• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If I could give it zero stars, I would

    • Written by from Canton

    This drive is terrible and doesn't live up to Apple standards. Completely unreliable drive. It routinely fails to even read discs and then is unable to eject discs and sits there attempting to read, eject, read, eject, etc. Just spent an hour trying to get a dvd out of the drive. Save your money and buy something else.

    56 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ate its first disk and won't eject!

    • Written by from Medfield

    Awful experience with the drive, just terrible. There's no way to force eject a stuck disk without opening the case and that would void your warranty.
    So it has eaten the first disk put into it, and there's no way to get it out.

    67 of 68 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.

    82 of 98 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Against my better judgment I bought this rather expensive drive a year or two ago and only use it sporadically. Now that I need it, it won't read discs (throwing I/O errors). Sadly it's too late to return it so I've just made a $80 donation to Apple :(

    89 of 112 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Super drive keeps skipping!

    • Written by from roseville

    After i load my Music CD's , and try to play back The Songs all skip and miss beats on every cd if have tried!

    59 of 61 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What's with all the hate?

    • Written by from Folsom

    This is a superdrive.... It works great! Those of you giving bad reviews because it doesn't do blu-ray need to quit posting reviews. It doesn't say anything in the description about blu-ray anywhere so if you bought it expecting blu-ray that's your own fault. If you ordered one and got a dud then send it back or take it into an apple store and exchange it. Apple will be more than happy to take a drive back that malfunctioned within the warranty period. People and their silver spoons.... it's a $79 superdrive! Should Apple name it
    "Non-BluRay Superdrive That Might Malfunction But We're Willing to Exchange it For You If that's the Case & Should Any Other Issues Arise That Might Not Be Listed in the Description You Can Call Us & We'll Gladly Answer Any Questions You May Have."?
    I think that title is a little ridiculous just like your reviews. I bought it... came in.... worked great... exactly what I expected because I've owned Macs for ages and because I am smart and read the description of what I'm buying.

    94 of 124 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    after a few months won't work

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I have to say that this product is bad. I started using in it with iMac 2012, because this computer doesn't come with a DVD drive. I give it a try. After a few months stop working, showing the message the device needs more power or connect to power cord.
    I brought it to the Apple store and guess what it works on a Macbook air. The genius guy told me that might be the computer, also told me that I have to unplug any USB connection to see if this works. No luck.

    69 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not reliable!!!

    • Written by from nyack

    the drive makes it impossible to eject a disk!!!! stick to samsung

    75 of 87 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lame, doesn't work in a hub

    • Written by from Brookfield

    I have my monitor in one usb slot on my MBP retina...the other one is for my hub. i have to unplug my hub which i use for backup drives just to use this bloody thing.

    85 of 107 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Drive

    • Written by from Marshalltown

    This drive works remarkably well for the couple of times a year I need a disk drive. It reads and writes very fast, is compact and portable if necessary and looks great with the MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro. Only complaint would be the short cord, it is usable but if it was about ten inches longer it would be great.

    As for the person who bought an Air and didn't realize there was no drive, I would take little stock in anything they might have to say.

    70 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive not so super

    • Written by from Singapore

    brand new from the box. Wanted to burn a video I made on iMovie. Placed my DVD in, half way through burning, it failed. And now it doesn't eject my CD. I have tried it hundreds of times. Given up. This is a rubbish product. Wake up Apple.

    54 of 56 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The SuperDrive has been a work horse

    • Written by from Ottumwa

    I purchased my SuperDrive at an Apple Store shortly after I received my 15" MacBook Pro with retina display. All of my music was on a 6 year old MacBook and Apple wanted me to leave both of my laptops at their store for 24-48 hours to get the music transferred. I didn't really want to be without my machines. I had a little time on my hands (I am retired) so I decided to load all of my music CD by CD. The SuperDrive performed nearly flawlessly. It took a couple of days but I got it done! I synced all of the remaining music from my iPhone. I did have some disc ejection issues, but it was always a slightly warped disc. When I loaded Office 11 it took me a while to locate the eject command in Office, otherwise the disc would still be in the drive. It would be nice to have an eject button on the SuperDrive.

    66 of 70 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SuperDrive Should be False Advertising

    • Written by from Goleta

    I picked this up for my wife's 5k iMac so she could easily burn DVDs for her photography clients. The high point is what you usually get with Apple products: It's definitely sleek and sexy. Beyond that, the product reminds me of how exciting 2007 was, before we had Blu-Ray burners and USB 3. With USB 2 transfer speeds and no Blu-Ray codec, this should be no more than $25. It is an embarrassment and a shame to Apple.

    45 of 50 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Drive is dependent on disk?

    • Written by from Mississauga

    Yesterday I rated the drive 1 star. I put in an HP DVD-R 16x with LightScribe disk and it refused to recognize the disk at all. Total fail. I tried several known virgin disks.

    Today I bought some Memorex DVD+R 16x disks and popped one in and it worked perfectly first time. Not the fastest drive in the world (limited to 8x on my system) but like all Apple stuff, it just worked, no fiddling with man pages!

    Wonder if it is the minus R that is the problem, or the Lightscribe, or something else?

    However, if you have a DOA drive as mine was, I suggest putting in a new, vanilla +R disk.

    70 of 79 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.

    72 of 84 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, but...

    • Written by from Belmont

    Calling something a "SuperDrive" that doesn't have Blu-Ray seems like a misnomer.

    I'm trying to take my movie collection to digital, and this drive falls short.

    103 of 147 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised ...

    • Written by from Brossard

    Took it out of the box, plugged it in, insert software cd, found icon in finder, clicked through to install software!

    Worked flawlessly.

    67 of 75 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.

    61 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of Cr@@

    • Written by from Arlington

    If all you want to do is watch DVDs this works just fine...
    But if you want to burn an audio CD you're screwed. I've been trying to burn CDs for hours and everytime the tracks have skipping in them. I had my computer laying on a bed and decided that was the problem. Switched to a table and had the same problem...

    66 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work with Powered Hubs

    • Written by from Leona valley

    Works ONLY when connected directly to a USB port in one of the supported Mac models. It does not work via powered USB hub, and the built-in USB cable is only a foot long. Therefore, you only can locate this product immediately adjacent to your Mac which is not practical to all. Consider this when purchasing a new Mac that no longer supplies the requisite internal Superdrive.

    84 of 110 people found this useful