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, 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 adaptor, 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
3875 of 4375 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
4095 of 4927 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
3514 of 4066 people found this useful
Does not work with a USB hub
Buyer beware. The worst aspect of this drive is that it will not work at all (is not recognized by the computer) if plugged into a Buyer beware. The worst aspect of this drive is that it will not work at all (is not recognized by the computer) if plugged into a powered USB2 or USB3 hub with high power ports (we also have a Thunderbolt hub with USB ports and it does not work in those either).
It only works if plugged directly into the computer USB ports (we have a 2014 Mac mini), but then this permanently takes up one of these precious I/O channels. If Apple is going to eliminate optical drives from all of its computers, then we think it needs to have a viable external alternative. This is not that alternative.
Ideally, the Apple USB superdrive would support USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt and could be mounted on a USB3 or Thunderbolt hub. It should also read & write Bluray disks. …
- Written by Peter C from Newton
Piece of junk
I have been a devoted Apple user since 1984. Much to my great disappointment I must report this CD/DVD drive is a piece of junk. I I have been a devoted Apple user since 1984. Much to my great disappointment I must report this CD/DVD drive is a piece of junk. It successfully reads 1 out of 2 music CDs at best. I am now using the built-in drive of my 3 year old MacBook Pro instead, which reads all my music CDs 100%, including all the ones this drive fails to read. Returning this piece of junk to the Apple store. …
- Written by Edwin D from San Jose
4 of 4 people found this useful
has to a better way
Broke after not much use. I do not recommend.
- Written by Daniel L from Gustavus
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
- Jun 16, 2012
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
- Jun 20, 2012
Does the 13 in MacBook Pro with retina display have a DVD drive
- Asked by Kiran G from Fresno
- Aug 12, 2013
- Answered by Ryan F from College Station
- Aug 16, 2013
can the super drive work on a windows 8 pc
- Asked by Mark M from Chesterfield
- Jan 12, 2013
I suppose this information might no longer be relevant to the original poster but it might still be I suppose this information might no longer be relevant to the original poster but it might still be relevant for others.
Essentially, yes, the superdrive will work on a windows 8 (or 7, or 8.1, or XP, etc...) pc on a powered USB port, just the same as it will work on a mac running bootcamp and windows 8. All you need to do is to the relevant install the drivers. …
- Answered by Luis Miguel S
- Jan 23, 2015
Does the 11 inch MacBook Air already have a DVD drive?
- Asked by Lisa M from Mill Valley
- Apr 20, 2015
does this play dvd movies on the mac book pro retina?
- Asked by Louie C from Santa Maria
- Jun 10, 2015
Yes, the superdrive will allow you to watch DVD movies on your MackBook Pro.
- Answered by Deryk R from Surrey
- Jun 16, 2015
Is the USB SuperDrive compatible with MacBook 4,1? My MacBook no longer reads CD's, I'm looking for an option other than buying a new MAC.
- Asked by Sonja B from Glens Falls
- Dec 27, 2014