• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware Regional Limitation!

    • Written by from sSydney

    This item has a Region Limitation for DVD's. When you plug it in for the first time you have to choose the region you are viewing the DVD from. Then you have only 5 more turns to change your DVD region before the Apple USB SuperDrive is locked permanently. If you travel the world with your laptop like me, or you buy DVDs from all over the world you'll be disappointed with the Covert Regional Limitation built into this device. Eventually you'll be forced to buy an Apple USB SuperDrive for every region in the world - and of course that is Apple's Sinister Marketing Plan. I returned my Apple USB SuperDrive to the shop and got a refund. Then I found an old portable DVD Burner/player without Regional Limitation and it works without having to choose a region. I recommend others to do the same..!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple Product I have Bought YET

    • Written by from Niles

    This is the worst product I have ever bought through apple!! Sometimes, the cd drive works perfectly, and other times, I struggle to get it to play or even eject the cd I put in. This problem has occurred multiple times, and I can't stand it! Total waste of money...

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow and Never Will be Convenient

    • Written by from Newport News

    I can understand Apples decision to eliminate the SuperDrive from the laptop line. It allows them to make thinner and lighter laptops. But eliminating the SuperDrive (and actually never offering a Blu-Ray drive) was ridiculous. There is no reason for them to eliminate the SuperDrive from the iMac line other than to save a few $$ and sell external drives at a much higher cost to consumers.

    I was forced to purchase the external SuperDive because I still need access to CD's & DVD's. The external USB SuperDive is noticeably slower than built in drives. It takes longer to read, probably because it's a USB connection. Instead of having a clean desk with just a power chord now there this external drive sitting there taking up space and taking away from the clean look.

    As a result of Apple eliminating the SuperDrive from the iMac line we have not purchased a new iMac in three years (I own a small company with 14 employees, all using iMacs). Instead we are now purchasing used iMac (2011 models preferably) on craigslist and eBay.

    In fact, I'm writing this review with a 27" iMac that I purchased on craigslist. I know Apple is enjoying a lot of success, but as far as I'm concerned we won't be buying any new iMacs any time soon. One last point, Apple says it eliminated the SuperDrive and were able to make the iMac really thin along the edges, but the truth is the new iMac are fatter in the back. I like the 2011 design iMacs more. In this case thinner is most certainly not better.

    35 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NO

    • Written by from South Pittsburg

    Most difficult thing in the world to get mine to play a simple DVD. Unhappy.

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst drive ever created

    • Written by from El Paso

    Cant burn CDs after a year. Wont play any burned media. Its a picky drive that is makes listening to music watching DVDs on your mac a hassle. Switching back to PC... Sorry, mac you make some pretty stuff but it doen't work well for too long. At least with a PC I won't be spending as much money for something to slow down after a couple years of use.

    23 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Super terrible drive

    • Written by from West Palm Beach

    I didn't even get through the first dvd I played in it. The video stopped, the sound kept going… What happened to Apple Quality!? What a waste of $$ !!

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Criminal

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Two prior burns on this 5 month old Superdrive(not). Two days ago ate a CD and will not eject it. Do not even refer me to Apple or
    community groups. I spent 18 hours over 2 days trying to resolve this. Yes I turned it over, talked nice, read to it, and advised it
    of all the steps Apple said to take to solve problem. It is not listening! But I hope you are. Possibly the biggest Apple mistake ever.

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I haven't used it much but as others have experienced, it doesn't work for very long. At least I was able to salvage my disc, II can get it to eject the disc by turning it upside down.

    Again, as others have pointed out, for half the price you can get one that works, works well, and lasts.

    Clearly, Apple quality died with Steve Jobs.

    49 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY

    • Written by from ASCOT

    Will not accept any DVD's, you have to push discs in yourself and there are no buttons - not to mention it's extremely overpriced. You can buy ones that actually work for half the price. Will be returning it.

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Region Free

    • Written by from Chalfont

    I've only been using this a short time, but am SO disappointed this is not region free. It will only switch between regions 5 times and then permanently stay on the 5th selected region. Totally useless for travelers and other people living, working, or studying abroad. At $80 a pop I would expect a more diverse and compatible product.

    Though this is slightly more understandable given Apple's monopolistic tendencies, it's really annoying that this is only compatible with Apple products. Obviously doesn't work with a television or any other kind of laptop.

    Lastly, it would be nice to have a longer cord.

    39 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Faulty Unit

    • Written by from GREEN VALLEY

    I bought an Apple USB SuperDrive one week after purchasing a new iMac in order to install new software for my business since the new iMac's do not have a CD/DVD drive. The USB SuperDrive does not work. I insert a disc, it makes a few whirring sounds, then spits out the disk. I have tried it with multiple discs with the same results. It looks as though other users have had the same experience.

    36 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    never buy it

    • Written by from amman

    it stopped ejecting after the third cd

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage: ZERO STARS

    • Written by from Lethbridge

    Got one; wouldn't play or even read any disc. Had it replaced.
    Just tried replacement: same results.
    This thing just makes a whole bunch of noise and then spits the disc out. Total waste of my time and money.
    Tried DVD, DVD-R, CD, CD-R. nothing is readable.

    46 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short life span

    • Written by from Rockville

    Mine worked for a year and a half. I tried to rip a DVD once and it stopped working meaning it would not accept any DVD after that. Not buying an Apple DVD player anymore. Buy a cheap $30 instead.

    50 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple superdrive

    • Written by from Byron

    Apple superdrive will not work with a powered USB hub. I am an inclined plane wrapped helically around a common axis.

    53 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive not working

    • Written by from SAUSALITO

    Does anyone care at Apple that this is not working. Used twice, got a new computer went to used the superdrive and it said no can used (dead). Ok guy lets get something that works and or take this thing off the market as you do not have this thing working for all the great Apple customers. Let's get it corrected and make it work every time it's needed. Sorry but this thing is wrong

    58 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Power hungry and unreliable

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    This drive works only when plugged directly into your laptop. I tried using a double-headed USB cable into a POWERED USB hub, giving it 2x the normal power of any USB thumb drive or hard drive. It still produced the error of "The attached USB Device needs more power."

    It only plays DVD, not Blu-Ray. And it doesn't even play DVDs well! It is very poor at skipping over any scratches or glitches on the disk. Other players work fine with my DVD movies. Not this one. Absolute junk. I am returning this product.

    67 of 78 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy

    • Written by from Long Island City

    Every CD I played or imported into iTunes had skipping glitches. Not worthy of the Apple name. Apple was useless when I called them about it.

    76 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy

    • Written by from brookline

    I don't know if the problem is the hardware or the drivers. I've used this drive less than 2 dozen times with my macAir. if the macAir goes into sleep mode, this drive does not wake up -- or maybe it does after 10 min, but I didn't want to wait. In addition, when trying to wake up, the file finder does not show the drive and getting a disk to eventually eject is difficult. All in all -- a sleek package for a crummy product. If I could, I'd give it no stars.

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointing

    • Written by from Ste-Julie

    I thought that buying an Apple product, it would be durable and be user friendly! Wrong!!!! First of all, it does not have no eject button on the SuperDrive. Also, when I played burned cds, the songs skips!!!! I was very disappointed in this product but I have to admit, no hassle at the Apple Store to get my reimbursement.

    56 of 58 people found this useful