• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great drive perfect companion for any mac

    • Written by from Lincoln

    I own a video production studio and I own 6 newer Mac computers three are new 27 inch iMacs they all use this superDrive, I have also used this same superDrive on older computers that I have since traded in, all of them have always worked flawlessly. Even a few times when I used a clients corrupted disk I have had no problem ejecting the disc like I used to have on the Macs that had an internal disk drive. As far as Blu-ray is concerned I use A Lacie works great but it's pricey. My opinion is that Blu-ray is going to go the same way as VHS tape. Yes it gives a beautiful picture but so do most of the Digital devices available today. Ask yourself do you really watch as many Blu-rays as you used to since there is so much stuff on line right now and it's only going to get a lot better. Follow apples lead. There's a reason they don't put internal drives in their new computers. One last thought never buy any drive that requires two USB cables to supply enough power, in my opinion they are junk.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware Regional Limitation!

    • Written by from sSydney

    This item has a Region Limitation for DVD's. When you plug it in for the first time you have to choose the region you are viewing the DVD from. Then you have only 5 more turns to change your DVD region before the Apple USB SuperDrive is locked permanently. If you travel the world with your laptop like me, or you buy DVDs from all over the world you'll be disappointed with the Covert Regional Limitation built into this device. Eventually you'll be forced to buy an Apple USB SuperDrive for every region in the world - and of course that is Apple's Sinister Marketing Plan. I returned my Apple USB SuperDrive to the shop and got a refund. Then I found an old portable DVD Burner/player without Regional Limitation and it works without having to choose a region. I recommend others to do the same..!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Functionality Worthless

    • Written by from Seattle

    Once upon a time, Apple made sure their products had full, useful functionality. More and more this seems to be going by the wayside. DVD Superdrive works fine, except, there is no longer any ease of use or functionality to it! The remote does not control the playback. Even the MacBook Pro cannot control the playback once it starts. Video and sound will not transfer to my HDTV whether over Airplay or via HDMI cable. What a joke! I'm not laughing though. What's the point? Just because there is Netflix and such, does not mean we don't also still use DVDs for movies and such. The continued paring down of Apple's products is making them so much less desirable, enjoyable and, hence, worth all the extreme costs vs, dare I say it?, non-Apple products. Hate what Apple has become. They might as well call themselves "Microsoft" now.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Without iDVD, you'll need to use other software to burn DVDs with this

    • Written by from SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple Product I have Bought YET

    • Written by from Niles

    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...

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's good, but slow.

    • Written by from Lakewood

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rackety drive

    • Written by from Bath

    Agree with the other 1* reviews. Not being able (or willing) to read 1 disk in 5 is just about fine, but then being utterly unable to eject it, NOT fine. Why no means to physically expel a troublesome disk? Just NOT worth the trouble.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's only been a few hours, and I love it!

    • Written by from Evansville

    When I got my MacBook Pro back in February, I was a little disappointed that I couldn't have a CD drive due to its thinness. But lo and behold, I found the SuperDrive, which has proven itself worthy in the short time I've had it. As a professional photographer, I've been forced to go burn my discs on a PC, which has been incredibly frustrating. But the SuperDrive has made it almost too easy! It is definitely worth the investment!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality.

    • Written by from West Monroe

    I bought the super driver for ripping some old cds and what not. I don't know whats up with all the negitave reviews mine works great. If their was a problem then apple fixed it. Only complaint is that their is no blue ray which should be on a 70-80$$ external drive but not that big of a deal.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Confused.

    • Written by from Victoria

    Don't get me wrong, sturdy product and all. Not impressed by having to pay $90 more but I kind of understand for functionality and weight purposes for the MacBook. Anyway, what I am so confused and kind of irritated by is the fact that I have to twist the cord so that it goes in the right way. This probably sounds so bad like my OCD is kicking in but I want it to look nice and sleek sitting on my desk so naturally I want the pretty silver side up, but to get the cord in, I have to twist it?? Baffles me I don't know. Please don't let this stop you from buying one though it's a great product just really irritates me that someone didn't think of this?

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow and Never Will be Convenient

    • Written by from Newport News

    I can understand Apples decision to eliminate the SuperDrive from the laptop line. It allows them to make thinner and lighter laptops. But eliminating the SuperDrive (and actually never offering a Blu-Ray drive) was ridiculous. There is no reason for them to eliminate the SuperDrive from the iMac line other than to save a few $$ and sell external drives at a much higher cost to consumers.

