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Optical drive for new Mac Mini and MacBook Air: The need in 2011

The thought of owning a desktop computer or laptop without an optical drive would be a crazy thought not too long ago, but in 2011 this isn’t the case. When the first MacBook Air was released we snapped up the device right away, and while the first-generation had its flaws, the fan running really loud when playing videos, it was a massive step forward for laptops. Apple’s new MacBook for 2011 does not suffer from this issue; you will hardly hear noise thanks to the way the MacBook handles heat, and this is just one of many improvements to the latest model.

One thing that stayed the same was the need for an optical drive in the new MacBook Air, it took a while for us to get used to this first time around but many months on, you wonder why laptops have optical drives. The world is going digital in almost every way, and now the new MacBook Air has received a much-needed improvement to make the need for optical drives completely obsolete, and this comes thanks to “Internet Recovery”. This service will use Apple’s servers to reinstall Mac OS X Lion, meaning you can repair problems much easier than on any previous OS X.

The new Mac Mini is also drive-less, which is a first for the Mac Mini and should lead to the same benefits MacBook Air users have become used to. Do you think physical formats like discs are history? If you still love to go old school, then you can do so with the help of an external SuperDrive that will work with both the Mac Mini and MacBook Air.

Apple has been planning this move for a few years, which saw the first-gen Macbook Air without an optical drive in 2008. Back then the product was more niche thanks to the screen options and price, but this year the range of sizes and low price point, when Apple products are concerned, should only help more homes have a MacBook Air.

Do you favor digital downloads? What do you think of installing OS X Lion via the Mac App Store? You may want to read about redeem code problems for Mac OS X Lion, or the invalid serial number issue.

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Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

Daniel now spends his time keeping an eye on the latest technology and business trends. Also developing other blogs/news sites in the entertainment and business industries.

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