This unfortunately does not an optical drive. The $197 big box version (now at $229) I can say has an optical drive as I bought one two days ago. But computer power wise, this series seems to be quite sufficient for everyday use. For faster computing obviously, you need to buy a more expensive laptop.But then again, this is an entry budget laptop.
For those interested in the DVD drive, here's the link.
ASUS 15-Inch Celeron Laptop (OLD VERSION)