• 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    11 of 17 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    12 of 17 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...

    7 of 14 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.

    31 of 34 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.

    35 of 36 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 :-(

    2 of 3 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!!!

    38 of 38 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.

    6 of 7 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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not up to Apple standards.

    • Written by from North York

    Consider a less expensive alternative. Hasn't burned discs properly for years compared to the four other Apple computers I've owned with built in drives. It's recently decided that it can't find disc burning software at all.

    I use this with my 2011 Air and have a fairly new 2014 Pro with built in drive to hold me for now, but worry about compact disc support going forward.

    I feel Apple has ignored possible quality control issues with external CD support in their move to all things iCloud, but until CDs are extinct I expect the same attention to detail that I experience in all my other Apple products.

    A one star review from an exclusive Apple user because I know they can do better.

    56 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Super drive keeps skipping!

    • Written by from roseville

    After i load my Music CD's , and try to play back The Songs all skip and miss beats on every cd if have tried!

    42 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible!

    • Written by from Barcelona

    I never bought that device to burn cds, and then I looked and it can!!! LOVE THAT!!!

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just What You need

    • Written by from Brighton

    sad that i had to buy this should of came in the box but hay-ho very easy to set up plug and play

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine and weighs next to nothing

    • Written by from Burnham

    I don't like to give 5 stars as I don't think any product is perfect, but this works perfectly fine - it does what it should do. It also weighs next to nothing and has a brilliant design.

    I bought it just in case I'd need it sometime; I'd recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mine Happily Works Well!

    • Written by from CHICAGO

    After reading some reviews on this product, seeing how a lot of them had stated that their product didn't work well, they had permanently lost their disk, and return the product back to Apple. I was finally able to get the guts to use mine today, and play a DVD. There were times I was extremely nervous that it will just break down on me. For instance, I wasn't quite sure if it would accept my disk after sliding it in, there were a couple of times the DVD program had froze, but it was for a short time (thankfully). I also left my laptop for awhile, and it fell into sleep mode. During this time I was so afraid that the SuperDrive would just stop working when I came back, but thankfully it still worked. And when I ejected my DVD, it came out without a problem! All I can say is how thankful, and lucky I am to have a wonderful working product. And to whomever gets this product, good luck!

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love it but....

    • Written by from Mathews

    i love it it works well but my worry is the cord will break because it doesn't seem to be made any different then iPhone/iPod chargers and everything is wireless now so they should really make a bluetooth version that would be a big help. Also i think it should definitely be blu-ray.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple USB SuperDrive + MBA 2014

    • Written by from Pittsburg

    Does not work, consistently ejects new discs saying insert blank disc have used CD-R & CD-RW in my attempts Itunes wont burn multiple cd's without needing to restart the application then still hit or miss on if itunes drive recognizes disc at all.
    I am very disappointed actually that is an understatement, I spent $79+ for a drive that isnt super it isnt even ordinary I have busted out my ol school omega CD writer now just cant waist time trying to just burn a disc Ridiculous. no drivers plugins or anything that I can find to resolve all new equipment no excuses shame it should be seamless I should be able to purchase this "SuperDrive" that is an apple product connect it to my "Macbook Air" which needless to say is by apple and burn from Itunes without any issues don't you think? just a thought also if you MBA doesn't come with a CD/DVD Drive that product particularly should be seamless.

    43 of 45 people found this useful