In yet another case why slot-load drives which continue to be used by a few laptop manufacturers despite their notable problems– you can’t easily eject a bad disk, you can’t read optical disks from camcorders, you can’t read business card disks, loading and ejecting mechanisms die, yadda, yadda, yadda…
Panasonic takes Blu-ray burning from 12.7mm to the 9.5mm thinness that UMPCs just love…
As a PowerBook user, I’ve watched as Apple has taken away media bays, taken away tray-loading drives, and refused to adopt other I/O advances like media card slots. I can only guess that this is for the sake of clean “looks.”
Despite the fact that Apple does offer it’s laptops to “pro” users and touts their incredible capabilities, their focus on design falls flat when you note that other manufacturers offer pretty machines that simply offer more features for less money.
They offer pro users more built-in capability and usability with no compromise in terms of looks. In fact, some of them offer far more in terms of “design” than a simple silver slab.
Apple itself is actually aware of this shortcoming and has filed patents for adapters to use smaller disks in the slot-loading drives. However, those adapters are still only for round disks, leaving the entire market of specialty-cut and oddly shaped disks (which carry media and information just fine) completely unplayable in slot-loading drives.
It’s really hard to be “my digital hub” when you can’t even load the optical media from the latest disk-based camcorders.
So here’s hoping that those companies that insist on using slow, noisy, capability-limited, slot-loading optical drives realize the dark alley their bigotry has taken them and adopt the cheaper, lighter, thinner, more capable, longer-lasting tray-loading optical drives.