the mini itself.
    I'm skipping this one even though the new GPU chip is actually nice.
  4. haruhiko thread starter macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    That's a big thumb down from me.... as long as I hate the optical drive like all you do, my parents use my old mac mini as a DVD player though...
  5. rogan macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2009
    sealed the deal for my,

    network disc sharing,

    new mini hooked up to tv, whack a disc in my MBP and watch it on my tv? please!
  6. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    That's an interesting perspective. I can see Apple wanting you to have an iMac as the central machine, and then your MBA, MBP and/or Mini all look to that as the central disc drive.
  7. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    I was all excited about the new discreet chip but damn if I am going to buy one without built in optical.
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I don't know if I care. I never use my mini and when I do, I'm not using the optical drive.
  9. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I use a 2009 Mac Mini server every day (you know the first one without the optical drive). I never miss the optical drive and the few times that I needed it (when I installed OSX 10.6 non-server and installed iWork), I just shared the drive from my iMac.

    Also you do all realize you can use ANY USB optical drive? Including the < $30 ones you can get at places like Newegg which means the entry level model now is cheaper than last model:

    2010 Entry Level: 699
    2011 Entry Level: 599 + 30 (for external optical) = $629

    So much faster and cheaper? I think it's a no brainer.
  10. Sdevante macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    I like the new specs on the Mini, but he is less cute without his "mouth" lol
  11. scupking macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2010
    I think its great they took it out. As I have said before if they are not going to add blu ray then don't put any optical drive in. Good job Apple!! Optical drives are so cheap to get anyways if you wanted one.
  12. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    No problem here. There are Super Drives in my iMac I could share if I needed to. Picking one up today!!
  13. TheBaconKing macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2010
    Northwest Arkansas
    Really wanting to pick up the $600 mini for a HTPC..
    Already have a SuperDrive that I took out of my MacBook pro and replaced with an OptiBay. All I need is the mini...

    Must resist..... Cannot resist. Ahhh
  14. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    According to the store info the SuperDrive for the Air does not work with the standard Mac Mini, only the Server model. You think this is a mistake now that all the Mini don't come with a SuperDrive?
  15. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    It's the Air of desktops.

    It seems strange, since the base model can't be upgraded with a second drive. What are they doing with the extra space? The mini has seemed like a great HTPC, especially since the HDMI port was added. Personally, I abandoned physical disks a couple of years ago, so I'm not worried about it, but I guess there must be someone out there still buying DVDs...
  16. paulrbeers, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Yeah or they just haven't updated the specs yet seeing as how only the MBA and the Mac Mini Server were the ONLY macs without optical drives until about 5 hours ago.....

    I've used super drives with Macbook Pros, iMacs, etc. They work fine but according to the specs they "don't work".

    Some people's kids.... If you don't know what you are talking about, DON'T.
  17. TheBaconKing macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2010
    Northwest Arkansas
    I don't burn DVDs anymore, I rip my movies to the hard drive for storage. It's easier to keep a hard drive full of hundreds of movies than to search shelfs for the one you want to watch.
  18. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    Love the new "optical drive less" spec, way to go Apple.

    The Superdrive is useless anyway, as it doesn't do Bluray. I have an external Bluray drive, which I use with my Mini (mainly to rip disks), and I couldn't be happier.
  19. mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004
    For me the lack of a drive is a mild irritant. I don't watch dvd's but I do buy CD's from time to time when I go out to watch a local band. I know I can just buy an external drive but it is still an annoyance given I buy less than ten CD's a year.

    Other than that the new minis look great. i5's and i7's as I figured but I am surprised to see a dedicated graphics card. Haven't seen that in a mini since the G4's.
  20. cnak macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    internal vs external speed

    Which is faster, the internal optical drive (older model) or adding an external drive (new model)?
  21. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Both are 8X DVD drives. No difference.
  22. Mr. McMac, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

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    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I actually like that it doesn't have an optical drive anymore. Less mechanical stuff to go wrong. Plus I was never a fan of slot load drives anyway.

    P.S. I own a couple of USB optical drawer load drives I use with my macs..
  23. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    The few times I've used the optical drive on my 2010 mini it's been full of dust and needed to be "de-dustified" before it would read the disc.

    The airflow in the 2010 mini seemed to deposit a lot of dust in the optical drive.

    The 6 we have in my office at work also need attention once in a while for similar dust issues.
  24. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    i wonder if that is what is going on with my mini. It takes a while to read disks and other computers don't recognize the disks it makes. I don't make disks very often, and just assumed the drive has gone bad.

    I just bought an external DVD writer/BD reader from Amazon for way less than an internal slot loader replacement, so I'll just keep using that if/when I upgrade.
  25. chrismac2 macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I personally think that lacking on optical drive is drawback. I have lots of software on cd/dvd roms. Downloadable software is great....but what's the first thing I do when I purchase and download a 2.5gb software product? I burn it to DVD to have a hard copy, and file it, rather than let it just eat up my hard drive space. Then I write on the dvd, labeling what software is on it. Can't do that with a thumb drive.

    Also when you want to dump some software/media to disc to give to friend/family, blank dvd's are so cheap. I'm not going to have a stack of thumb drives on hand that I can just 'give away' to friends or family.

    Also, the mini has been popular as a home theater/media server. Not being able to pop a DVD in to watch a movie kinda removes the mini from that role for a lot of people. It's bad enough that Apple refuses to put blu-rays's in.

    Saying "well you can hook up the external dvd-rw drive"......I mean that kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it? Having this sleek small all in one computer, and then having this drive dangling off of it.

    But, regardless, the market will ultimately decide the utility of internal optical drives.....

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