• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It does not work properly

    • Written by from Providence

    I'm sure many folks get this and it works just fine - but if you read the reviews, including this one, you'll find that it's a gamble to but it. Many simply do not work properly. In my case, it will read discs, but in some cases does not. I've returned purchased discs to find out that they play fine in other drives. So I'd have to conclude that those who say Apple messed this one up are quite correct. What I'd like is for Apple to help out those of us with problems, and fix the problems for those of you considering buying this.

    37 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple usb Superdrive

    • Written by from Shermans Dale

    Bought this drive to go along with the Mac Mini and I have to say it works perfectly! i was a bit skeptical at first when reading through some of the other reviews but after going forward with the purchase it was definitely a great buy! Solid, very compact, and easy setup! (just connect and your done) I have tested this with CD and DVD discs which it played both perfectly! Would definitely recommend this for any MAC without a built-in optical disc drive!

    38 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor performance

    • Written by from Guisborough

    this device has rejected quite a few of my CDs - usually played normally on my PC. Disappointing

    43 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job my Mac Should Already Do!!

    • Written by from Houston

    I purchased my fourth MacBook Pro today. It's been 4 years since I purchased my last MacBook Pro The USB SuperDrive is great, and it does it's job well....HOWEVER, why must I go out and spend another $80 to get my optical disk drive back after spending $2600 on a new Mac??? All my other Mac's came with a built-in SuperDrive. I know most software is available for download these days, but I can't burn CD's and DVD's without an optical drive (something I do several times a day as a musician and photographer), I can't format and perform clean install of a Mac without an optical drive to boot OS X from, I can't install Windows via BootCamp without an optical drive, and most importantly, without an optical drive I can't save a copy of my favorite artist's newest CD to my Mac for listening on the go or syncing with my iPhone or iPad! I came very close to buying a Certified Refurbished MacBook from Apple that was a couple years old, just so I could get the built-in optical drive, but for the money, it made more sense to buy a new one and pickup an external optical drive....unfortunately :(

    30 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor design and performance

    • Written by from Bainbridge Island

    I bought a Macbook Air and the external USB "super" drive to import CD's and movies. It has not been super. The USB Superdrive will not eject my CD. This has been intermittent from the start but I could usually get the CD to eject by using Finder to display the drive and ejecting from there. It just grinds away and then reloads.

    Why isn't there an eject button on the drive itself? I don't want to take it apart just to get my disc out.

    I'll be pursuing a replacement under the warranty.

    58 of 86 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great and more

    • Written by from RALEIGH

    This is a small list of what was important to me when choosing Apple's superdrive:
    1) It's very quiet at times, I didn't know it was operating.
    2) IT looks great and it matches the aluminum used on the iMac.
    3) The unit is about as small as it can possibly be - but if you are like me, you'd rather not have the superdrive on your desk because it is so rarely used. Very easy to store and it doesn't take up much space.
    4) Like any product these days - there will be people complaining about perfection, as for me and when I make a choice about a product, it needs to look great and match my furniture (in this case, a computer) perform very well and there must be value for the money I'm spending.
    So, this product and like any mac product is the best fit for me.

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Functions well, but hate the design.

    • Written by from Ypsilanti

    I bought this or my Macbook Air after the computer came and I realized to my astonishment that there is no CD drive in the laptop! (I love the idea of striving to make it lighter/thinner but not in sacrificing necessary parts of the computer to do so... and then charging for an overpriced exterior version!)

    This drive works impeccably well I will say. But the design is awful. There are no buttons on the drive itself which makes it simplistic, yes, but whenever I run into a software issue and the computer doesn't recognize the disk I've inserted THERE IS NO WAY TO REMOVE IT. That's just ridiculously frustrating. And the photo on the site doesn't show the cord, but it's pathetically short. I will need to be investing in an extension USB cord now because when you sit with your laptop on your lap and wish to use to super-drive, there's not enough room to set it anywhere and so it hangs by your side only to possibly get damaged.

    Also I wish there was some kind of case for this drive! I have no way to protect it from scratches.

    In short, product good, design very, very bad.

