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Old April 22nd, 2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Lightest Windows laptop w/ CD-DVD?

I'm not quite sure where to put this, so here goes. If this is the wrong forum, I'm sorry.

What's the smallest / lightest laptop running Windows, with an internal CD or DVD burner? I do NOT want a Vista machine, and changing the OS & finding drivers can be hell, so I would prefer something that ships (shipped) native with either Win7 or WinXP.

Thanks in advance for any helpful info or comments.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 09:57 PM   #2
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I recently bought Asus Zenbook Prime 13". It's very light with IPS 1920x1080 full HD display. However, just like most ultrabook, it doesn't have CD/DVD drive. It doesn't bother me. I bought an external USB CD/DVD burner for less than $30 at newegg.com.

Otherwise, I can think of Sony VIAO T series is light weight with optical drive. I don't think you can find any laptop out there with Vista anymore. It will be either Win 7 or 8.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:22 PM   #3
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Re: Lightest Windows laptop w/ CD-DVD?

Thanks for the quick reply.

I presently have a small Dell, along with the external optical drive. But I'd rather have a slightly larger machine with the optical drive internal, it would be much more convenient for field work.

I definitely do *not* want Vista. The reason I mentioned XP as an option is that I would be willing to look for a used machine (eBay or wherever) if for some reason an older XP machine is a good solution.

I haven't explored the VAIO line... I'll take your advice and start checking specs on those.

Thanks again.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 12:18 AM   #4
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Panasonic has a series called Toughbook. They are made for field work purpose. I don't think they sell it in the US. You can find them at Dynamism.com. But they are expensive :)
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Old April 25th, 2013, 10:15 AM   #5
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Re: Lightest Windows laptop w/ CD-DVD?

My favorite brand is the IBM/Lenovo. They are made for business, solid quality for the price.

See this one for example, 12.5" diagonal
Lenovo ThinkPad X230 2320-HMU 12.5" Notebook 2320HMU B&H
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Old April 25th, 2013, 12:55 PM   #6
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My pet peeve with Thinkpad series is they still insist to have the Fn key on the bottom left, left to the Ctrl key. :/
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Old April 25th, 2013, 10:18 PM   #7
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Are you sure? I just purchased an Ideapad and the bottom left key is CTRL.

See Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 33.78 cm Convertible Ultrabook: Amazon.de: Computer & Zubehör
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Old April 26th, 2013, 03:09 AM   #8
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ThinkPad.. not IdeaPad.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 09:23 PM   #9
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Re: Lightest Windows laptop w/ CD-DVD?

If you want light, buy an external burner. I'm VERY happy with my 11" Macbook Air running Windows 7 on Bootcamp.
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A 14"+ ultrabook (Asus being my brand of choice) should have an optical drive. Some of the Vivobooks have optical drives to be a little more specific.
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