December 01, 2003 | View Comments (23) | too easy

To open the cd burner and dvd burner on my computer I push a button. To close the tray I always just want to push the tray back in. However, it is known that this could cause damage to the drive if pushed too hard. Instead, designers thought it would make sense to push the same button you used to open it to close it. Pretty neat having a button that does two different things. Pretty difficult if you did not know this before trying to close it. medstore-online.com

This is a case where the designers were getting a little too creative in their design and instead might be causing a lot of people some confusion. I always preferred slot-loading drives anyways. I button to eject and that is all the button does.

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I have been into my university's computer lab so many times and have witnessed broken cd-rom drives because students decided to push a little to hard on the tray. I would be very curious is someone could come up with a more efficient design to prevent such disasters. I guess slot-loading trays are the best thing.

Posted by: University Teacher at December 1, 2003 11:31 AM

I think half the problem comes from poor design - sure have a dual use button but employ a little insight and realise that when the tray is open access to the button that closes it shouldn't be impaired.
Put the button ABOVE the tray!

That's my 2c

Posted by: Rucky boy at December 4, 2003 02:09 AM

I never found this a difficult concept. However, I usually prefer to push on the tray, partly because it's an easier target than a little button and partly because Rucky boy is right. Why is the button below the tray?

Slot-loading trays are sleek and beautiful and simple, however they can't use small or oddly shaped CDs that are sometimes used for drivers or promotional material. Also it's very hard to get a CD out if the drive is not functioning properly.

Posted by: Tamara at December 4, 2003 02:57 AM

Of course, such a simple oversight as placing the button above the tray has caused so many problems. Why has no one thought of such a simple change? Is there something really wrong with having the button the tray?

Tamara: you are right in the fact that slot-loading trays only accept normal sized discs, which is a shame because I think they still offer a better design than regular cd/dvd drives.

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