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With increasing demand of thin laptops, cloud storage and popularity of online services for music and games, nowadays only a few laptops are manufactured with CD drives. The topmost laptops with CD drives run Windows 7 in most of the cases and Windows 8 rarely. These laptops are configured with Intel/AMD processors, deliver high performance and can be expensive.

The best laptops with CD drives are midsize and desktop replacements which are used mainly for serious gaming, music production, creating multimedia content, storing and accessing projects done by designers.

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Dell Alienware 17

Dell Alienware 17 Laptop






Dell Alienware 17(June 2013)
Dell Alienware 14
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431
Dell Alienware 17 Laptop
ASUS N550JV-DB72T 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop
Dell Alienware 14 Laptop
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 Laptop
ASUS X550CA-DB51 15.6-Inch Laptop
Release Date
Jun 2013
Jul 2013
May 2013
May 2013
Jul 2013
CD / DVD Type
DVD-RW/CD-RW Rambo Drive
17.3 in. WLED HD+ Anti-Glare
15.6 in. FHD
14 in. WLED FHD Anti-Glare Display
14 in.
15.6 in. LED
Hard Drive
256GB mSATA Boot + 750GB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200 RPM)
1TB (5400 RPM)
750 GB SATA, 7200RPM
500 GB HDD
750GB SATA, 5400rpm
Installed Memory
16GB Dual Channel DDR3L
Operating System
Windows 8
Windows 8
MS Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Windows 8
Core i7 3 GHz
Core i7-4702HQ 2.4 GHz
Quad-core Core i7 2.4-GHz
Core i5-3230M 2.6 GHz
Core i5 3337U 1.8 GHz
Laptop Type
Gaming laptop
Gaming laptop
Gaming / Multimedia
Gaming / Multimedia
Business, Small Business

  • The Alienware 17 is a little pricey, but it's a powerful imposing gaming rig that can be taken from room to room or to a friend's house. It will serve you well on the game grid.

  • The Alienware 17 is the gold standard for gaming rigs, combining a sleek new design, glorious full-HD display and excellent graphics power.

  • The Alienware 17 continues its tradition of all-around excellence in portable performance. There's almost nothing to dislike about this fifth-generation variant. The exterior has been redesigned with a slightly more mature appearance, better overall build quality thanks to the inclusion of more metal components, and a new take on the AlienFX lighting system. System performance is outstanding with the fourth-gen Intel Core i7 processor and top-of-the-line Nvidia GTX 780M graphics card.

  • Watching movies on a tablet is well and good, but to get real immersive entertainment, a 15.6-inch laptop with multiple speakers like the Asus N550JV-DB72T is the portable equivalent of a home theater system, plus it also qualifies as a power user system.

  • The Asus N550JV-CN201H convinces with a decent system and gaming performance. Although the CPU significantly throttles (down to 800 MHz) under full load, you will hardly experience this in practice. The benchmark results are as expected. In addition, the notebook features a bright, contrast-rich and matte IPS display and a big storage capacity and can read Blu-ray disks. The battery life is also appropriate for a notebook with that much performance. In addition, we enjoyed the great audio system.

  • An excellent entertainment laptop, the ASUS N550JV features a booming quad-speaker system, a beautiful touch screen and good gaming power.

  • All in all, the notebook leaves a very high-quality impression. Besides the materials the build quality can also convince us; keyboard and touchpad are also very convenient to use. Further unique features are the flat power supply unit and the comprehensive illumination. Despite the somewhat pretentious appearance of the case, the individuality of the notebook is unrivaled and not every manufacturer would try to integrate a GeForce GTX 765M into a 14-inch case.

  • The Alienware 14 is a portable gaming notebook with a slick redesign and graphics might, but it runs hot under pressure.

  • The Alienware 14 is a noticeable upgrade over its predecessors; it's a well-rounded notebook with very few cons. This notebook's highlights include outstanding performance thanks to its Intel quad-core processor and Nvidia graphics; a well-executed design and AlienFX customizable lighting system; excellent 1080p IPS display; superb build quality and chassis strength; good speakers; a plentiful port selection; a tolerable level of noise and respectable if not outstanding battery life.

  • We recommend small business owners buy a true business PC like the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 rather than trying to repurpose a consumer budget laptop. It will pay off in comfort, performance, and peace of mind.

  • The ThinkPad Edge E431 may not be exciting, but it's a solid performer. It's a business-grade notebook with lots of power, excellent build quality, adequate battery life, and a strong keyboard. It's also quite durable and light enough (thanks to its ABS plastic frame) to fill a bag without overburdening its owner. The clever proprietary charging/OneLink Dock port design is also a nifty addition if you're frequently in search of better docking options.

  • The ThinkPad Edge E431 offers the durability and dependability we've come to expect from Lenovo's small business laptops, in a 14-inch system with an excellent keyboard and pointing stick.

  • The ASUS X550CA-DB31 offers an attractive 15-inch chassis, strong audio, and costs just $449, making this a good budget Windows 8 laptop.

  • The ASUS X550CA still remains as a solid value for those looking at a basic laptop computer. The problem is that it doesn't really distinguish itself from the competition in any real way. In fact, the laptop design really needs to be updated to address the limited number of USB ports which is as much as half as many as the competition. In addition to this, the battery life is still on the low side for the budget segment.

  • It feels cheap, and the cost-saving areas are obvious, but at just £329 RRP with similar performance to laptops £100 more expensive, this is an impressive performer.

Top 5 notebook with cd drive:

  1. Dell Alienware 17 Laptop
  2. ASUS N550JV-DB72T 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop
  3. Dell Alienware 14 Laptop
  4. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 Laptop
  5. ASUS X550CA-DB51 15.6-Inch Laptop