• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited Use

    • Written by from Aberystwyth

    I recently purchased an iMac 21.5 together with the external Apple SuperDrive optical drive, as optical drives are no longer included in the iMac. It is disappointing however that this external SuperDrive does not permit multisession recording on a CD-R through Disk Utility. Although the check box for appending a recording to disk is displayed in the drop-down menu in Disk Utility, it is not selectable. I obtained two sets of instructions from the Web for creating a Burn Folder to burn data using Disk Utility and in both cases was instructed to select the ‘Append’ check box. I therefore assume that this works only with internal drives in the iMac. Single session recording is easy, but this closes any further use of the CD. Whilst I can create multisession CD-R’s easily with my PC Laptop using the Nero Express Disc Burning software that came with Windows 7, it is frustrating that Apple cannot satisfy this rather simple function.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord Too Short-Can't Watch movies while in Bed or couch

    • Written by from Lansing

    The Machine Works and does what it is supposed to do if you are using the computer on a desk. But, let's face it. Most people with laptops bought them so they don't have to use them at a desk...they wanted them mobile. For how the machines works, I would give it 5 stars...

    However, for my purposes, I was disappointed with apple for making a separate dvd drives from the computers (only older model macs have internal dvd drives now) , it because I bought the superdrive so that I could connect it to my laptop, curl up in bed, and watch DVD movies at night on my computer.

    ----Problems With Machine-----
    (1) USB Cord Slots in on Side----Because the placement of the USB ports on the laptops are only on the sides of the machines (instead of on the back) and the SuperDrive only uses a USB port, this means that when you are watching a DVD in bed, you can't change positions. If you are laying on one side of your body watching a movie, the wire sticks out of the USB port, so you can't lie the computer on its side. For short TV shows its not a big deal but for long movies, you body often switches sides and moves around...if you unplug you drive and switch usb ports sides every 15 mins as you switch laying on each side of your body, it is time consuming and causes disruptions in your movie

    (2) The USB Cord is too short----The USB Cord is way to short. If you are in bed watching a movie, sleeping on your side in bed, the USB cord on the SuperDrive does not have enough slack to put the drive where you want on the bed so that it does not keep pulling the cord. Also, if you are sitting on a couch, or airplane, there is not enough slack to put the dvd drive down next to you.


    Overall----I really love my mac for a million reasons, but can't stand not having an internal hard drive when I watch a movie before bed since i am a side sleeper. The external drive is a pain to watch DVDs on if you are not sitting at a desk --

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    usb super drive

    • Written by from Manotick

    The usb super drive for me works great. For the people that don't know how to use it need to figure it out, its not that hard. And if your DVD gets stuck in it then go to the Apple Store and they take it out and if you want a refund I'm pretty sure that they will give you one. Over all This super drive works really well.

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly slow, unreliable and can not read data very well

    • Written by from Portsmouth

    This is an incredibly slow product. I am waiting 50 mins to copy 4GB of data that other drives can copy in 10 mins. This drive also does not read optical media very well and dvd's that my player can read and Windows machines can read can not be read by this device.

    The data pass through rate seems to be very slow and because there in no eject button you have to go through many setting menus to try to convince the drive to eject because it just does the heck it wants.

    If you want to make you life harder and your day slower, buy one of these. There is not much super about the SuperDrive.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Most Simplest Plug and Play Device

    • Written by from Toronto

    After reading the mixed reviews, I still decided to purchase this for my business needs. Can I tell you how awesome this is!? Plug it in, imac reads it instantly, and accepts installation cd's on a dime. To eject, just drop the CD icon in the trash. Bang!!! I was a PC user before and no doubt it would have taken longer to install such things (would have first detected new device and then would have wanted to install it). I am happy with the device in short! Get it, it wont play blue ray and scratch CDs from reading negative comments but thats like any dvd player. I look forward to burning my back up client photographs and such with this. I also love the slim design and yeah, the cord (USB) maybe a bit short but still reaches my imac ports at the back with the superdrive sitting on my desk.

    Enjoy!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with a USB hub

    • Written by from Newton

    Buyer beware. The worst aspect of this drive is that it will not work at all (is not recognized by the computer) if plugged into a powered USB2 or USB3 hub with high power ports (we also have a Thunderbolt hub with USB ports and it does not work in those either).

    It only works if plugged directly into the computer USB ports (we have a 2014 Mac mini), but then this permanently takes up one of these precious I/O channels. If Apple is going to eliminate optical drives from all of its computers, then we think it needs to have a viable external alternative. This is not that alternative.

