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Best Laptops With a DVD Drive

They're far less common these days, but Asus, Dell, and HP still make models that can play your old movies and CDs

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Alexa Kaplan was in the mood a few days ago to watch "At World’s End," the third film in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, when it dawned on her that she had no way of doing so.

A college student from Long Island, N.Y., Kaplan is among the many consumers who own a laptop without a DVD drive, a once-common feature that has disappeared from model after model as manufacturers chased thinner and lighter designs.

Given the proliferation of cloud-based software and streaming services for listening to music and watching movies, having a laptop that lacks a DVD drive might not seem like such a big deal.

But if you don't have access to good broadband service or your favorite flick isn't available on a streaming video service, a laptop with a DVD drive will come in handy.

“My first Mac had a disc drive and, yeah, it was heavy, but I got a lot of use out of it,” Kaplan says. “While I definitely enjoy my current Mac being lighter and thinner, I do miss the luxury of having a DVD drive."

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There are workarounds, of course. You can purchase an external DVD drive from major brands such as Asus and LG for around $30. They're available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. And desktop computers often come with a DVD drive. But good luck bringing one of those on vacation with you.

If your heart is set on owning a laptop with a DVD drive, don't despair. Companies such as Dell and HP still produce a handful of models that let you watch Captain Jack Sparrow wherever you want and also listen to classic tunes from your CD collection or view old family photos stored on DVD.

Here are DVD-drive-equipped laptops, arranged by size, that are worth considering.

No, they're not the highest-rated laptops we've tested, but they’re more than capable of handling everyday tasks—web browsing, photo editing, and the like. And all these laptops are reasonably priced, too.


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