• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I remember the day when these came with the computer!

    • Written by from Leeds

    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...!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellant optical drive

    • Written by from everson

    Nice, Clean, simple to use optical drive. Worked flawlessly straight out of the box....If people read the product descriptions, then they would know what to and NOT what to expect from this unit.....Does its job well......

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unimpressed with the Super Drive

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    Just purchased the USB SuperDrive from my local Apple store. Brought it home plugged it in and started to download some CD's into ITunes. First couple of CD's went really quickly, burn speed were reaching 14/15 x. Put in my third CD and heard a fairly loud noise that didn't sound quite right. Pulled the CD out, put it back in, noise was gone, but the CD download time was now barely hitting 4/5x. Unplugged it. Restarted computer. Same issue, but now it is freezing up. Then I read the reviews. Sorry Apple. This product is coming back.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    awesome product

    • Written by from Singapore

    This product is awesome, with it reading and burning discs very very fast. It has not let me down since i purchased it last year. One problem is the price. It is just too high, as with all apple products. Overall, it is an awesome product. Keep it up apple!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I thought it would be!

    • Written by from Moorhead

    Easy to install, easy to use, and it matches the look of my iMac 27 very well.

    As far as I'm concerned, it performs exactly as I would expect it to.

    My one complaint is that the cord is RIDICULOUSLY short... that's not much of a complaint, though. Ha!

    I wouldn't hesitate for a moment buying another one of these devices. Carefully read the product description before you buy it, but then proceed with confidence!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SuperDrive Should be False Advertising

    • Written by from Goleta

    I picked this up for my wife's 5k iMac so she could easily burn DVDs for her photography clients. The high point is what you usually get with Apple products: It's definitely sleek and sexy. Beyond that, the product reminds me of how exciting 2007 was, before we had Blu-Ray burners and USB 3. With USB 2 transfer speeds and no Blu-Ray codec, this should be no more than $25. It is an embarrassment and a shame to Apple.

    68 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile

    • Written by from San Jose

    It is sleek looking, and matches the MacBook Air, but I'm on my 4th unit after being replaced repeatedly under the MBA AppleCare in the past 2years. One replacement came DOA. It won't accept DVDs just spits it out. When it does accept the disc, DVD Player can't play it.

    Unit stays home most of the time and when in transport, carried in its original shipping foam-encapsulated box. Still fails after few use.

    There must be other portable USB SuperDrive that works on a Mac that is far more reliable. Get those instead, and give up the sleek looks. This model is junk.

    42 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!

    • Written by from Ferntree Gully

    Having real issues ripping cd's with the SuperDrive.
    I have approximately 750 cd's, and after ripping about half of them I found along the way that about 1 in every 8 will rip tracks that skip
    also about 1 in every 50 will not read at all (drive just spits them back out) I've tried ripping with XLD and MAX but that changes nothing.
    AVOID THIS HUNK OF JUNK AT ALL COSTS.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not so Super?

    • Written by from Ballater

    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.

    However......

    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.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Be Dissuaded by Ill-Informed Reviewers

    • Written by from Mesa

    This superdrive works so flawlessly, you don't even have to think about it. It is compatible--as advertised--with Mac systems lacking a built-in optical drive, so it may not work with your Mac that has a dead built-in drive, nor with your PC (Windows-type) computer, nor while plugged into the radio of a 1957 Chevy. It also may not give the best results when it's upside down under your blankets with a poodle sleeping on it. It may not act reliably when used with a hub or if you cover your discs with glitter and glue before inserting them. Potential purchasers, don't be dissuaded by reviewers who aren't using this device along with the proper hardware. I bought it; I plugged it in; I inserted a disc into it; I selected "burn." How hard is that, people, honestly? Ask someone to review your BRAIN before you berate a product that does exactly what it is designed to do.

    40 of 62 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from GATINEAU

    I have had no problems with this SuperDrive. It works very well when transferring movies to digital. It plays everything but blurays but then that doesn't bother me since I'm transferring to digital anyway. Great product for the price.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me!

