• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of junk

    • Written by from 大津市

    I used the optical drive to install VMWare, Windows and Office when I first bought my Retina machine. Had to REINSTALL the same software and that's when my drive buggered. Wouldn't accept any CD/DVD media. I try to insert the media, but the drive does not pull it in. Total piece of junk.

    108 of 146 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $20 per disc load...

    • Written by from New York

    I bought the USB Superdrive with my MBA in 2011. I used it to install four different software programs. When I went to use it a week ago, it wouldn't accept any discs - the drive mechanism was failing. So for $80, I was able to load FOUR discs. I took it to the Apple Store and they offered to give me a refurb for $60+. This drive is a piece of junk, but since you have a machine w/o a drive, you have no choice. Good luck with this purchase.

    372 of 472 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacAir perspective

    • Written by from Falmouth

    I have a Mac Air and this burner is absolutely perfect for the Air. I bought the air for size, weight travel advantages and knowing that if needed I have the burn capability with me without the size, weight, etc... makes it a great 1-2 punch. The attached cable is so simple. For me it was the deal breaker in terms of being able to justify the total package of the MacAir.

    65 of 72 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Air Superdrive

    • Written by from Kuala Lumpur

    This device has several limitations, such as when i need to burn a long length of movie, the video couldn't completely capture and display in the DVD player. I''d used it for less than 50 times, and now it become faulty. Its the most incredible part.

    333 of 420 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    superDrive connection/ read

    • Written by from Delta

    with all the product enhancements in the computers and the need for speed.The lack of the usb 3.0 interface. Plus the overdue addition of read/write of BlueRay Discs

    285 of 392 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by from montreal

    I used it once and now it won't eject my cd. This is absolutely not a reliable product !

    361 of 521 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Misled - no blueray shame of Apple salesperson

    • Written by from Litchfield Park

    When buying my USB Superdrive at the apple store, I was told it does DIVs and CDs. I said I wanted to watch movies - who does own a mixture of regular and blueray DVDs.
    Silly me - I forgot to specifically ask about blueray. Who in this day sells a drive for over $80 (with taxes) without blueray. I should have purchased the other brand at BEST BUY, but I wanted to support my local Apple store.

    The sales person shoulld have told me, they claim to be the experts. He made a point of stressing I could not return it, it was only covered under warrenty. He lost my business, I will now shop at BEST BUY or the store in the mall.

    102 of 220 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Blu-Ray

    • Written by from Brampton

    It's convenient and necessary seeing that most macs are loosing optical drives but it's about time apple adds blu-ray support.

    155 of 210 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Drive is dependent on disk?

    • Written by from Mississauga

    Yesterday I rated the drive 1 star. I put in an HP DVD-R 16x with LightScribe disk and it refused to recognize the disk at all. Total fail. I tried several known virgin disks.

    Today I bought some Memorex DVD+R 16x disks and popped one in and it worked perfectly first time. Not the fastest drive in the world (limited to 8x on my system) but like all Apple stuff, it just worked, no fiddling with man pages!

    Wonder if it is the minus R that is the problem, or the Lightscribe, or something else?

    However, if you have a DOA drive as mine was, I suggest putting in a new, vanilla +R disk.

    69 of 78 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very usefull.

    • Written by from miami

    This is a very usefull product, especially for people who have a mac book air without a disc incertion. :)

    63 of 76 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad idea with the cable

    • Written by from Modesto

    It works good but what a bad idea with this cable sticking from the back of the unit.If you want to carry this unit be prepared that the cable will break .I already replaced one under warranty and after 2 months another broke down.

    98 of 104 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!!!

    • Written by from TwentyNine Palms

    Even after reading some of the reviews, I bought the superdrive, plugged it in and found it works perfect on my 15' Mac Book Pro Retina Display. I find the cord a perfect length and have had no issues with any disk ejecting, this is a great product that is fast, simple to use, and works as advertised.

