That's right, it's got a CD writer, a DVD player and a 3.5"disc drive
Upgrading the RAM in my old Dell desktop computer has greatly increased the speed at which the machine responds to my input. I started out with a measly 256 MB of RAM and bought a 512MB chip to boost the total to 768 MB. Those extra 512 MB made a huge positive change in terms of how I can use the computer.
Before the upgrade, I would double click on something, switch over to my primary computer and glance back at my old computer in frustration several times before anything would happen. Internet pages refused to load and when they did it took a long time and often random images on that page wouldn't load at all. I couldn't get any YouTube video to load. About the only thing the computer was good for was playing music making it an iPod roughly the size of a small suitcase that weighs somewhere around 40 lbs.
Please mind the extension cord, ladies.
Before upgrading the RAM, I rarely turned on my old desktop tower computer. When I did, I didn't expect much and was still often disappointed.
After the upgrade, the computer came out of dry dock and I could once again set sail on the internet's open waves. When I double clicked, programs and documents opened right away. YouTube videos now play just fine (albeit not in full-screen mode, grumble, grumble).
The Dell is still fairly old but now that I can use it at a reasonable speed I find myself doing the following:
- Browsing the internet
- Displaying Flickr slideshows to distract/ entertain me while doing something else
- Playing downloaded movies and TV shows
- Playing music and podcasts through iTunes
- Trying out things in the Chrome App Store
- Typing and saving Open Office Writer and Calc documents to a Dropbox account, which shares with my main computer
Pro-tip: Adding more RAM makes your computer function better.
TL;DR: Eh, you didn't miss much. Read the pro-tip and share what you use your backup/ secondary computer for, if you have one.