    • Written by from LYTHAM ST. ANNES

    Had it a while now and it works OK so far.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why???

    • Written by from SUGAR LAND

    Well, i am typically satisfied with apple product but this drive is a cd devouring machine. If your beloved "old" cd is sitting around waiting to be added to your device be ware. The drive will make an engraving due to balancing issues on your disc. Here i am hoping to ensure the life of my favorite album of all time and it makes a horrendous noise and i force eject my cd. when i observe it. i notice an engraving in the middle of this disc. my life is now pointless. good bye world. thanks apple. you win again.

    20 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Other fish in the sea

    • Written by from APO

    I bought my SuperDrive because of my love of Apple products. I was smitten with her beauty, her grace, her elegance. How could I possibly be unfaithful to Apple, my new iMac, and Steve Jobs (r.i.p.) by giving her something something less than that $80 deserved? How could I POSSIBLY consider anything less for a perfect three-some: me, my new iMac, and her. But alas, she's my Lindsay Lohan, my Amy Winehouse, my Britney Spears. She's gorgeous, beautiful on the outside, but a mess, never enough rehab inside. So, I go back to my old external drive. Clunky, maybe. Clumsy to look at, yes. But, God help me, she'll do the things...

    25 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If I could give it zero stars, I would

    • Written by from Canton

    This drive is terrible and doesn't live up to Apple standards. Completely unreliable drive. It routinely fails to even read discs and then is unable to eject discs and sits there attempting to read, eject, read, eject, etc. Just spent an hour trying to get a dvd out of the drive. Save your money and buy something else.

    71 of 76 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive not so super

    • Written by from Singapore

    brand new from the box. Wanted to burn a video I made on iMovie. Placed my DVD in, half way through burning, it failed. And now it doesn't eject my CD. I have tried it hundreds of times. Given up. This is a rubbish product. Wake up Apple.

    64 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SuperDrive is disappointing

    • Written by from Terrey Hills

    After paying $7,000 for a MacPro, RAID HDD's inclusive of the only optical drive Apple sell... the "'Super" Drive will not read, nor write, blu-ray discs... therefore the highest writable optical storage mechanism I have is a 4.7Gb DVD. Very disappointed in this device. If you only want to read or write CDs or DVD's then this will do you (as it is quite fast and fully compatible) but it's maximum storage capacity aligns itself with a 15 year old technology.

    ...very disappointed :-(

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious mechanical issues inserting discs. Scratched them!

    • Written by from GILFORD

    Bought the Apple USB Superdrive in late 2014 to go with my new iMac 27". I found after only several uses it had serious mechanical issues accepting discs. I only used the superdrive several times and now won't work. I used it twice for software installation, and once to a burn disc. I had trouble inserting the disc to be burned, and then had terrible trouble inserting any more discs. Seems like it has serious mechanical issues or just wouldn't read discs. The last attempt left the blank disc that I tried to burn scratched and unusable. Tried inserting more discs and it just kept scratching them! I could understand two years or so down the road this happening, but not straight out of the box. Now I have to figure out how to either return it, or get it fixed. Pain!!!

    68 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This drive works great!

    • Written by from College Station

    I used to store my images on DVDs so that I could free-up space on my iMac hard drive. However, after one OS upgrade (to Leopard?), 12 of my DVDs started to get read errors. I tried using several iMacs and Windoze machines to copy the data from these disks but it appeared that the DVDs had died of cosmic ray bombardment or something.

    I tried again today using my new Apple USB SuperDrive and iMac (running Yosemite) and I can now read all of these DVDs without errors.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable

    • Written by from Auburn

    After only a few months the drive started playing up. It would sometimes not eject CDs and would skip when playing and ripping CDs and DVDs. Somthing with an Apple brand on it should not be so unreliable.

    3 of 3 people found this useful