• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect DVD drive for Macbook Air Users

    • Written by from Birmingham

    For some reason, the burning speed is much faster on this SuperDrive than other standalone DVD drives you find on Amazon. I tried the Amazon Basic DVD drive, but the speed is so slow that I had to return it. The Apple USB SuperDrive doesn't have this problem, though.

    3296 of 3725 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea, but limited.

    • Written by from Sandwich

    This is a good idea when it comes to improving the design of the MacBooks, but for the hassle and the cost, you'd think it could be blu-ray capable. Seriously. The retina display has a resolution of 2880 x 1800. I think it's time for 1080p viewability.

    3492 of 4216 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product.

    • Written by from Grandville

    I recently bought this to install software on my new MacBook Pro with retina display and it does its job quite well. Although it still irks me that such a device is even necessary in this day and age. Sure improved portability is a nice feature but taking away the optical disk drive to do so seems silly. Overall no complaints, however.

    2982 of 3458 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Most of These "Reviews" Have Problems

    • Written by from Swan River

    Excepting those who legitimately had a defective superdrive, many of the reviews here are very inaccurate, misinformed, and misleading to prospective customers. In my research as someone who was changing from a PC to the newest iMac, I found many of these reviews incredibly frustrating. The best review I read that had great advice and common sense was this one:

    (QUOTE) - The drive works perfectly as described.
    My response to others are as follows:

    1) It is a DVD drive, not a Blue Ray drive. No DVD players can play Blue Ray, though Blue Ray can play both. The reason that Apple does not have a Blue Ray option is due to rights ownership. Don't blame Apple, blame Sony.

    2) Ejecting a CD/DVD on a MAC is different than on a Windows box. Try clicking the eject button on your top bar in OSX, if it is not there, right click on the drive's icon on your desktop and then click on "Eject". Don't blame Apple for your lack of understanding on how to use their products.
    (UNQUOTE)

    Be informed before giving a review that will mislead others. I plugged this in, ripped my cds like crazy (quiet AND fast!) and it's been fantastic. I have it sitting FLAT on the 'foot' of my iMac where it coordinates perfectly. I use the eject button on the top right of my Apple wireless keyboard, though you can also do it on screen.

    I have absolutely no complaints about this product, but I definitely do have complaints about some of the reviews. Accuracy is important when doing a review. Thank=you.

    1516 of 1582 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Essential and flawless!

    • Written by from Chigwell

    I purchased this 2012 updated Super Drive directly from Apple at the same time I ordered my MacBook Air (due to it not having a built-in disc drive).

    It looks similar to the previously released Super Drive. However Apple claims that this updated model supports the new Retina Display MacBook, as well as providing support for other macs that do not come equipped with a built-in drive. It is well constructed and from the moment you open the box, you know you are in for a high quality item.

    The drives footprint is no larger than a standard CD case; I have taken mine in my bag to work and had no problems with added bulk or weight. It connects to the mac via USB and there is no additional software to install. It has not failed to recognise any DVD or CD that I have inserted. With a slot loading mechanism, there are no buttons on the drive and no hatches to lift. Simply insert the disc by sliding it in the slot and remove via the on screen eject button. I feel obliged to add that the cable from the Super Drive is fairly short (~12 inches). This may be a pro or con, depending on your needs, but the cable can be extended using a usb extension.

    Conclusively, the Super Drive is a premium product that works well out of the box, and presents with no issues. What you are getting is a device that compliments the aesthetics of your mac and functions efficiently. 5/5

    987 of 1074 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but..!

    • Written by from West Bromwich

    Simple and straightforward, this drive does what it says on the tin. One caveat however, is that the usb lead used to connect the drive is ridiculously short which sometimes makes it inconvenient to use. You would think for the price charged Apple would supply an extension to the lead in case it was needed.

    774 of 883 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    DVD does not = Blue Ray

    • Written by from Middleburg

    The drive works perfectly as described.
    My response to others are as follows:

    1) It is a DVD drive, not a Blue Ray drive. No DVD players can play Blue Ray, though Blue Ray can play both. The reason that Apple does not have a Blue Ray option is due to rights ownership. Don't blame Apple, blame Sony.

