Apple USB SuperDrive

  • Overview

    The sleek, compact USB SuperDrive.

    Everything you need in an optical drive.

    Whether you’re at the office or on the road, you can play and burn both CDs and DVDs with the Apple USB SuperDrive. It’s perfect when you want to watch a DVD, install software, create backup discs and more.

    Take it anywhere.

    Only slightly bigger than a CD case, the Apple USB SuperDrive slips easily into your travel bag when you hit the road, and takes up little space on your desk or tray table when you’re working.

    The essence of simplicity.

    You’ll never have to worry about lost cables with the Apple USB SuperDrive. It connects to your MacBook Pro with Retina display, MacBook Air, iMac or Mac mini with a single USB cable that’s built into the SuperDrive. There’s no separate power adaptor, and it works whether your Mac is plugged in or running on battery power.

    What’s in the Box

    Apple USB SuperDrive with attached USB cable

    User's Guide

    Tech Specs

      Dimensions

    • Height: 17mm / 0.67 in.
    • Width: 139mm / 5.47 in.
    • Depth: 139mm / 5.47 in.
    • Weight: 335 g / 0.74 lb.

    System Requirements

    Compatible with the following computers:

    MacBook Pro with Retina display

    MacBook Air

    iMac (late 2012) and later

    Mac mini (late 2009) and later

    Mac Pro (late 2013)

  • 3.5 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Essential and flawless!

      I purchased this 2012 updated Super Drive directly from Apple at the same time I ordered my MacBook Air (due to it not having a built-in disc drive). It look I purchased this 2012 updated Super Drive directly from Apple at the same time I ordered my MacBook Air (due to it not having a built-in disc drive). It looks similar to the previously released Super Drive. However Apple claims that this updated model supports the new Retina Display MacBook, as well as providing support for other macs that do not come equipped with a built-in drive. It is well constructed and from the moment you open the box, you know you are in for a high quality item. The drives footprint is no larger than a standard CD case; I have taken mine in my bag to work and had no problems with added bulk or weight. It connects to the mac via USB and there is no additional software to install. It has not failed to recognise any DVD or CD that I have inserted. With a slot loading mechanism, there are no buttons on the drive and no hatches to lift. Simply insert the disc by sliding it in the slot and remove via the on screen eject button. I feel obliged to add that the cable from the Super Drive is fairly short (~12 inches). This may be a pro or con, depending on your needs, but the cable can be extended using a usb extension. Conclusively, the Super Drive is a premium product that works well out of the box, and presents with no issues. What you are getting is a device that compliments the aesthetics of your mac and functions efficiently. 5/5

      • Written by Andy K from Chigwell

      1264 of 1374 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Essential and flawless!

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Great but..!

      Simple and straightforward, this drive does what it says on the tin. One caveat however, is that the usb lead used to connect the drive is ridiculously short wh Simple and straightforward, this drive does what it says on the tin. One caveat however, is that the usb lead used to connect the drive is ridiculously short which sometimes makes it inconvenient to use. You would think for the price charged Apple would supply an extension to the lead in case it was needed.

      • Written by Beresford d from West Bromwich

      937 of 1065 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great but..!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      very good

      I got it after a mouth i got my MacBook Pro with retina because i need some thing that i can play my DVD with so got it and it very useful and easy to use! Hig I got it after a mouth i got my MacBook Pro with retina because i need some thing that i can play my DVD with so got it and it very useful and easy to use! Highly recommend for those has the new MacBook Pro with retina or Air

      • Written by Qi R from portland

      579 of 696 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?very good

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Unfortunately the star system doesn't go low enough for this rubbish drive

      I bought the superdrive for my macbook pro retina, it reads ok but it will not work in iTunes burning discs. I had to use a ten year old external drive which wo I bought the superdrive for my macbook pro retina, it reads ok but it will not work in iTunes burning discs. I had to use a ten year old external drive which worked perfectly fine. I'm looking forward to hearing what the tech guys say when i take it back.

      • Written by Andrae S from Southampton

      17 of 20 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Unfortunately the star system doesn't go low enough for this rubbish drive

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Reliable and efficient

      I have just finished putting all my audio cd's onto my iMac using this drive. It was a mammoth task the drive has had the best part of a 1000 cd's put through i I have just finished putting all my audio cd's onto my iMac using this drive. It was a mammoth task the drive has had the best part of a 1000 cd's put through it with no jamming or issues with the drive and only 1 crash from iTunes. I have read the reviews and people have said it is slow and can jam but after processing that volume of CDs in a space of a week I can only compliment it on its efficiency and its value.

      • Written by Adam M from Brighton

      18 of 18 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Reliable and efficient

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      We love our Superdrive!

      It's so small and it just works - so we love ours. We knew a superdrive was being excluded from all new iMacs so spent just a little more on one of these and i It's so small and it just works - so we love ours. We knew a superdrive was being excluded from all new iMacs so spent just a little more on one of these and it's been great! It reads discs that we knew to be unreadable by other drives. How about that! It's good and tiny and useful and is part of our Mac. Plus if it goes wrong (which it never has and we've used and used it for quite a while now), we know we can just unplug it, recycle it and plug in a new one at a very reasonable cost. Thank you Apple - this has been a good product for us. Seriously good value.

      • Written by James S from Bristol

      13 of 15 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?We love our Superdrive!

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