[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2012/11/NwYSuo.jpg[/newsimage]While the CEO of Lite-On already stated in an interview that it's unlikely that optical disk drives (ODDs) will get slimmer to fit in e.g. Ultrabooks, the research and development departments of ODD manufacturers have started to find ways to make them a bit thinner. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/manufacturers-looking-into-ways-to-make-laptop-dvd-burners-thinner-64675/](http://www.myce.com/news/manufacturers-looking-into-ways-to-make-laptop-dvd-burners-thinner-64675/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Get rid of the drawer. Slot loading optical drives are thinner. I believe Dell had an ultrathin laptop a couple years ago that they said was thinner than a MacBook Air, and it had a slot-loading optical drive.
Another possibility is to not spin the disc and use a couple of mirrors to direct the laser from the side to read the entire surface.
No no no. This shouldn’t be the focus for optical disc burner manufacturers. They should instead be concentrating on making standardisations between different manufacturers - Oh, the amount of times I’ve wanted to rip out my awful Sony DVD/CD-RW drive and replace it with a LiteOn DVD+RW drive - But thanks to Dell and their bullshit properity standards - it means I have to get one from Dell.
Shouldn’t any other drive just work fine in a Dell machine?