• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Meh..

    • Written by from Naperville

    I bought this for my macbook pro retina display because it doesn't have a built in dvd player. The cord is really short so if you want to watch a movie on it you have to have your computer sitting stationary somewhere. The biggest problem I had with it was the fact that it is not compatible with Blu-Ray. I have a retina computer that is capable of the resolution of Blu-Ray but the cd drive is not compatible to play the disc.

    The only good use I have gotten out of it is that I can play and burn CD's.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ejecting is terrible

    • Written by from South Bend

    Overall, this DVD drive works. However, the eject button works maybe once every five times. I find myself having to hold it upside down and press to get the DVD to come out. There needs to be some sort of button on the side.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointingly unreliable

    • Written by from Largs

    Have owned this drive for just over a year, have used it only occasionally and until recently was very happy with it. Stylish like all Apple products and met my needs. However, recently it has stopped taking in disks and looks like a terminal failure. Would have expected better reliability for the price.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    usb2.0 - what a joke

    • Written by from Melbourne

    seriously? please update these to usb3.0

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    SuperDrive at best an average drive

    • Written by from LOVELAND

    Expensive;
    No Blu-Ray (Who doesn't have Blu-ray now?);
    Needs a lot of power - it does not work in USB hubs because it exceeds the allowed power.
    This is not Apple quality.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable is very fragile. No hardware eject

    • Written by from Picton

    After about a year of very occasional use, my "superdrive" has given up the ghost. After checking with Apple Support, the cable has given out. It is very flimsy.

    I don't understand why the superdrive doesn't come with an eject button.

    It's clear that Steve Jobs didn't want people using CDs and DVDs.

    If you can avoid purchasing this product, do.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    DVD Superdrive

    • Written by from NABIAC

    Good device. Could be better. The attached cord is an issue with regards to wear and tear. It is quite difficult to store without bending the join at the rear of the device. Prefer it to have a USB detachable patch lead. With the resolution of the screen it should have Blu Ray reader capability as a bare minimum. Apple stores do not sell protective cases for it which is quite disappointing. For such an expensive device.....it really doesnt do much at all.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good it is said to be

    • Written by from Ozone Park

    Now at first it works great because it just came out of the box, but when you get a cd/dvd stuck in there what are you suppose to do? I state this question because unlike many other drives there isn't any eject button. Also the crazy thing is that i had to use my dads dell to get the dvd ejected when this is made for apple crazy right? I would advice if you like me with a Retina 15' MacBook Pro buy another companies usb drive and save yourself the trouble because now the same APPLE USB DRIVE isn't showing up on my APPLE COMPUTER.

    32 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It does not work properly

    • Written by from Providence

    I'm sure many folks get this and it works just fine - but if you read the reviews, including this one, you'll find that it's a gamble to but it. Many simply do not work properly. In my case, it will read discs, but in some cases does not. I've returned purchased discs to find out that they play fine in other drives. So I'd have to conclude that those who say Apple messed this one up are quite correct. What I'd like is for Apple to help out those of us with problems, and fix the problems for those of you considering buying this.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    it need more time to design

    • Written by from Flint

    it looks nice
    perfect shape
    perfect speed
    perfect weight
    BUT :
    you better make the whole cable get disconnect from it ,you know a side of the cable is just attached to the super drive and when you are handing it or packing it in your bag the attached part will get wasted.put a nice small cable but not attached to drive.

    26 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    arghhhhhh - attached cable

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    I love to sit with my laptop on my lap beside an end table and put my feet up. That's pretty much not possible to do and use this device because the attached cable is so short. I generally don't buy devices that have attached cables because ultimately the weak point is the point of attachment of the device to the cable. As soon as that wears out, you are in trouble. I'd much much rather have an outlet there, so that you can choose alternate cables, or at least replace a cable if you have a problem.

    A 3 foot cable would much better suit my needs, so I find that this is a huge deficiency in this product.

    26 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by from Ascot Vale

    realise not everyone wants / needs an internal optical drive......but its also true that some of us NEED the drive to be internal...not yet another piece of kit to be separately carried. Please spend less on screen def...and more on redesigning the optical drive back into (as an optional inclusion) the MacBook Pro....CD / DVD remain viable storage media when you DONT want a cloud solution....VERY SELFISH of you to delete it!

    7 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Kill my USB slot on my MacMini

    • Written by from Seattle

    I bought a USB SuperDrive 6 days ago. It worked fine for the first two days. I used it to import CDs I bought. I then didn't use it for 4 days. Tonight, I try to play a DVD, it won't insert. I try CDs, they won't go. I unplug the drive and reinsert, then repeat DVD and CD. Update software. Nothing.