    2) Ejecting a CD/DVD on a MAC is different than on a Windows box. Try clicking the eject button on your top bar in OSX, if it is not there, right click on the drive's icon on your desktop and then click on "Eject". Don't blame Apple for your lack of understanding on how to use their products.

    645 of 726 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 !!

    507 of 648 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very good

    • Written by from portland

    I got it after a mouth i got my MacBook Pro with retina because i need some thing that i can play my DVD with so got it and it very useful and easy to use!
    Highly recommend for those has the new MacBook Pro with retina or Air

    451 of 543 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $20 per disc load...

    • Written by from New York

    I bought the USB Superdrive with my MBA in 2011. I used it to install four different software programs. When I went to use it a week ago, it wouldn't accept any discs - the drive mechanism was failing. So for $80, I was able to load FOUR discs. I took it to the Apple Store and they offered to give me a refurb for $60+. This drive is a piece of junk, but since you have a machine w/o a drive, you have no choice. Good luck with this purchase.

    436 of 553 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't last long

    • Written by from Walla Walla

    I only played about 30 DVDs on this before it died. Set aside about $3/DVD for its replacement.

    Since durability is the most important factor, two stars is all I can justify despite its typical Apple awesome appearance and minimalist design.

    350 of 400 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive needs smart humans !

    • Written by from Seattle

    This optical drive by Apple has been, by far, the best driver I've ever had. Prior to purchase I read the reviews here and was surprised to see how many people had problems ejecting a "non-DVD" disc (i.e. game, software load, app manager, etc) ... There is waaaay too much misinformation and speculation being made by wannabe, hot potato users. The drive works perfectly and ejects ANY disc on demand ... only requirement... Human needs to be SMARTER than Driver ! I've seen knuckle heads suggesting the total disassembly of the unit to remove a disc ! Why own a computer if you're still in the stone age?

    The optical drive will recognize DVD and non-DVD discs, common sense dictates that if the drive doesn't recognize a disc as a DVD...you're not going to succeed in commanding the DVD controller to eject it. It's not a technically DVD ! (note: that is whether or not it is a DVD!...Sometimes a DVD format may be incorrect, so it gets disqualified),

    All you need to do is go to the disc icon on your desk top (if you've selected in "System Preferences" to show the disc icon on the desk top) or just hit "Command+up arrow" till you reach the disc and drivers level, then right click on the disc icon and select eject.

    The DVD controller will grey out the Eject option so you cannot do anything there. This process is very similar to PC formats except that PC always puts a disc icon on your desk top. Apple gives you the choice.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The Worst external DVD drive I've ever seen. By far.

    • Written by from Berwyn

    Save yourself some grief. Buy a decent drive from any other manufacturer for $10 less, it'll be a better drive.

    12 times in a row, I've been trying to eject a movie DVD from my new Superdrive connected to my Macbook Retina. Each time, the DVD doesn't quite make it past the mouth of the drive, stops, goes back in and starts autoplay. There is no eject button on the Macbook Retina keyboard.

    I've tried Ctrl-E, the Eject button on the DVD Player window, Disk Utility eject, and Terminal command "drutil eject". All repeatedly. This would not be a problem if, like most DVD drives, it had a small hole you could poke a paper clip into to physically eject the disc. The Superdrive is featureless except for it's slot. It doesn't even have an eject button. I'm taking it to the Apple store when I get a chance, and glad that I live near one.

    If I hadn't had this problem it'd still be the worst external drive I've ever seen or used. It ONLY works with Macbook Retinas and Macbook Airs. If a DVD drive fails on another computer you can't use this one in the emergency. Doesn't even power up if it's plugged into anything else. The cord is ridiculously short, just few inches. It's a drive made for lab testing, not real human use. An embarrassing design failure made by corporate drones who forgot to look at real users.

