• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken too soon

    • Written by from Woodstock

    I bought mine at the same time I bought my MAC, my 1st Apple products. Along with the already mentioned short cable, mine broke today (i.e. will no longer read disks of any kind). Even though it is nearly 2 years old, I have probably only used it about 10 times, so much for Apple quality.....my replacement will be from Amazon not this product.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works When It Fells Like it.

    • Written by from Bay Village

    I recently had to copy over 18 cds worth of info to my iMac and 1) it had trouble reading 3 of the cds and 2) several cds failed to eject unless we restarted. I took the offending cds to work and tried them in my HP desktop. The CDs were read flawlessly and I was apple to copy them to a jump drive without a problem so I could then copy them back to my iMac. I am very disappointed in this product. And from all the negative reviews I see here, I am not alone.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointed

    • Written by from London

    I never thought as a life long user of Apple products that I would write this about one of their products but I have to say it's the truth when it comes to the Superdrive. Apart from the short cable and the fact that it really would be much better if the Macbook Pro still had a built in CD/DVD drive, this CD/DVD player / burner actually has trouble reading 1 in 10 of my DVDs and wont burn certain brands of CD and DVD which makes it a bit useless in my opinion and rather annoyingly the inbuilt drive on my old Macbook Pro from about 10 years ago worked a dream, never had any problems with it – and I didn't have to pay an extra £65 for the privilege of having an annoying extra piece of kit to plug and unplug from the few and far between USB ports available on the Macbook. If I had to buy again, I would definitely look into other brands for this one.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Have owned for 3 years, no issues with my iMac 27

    • Written by from Kissimmee

    Works as advertised, have owned for 3 years. I've burned hundreds of CDs and DVDs and played many, many more. Usually, if there is an issue, it's with the application I'm using and not with the device itself.

    You won't find a more stable and solid external USB CD/DVD player/writer in this price range.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Eject

    • Written by from Lafayette

    I haven't tired to burn anything so I can't speak to that part. It plays fine when the disc is in there and recognized. However, it will fail to eject sometimes. I read someone on here who tried to get on a high horse and pretend that people just didn't know what they were doing. They don't know what they are talking about. I have dragged the disc to the eject icon and the disc simply disappears and doesn't eject. Command-E only works if you have a disc to click on, but it disappears on you. The only thing that works is to unplug it, plug it back in, then try ejecting again. If Apple didn't always try to be so hip and cutting edge then there would have been a physical eject button. There's a reason there has always been a little paper clip hole because even the hardware can fail, and Apple's software frequently fails as anyone with an iOS device can attest to.

    Just be prepared that if you buy it, you will most likely have eject issues.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Was fine until it ate my CD

    • Written by from Longmont

    Wondered about all the negative reviews since it was working fine until I accidentally hit the eject button on my keyboard and the CD would not come out - and this is a very valuable CD listing my customer base. