But I learned to do without that drive with some external USB thing. If you look at the size of a drive, adding that to a ultraportable removes that unit from the ultraportable category. That may be why your search found so little.
The 13 inch macbook pro weighs in as an ultraportable with a drive add on.
This is my first post here on the cnet forum so don't bite my head off if this question has been asked before (search tool sucks BTW) but I'm in need of a new computer. Until last night I had a Sony Vaio TX series which I loved; a little slow but its light weight and a built-in DVD drive allowed me to take it to Europe and Afghanistan without any issues. I've been searching all afternoon for a replacement and I can't find and current or last year models with similar size/weight that have a built-in optical drive. The Macbook Air caught my eye but the lack of a built-in optical drive is a dealbreaker. Any suggestions?