    82 of 97 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stuck after 20 uses

    • Written by from Petoskey

    My "superdrive" has eaten a music CD. It won't read and won't eject. I expected a lot more from an apple product!

    202 of 237 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's great!

    • Written by from Highland Park

    I brought the SuperDrive for my Mac mini 2011 model. It works just great.

    51 of 57 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The SuperDrive has been a work horse

    • Written by from Ottumwa

    I purchased my SuperDrive at an Apple Store shortly after I received my 15" MacBook Pro with retina display. All of my music was on a 6 year old MacBook and Apple wanted me to leave both of my laptops at their store for 24-48 hours to get the music transferred. I didn't really want to be without my machines. I had a little time on my hands (I am retired) so I decided to load all of my music CD by CD. The SuperDrive performed nearly flawlessly. It took a couple of days but I got it done! I synced all of the remaining music from my iPhone. I did have some disc ejection issues, but it was always a slightly warped disc. When I loaded Office 11 it took me a while to locate the eject command in Office, otherwise the disc would still be in the drive. It would be nice to have an eject button on the SuperDrive.

    66 of 70 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money.

    • Written by from Soldotna

    I am a new Apple computer user, and I purchased a MacBook Air. I watch a lot of movies on my computer, and to play them, I purchased The USB Superdrive because I am a strong supporter of Apple products. This product did not live up to Apple quality. For movies, this device is extremely difficult to use. If the movie has a scratch on it, the entire computer will freeze and their is no easy way to eject the CD from the drive. Without a external eject button, it is hard to safely remove the disk. For the price, it's not worth the hassle.

    241 of 279 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Deceptive Product description

    • Written by from Nelson

    The drive itself works fine, IF you have the correct computer. I purchased it for use with my Mac mini--which it claims to support. However, it only supports the NEWEST mac mini, the one with no internal optical drive. I spent 30 minutes online with an Apple support tech who tried hard to get my older Mac mini (which reads DVDs but can't write them) to work with the drive, which it recognized but would not use. Apparently no one told support about the new superdrive firmware that disables it when it detects ANY optical drive in a Mac mini.
    So if you're buying a NEW Mac mini, go ahead with this device. But DO NOT BELIEVE THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION THAT SAYS IT WORKS WITH "THE MAC MINI"--it only works with SOME (i.e. new, optical-diskless) Mac minis.
    I've sometimes been upset at Apple design decisions (remember the Apple ///? The Macintosh Portable?) but this is the first time I've been burned by DECEPTIVE product descriptions.

    268 of 308 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't last long

    • Written by from Walla Walla

    I only played about 30 DVDs on this before it died. Set aside about $3/DVD for its replacement.

    Since durability is the most important factor, two stars is all I can justify despite its typical Apple awesome appearance and minimalist design.

    302 of 348 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cutting Edge Design & Usability

    • Written by from St Petersburg

    Just bought a Mac Mini a few weeks ago and knew I would need the companion superdrive to compliment the rest of my set up, it worked flawlessly when i plugged it in and has been working flawlessly ever since. i wish the cord was a little longer but it was never a deal breaker for me. I have it set up with my Mac Mini, Apple TV, a set of Bose speakers and my 32' HDTV, wireless keyboard & magic mouse.

    Why people are having so many negative issues I can't understand, but for me......it's a
    'Winner'!

    65 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought along with Macbook retina

    • Written by from San Francisco

    do not buy this product.
    it doesn't reliably reject discs,
    no strategy consistently works to solve it.
    sometimes it rejects the disc upon shutdown, but usually not
    you can't tell whether there's a disc in there or not
    sometimes a disc will show up by disc name as if it were a drive
    sometimes the superdrive will show up as a device, even if there's a disc
    either way it shows up, if it does at all, sometime the disc can't be ejected
    it doesn't work with a hub
    the cord is too short
    it drains the battery very fast, even if its not being used
    Technical term for this device is TPoS. Do not buy.

    144 of 161 people found this useful