Here's our Hardware Tip for.. May 30, 2003
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Ultrathin Notebooks--Part 2 of 7
How often do you intend to use your notebook's CD-ROM and floppy drives can help you determine what kind of notebook to purchase. If you're considering an ultrathin model, your answer should be "Not often."

Ultrathins usually come with either external or snap-on modules that contain the CD-ROM and floppy drives. The idea is that you'll often travel without these drives, thereby taking advantage of the notebook's low weight and small form factor.

If you will be using drives on a regular basis, consider a standard notebook that comes with integrated drives. That way, you won't need to hassle with extra cables (for external drives) or snap-in modules.