Originally Posted by WeAreNotAlone
I wish mfg's would go to slot loading drives, I cringe everytime I open a tray loader, being extra careful it doesn't get bent while its open. Saw a el-cheap-o? laptop at Circuit City the other day and thought a slot loader would reduce the chance of the tray getting bent while open... since there would be no tray. How do the costs compare between a "normal" size slot loader.. and tray loading units? Why do mfg's install tray loaders? (cost... or are the slot loaders "problematic"?) Which units (mfg's) would be the ones to get, to stay away from?
Tray load optical drives aren't the problem you're making them out to be. The tray is out of the drive what? 10 seconds? I've personally NEVER seen one broken nor broken one myself. It just really doesn't happen. Also, they wouldn't bend, they'd snap completely off. Slot load drives just aren't as reliable as a tray loader. Their ejection system is much more complicated compared to the ejection system of a tray loader. In a tray loader you have a latch with a solenoid that releases the drive and a spring pushes the tray out. A thin ribbon cable links the innards of the drive that pop out to the drive's interface at the rear of the housing. Slot load optical drives on the other hand have to have a pretty complicated set of motors, gears, and levers to push the disc out and mount/unmount it to the hub. The more moving parts you have the greater a chance of failure. The only reason Apple has been so gung-ho about using them is because of the fact they look nice, their laptops go for a premium price anyway. Slot loaders are roughly the same price on the retail market, but I bet wholesale to OEMs they are more expensive. Best brand to go with is Pioneer, but I beleive Panasonic rebadges the Pioneer drives.