• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Bit Of Kit

    • Written by from Dunstable

    Received my Super Drive today for my new Macbook Air and I must say I was a bit weary with some previous reviews but I can happily say that this model is a real gem!

    It's very quiet and very robust and reliable! Cannot wait to watch DVDs and rip my CDs to iTunes with this :D

    All in all a great product! Just literally plug it into the USB port and stick in any DVD, CD-ROM or CD with no hassle of installing anything. Perfect!

    6 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Piece of Kit!

    • Written by from High Wycombe

    Does just what it says quickly and efficiently. Straight out of the box, plug in and use. Works on Mac Book Air and iMac with no bother. Highly recommend!

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    ESSENTIAL

    • Written by from the Mumbles

    ..... Took the plunge and got my gorgeous iMac Desktop. This drive just does what it says; I've had no issues with it at all. Personally I think it's an essential piece of equipment to finish off your system.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by from HAILSHAM

    I bought this specifically to read information provided on DVD-RW media, but the product does not work.

    The same disc reads on the MacBook Pro (with built in drive) but is not recognised when inserted into a Superdrive connected to the new iMac or MacBook Pro Retina.

    All credit to the Genius Bar team at Apple Brighton for trying various drives and machine combinations before eventually giving up refunding the purchase price.

    Subsequent to visiting the Genius Bar, I bought a competitors ultra-slim slot-in external drive from Amazon. The replacement is smaller, lighter and quieter than Apple's USB SuperDrive and when plugged into the same MacBook Pro 13" Retina it immediately recognised the DVD-RW media that the SuperDrive wouldn't read.

    The replacement drive also works on older Apple products with CD/DVD drives, products specifically noted as not supported in the SuperDrive's technical description.

    Yes, the case is plastic, rather than aluminium, but as the drive works and is roughly 1/3 of the price of Apple's disappointing product I'm prepared to accept function over tactile feel.

    165 of 178 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only Get One if You Need It!

    • Written by from Northampton

    The SuperDrive does what you expect it to do perfectly! You pop your disk in, it does it's business and then your done you can take the disk out. But...

    I personal bought the SuperDrive with the newest iMac because of it's lack of built in optical drive. I thought to my self that I would NEED some sort of disk drive and that Apple had jumped the gun with removing the optical drive and going all digital media.

    But after receiving the SuperDrive I have not used it once. On one hand it's a waste of £60 and on the other it shows that most types of media or programs simply don't require an install disk.

    Also the USB wire is really too short! It comfortably sits below the USB ports but try and move it any further towards you and it's a no go.

    The moral of the story is that only buy one if you have a specific requirement for it, for example you wish to BootCamp Windows 7 or you buy all of your films on DVD format.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    • Written by from Leamington Spa

    Purchased this when I got my new iMac as i still use CD's in my car and it works really well. I read some of the reviews left for this item and there are a mixed bunch, but so far in my experience, its worked really well and does the job well.

    Good for the money and looks tidy next to my new slim iMac.

    25 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ok but sometimes it wont eject

    • Written by from Kendal

    Worked fine for a few weeks and then it decided it wouldn't eject, seems like the disk is catching on the inside of the housing, works if you give it a jiggle, not ideal though. Trying to decided if I need to get a replacement or if its something I can live with. CD drives aren't Apples strong point any more it would seem.

    73 of 95 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    • Written by from SHEFFIELD

    I find this drive to be quite slow at importing any CD's into iTunes on my MacBook Pro Retina. Import times average around x6. My 7 year old PC can import the same CD at around 25x?
    I've not tried with any other CD drives on my Mac so maybe I'm wrong to blame the drive. I'll not dock any stars for this reason, but it's still worth a mention.

    The build quality is excellent, as I'd expect for the price. It loses stars simply because of the short USB cable that cannot be detached, I'd expect a bit more at this level.

    41 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy this drive...

