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
852 of 927 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
665 of 761 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
385 of 466 people found this useful
Ok but some advanced users will be dissapointed
I purchased this unit a short time after buying a retina mac book pro. It's nearly possible to do with out a DVD drive now, but so I purchased this unit a short time after buying a retina mac book pro. It's nearly possible to do with out a DVD drive now, but some times you just have to have one!
Overall the physical design is in line with the mac book. I have always found apples cables to be a bit of a let down in terms of quality, it is also a little short. The cable is also captive, so if it gets damaged thats it. To that end it would have been nicer if the cable could detach or be coiled away in the unit, for protection. It would also be nice to have an eject button for when you just want to get the disk out quickly.
As far as functionality goes the drive plays & burns most types of disc (excluding blue-ray) including dual layer DVDs, storing up to 8.5GB. The only technical drawback i have found so far, is that the drive does not let you set the Book-type or bit-setting. This feature helps maximise compatibility. I doubt this will be forthcoming, so will have to keep a PC around for a while yet. …
- Written by Iain M from Kesgrave
Works perfectly. No issues what so ever. Great little drive and aesthetically it great! It's a must have!
- Written by Berdel G from Peterborough
Good but that cable is ridiculous!
It was as always beautifully packaged! Like it or not I have need of an optical drive for my 2014 27" i7 iMac and its design is su It was as always beautifully packaged! Like it or not I have need of an optical drive for my 2014 27" i7 iMac and its design is superb as one would expect. It sits neatly at the base of the iMac. However if you want to hide the cable by putting it up through the cable hold Apple so thoughtfully put in the stand, it cannot reach the nearest of the USB ports!! So you either have the ugly white cable in view dragging on the desk (very un-Apple) of get an extension. So for the sake on 1 inch of cable I have a 2ft extension cable!
In terms of quality and play back it really is very good, I use it mainly to transfer my ancient DVD collection into a digital archive as they occupy so much space. However if you are using it for this and need to make sure quality is maximised, ensure the software you use allows safe mode, de-interlacing and operates a high quality engine. While it plays back perfectly well from disk, it's not so good copying the data. Burn rates are fine but had issues with MP3 CD's we use in our classic car, had to slow the burn time down. …
- Written by Jon C from Leamington Spa
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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
can i burn photos to disks with this device
- Asked by Kirsten H from Alexandra
can i use my superdrive to play movies on my ipad
- Asked by Steven L from Haines City