Wow Dell. Talk about a huge step backwards. No wonder I've just switched away from them for the first time in over 10 years of laptop buying.
Just did this yesterday on a 14z. Ridiculous.
I realize it helps them save space, but its time to ditch the optical drive. That takes up fully 30% of the internal space.
Speak for yourself. I'd prefer my Optical Drive staying there on my laptop. For a variety of reasons. I won't be buying a laptop that lacks one in the foreseeable future.
To be honest; you're comapring a consumer line laptop (Inspiron) to a business line laptop (Probook).
I can remove the HDD in any Dell Latitude series laptop in less than a minute.
Not really a problem. My Dell Studio XPS 1647 (just upgraded from this machine to a Lenovo T530) has its HDD just as easily accessible and so has all of my previous Dell laptops. The Lenovo is my first "business" laptop. So, I don't think you're excuse for Dell is legitimate. Warwagon is right, there is no reason to make this as hard as they made it.
I thought Lenovo was annoying by placing one of my RAM slots under the KB. This was just insane to watch.