• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive don't play CD's on Mac Book Pro Retina

    • Written by from Buenos Aires

    Superdrive don't play CD's on Mac Book Pro Retina. iTunes crashes after playing only the first track. I tested it with many albums. Every time the first track ends, iTunes crashes. I'm very disappointed with my whole purchase: Mack Book Pro Retina + USB Superdrive.

    208 of 247 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.

    84 of 106 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Functional, but by no means award winning

    • Written by from Houston

    Unless I am missing something, the superdrive requires a super close connection to the computer. I have 100 things that need to plug into my laptop via USB, and so I use hubs. But, the USB Superdrive will not function if plugged into a hub, even a powered one; not even a superpowered one.

    So, it works, but I lose the use of 50% of my usb ports when I use it, and 95% of my USB functionality.

    And, the cord is WAY too short. It's time to upgrade the unit to Thunderbolt and give it a daisy chain. If that costs too much, how about USB 3.0?

    In any case, functional, but by no means award winning.

    129 of 143 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What's not to like?

    • Written by from Caronport

    Besides the price. I didn't actually bother looking at anything else. This is not made of cheap plastic and looks like it can take the rigours of family life. It's fast enough but best of all - you just plug it in and it works!

    50 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    More expensive than the cheap competition, but...

    • Written by from Scotch Plains

    It's faster, nice quality and most importantly, doesn't require the dual USB cable some of the cheep 3rd party drives need for the extra power required for reliable operation. Nice product, highly recommended.

    51 of 58 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes, it's overpriced; yes, it's worth it.

    • Written by from Orlando

    I have a MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which has no built-in optical drive, and I was in need of one. Initially, when I saw the price of the Apple USB SuperDrive, I laughed and looked elsewhere for a Mac-compatible external USB DVD Burner. I found one on Amazon by a very reputable manufacturer at less than half the price. It had good overall reviews, so I didn't hesitate to order it. I got it, and my first impressions were, "wow, this thing feels cheap." It was made of glossy, cheap-feeling plastic, which I had no problem with since I would only have to use it occasionally.

    However, the performance of the unit was awful. It would disconnect at times, burn jobs would fail, and when it did work, it was painfully slow even for an optical drive. I had to return it because it was practicably unusable. I then bit the bullet and ordered an Apple USB SuperDrive, and I'm glad I did.

    My first impressions were, "this feels sturdy," and "wow, that's pretty." It matches the MacBook Pro perfectly, with the same finish and build quality. Performance was excellent compared to the first drive I tried, and it "just works."

    Overall, I'm very happy with it. Yes, the Apple drive is a little overpriced, but you definitely get what you pay for in this instance, at least in my experience. I would recommend just going with the Apple USB SuperDrive if you don't want to deal with the hassle of the cheaper drives.

    257 of 285 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not recommended

    • Written by from Vancouver

    Very seldom ejects discs without having to pick the unit up and and turn it on edge. Fine apart from this. Not what I expect from Apple.

    84 of 101 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It is what it is.

    • Written by from Rochester

    I wish it had blu-ray capability but it otherwise works fine.

    122 of 153 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great peoduct

    • Written by from La Canada

    Great product. It does its job and does or well.

    Would habe loved it even more if it was blu ray capable and had an ejection button

    91 of 106 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good solid drive

    • Written by from Stettler

    Have used a few other DVD/CD burners but find Apple's USB SuperDrive to be a very reliable unit in comparison. It may not be the fastest burner out there, but it's reliability more than makes up for it.

    99 of 112 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.

    66 of 74 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but...

    • Written by from Orlando

    I really loved this product, as I am a gamer and need a DVD drive. Though, it is really bad that Super Drive takes up one of my USB ports as there are 2 USB ports in the new MacBook Pro (retina). I would rather use my Thunderbolt port as it is less used. Still, does my job.

    64 of 75 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Superdrive

    • Written by from VIRGINIA BEACH

    As for use and function this is something that should be included in a budget desktop or mobil computer model. Removing the internal Superdrive while a nifty idea for is OK but for others not a great idea.

    I would have to agree with others in that the time to remove the internal card may have come for a mobil user who is after a very light mobil device, however there has been no reason to date to removing the Superdrive from the Mac Mini line. The current iMacs are advertised as sharing their internal Superdrive to the other Apple computers.

    As far as looks go the unit is your typical Apple form and design to match the remaining products in the line up of current models. One major concern of the unit would be the USB cable and it's length. Having such a short cable requires the user to keep the Superdive extremely close to the machine one is using the device on. Was hoping to have this mounted under the desk or somewhere close to the keyboard and mouse for convenience but again apple does not design or look towards a user experience with an external device.

    Overall the device does do what the old Superdrive did. I gave this a two star for no new advantages towards the trends Apple is currently headed. Improvements would be a longer cord as well as adding two Thunderbolt to daisy chain with the other devices for external storage.

    62 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Super Drive Super Bad!

