Most new laptops DO NOT have DVD ROM. Software is distributed electronically, movies steamed from online services can be downloaded to your hard drive and watched later. Next on the chopping block will be traditional USB ports being replaced by Thunderbolt. This machine is a 2 in 1, which means legacy ports and media are sacrificed to prolong battery life and to reduce the size and weight of the machine with legacy stuff being relegated to a Thunderbolt dock or some kind of hub. It may not be the same, but it is a specific tool for a specific job. If you need those other features, look at the Precision line of laptops which is more of a Desktop replacement Workstation laptop.