Apple USB SuperDrive
Apple USB SuperDrive
Everything you need in an optical drive.
Whether you’re at the office or on the road, you can play and burn both CDs and DVDs with the Apple USB SuperDrive. It’s perfect when you want to watch a DVD movie, install software, create backup discs, and more.
Take it anywhere.
Only slightly bigger than a CD case, the Apple USB SuperDrive slips easily into your travel bag when you hit the road and takes up little space on your desk or tray table when you’re working.
The essence of simplicity.
You’ll never have to worry about lost cables with the Apple USB SuperDrive. It connects to your MacBook Pro with Retina display, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac mini with a single USB cable that’s built into the SuperDrive. There’s no separate power adapter, and it works whether your Mac is plugged in or running on battery power.
What's in the Box?
- Apple USB SuperDrive with attached USB cable
- User's Guide
- Height: 0.67 in./17mm
- Width: 5.47 in./139mm
- Depth: 5.47 in./139mm
- Weight: 0.74 lb/335g
- USB 2.0
Compatible with the following computers:
- MacBook Pro with Retina display
- MacBook Air
- iMac (late 2012) and later
- Mac mini (late 2009) and later
- Mac Pro (late 2013)
Ratings & Reviews
Perfect DVD drive for Macbook Air Users
For some reason, the burning speed is much faster on this SuperDrive than other standalone DVD drives you find on Amazon. I tried 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. …
- Written by Tianran G from Birmingham
2741 of 3105 people found this useful
Good idea, but limited.
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 b 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. …
- Written by Paige G from Sandwich
2914 of 3516 people found this useful
I recently bought this to install software on my new MacBook Pro with retina display and it does its job quite well. Although it s 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. …
- Written by Nick P from Grandville
2463 of 2872 people found this useful
Without iDVD, you'll need to use other software to burn DVDs with this
It's pretty obvious that Apple wants their customers to stray away from optical drives. Yes, it's a fading technology, but if I wa It's pretty obvious that Apple wants their customers to stray away from optical drives. Yes, it's a fading technology, but if I want to burn DVDs and send them to my family and relatives who are not as tech savvy and still have an old school DVD player to watch things, I'm pretty much stuck to using this thing. Not everyone has access to a quick connection to watch stuff via streaming, hence, DVDs are useful. HOWEVER, it's a bad sign when San Francisco's huge Apple Store in Union Square doesn't even have the SuperDrive showcased in their showroom. Seriously, I had to ask an employee to "get one from the back storage room". That's a bad sign when the store's manager doesn't even allow these things to be shelved out in the public. Really? You can rip CDs via iTunes, but if it comes down to transferring movies into a DVD format to burn onto a DVD, it would have been handy to have a copy of iDVD. That's another problem. My rMBP 13" (late 2013) never came with iDVD so you're stuck in using alternate software to convert .mov files to DVD format. Overall, this external SuperDrive is not very durable at all. It's a bad sign when one of your DVDs is stuck inside the thing within the first week and I have to fiddle around with it to do an emergency eject. Steer clear from this external SuperDrive. There are cheaper alternatives. Stuff like this in regards to buying an external drive (for something that used to be built in from previous models) and most of all, soldering the RAM onto motherboards of newer MacBooks so you're forced to decide between current RAM or shelling out another $400 for 4 more gigs of RAM is just ridiculous. …
- Written by Alan V from SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
4 of 4 people found this useful
Worst Apple Product I have Bought YET
This is the worst product I have ever bought through apple!! Sometimes, the cd drive works perfectly, and other times, I struggle This is the worst product I have ever bought through apple!! Sometimes, the cd drive works perfectly, and other times, I struggle to get it to play or even eject the cd I put in. This problem has occurred multiple times, and I can't stand it! Total waste of money... …
- Written by Syed F from Niles
8 of 10 people found this useful
It's good, but slow.
There are two things that bug me about this drive.
1. It's SLOW. Like really slow. I've got it hooked up to a Mac Pro (2013) an There are two things that bug me about this drive.
1. It's SLOW. Like really slow. I've got it hooked up to a Mac Pro (2013) and because it's USB 2.0 it's super limited to begin with, and I think (though I'm not 100% positive) it's completely locked to 8x read/write speeds meaning it spins at 8x speeds and won't ramp up to 16x for big reads and fast writes. Do people really NEED a super fast CD drive? Most don't, but I do and it's a pain. Moving 4GB of data? Almost 25 minutes, it's slow. Watching a DVD? Works just fine.
2. It feels cheap. The cable isn't replaceable, which is lame, so if something happens to the 8 inch cable that comes with it, you're out $80. USB 2.0 (Seriously, no 3.0 model? How hard would that be?), like I said, and the case feels junky. This is sort of a trivial complaint, but for $80, it's got a very thin metal case and a plastic base. It doesn't feel like it should cost almost $100, and the slow speeds aren't helping this notion.
Overall, if you have a MacBook Air, or a Mac Pro or whatever and need a disc drive, this is one you can buy that you know will work with Mac, is small in size, quiet, runs cool, is mapped to the keyboard hotkeys and does as advertised. If you want a fast drive that is also durable and will survive lots of abuse carrying it around, this probably isn't the one for you. I don't regret buying it, but I think I'd do a little more shopping next time. …
- Written by Barb B from Lakewood
5 of 5 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Does the retina display mac have a disc drive already installed or do I have to buy a Super Drive to play discs?
- Asked by Nicole J from Adelaide
The retina display mac does NOT have a Super Drive built-in. You can either share a drive from an e The retina display mac does NOT have a Super Drive built-in. You can either share a drive from an existing iMac or you will need a USB Super Drive to play discs. …
- Answered by Richard P from Aurora
Can I burn music on cds using the USB Super Drive?
- Asked by Justin Ray G from Riverside
I burned some music from an original CD first by importing the music you want to your ITunes library I burned some music from an original CD first by importing the music you want to your ITunes library from an original CD in the USB Super Drive, then I made a playlist of the music I wanted to burn, then I click on "burn", and then it prompts you to insert a blank CD. It then prompts when the CD has completed burning and to eject the newly burned CD from the USB Super Drive. …
- Answered by Irene A from Corpus Christi
Can movies purchased from iTunes be put on to this & will they play when device is plugged into a normal TV?
- Asked by Lynn D from Middlemount
I would have to say no, the Superdrive is just an external CD/DVD drive, it isn't a hard drive or st I would have to say no, the Superdrive is just an external CD/DVD drive, it isn't a hard drive or storage device. …
- Answered by Amber A from Liberty Hill
Can you use DVD+R blank discs in the Super Drive?
- Asked by Joan N from Palm Bay
Does the Apple usb super drive work with the iPad air?
- Asked by Andrew G from Harrisburg