Best Laptops with an Optical Drive to buy in 2021: HP, Dell, and Lenovo

Best Laptops with an Optical Drive to buy in 2021: HP, Dell, and Lenovo

The optical drive has become a niche feature, at the same time quite irrelevant, especially when it comes to notebook PCs. In fact, you hardly see any laptop manufacturer launching new products with a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive. But what if you have a large physical collection of movies or maybe handle a lot of data you need to offload onto CD drives every day? Maybe you have a use case that still requires a CD every now and then? In that case, there still are a few options on the market that continue to offer an optical drive. There are numerous old laptops that feature an optical drive, but we’ve hunted down some of the best and fairly new options so you don’t have to compromise on any features.


As you’d expect, all of these laptops will be eligible for a free Windows 11 upgrade this holiday season.

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Best overall laptop: HP Envy 17t

HP Envy 17t product image

The HP Envy is a sleek-looking 17.3 inch notebook that features a built-in CD/DVD drive. It features Intel’s 10th-gen processors with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. The models listed also offer a combination of 1TB SSD and 1TB HDD storage, making this a perfect choice for a desktop replacement. The laptop also features an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU adding a decent bump to the graphics performance.

Probably the only complaint we have is it’s not available with a 4K resolution screen, which would have made sense on a display this big. It does however come with a good set of I/O ports including an HDMI, USB Type-C, and even an SD card slot.

    The HP Envy 17t is a premium 17-inch notebook featuring a built-in DVD drive. It's also a recommended notebook if you're looking for a desktop replacement.

Best affordable 17-inch laptop: Dell Inspiron 17 3793

Dell Inspiron 17 3000 product image

Dell continues to offer optical drives on its entry-level Inspiron 3000 series. You can get the laptop in 15 inch or 17 inch, but as of now, we could only find the larger variant on Amazon. The company is offering the notebook with a 10th-Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. The laptop is also available with dual storage options (SSD+HDD) and the memory can be configured up to 32GB.

It’s also fairly priced considering the amount of hardware it’s packing and that’s because the overall construction of the notebook is primarily plastic. The 17.3″ display comes with an FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution and you get a healthy set of ports including three USB Type-A, a USB Type-C, HDMI, Ethernet, headphone, mic combo jack, and an SD card slot.

    Dell's Inspiron 3000 series doesn't offer the best aesthetics, but it's one of the cheapest 17 inch notebooks if you're looking for a laptop with an optical drive.

Best 15-inch laptop: Lenovo Ideapad 330

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 2019 product image

Probably the only worthy 15 inch notebook we could find with an optical drive is the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 from 2019. Yes, it doesn’t come with the latest hardware, but that’s a compromise you’ll have to make if you want an optical drive. The laptop features an 8th-gen Intel Core i5-8250U which isn’t all that bad and should be good for your everyday tasks. The notebook also packs 8GB of RAM, 1TB of HDD storage, Dolby Audio speakers, an SD card reader, and even a USB Type-C port.

    If you don't mind the old Intel processor, the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 from 2019 is one of the most affordable laptops you can get today with a built-in optical drive.

Best Intel Tiger Lake laptop: HP Laptop 17t

HP Laptop 17 product image

Here’s another 17 inch notebook from HP which isn’t as sleek as the Envy 17t, but comes at a substantially lower price. The HP Laptop 17t is available with the latest 11th-Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and dual storage option of 512GB SSD and 1TB of HDD storage. The 17.3 inch IPS display comes with an HD+ (1600 x 900) resolution and you get a bunch of I/O ports including three USB Type-A ports, HDMI, Ethernet, and even an SD card slot which means it can be quite useful if you are a photographer or videographer. The optical drive on the laptop is a DVD-Writer, so apart from reading CD and DVD ROMs, you can burn them as well.

    The HP Laptop 17t is another 17 inch option that features a built-in DVD drive, but is comparitively cheaper than the Envy 17t.

These are some of the last notebooks that offer a built-in optical drive. While we expect some manufacturers to continue to include a CD/DVD drive in certain upcoming products, the chances are they’ll be very limited when it comes to options, especially since you can easily get an external USB-based optical drive today. If you want the best experience and are looking for the best of the best, then make sure you check out our list of the best laptops you can buy in 2021.

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Kunal Khullar
Kunal Khullar

PC building enthusiast currently exploring the gaming industry. My love for tech began at an early age and I also have a keen interest in photography, music, PUBG Mobile, automobiles and a knack for keeping things clean. Email: [email protected]

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