    81 of 132 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Works

    • Written by from Bay City

    I just purchased this and brought it home a few days ago. Plugged it in and it worked flawlessly on my Mid-2012 11 inch MacBook Air. Burns fast and reliably. Love the design as matches the aesthetics of my computer and is ultra portable. Only thing I would change would be a price drop to about 50. Then it would be a no brainier accessory. But I highly recommend this exquisite piece of technology.

    32 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Delta

    I recently decided that I would like to purchase the Apple Superdrive, upon reading the reviews, I was quite discouraged at all the negative comments. I visited an Apple Store, and spoke with one of there Tech Employees, voicing my concerns. He assured me that he had been using this product for the past couple of years and never had a problem, he also informed me that to his knowledge, any Superdrives's sold in his store had not been returned. I purchased the drive, and sceptically, connected it to my Mac Air. As one of the common complaints seems to be with the "Eject Disk " I went into settings and clicked on import, and then eject disc upon completion of importing files. To my delight this product did everything that I hoped it would do I have ripped dozens of CD's into my ITunes Library, watched a couple of Music Dvd's with no problems { not Blue Ray } and everything works great. Would I recommend this product? Absolutely, as long as u read the fine print as to which Mac's and operating systems it will work on. Don't forget this device is not a Blue Ray Player.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice, with one huge flaw

    • Written by from Albany

    The Apple SuperDrives look great, work very smoothly, and are very quiet when spinning a disk. They would be perfect, if not for the remarkably ridiculous fact that they do not work on a Mac that already has an optical drive built in. Apple's built-in optical drives are cheap and fail more often than they should, so don't get this as a replacement. The decision to block these for Macs with optical drives is just dumb.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very impressed

    • Written by from Saint John

    super fast, equivalent speeds to the rest at the store, not disappointed at all. small easy to store, and looks great! very quiet as well

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I dont know what all the complaints are about??

    • Written by from Highland Lakes

    This product is decently priced according to Apple's standards, and it does EVERYTHING it says it will do without any headache. Plug and play. No software required no drivers no headache just read write burn CD/DVD and even Dual Layer without a problem. Just bought one to go along with my 13" Macbook Pro w/ Retina and I am one happy man. Sure maybe Blu-ray would have been good but its not necessary I dont even own a Blu ray disc even though I own a blu ray player.....People complain and give low ratings because of UNREALISTICALLY high expectations and the fact that they want Apple products but wanna pay Samsung prices.

    33 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only works for DVDs and CDs

    • Written by from peabody

    I was disappointed the drive wasn't capable of bluray technology. I'm a long time pc user, my last pc had bluray 5 years ago, this is my first Mac. That's why I gave it 4 stars. Other than that, it works good and the size is great, and nice looking!

    49 of 71 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good/okay so far

    • Written by from East Freetown

    The drive is nice and fast. I have had it a few days and have been loading many CDs into itunes. Many of the CDs are nearly new. One James Taylor CD that I have only played once that was new and clean would not be accepted by the drive until I put it in 8 times after it kept rejecting it. When it works, it is really very good. It is just this one CD that it did not like. Hopefully is stays working.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Midland

    I got this along with my new iMac and so far it's AMAZINGLY fast! I completed the entire Adobe Photoshop elements 10 download in under 10 minutes!

    35 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unimpressed with the Super Drive

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    Just purchased the USB SuperDrive from my local Apple store. Brought it home plugged it in and started to download some CD's into ITunes. First couple of CD's went really quickly, burn speed were reaching 14/15 x. Put in my third CD and heard a fairly loud noise that didn't sound quite right. Pulled the CD out, put it back in, noise was gone, but the CD download time was now barely hitting 4/5x. Unplugged it. Restarted computer. Same issue, but now it is freezing up. Then I read the reviews. Sorry Apple. This product is coming back.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Jupiter

    This is the fastest loading/ burning cd drive I would recommend it

    41 of 56 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.

    46 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawed Design

    • Written by from Sandy

    Slow even with the fastest, most expensive Retina Display computer. CDs get stuck and none of the tech help remedies work. Turning it upside-down and shaking it is the only way to get the CDs out.

    95 of 165 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Calgary

    It's not as easy as it should be to eject the disk because it doesn't include an eject button and the new computer doesn't include an eject button and I put a disk in to install software and can't get it out

    64 of 105 people found this useful