    I swap the drive with my bluetooth mouse dongle, jackpot! The mouse no longer works and the drive does. Swap them back, mouse works, drive doesn't.

    I'd of thought that killing one USB would take them all out as they are daisy chain devices, but who knows.

    Bummer!

    Aside from that, drive is quiet and very impressive for importing CDs. As for the DVD (from Netflx and brand new), the Apple DVD Player, hated it. After some mucking about, it finally started, but is noisy and hitting the menu button doesn't take me to the menu until the 3rd click.

    26 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    only reads discs - can't burn discs with the new MacbookPro R

    • Written by from Elwood

    This Superdrive looks great, is lightweight, opens & reads discs, but if you're on Mountain Lion OS X, the burner probably won't work at all!
    I can't burn any CD's or DVD's to my new Macbook Pro Retina with this. Unbelievable!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    only plays some dvds

    • Written by from gravenhurst

    Not sure quite why but only some of my DVDs work with this drive. Plays software fine but when it comes to DVDs that is a new story. It is quite annoying as a student teacher who is trying to use educational material that i payed good money for and it doesn't work. Can't use my optical drive to play the material I want to use. My DVDs work on my old DVD player fine and in my PlayStation and also checked for scratches. So if you are using this to watch movies off of, don't bother because i fine only some of my movies work.

    55 of 66 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating

    • Written by from Wundowie

    The Apple Superdrive features a sleek, attractive construction, along with the basic plug-in-and-it-works functionality one would expect from a contemporary Apple product.

    What it doesn't feature is the ability to read CDs and DVDs 100% of the time, or even an EJECT BUTTON for when it stubbornly refuses to read a CD and just sits there making cartoon robot noises.

    My seven-year-old Compaq Laptop's disc drive reads every single CD and DVD I give to it, and rips music flawlessly and without error. Not once have I ever resorted to sticking a pin into the manual eject hole, suffered problems with DVD playback, or screamed in anguish while flailing in a vain attempt to purge the demons from the drive while it threatens to keep my CD for all perpetuity.

    Why my brand new 2012 Apple Macbook Pro with Retina display and accompanying Superdrive can't keep up with this outdated technology is beyond me.

    In my honest opinion, the Apple Superdrive is a monumental failure. Apple needs to spend less time making iPhones with bigger screens and more time on perfecting the most BASIC of essential computing hardware.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not robust

    • Written by from N. Huntingdon

    My SuperDrive was unreliable within weeks of opening and died within a year. It's beautiful and portable but it shouldn't be that disposable.

    50 of 56 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems reading burned CD's - real issues

    • Written by from Hillsborough

    I purchased a new iMac (which I love!) and got this SuperDrive for those occasional times when I need to access CD's or DVD's. Unfortunately, this drive fails to read CD's that my old iMac can read. For normal store-bought CD's, it appears to work fine, although the high RPM speeds can make it "walk" or travel on the desk; a minor but annoying issue.

    The real problem came when I tried to rip a CD for my son's musical theater group they had given him to practice -- it was a CD-R or similar. It played fine in the car CD player, but when I tried ripping it into iTunes, there were a large number of messed up tracks: the SuperDrive appeared to be "skipping" and messing up on the read.

    This is NOT just a case of a bad drive: I have a second USB SuperDrive with my MacBook Pro and it, too, was completely unable to read the CD-R properly. I tried turning on "error correction" in iTunes, but no luck.

    So this was NOT a single bad drive -- this is a fundamental problem with this drive!!! Multiple USB SuperDrives on different Macs were unable to read it.

    I *was* able to pop this right into my old iMac's CD drive and it read JUST FINE! So this is not a case of the disc not working either -- again, the old, built-in CD on my older iMac *could* read it, the car CD player could play it, but neither of two USB SuperDrives could rip it.

    This is a bit scary when we contemplate a world where this is the only input option. I don't mind having an external drive, but PLEASE Apple, this needs to WORK! Currently it does not.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Eject

    • Written by from Calgary

    It's not as easy as it should be to eject the disk because it doesn't include an eject button and the new computer doesn't include an eject button and I put a disk in to install software and can't get it out

    64 of 105 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No Region Free DVD

    • Written by from Prescott

    This product works fine except that it is NOT region free.
    It will play any DVD and switch to different country codes if needed but only
    up to a total of 5 times. Then it will get stuck in the last region code and cannot be reset to play
    any other region.
    Useless when traveling to other countries since I had to buy (and haul) two of them.
    What is the point of a laptop if you cannot travel with it unless you haul and pay for a bunch of extra stuff?
    Apple simply said "sorry and nothing can be changed".

    More folks need to complain about this BS please !!

    419 of 541 people found this useful