Do people still buy PC optical drives?

Are PC optical drives on the way out?

I did away with them quite a ways back since gaming has been made much more convenient with Steam. All you need is an internet connection and an adequate amount of hard drive space and you’re good. No more trying to keep your disc scratch-free, and having to listen to it spin up when changing levels or launching the game etc.

But I suspect a good deal of people still rely on drives for ripping CDs to their PC or perhaps watching the odd DVD/Blu Ray. Since I use my own home-cinema setup and consider myself a vigorous Steam proponent, I can’t find any use for them at all. It seems to me that cheap USB thumb drives are the way to go if you’re swapping files to and from your mate’s PC.

What about you. Do you still consider an optical drive a significant part of your PC building? Do you go out of your way to ensure a decent brand sits inside your case?

Here are Amazon’s top 5 best-selling PC optical drives:

No. 1: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer

No. 2: Samsung SH-S222L/BEBS Internal Half Height Supermulti PATA 22X Lightscribe

No. 3: HP 22X DVD Writer 1140i

No. 4: Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE Internal Half Height Supermulti PATA 22X

No. 5: Sony CRX 217E – Disk drive – CD-RW – 48x32x48x – IDE – internal – 5.25″

If Amazon’s top 5 are anything to go on, Blu Ray doesn’t appear to be the most popular kid on the block for PCs. For my recent PC build, I opted out of an optical drive. I couldn’t justify the expensive on something that would be little more than dead weight in the case, intruding on my cable management with little in the way of returns.

I’m interested to see how many people still use these things. Are you one of them?

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