    • Written by from Bethesda

    This super drive looks great but does not work well.
    I have tried to use it to install two different programs for the Macbook Pro Retina (Parallels Desktop 7 and Microsoft Office). In both cases, the drive refused to install the programs. And once the disk was in, it did not eject right away (there is no eject button, and using the Finder eject option does not work reliably). The only thing that works is to shut down the laptop and try again various software options for ejecting the disk. And if you insert a disk that is not correctly formatted, good luck!
    Overall, this is a poorly designed product, which is surprising coming from Apple.

    125 of 173 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb!!!

    • Written by from Rochester

    amazing little device with high durability. Strongly recommended

    52 of 66 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    outstanding product

    • Written by from La Mirada

    My only complaint is the short cord. Otherwise it is very quiet, very fast, and works effortlessly. And $79.00 is not expensive. If you think it is, buy a effing Dell.

    58 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    NO BUGS, NO SPACE PROBLEMS, NO BUTTONS, NO SOFTWARE?

    • Written by from SHAVER LAKE

    I HAVE PURCHASED MANY SO CALLED EASY CD / RW COMPONENTS LIKE THIS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH IBM AND MAC THAT EITHER HAD HATCHES OR BUTTONS THAT GOT IN THE WAY. I HAVE SEEN WHERE THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOFTWARE BUT HAVE NOT NEEDED IT AND IT FITS ON TOP OF MY EXTERNAL HARD RIVE ON MY MINI. THE BEST STACK YOU COULD WANT AND ALL IT NEEDS IT TO BE ABLE TO HOOK UP TO THE IPHONE AS A MONITOR AND I WOULD NOT NEED A EXTERNAL MONITOR. EVERYTHING I MENTIONED WORKS SEAMLESSLY TOGETHER. I LIKE THE LOOK,SPEED,SIZE,EASE BUT I AM LEAD TO BELIEVE YHERE IS SOFTWARE AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS SOFTWARE I AM MISSING?
    IT IS ALMOST TOO EASY AND I FEEL LIKE I AM MISSING SOMETHING.

    43 of 99 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of Junk

    • Written by from Knoxville

    If i could rate this one star, I would. I bought a Superdrive for my new Macbook w/ retina, brought it home, and it refused to work. The drive would accept disks, spin for a minute, and then eject the disk.

    I followed all Apple guidelines for the product and read all of their support information; nothing helped. I will be returning this piece of junk tomorrow.

    I am a die-hard Apple fan and have always associated Apple with higher quality and durability. I payed 80 dollars for a drive that should have cost 40 because I believed in its quality. This drive does not live up to Apple's standards (the standards I thought they had) and they should not be selling it.

    139 of 242 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive needs smart humans !

    • Written by from Seattle

    This optical drive by Apple has been, by far, the best driver I've ever had. Prior to purchase I read the reviews here and was surprised to see how many people had problems ejecting a "non-DVD" disc (i.e. game, software load, app manager, etc) ... There is waaaay too much misinformation and speculation being made by wannabe, hot potato users. The drive works perfectly and ejects ANY disc on demand ... only requirement... Human needs to be SMARTER than Driver ! I've seen knuckle heads suggesting the total disassembly of the unit to remove a disc ! Why own a computer if you're still in the stone age?

    The optical drive will recognize DVD and non-DVD discs, common sense dictates that if the drive doesn't recognize a disc as a DVD...you're not going to succeed in commanding the DVD controller to eject it. It's not a technically DVD ! (note: that is whether or not it is a DVD!...Sometimes a DVD format may be incorrect, so it gets disqualified),

    All you need to do is go to the disc icon on your desk top (if you've selected in "System Preferences" to show the disc icon on the desk top) or just hit "Command+up arrow" till you reach the disc and drivers level, then right click on the disc icon and select eject.

    The DVD controller will grey out the Eject option so you cannot do anything there. This process is very similar to PC formats except that PC always puts a disc icon on your desk top. Apple gives you the choice.

    327 of 389 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WORST APPLE PRODUCT......HANDS DOWN!!!

    • Written by from Goodyear

    I heard some bad things about this drive from friends, and reviews..., but didn't believe that Apple would actually have a product for years and still have an ongoing problem. So I went ahead and bought it to use it with my MACBOOK PRO RETINA.
    My main purpose of drive was to rip my wedding video and preserve it into Time Machine Backup. i went ahead and put in the first DVD, ripped fine... but as soon as i hit eject, it made quick eject sound, like its coming out, but instead of coming out, it parked itself right into it and started playing again.
    i spent about 2 hours tried everything possible online to get it out.
    i was devastated since the DVD was the Master and only copy of my wedding. eventually after 2-3 hours of hitting my head on it, DvD finally came out. i had to shake the drive and hold it upside down, and eject simaltaniously
    VERY BAD EXPERIENCE.
    RETURN IT RIGHT AWAY...
    GOING WITH DIFFERENT SIMILAR BETTER PRODUCT.

    153 of 190 people found this useful