• 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.

    40 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible - avoid.

    • Written by from LONDON

    Noisy , slow and won't read 99% of the discs I put in it. Don't bother buying this - it's utter rubbish.

    132 of 241 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.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rackety drive

    • Written by from Bath

    Agree with the other 1* reviews. Not being able (or willing) to read 1 disk in 5 is just about fine, but then being utterly unable to eject it, NOT fine. Why no means to physically expel a troublesome disk? Just NOT worth the trouble.

    13 of 14 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.

    24 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointingly unreliable

    • Written by from Largs

    Have owned this drive for just over a year, have used it only occasionally and until recently was very happy with it. Stylish like all Apple products and met my needs. However, recently it has stopped taking in disks and looks like a terminal failure. Would have expected better reliability for the price.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    • Written by from London

    I bought this product as the MacBook Air has no DVD drive built in. I now also have an iMac and use it for both machines. It is good value for money. I have had it 18 months now and have not found any faults or hiccups with it. It works perfectly well at all times. It is light, small and slim and easy to carry around with the laptop.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok but slow to rip CD's

    • Written by from Falmouth

    I bought this to use with my 2013 retina MBP for ripping CD's to network storage for HiFi use. It looks great and works fine but it is far slower than the built in drive in my old MBP was.

    So if you are planning on using one for ripping your entire CD collection then you may want to explore other options but for occasional use it's great.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New Mac user

    • Written by from Ringwood

    I'm really pleased with my first efforts with this piece of kit, just plugged it in, put in the disc and away it went, no problem at all;

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful CD Drive

    • Written by from Salford

    It is only a CD drive, so there is only so much you can say about it, but the construction and design is beautiful, it works flawlessly and is in its own way elegant. The only downside is that is it expensive! I don't think £65 is a good price, but if you have a MacBook, then it is essential!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use and great design!

    • Written by from Bath

    I bought this USB SuperDrive for my 15" retina display macbook pro.

    It's so easy to use, just plug into the USB port, and then insert the disk as you would on a imac or an earlier version of the macbook pro. I have used this for DVDs and to rip CDs to itunes. It is also easy to backup music from itunes onto a CD.

    The cable is about 30cm. On a flat surface this is plenty to connect the SuperDrive while having the front of it face you, and have it a fair distance away from your mac.

    In conclusion it is a great product, easily connectable to your mac, and a sleek design matching the scheme of your mac.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple & Effective

    • Written by from Petersfield

    I purchased this to go with my MacBook Air. The styling fits perfectly with the Air and the drive is reliable and fits in a the back pocket of the Incase laptop bag containing the MB Air. If there has to be one criticism (although its unfair to call it that), it is the USB lead maybe susceptible to be being damaged [it is fixed in to the drive] if not stowed with care. That's down to the user and not Apple.

    10 of 16 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.

    65 of 126 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok but some advanced users will be dissapointed

    • Written by from Kesgrave

    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.

    3 of 3 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 2 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No complaints

    • Written by from Peterborough

    Works perfectly. No issues what so ever. Great little drive and aesthetically it great! It's a must have!

    2 of 2 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.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but that cable is ridiculous!

    • Written by from Leamington Spa

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product with only one small flaw

    • Written by from Westonzoyland

    It works really well but I think it would benefit a lot from having a detachable USB cable. Other than that, it's great!

    2 of 3 people found this useful