    I was forced to purchase the external SuperDive because I still need access to CD's & DVD's. The external USB SuperDive is noticeably slower than built in drives. It takes longer to read, probably because it's a USB connection. Instead of having a clean desk with just a power chord now there this external drive sitting there taking up space and taking away from the clean look.

    As a result of Apple eliminating the SuperDrive from the iMac line we have not purchased a new iMac in three years (I own a small company with 14 employees, all using iMacs). Instead we are now purchasing used iMac (2011 models preferably) on craigslist and eBay.

    In fact, I'm writing this review with a 27" iMac that I purchased on craigslist. I know Apple is enjoying a lot of success, but as far as I'm concerned we won't be buying any new iMacs any time soon. One last point, Apple says it eliminated the SuperDrive and were able to make the iMac really thin along the edges, but the truth is the new iMac are fatter in the back. I like the 2011 design iMacs more. In this case thinner is most certainly not better.

    35 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NO

    • Written by from South Pittsburg

    Most difficult thing in the world to get mine to play a simple DVD. Unhappy.

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great as a backup on iMac

    • Written by from West valley city

    I bought this originally for my new MacBook Pro Retina that has no disc drive. It did not work seamlessly with my Macbook; the SuperDrive would have glitches with that computer. However, my 5-year-old iMac 21.5" model disc drive had finally given out after years of use. I have been using this as a substitute for my iMac drive, and it has been working perfectly so far.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully Designed Product

    • Written by from winnipeg

    I took the product out of the box, admired the beautiful, simple, slim design. Plugged it into my Macbook Pro w/Retina Display. Inserted a blank cd and burnt a audio cd from iTunes. It worked simply, efficiently and ejected without the slightest bit of hassle. Apple never ceases to amaze.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job my Mac Should Already Do!!

    • Written by from Houston

    I purchased my fourth MacBook Pro today. It's been 4 years since I purchased my last MacBook Pro The USB SuperDrive is great, and it does it's job well....HOWEVER, why must I go out and spend another $80 to get my optical disk drive back after spending $2600 on a new Mac??? All my other Mac's came with a built-in SuperDrive. I know most software is available for download these days, but I can't burn CD's and DVD's without an optical drive (something I do several times a day as a musician and photographer), I can't format and perform clean install of a Mac without an optical drive to boot OS X from, I can't install Windows via BootCamp without an optical drive, and most importantly, without an optical drive I can't save a copy of my favorite artist's newest CD to my Mac for listening on the go or syncing with my iPhone or iPad! I came very close to buying a Certified Refurbished MacBook from Apple that was a couple years old, just so I could get the built-in optical drive, but for the money, it made more sense to buy a new one and pickup an external optical drive....unfortunately :(

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst drive ever created

    • Written by from El Paso

    Cant burn CDs after a year. Wont play any burned media. Its a picky drive that is makes listening to music watching DVDs on your mac a hassle. Switching back to PC... Sorry, mac you make some pretty stuff but it doen't work well for too long. At least with a PC I won't be spending as much money for something to slow down after a couple years of use.

    23 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Super terrible drive

    • Written by from West Palm Beach

    I didn't even get through the first dvd I played in it. The video stopped, the sound kept going… What happened to Apple Quality!? What a waste of $$ !!

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    • Written by from Dacula

    Works Wonderfully! Also the design looks great around all Apple products!

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Criminal

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Two prior burns on this 5 month old Superdrive(not). Two days ago ate a CD and will not eject it. Do not even refer me to Apple or
    community groups. I spent 18 hours over 2 days trying to resolve this. Yes I turned it over, talked nice, read to it, and advised it
    of all the steps Apple said to take to solve problem. It is not listening! But I hope you are. Possibly the biggest Apple mistake ever.

    28 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I did it

    • Written by from North Plainfield

    I've wanted this superdrive for a long time but the reviews have been all over the place. I absolutely love it. It did freeze one time but all i did was restart my computer and it adjusted itself. No problem ejecting. A few different ways to do it without turning it upside down as some people have said. Silly! Reasonably priced and so far, dependable. After all, if anything goes wrong i can return it to the store. easy!

    14 of 14 people found this useful