    Ideally, the Apple USB superdrive would support USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt and could be mounted on a USB3 or Thunderbolt hub. It should also read & write Bluray disks.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No Complaints after 2 years of use

    • Written by from Strathpine

    Your Mac that does not have a built in SuperDrive is the reason for this unit.

    I've had no issues with this. My only problems is that it is not made with uni-body design and there is the issue that you can't use this with a extension (USB) cable.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of junk

    • Written by from San Jose

    I have been a devoted Apple user since 1984. Much to my great disappointment I must report this CD/DVD drive is a piece of junk. It successfully reads 1 out of 2 music CDs at best. I am now using the built-in drive of my 3 year old MacBook Pro instead, which reads all my music CDs 100%, including all the ones this drive fails to read. Returning this piece of junk to the Apple store.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    has to a better way

    • Written by from Gustavus

    Broke after not much use. I do not recommend.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Superdrive

    • Written by from Sydney

    Thought I'd spend more money ($120) & get an official apple external disk drive for my laptop & desktop Mac computers, as they annoyingly no longer come with disk drives. For some reason the disk I put in can not be read now by any computer, meaning that this drive is now pointless & I have to go all the way in to apple to fix this which should never have happened in the first place. Choosing to spend the extra money I just expected a product that actually worked, extremely disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it, but...

    • Written by from Canton

    I love the SuperDrive, it does everything you would expect it to, but the thing that i really don't like is that it doesn't play Blu-Ray and that's one thing i really would like it to be able to do...

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead upon first use.

    • Written by from Honolulu

    Opened up new drive, and it doesn't work. Won't recognize any media once it is inserted, then it gets stuck in the drive and won't come out.
    Apple should be embarrassed to sell such a bad product like this.

    26 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    • Written by from Birmingham

    I don't really understand all the negative reviews for this product - they prevented me from buying the SuperDrive for quite a while. Finally, I purchased it to use with my MacBook Air, as it has no internal CD drive. It's worked great for me - and I've been using it almost non-stop since I bought it! I would definitely recommend this - it's working well and the burn speed is much faster than any other external CD drive I've ever used.

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Performs well and looks great.

    • Written by from West Kelowna

    Althought a little pricy, I did mind spending a little extra for the look and reliability. It fits my iMac perfectly and gets the job done. Great product!

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple USB Superdrive is a piece of junk

    • Written by from Goring

    Apple should stop making this - unreliable and seriously overpriced for what it is. Unrepresentative and damaging to the Apple brand. I regret buying it.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Superdrive Tryout

    • Written by from Elizabeth City

    I don't understand all the negative ratings of this product. I tried it out tonight with a movie DVD, and a CD from work. It's pretty simple for me, just look around your screen and find what you need. It plays well, ejects well, piece of cake. I'm not an IT guy, and I'm 61. I do have mine plugged into a new MacBook Air. If you have it plugged into some garbage MS machine, well that's maybe your problem. BTW, this Apple stuff just works. That's all I want.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    Not sure about all the negative reviews. I bought this recently when I switched to a newer MacBook Pro without a CD drive. I use it primarily for downloading audio CDs but have also used it for burning audio and video. No issues at all with the performance of the drive. Gave it 4 stars as I think it is far to pricey for the functionality.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    • Written by from SEBASTOPOL

    Love the simplicity of this product. Works perfectly, very fast, simple to use with clean lines and uncomplicated design. Have recommended this SuperDrive to two other people who have also been impressed.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT LITTLE DRIVE!!

    • Written by from CLAYTON

    THIS DRIVE IS A NICE ADDITION TO YOUR MAC SETUP AND PERFORMS GREAT!!!

    3 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Elegant but very limited usability, particularly for the new MacBook

    • Written by from West Boylston

    Be aware that this drive only works with certain Mac models and ONLY if plugged either directly into the Mac or into an Apple connector. It does not work through a USB hub, even a powered hub. This issue is a particular problem for the new MacBook with its single USB-C port. The SuperDrive works fine when connected to the Apple USB-C to USB adaptor. But then you cannot connect any other USB device!! I rip a lot of CDs to my iTunes library, which for space reasons is on an external USB hard drive, so I have to juggle iTunes libraries to do a simple operation.

    I guess the problem may be solved when Apple eventually releases the USB-C multi-port adaptor . . . let's see: plug the SuperDrive into the USB port on the multi-port adaptor; plug the USB-C to USB adaptor to the USB-C port on the multi-port adaptor, then plug the USB hard drive into the USB-C to USB adaptor (or maybe through a USB hub, if you want to also connect a mouse!)

    Yeah, Apple, that's an elegant solution!! But the drive does look beautiful . . .

    39 of 45 people found this useful