• 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    not a superdrive

    • Written by from topton

    its nice looking.speeds are slow compared to any other remote drive. no 48 speed? no blu-ray? its called a super drive? again it looks nice but my $21.00 other remote drive does more except its not silver. oh well.

    74 of 98 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

  • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Shouldn't Be Paying So Much For This

    • Written by from atlanta

    This machine does what it's supposed to do. I haven't run into any problems with it and it works really fast and dependable.

    What I don't understand however is why Apple would take this out as part of the deal with buying a Mac Pro. CDs are still a very important part of in society, and to take something out that was previously part of a computer is silly. $80 is exspensive when you're already buying a new computer. Plus it doesn't offer Blue Ray. I absolutely had to buy it allow me to install my educational disk of CS6. Apple does not help its customers in saving money and tries to nickel and dime every little thing now. Also, the chord needs to be longer, or at least be blue tooth or something so it is not always in my way.

    29 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Without iDVD, you'll need to use other software to burn DVDs with this

    • Written by from SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO

    It's pretty obvious that Apple wants their customers to stray away from optical drives. Yes, it's a fading technology, but if I want to burn DVDs and send them to my family and relatives who are not as tech savvy and still have an old school DVD player to watch things, I'm pretty much stuck to using this thing. Not everyone has access to a quick connection to watch stuff via streaming, hence, DVDs are useful. HOWEVER, it's a bad sign when San Francisco's huge Apple Store in Union Square doesn't even have the SuperDrive showcased in their showroom. Seriously, I had to ask an employee to "get one from the back storage room". That's a bad sign when the store's manager doesn't even allow these things to be shelved out in the public. Really? You can rip CDs via iTunes, but if it comes down to transferring movies into a DVD format to burn onto a DVD, it would have been handy to have a copy of iDVD. That's another problem. My rMBP 13" (late 2013) never came with iDVD so you're stuck in using alternate software to convert .mov files to DVD format. Overall, this external SuperDrive is not very durable at all. It's a bad sign when one of your DVDs is stuck inside the thing within the first week and I have to fiddle around with it to do an emergency eject. Steer clear from this external SuperDrive. There are cheaper alternatives. Stuff like this in regards to buying an external drive (for something that used to be built in from previous models) and most of all, soldering the RAM onto motherboards of newer MacBooks so you're forced to decide between current RAM or shelling out another $400 for 4 more gigs of RAM is just ridiculous.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited use

    • Written by from Tucson

    Works fine on MBA and windows 7 computers
    My MBP and iMac don't even see it

    I wanted to eject a disc that I had forgot to eject before shutting down MBA & loaded in my truck
    Connected it to a MBP and nothing
    Connected it to customers win7 machine and ejected disc from there

    Tried it on my iMac later - nothing

    Mighty odd...

    25 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Blu-Ray capability

    • Written by from Carnation

    The drive is great for CD's and DVD's. I use it on my Mac Mini Server.

    Without Blu-Ray, most of our new movies can't be watched. When the *box rentals stop providing DVD and go entirely to Blu-Ray, this will have to go in the drawer with the external 3.5" floppy drive.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's great, but doesn't play nice with mavericks.

    • Written by from Simi Valley

    It's great, but doesn't play nice with OS X maverick except for our newest Airbook. Input/ouput errors. Dvds not recognized.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not fast enough

    • Written by from Newmarket

    Plugged into a top-end MBP Retina with USB-3 ports, the USB-2 Superdrive is not "super" on the performance front. Importing CDs into iTunes takes just under three TIMES as long as it does on my PC with internal DVD drives. Not an apples-to-apples comparison (pun!) I know, but I've used other USB devices including hard drives and this one seems lethargic. Writing is even slower, glacial. It works OK at everything including playing movies, but after months its performance is still noticeable.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's good, but slow.

    • Written by from Lakewood

    There are two things that bug me about this drive.

    1. It's SLOW. Like really slow. I've got it hooked up to a Mac Pro (2013) and because it's USB 2.0 it's super limited to begin with, and I think (though I'm not 100% positive) it's completely locked to 8x read/write speeds meaning it spins at 8x speeds and won't ramp up to 16x for big reads and fast writes. Do people really NEED a super fast CD drive? Most don't, but I do and it's a pain. Moving 4GB of data? Almost 25 minutes, it's slow. Watching a DVD? Works just fine.

