• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Air - Worked Great

    • Written by from Duncan

    This worked perfect and I absolutely had no trouble with it. Great buy!!!!

    24 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A Poor Excuse

    • Written by from Oakland Park

    Unit comes nicely packaged and looks like it would be a quality Apple product. Alas upon close inspection the unit is flimsy and the cord is not at all designed for portability. After just over 3 months the unit bit the dust and won't even turn on.

    73 of 96 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice

    • Written by from Chardon

    Small, light, solidly built and works like a champ. My 2013 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display needed an optical drive, and this fits the bill perfectly! A good value as well!

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from TYLER

    This device gets such a bad rap, it works in a particular way and works well once you get a feel for it.

    It is just like the 8x Superdrive in the non-retnia MBP, which is why I purchased it for my MBPr. I had a few growing pains with this maybe the first 2-3 uses, BUT I got it down and I feel like it is a quality product to pair with my MBPr.

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with 2013 Mac Mini

    • Written by from Allen Park

    I bought this with my new Mac Mini since I still burn and use CD/DVDs. It's quick, quiet and fast. Not a bad value, actually. Nice metal enclosure to match my Mini.

    29 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    only plays some dvds

    • Written by from gravenhurst

    Not sure quite why but only some of my DVDs work with this drive. Plays software fine but when it comes to DVDs that is a new story. It is quite annoying as a student teacher who is trying to use educational material that i payed good money for and it doesn't work. Can't use my optical drive to play the material I want to use. My DVDs work on my old DVD player fine and in my PlayStation and also checked for scratches. So if you are using this to watch movies off of, don't bother because i fine only some of my movies work.

    55 of 66 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from Guelph

    This drive is fantastic fast quite reliable and cheap only problem I found is it wont play XBOX 360 games come on people this is a dvd drive not blu-ray it not hard to figure out how to use really easy and if you can't figure it out then sell all your apple products. way to go apple just another great product

    11 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So Far So Good

    • Written by from Pansey

    I've only used it a few times but so far it does what it is supposed to do. It's quiet and fast.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Most of These "Reviews" Have Problems

    • Written by from Swan River

    Excepting those who legitimately had a defective superdrive, many of the reviews here are very inaccurate, misinformed, and misleading to prospective customers. In my research as someone who was changing from a PC to the newest iMac, I found many of these reviews incredibly frustrating. The best review I read that had great advice and common sense was this one:

    (QUOTE) - The drive works perfectly as described.
    My response to others are as follows:

    1) It is a DVD drive, not a Blue Ray drive. No DVD players can play Blue Ray, though Blue Ray can play both. The reason that Apple does not have a Blue Ray option is due to rights ownership. Don't blame Apple, blame Sony.

    2) Ejecting a CD/DVD on a MAC is different than on a Windows box. Try clicking the eject button on your top bar in OSX, if it is not there, right click on the drive's icon on your desktop and then click on "Eject". Don't blame Apple for your lack of understanding on how to use their products.

    Be informed before giving a review that will mislead others. I plugged this in, ripped my cds like crazy (quiet AND fast!) and it's been fantastic. I have it sitting FLAT on the 'foot' of my iMac where it coordinates perfectly. I use the eject button on the top right of my Apple wireless keyboard, though you can also do it on screen.

    I have absolutely no complaints about this product, but I definitely do have complaints about some of the reviews. Accuracy is important when doing a review. Thank=you.

    1591 of 1661 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Working with no problems

    • Written by from Crowthorne

    I have Just purchased this drive for my very first iMac. Plugged it in, stuck in a blank dvd and stuck some pictures on it just to test it out. No software updating and the eject button on my keyboard worked as it should.
    Very happy camper and it looks nice stat on my desk too.

    60 of 65 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great accessory, wish it had Thunderbolt

    • Written by from Dallas

    Thunderbolt has been out since 2011, so why does this drive not do Thunderbolt, or USB 3? Also, it's high time that Apple made this thing work with more than just Macs without an optical drive. What's up with that? For all of the people who come here to bash this product, and complain about it not working, why don't you contact AppleCare instead of complaining? Bad reviews are fine, but don't you think you should get help before writing the bad review? Perhaps you just got a lemon, or maybe you're doing something wrong? I've used this drive a lot, and it has always performed well. I would rate it with 5 stars if it had more current I/O.

    26 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    "Super"?... How about a Regular that works?

    • Written by from Torrance

    After reading a number of 1- and 2-star reviews I was skeptical. I thought these people must be doing something wrong. I had just bought a new iMac (no DVD Drive anymore, folks) and decided to go against the grain and get a DVD drive after all (still, I wouldn't dare dreaming about a Blue Ray drive). So I went out and bought one. Little did I know I'd be writing a nice 1-star review in no time. The Super Hero was DOA from Santa Monica to Culver City or about 10 miles. I couldn't believe that under a labyrinth of ribbons and complicated shiny cellophane contraptions there lay a piece of dead junk at the bottom of its modernistic white coffin. Talk about pretentious! To make double sure my machines were in order I plugged it to both my iMac and my MBP. Da Supa Jive was neither seen by any of them nor would it accept a DVD. I should have known better. When Apple says, "No DVD," it means it. Even if you go ahead and buy one. Tomorrow back in the car, 10 miles in, ten miles out, like I got nothing better to do. Oh, well. I hope it tilts the star-rating balance by a notch.

    52 of 99 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.

    59 of 87 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Still cannot use superdrive

    • Written by from Groton

    Followed directions to update software but it still does not recognize the drive nor will it accept a disk.

    46 of 70 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Start-up detail

    • Written by from Emeryville

    My late-2012 iMac (my first Apple computer) showed no signs of recognizing a new device when I followed the 4 line-long instructions to plug the Super-Drive into the USB. I opened up Finder/Devices/Remote Disc. No information. But upon pushing a CD into the device, it awoke and listed the CD in Finder/Devices. No big deal, I am just used to Windows.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not robust

    • Written by from N. Huntingdon

    My SuperDrive was unreliable within weeks of opening and died within a year. It's beautiful and portable but it shouldn't be that disposable.

    50 of 56 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    to the owner of the 27" imac

    • Written by from Kokomo

    OK Run software update install al updates plug in the usb superdrive then it should work.

    16 of 24 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