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: 17mm / 0.67 in.
- Width: 139mm / 5.47 in.
- Depth: 139mm / 5.47 in.
- Weight: 335 g / 0.74 lb.
- 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
Essential and flawless!
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 bu 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 …
- Written by Andy K from Chigwell
980 of 1066 people found this useful
Simple and straightforward, this drive does what it says on the tin. One caveat however, is that the usb lead used to connect the 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. …
- Written by Beresford D from West Bromwich
771 of 877 people found this useful
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 ver 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 …
- Written by Qi R from portland
447 of 538 people found this useful
I remember the day when these came with the computer!
Well I expected the Superdrive to be exactly that, lightning quick. Well it's not; whereas my old drive that actually came with th Well I expected the Superdrive to be exactly that, lightning quick. Well it's not; whereas my old drive that actually came with the computer could burn (DVD) discs at x 16, this one only burns at x 8. The lead is very short and at £65, well, there are cheaper versions that could no doubt do a similar if not better job, come on Apple...! …
- Written by David N from Leeds
1 of 2 people found this useful
Not so Super?
With the withdrawal of disc drives from newer Macbooks & iMacs, I felt obliged to buy one of these to install a variety of softwar With the withdrawal of disc drives from newer Macbooks & iMacs, I felt obliged to buy one of these to install a variety of software on both Mac OSX & in the Bootcamp Win7 partition. All worked fine.
It's also very transportable, being light, thin, and no external power supply required.
The simple task of playing music CDs, in order to rip them to iTunes, appears to be a little too much for these drives. As others have already commented, a percentage of perfect-quality & clean CDs simply don't do anything, and also fail to eject, sometimes requiring a power-restart before they are recognised.
I was also surprised to find that HDCDs (found in quite a few basic CD box sets) are unreadable.....whether this is the drive's fault, or Apple's software, may be another issue as I've not yet investigated that problem......but really, when we're paying close to £2,000 for our hardware, you might expect that it would read all disc formats & do so with a high degree of competence?
Back to Lacie drives again, I think. …
- Written by John K from Ballater
17 of 19 people found this useful
Works for me!
Had it a while now and it works OK so far.
- Written by Tony P from LYTHAM ST. ANNES
4 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
Does the 13 in MacBook Pro with retina display have a DVD drive
- Asked by Kiran G from Fresno
No. The retina macs do not have optical drives. You can purchase a external SuperDrive , that's what No. The retina macs do not have optical drives. You can purchase a external SuperDrive , that's what I have done when I purchased my MacBook Pro retina. They are almost getting obsolete. I have maybe used mine three times. Enjoy your. New Mac. …
- Answered by Rhonda S from Little Rock
Does the USB Super Drive work with an old MacBook?
- Asked by Gustavo B from Mississauga
Can you use a USB extension cable with the super drive? If so how long?
- Asked by Bardy H from San Diego
Like all USB products yes and as long as you can find with USB 2 or 3 compatibility
- Answered by Ben R from Riverside