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
1105 of 1203 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
876 of 994 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
511 of 613 people found this useful
A very handy accessory
It is a little annoying that Apple have chosen not to fit optical drives to Macs anymore as there are a few of us dinosaurs still It is a little annoying that Apple have chosen not to fit optical drives to Macs anymore as there are a few of us dinosaurs still left that like to use them.
This, however, plugs the gap just nicely.
I bought this so that I could upload all of my music CD's and ripped DVD's to my iTunes library.
This it has done without any problem whatsoever. Simply plug in the USB and you're good to go.
It's design is sleek and unobtrusive and it sits comfortably on the desk whilst the finish compliments the iMac, keyboard and magic trackpad nicely.
All in all it has performed as well as the built-in drive on my wife's MBP and I would happily recommend it to anyone. …
- Written by Damian H from Raunds
1 of 1 people found this useful
Looks great, works great.
I'm not sure what people's general opinions are about the removal of built-in optical drives, but honestly I'm glad my MacBook Pro I'm not sure what people's general opinions are about the removal of built-in optical drives, but honestly I'm glad my MacBook Pro didn't come with one when I ordered it late-2013. Naturally it meant I had to buy an external optical drive and I have used it plenty of times. I have never had any serious issues; the only minor problems I've had is when I've been using blank discs and not told the drive to do anything with it so then the MacBook Pro stops recognising there's a disc in there. But that's the advantage of it being external - No force eject required, I could just unplug and plug it back in again!
Really easy to use and having it means I can also lend it to my dad when he needs to use discs. Highly recommend this if you use discs on a reasonably regular basis. …
- Written by Ewan M from Bridlington
5 of 5 people found this useful
Do Apple sometimes make you feel like a complete idiot?
I have been using a Mac since 1992. I have upgraded appropriately over all those 22 years and consider myself an Apple nerd. My PC I have been using a Mac since 1992. I have upgraded appropriately over all those 22 years and consider myself an Apple nerd. My PC associates, friends, family, business contacts all consider me to be really stuck back in the 20th century.
Despite this I have just purchased yet another iMac. OS X Yosemite. Beautiful. Started to set up a printer (also brand new) only to discover there was no optical drive on my new machine. Apple support told me that Apple consider these to be obsolete. Pardon me Mr Apple. You didn't tell me. Long story short. I had to buy an external device - the superdrive whatsit. Arrived today. Plugged it in. Nothing appeared on my desktop. Murky looking blue icon in the dashboard. Inserted printer set-up disc. It whirred reassuringly then spat it out. Again and again. And again. No messages, alerts. Nada` I must be an idiot. …
- Written by Wendy C from London
12 of 24 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
where do i insert a cd into the imac???
- Asked by Cheryl A D from Los Indios
If you have an older iMac, there is a slot on the right surface of the screen, between the screen an If you have an older iMac, there is a slot on the right surface of the screen, between the screen and the back. If you have a current iMac there is no slot and you must buy an external optical drive. …
- Answered by Emanuel S from Tallahassee
will this work in a car please - my car is a brand new 2015 spec with super connectivity options?
- Asked by Geeta E
Can the Apple USB Super Drive be used on the MackBook Pro that came out in Mid 2012?
- Asked by Jonathan J from Brooklyn