    383 of 502 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Air Superdrive

    • Written by from Kuala Lumpur

    This device has several limitations, such as when i need to burn a long length of movie, the video couldn't completely capture and display in the DVD player. I''d used it for less than 50 times, and now it become faulty. Its the most incredible part.

    357 of 455 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Deceptive Product description

    • Written by from Nelson

    The drive itself works fine, IF you have the correct computer. I purchased it for use with my Mac mini--which it claims to support. However, it only supports the NEWEST mac mini, the one with no internal optical drive. I spent 30 minutes online with an Apple support tech who tried hard to get my older Mac mini (which reads DVDs but can't write them) to work with the drive, which it recognized but would not use. Apparently no one told support about the new superdrive firmware that disables it when it detects ANY optical drive in a Mac mini.
    So if you're buying a NEW Mac mini, go ahead with this device. But DO NOT BELIEVE THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION THAT SAYS IT WORKS WITH "THE MAC MINI"--it only works with SOME (i.e. new, optical-diskless) Mac minis.
    I've sometimes been upset at Apple design decisions (remember the Apple ///? The Macintosh Portable?) but this is the first time I've been burned by DECEPTIVE product descriptions.

    293 of 335 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes, it's overpriced; yes, it's worth it.

    • Written by from Orlando

    I have a MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which has no built-in optical drive, and I was in need of one. Initially, when I saw the price of the Apple USB SuperDrive, I laughed and looked elsewhere for a Mac-compatible external USB DVD Burner. I found one on Amazon by a very reputable manufacturer at less than half the price. It had good overall reviews, so I didn't hesitate to order it. I got it, and my first impressions were, "wow, this thing feels cheap." It was made of glossy, cheap-feeling plastic, which I had no problem with since I would only have to use it occasionally.

    However, the performance of the unit was awful. It would disconnect at times, burn jobs would fail, and when it did work, it was painfully slow even for an optical drive. I had to return it because it was practicably unusable. I then bit the bullet and ordered an Apple USB SuperDrive, and I'm glad I did.

    My first impressions were, "this feels sturdy," and "wow, that's pretty." It matches the MacBook Pro perfectly, with the same finish and build quality. Performance was excellent compared to the first drive I tried, and it "just works."

    Overall, I'm very happy with it. Yes, the Apple drive is a little overpriced, but you definitely get what you pay for in this instance, at least in my experience. I would recommend just going with the Apple USB SuperDrive if you don't want to deal with the hassle of the cheaper drives.

    275 of 305 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money.

    • Written by from Soldotna

    I am a new Apple computer user, and I purchased a MacBook Air. I watch a lot of movies on my computer, and to play them, I purchased The USB Superdrive because I am a strong supporter of Apple products. This product did not live up to Apple quality. For movies, this device is extremely difficult to use. If the movie has a scratch on it, the entire computer will freeze and their is no easy way to eject the CD from the drive. Without a external eject button, it is hard to safely remove the disk. For the price, it's not worth the hassle.

    273 of 315 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by from montreal

    I used it once and now it won't eject my cd. This is absolutely not a reliable product !

    396 of 568 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't work with Mountain Lion and DVD Player 5.6

    • Written by from Brampton

    Bought this with my new MacBook Air. Will not play any DVD, commercial or homemade. DVD Player crashes every time. Hoping Apple solves this with a software update. Forums are full of people with same problem. Not ready fro prime time.

    229 of 249 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good design but poor functionality

    • Written by from Norfolk

    Pros: looks nice, aluminum case (on the top), easy to setup and use.

    Cons: is only compatible with the Mac Mini, MB Air, MBP w/ Retina, has no eject button on the unit nor the ability to manually eject it so if it malfunctions you can kiss your CD/DVD goodbye, the cord is hardwired into the unit so that you can't replace it (so if the cord breaks so does the SuperDrive), the cord is also incredibly short making it a pain to use with the laptop on your lap or in a confined area, substitute external disc drives cost $10-$40 less.

    Overall: There are better alternatives with more functionality for less money. But... if you need to have everything Apple than this is your only choice.

    232 of 267 people found this useful