    • Written by from LONDON

    I had a bad experience buying a cheap disk drive that stressed me out so much during install it almost got thrown out the window. This drive was effortless, loading disks instantly. Highly recommended.

    42 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Gave up on me

    • Written by from Lewes

    I bought this about a year ago and barely used it. It stopped being able to read discs, just does whir/to/fro noise and then spits out. Mostly love apple but lemons like this really annoy me. Poor showing Apple.

    103 of 128 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super, super Drive

    • Written by from Workington

    I bought the Super Drive for my new 2012 iMac.

    I've used a few different types and brands of cd's and DVD's and all work fine even RW media.

    I find the Super Drive quiet and it fits perfectly on the foot of the iMac's stand and is within very easy reach too on here. Also, the Super Drive matches the elegant design of the iMac.

    Drives I've owned in the past have been the draw type. Since using the Super Drive, I find the lack of a draw to be better. The reason I say this is because, if room is tight on your desk, you need to have enough room for when the draw comes out, whereas with the Super Drive, the disk just slots neatly into the slot.

    If you want a drive that will match you iMac, Macbook, then look no further than the Super Drive. If you are not bothered about it matching then save yourself £20 or so and go for another type.

    Despite the mixed reviews, I cannot fault the Super Drive, but be aware that the non detachable cable on the Super Drive is very short. If you are planning to use it on either on the foot of the iMac's stand or next to your Macbook, then the short length won't be a problem. But if you are wanting it placed on the other side of your desk then you will need a USB extension cable.

    84 of 95 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great, but doesn't work

    • Written by from Tring

    does not import cds from some labels such as atlantic etc. Apple need to stop worrying about the competition copying their ideas and start focusing on there own products that are failing. Otherwise the competition will rise above them simply by making a product that works. Disappointed apple, are you starting to loose the plot?

    131 of 178 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Maidenhead

    Personally, I found the DVD drive to be perfect. It's extremely fast and very elegant. It compliments the new late 2012 iMacs with no optical drive perfectly. 5/5! Perfection as always from Apple!

    36 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY

    • Written by from Bangor

    it reads no disc at all and has wrecked one of my dvd by trying to burn it! do not buy this because it doesn't even work! trust me I've been a apple fanboy for years I've got more apple products than the years I've been on this planet..and i can say without a doubt this does not even deserve to be called an apple product..so if you are going to buy something trust me and buy a load cheeper windows dvd player that at least works.

    117 of 177 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lines on MacBook Air screen since using USB SuperDrive

    • Written by from Uxbridge

    my husband bought me an Apple USB SuperDrive today from the apple store, but within half an hour of using it my MacBook Air was covered in vertical lines which also moved around with the mouse.

    Neither macbook nor superdrive had become hot.

    Rebooting didn't help - leaving it an hour has helped but now very worried it will happen again.

    69 of 130 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brill.

    • Written by from Spalding

    Absolutely brilliant, got it with my iMac (late 2012) runs faster than the cd drive in my MacBook Pro ( Late 2009) Must have if your Device dosent have a CD drive, fast and very efficient.

    49 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken after 1 week

    • Written by from Reading

    Stopped working after 1 week of use. It now has a CD of mine which it won't give back!

    81 of 112 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    SPOT ON

    • Written by from co.durham

    GREAT PRODUCT WORKS A TREAT AND LOOKS VERY SLEEK AND VERY SMALL

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Slagelse

    Just tested it with one of my oldest back up dvds and it loaded fast and without any problems at all. It actually feels a bit faster than the one in my iMac.

    44 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable, fails to read discs

    • Written by from London

    I'm now on my second one of these, after the first completely gave up the ghost.

    Consistently it fails on lightly scratched DVDs, where as my older but larger Sony drive sails through.

    It's therefore pretty much useless unless all your DVDs are treated with kid-gloves, and you never need to be sure that it's going to give best-effort at reading.

    Avoid - buy a different manufacturers one.

    114 of 159 people found this useful