• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Elegant and easy to use

    • Written by from Ottawa

    Although I think Apple's race to eliminate optical drives from even its desktop computers in the pursuit of slimness is a bit excessive and also premature, I've had only good results with this drive. I use it with my iMac and my Retina MacBook Pro with absolutely no issues. It plays and burns DVDs without complaint, working exactly as expected after nearly one year of use. The aluminum enclosure is solid and I find the slot-loading mechanism to be reliable. In contrast, the Samsung Blu-Ray drive I also use is plastic and somewhat flakey in its behaviour.

    14 of 17 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.

    86 of 92 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow Quality

    • Written by from Anacortes

    I bought this to transfer several hundred CD's to my iMAC. Transfer rate is slow; ~ 8 1/2 minutes to transfer 8 tracks @ 50 1/2 minutes playing time. Ejecting the CD is easy with the eject button on my keyboard. Backing up in the background is the way to go with this quality external CD/DVD device.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Northfield

    i received this for a christmas gift and I've used every day since with my MacBook Air its amazing i love it and would recommend to everyone

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    SuperDrive at best an average drive

    • Written by from LOVELAND

    No Blu-Ray (Who doesn't have Blu-ray now?);
    Needs a lot of power - it does not work in USB hubs because it exceeds the allowed power.
    This is not Apple quality.

    22 of 28 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.

    55 of 59 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Drive

    • Written by from Liberty

    Works great with my iMac and MacBook Pro. No complaints. Have been using it for about 6 months now.

    7 of 9 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

    B.A.D. Do not buy..

    • Written by from Moses Lake

    I switched from a PC to Apple with a Mac mini, then realized I wanted to watch DVDs and I did not have a disc drive. So I bought the Super Drive external player and it worked OK for a few months but has now become unresponsive. Today I put a disc in to play and it did not respond and I was unable to eject the disc. Completely dead. Now Apple support says I have to get an exchange, at my expense, and I will lose the disc I put in it to play. Lovely. As usual this seems to happen just outside warranty coverage and we the customer is left holding the bag for an inferior product. I am shopping for a non Apple DVD player that has actual controls and external power. Do not buy this product !!!

    77 of 82 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable is very fragile. No hardware eject

    • Written by from Picton

    After about a year of very occasional use, my "superdrive" has given up the ghost. After checking with Apple Support, the cable has given out. It is very flimsy.

    I don't understand why the superdrive doesn't come with an eject button.

    It's clear that Steve Jobs didn't want people using CDs and DVDs.

    If you can avoid purchasing this product, do.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with Macbook Air

    • Written by from Belleville

    Got this for my new Macbook Air. It worked right out of the box and was fun to use. I recommend this for anyone wanting to use CD/DVD media with their Macbook Air.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well and Looks good, Not perfect though...

    • Written by from Bridgewater

    This drive will beat the typical Wallmart portable DVD drive, for the price it better be! I find that it reads and writes quickly, (I think there is an upgraded drive inside, kind of like a 7200rpm drive in an external hard drive )


    This drive does need an upgrade from apple... They need to make this drive comparable with blue ray disks, giving us the option to play any DVD or CD out there in the world. I have no idea why apple hasn't already done this! I work hard for my money and I expect uncompromising performance out of all apple products!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to the Mac Mini

    • Written by from Leominster

    I bought this drive because I needed to install some software that was on a DVD as well as burn some DVDs. It has worked flawlessly.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from South Burlington

    This drive work like a champ. Its small and light. There is nothing else left to say. Thanks Apple

    8 of 10 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


    • Written by from Reno

    It wasn't cheap and didn't last very long. It no longer reads any discs. Piece of junk. Don't buy!

    73 of 79 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Super Drive Bad

    • Written by from Ingelheim

    The drive is not recognized by the newest macbook retina pro. It doesn't eject the CD.
    The drive is heavy , has no extra functions and is unreliable. Period !

    99 of 108 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine.

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    I like the eject-less button feature. This device has a very clean design and looks perfect sitting next to my Macbook Air. I have no complaints. It does exactly what it is supposed to accomplish.

    11 of 14 people found this useful