    2. It feels cheap. The cable isn't replaceable, which is lame, so if something happens to the 8 inch cable that comes with it, you're out $80. USB 2.0 (Seriously, no 3.0 model? How hard would that be?), like I said, and the case feels junky. This is sort of a trivial complaint, but for $80, it's got a very thin metal case and a plastic base. It doesn't feel like it should cost almost $100, and the slow speeds aren't helping this notion.

    Overall, if you have a MacBook Air, or a Mac Pro or whatever and need a disc drive, this is one you can buy that you know will work with Mac, is small in size, quiet, runs cool, is mapped to the keyboard hotkeys and does as advertised. If you want a fast drive that is also durable and will survive lots of abuse carrying it around, this probably isn't the one for you. I don't regret buying it, but I think I'd do a little more shopping next time.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Eject button

    • Written by from Lake Elmo

    Please Apple ... your insistence on making everything so easy to use, is actually maling them harder to use. A simple eject button would cost a nickel and save countless hours of searching for the onscreen eject button that always seem elusive.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as it should be

    • Written by from Honley, Holmfirth

    This drive copes well with most demands made of it UNTIL that is you get a recorded CD that is at the maximum end of capacity. Out of a 14 disc box set I wanted to transfer to iTunes (Apple Lossless) it stumbled on 4. The outermost 2 or 3 tracks on each of them slipped and did not transfer correctly despite supposed error correction on import. The solution was to copy the affected tracks to the desktop then drag into iTunes. How come it managed to read the disc ok copying to the desktop but it made errors when copying directly into iTunes? Having lost faith with this drive's ability I replaced it with a blu-ray reader/writer instead - problem sorted.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why???

    • Written by from SUGAR LAND

    Well, i am typically satisfied with apple product but this drive is a cd devouring machine. If your beloved "old" cd is sitting around waiting to be added to your device be ware. The drive will make an engraving due to balancing issues on your disc. Here i am hoping to ensure the life of my favorite album of all time and it makes a horrendous noise and i force eject my cd. when i observe it. i notice an engraving in the middle of this disc. my life is now pointless. good bye world. thanks apple. you win again.

    20 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does it's job...but...

    • Written by from Livingston

    BE CAREFUL! If you are watching a movie on DVD and using the SuperDrive, watch out. If you are like me and enjoy laying in bed, the short usb cord can hang. It works fine, even when dangling, but BOOM, one false move and the SDrive can smash into your beautiful Retina screen and break it. Worst feeling. I wish Mac's would get on the Blu-Ray train as well. I love my movies as well as my HD, iTunes downloads look great, streaming Netflix or Cable pretty good, and DVD's passable, but man I would love a SDrive that played Blu Rays. Again, watch out... the SDrive is durable, but it can break your laptop if you are not careful

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Review

    • Written by from Ottawa

    Windows support is kind of crummy. Since there's no eject button, you need to be viewing the desktop/a few other places to take out a disc. It also lacks pinhole eject so it needs to be plugged in to eject.

    At least it's extremely small and light.

    21 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    it's ok

    • Written by from Singapore

    At first we plugged it in and put a disc in it but it didn't show on the computer and we couldn't even here the disc moving after a while. We couldn't eject it, but by some miracle it finally started working after a dozen tries.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love it but....

    • Written by from Mathews

    i love it it works well but my worry is the cord will break because it doesn't seem to be made any different then iPhone/iPod chargers and everything is wireless now so they should really make a bluetooth version that would be a big help. Also i think it should definitely be blu-ray.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive

    • Written by from Paterson

    This is a good product for what it does (play dvds, install cd-roms, etc), but I really wish it supported Blu-Ray play, which it doesn't. In fact, I can't find anything on the market that reads blu-rays for a mac. When will this change?! My only other complaint is that the usb cord is very short and makes it difficult to store it in the airline seat pocket for dvd play on an airplane. Anyway, it does what it advertises it does, so I can't complain too much. Good addition to my macbook air.

    10 of 15 people found this useful