• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not fast enough

    • Written by from Newmarket

    Plugged into a top-end MBP Retina with USB-3 ports, the USB-2 Superdrive is not "super" on the performance front. Importing CDs into iTunes takes just under three TIMES as long as it does on my PC with internal DVD drives. Not an apples-to-apples comparison (pun!) I know, but I've used other USB devices including hard drives and this one seems lethargic. Writing is even slower, glacial. It works OK at everything including playing movies, but after months its performance is still noticeable.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as it should be

    • Written by from Honley, Holmfirth

    This drive copes well with most demands made of it UNTIL that is you get a recorded CD that is at the maximum end of capacity. Out of a 14 disc box set I wanted to transfer to iTunes (Apple Lossless) it stumbled on 4. The outermost 2 or 3 tracks on each of them slipped and did not transfer correctly despite supposed error correction on import. The solution was to copy the affected tracks to the desktop then drag into iTunes. How come it managed to read the disc ok copying to the desktop but it made errors when copying directly into iTunes? Having lost faith with this drive's ability I replaced it with a blu-ray reader/writer instead - problem sorted.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Eject button

    • Written by from Lake Elmo

    Please Apple ... your insistence on making everything so easy to use, is actually maling them harder to use. A simple eject button would cost a nickel and save countless hours of searching for the onscreen eject button that always seem elusive.

    15 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice, with one huge flaw

    • Written by from Albany

    The Apple SuperDrives look great, work very smoothly, and are very quiet when spinning a disk. They would be perfect, if not for the remarkably ridiculous fact that they do not work on a Mac that already has an optical drive built in. Apple's built-in optical drives are cheap and fail more often than they should, so don't get this as a replacement. The decision to block these for Macs with optical drives is just dumb.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Blu-Ray capability

    • Written by from Carnation

    The drive is great for CD's and DVD's. I use it on my Mac Mini Server.

    Without Blu-Ray, most of our new movies can't be watched. When the *box rentals stop providing DVD and go entirely to Blu-Ray, this will have to go in the drawer with the external 3.5" floppy drive.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's great, but doesn't play nice with mavericks.

    • Written by from Simi Valley

    It's great, but doesn't play nice with OS X maverick except for our newest Airbook. Input/ouput errors. Dvds not recognized.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    warning: it doesn't take those tiny CDs

    • Written by from FORSTER

    Like most Apple gear it looks great, and with standard DVDs and CDs works fine.

    But I bought mine so I could load software that comes on those little CDs onto my iMac. Big mistake as it doesn't handle those little CDs that provide the software for my Battery Charger monitor, my multimeter, and my USB microscope.

    So, I had to buy a third party drive - annoying

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does it's job...but...

    • Written by from Livingston

    BE CAREFUL! If you are watching a movie on DVD and using the SuperDrive, watch out. If you are like me and enjoy laying in bed, the short usb cord can hang. It works fine, even when dangling, but BOOM, one false move and the SDrive can smash into your beautiful Retina screen and break it. Worst feeling. I wish Mac's would get on the Blu-Ray train as well. I love my movies as well as my HD, iTunes downloads look great, streaming Netflix or Cable pretty good, and DVD's passable, but man I would love a SDrive that played Blu Rays. Again, watch out... the SDrive is durable, but it can break your laptop if you are not careful

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok but slow to rip CD's

    • Written by from Falmouth

    I bought this to use with my 2013 retina MBP for ripping CD's to network storage for HiFi use. It looks great and works fine but it is far slower than the built in drive in my old MBP was.

    So if you are planning on using one for ripping your entire CD collection then you may want to explore other options but for occasional use it's great.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    it's ok

    • Written by from Singapore

    At first we plugged it in and put a disc in it but it didn't show on the computer and we couldn't even here the disc moving after a while. We couldn't eject it, but by some miracle it finally started working after a dozen tries.

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive

    • Written by from Paterson

    This is a good product for what it does (play dvds, install cd-roms, etc), but I really wish it supported Blu-Ray play, which it doesn't. In fact, I can't find anything on the market that reads blu-rays for a mac. When will this change?! My only other complaint is that the usb cord is very short and makes it difficult to store it in the airline seat pocket for dvd play on an airplane. Anyway, it does what it advertises it does, so I can't complain too much. Good addition to my macbook air.

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A Bit Limited

    • Written by from WERRIBEE

    I like it, but I think it could be a little bit slimmer.
    Also, there is no apple logo on the top, so i just put an apple sticker on it. I would like it to have a logo on the top

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited use

    • Written by from Tucson

    Works fine on MBA and windows 7 computers
    My MBP and iMac don't even see it

    I wanted to eject a disc that I had forgot to eject before shutting down MBA & loaded in my truck
    Connected it to a MBP and nothing
    Connected it to customers win7 machine and ejected disc from there

    Tried it on my iMac later - nothing

    Mighty odd...

    24 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Shouldn't Be Paying So Much For This

    • Written by from atlanta

    This machine does what it's supposed to do. I haven't run into any problems with it and it works really fast and dependable.

    What I don't understand however is why Apple would take this out as part of the deal with buying a Mac Pro. CDs are still a very important part of in society, and to take something out that was previously part of a computer is silly. $80 is exspensive when you're already buying a new computer. Plus it doesn't offer Blue Ray. I absolutely had to buy it allow me to install my educational disk of CS6. Apple does not help its customers in saving money and tries to nickel and dime every little thing now. Also, the chord needs to be longer, or at least be blue tooth or something so it is not always in my way.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by from Adelaide

    It works well, when working.

    Sometimes the disc just can't be read and it takes me ages to try and make it eject...

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ok but sometimes it wont eject

    • Written by from Kendal

    Worked fine for a few weeks and then it decided it wouldn't eject, seems like the disk is catching on the inside of the housing, works if you give it a jiggle, not ideal though. Trying to decided if I need to get a replacement or if its something I can live with. CD drives aren't Apples strong point any more it would seem.

    65 of 86 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    • Written by from SHEFFIELD

    I find this drive to be quite slow at importing any CD's into iTunes on my MacBook Pro Retina. Import times average around x6. My 7 year old PC can import the same CD at around 25x?
    I've not tried with any other CD drives on my Mac so maybe I'm wrong to blame the drive. I'll not dock any stars for this reason, but it's still worth a mention.

    The build quality is excellent, as I'd expect for the price. It loses stars simply because of the short USB cable that cannot be detached, I'd expect a bit more at this level.

    38 of 55 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    BURNS OK BUT LEAD ATTACHED?

    • Written by from Collingwood

    Come on, this thing burns OK, sure, but why not a detachable USB lead? As soon as I destroy the lead I need to buy a new burner? Why do you hate burnable media so much apple? Not kewl.

    0 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Review

    • Written by from Ottawa

    Windows support is kind of crummy. Since there's no eject button, you need to be viewing the desktop/a few other places to take out a disc. It also lacks pinhole eject so it needs to be plugged in to eject.

    At least it's extremely small and light.

    20 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be awesome if it worked with iPad

    • Written by from Coolum Beach

    The superdrive would be so much more useful to me if I could plug it directly into my iPad to fly in audio files for my instant replay apps. The same would be great for usb/iPad integration as well

    0 of 2 people found this useful