I for one fail to be convinced slot loaders are an upgrade having had more than one disc get stuck inside a slot loader, but obviously mine is a minority opinion. 😩
Yup. Too bad the days are gone when the drive had the tiny hole to physically push the disk out by using the end of a paperclip.
Responding to joemike first, I've never had to deal with a stuck disc in either a slot or tray-loader, but it just seems "logical" that the drive with fewer moving parts will be the less likely of the two to suffer mechanical failure.
And as for your ejection pinhole, ryck, my drive has got one! Unfortunately, though, it's a non-functional leftover from a previous incarnation, and I had to contact OWC Customer Service to find out why I had my antique, straightened paperclip stuck into it up to my wrist and it still wouldn't eject a disc.
(The drive also has an eject button, but its functionality matches that of the eject button on a Mac and does NOT provide any emergency relief.)
It's an indication of something that all three OWC products I've owned have incorporated design elements from previous incarnations that a fastidious manufacturer would have designed out.
And that, combined with the wealth of erroneous information on my drive's product page and the almost complete lack of necessary backup information by the tech to whom I spoke really leaves me scratching my head and wondering "is this any way to run an airline"?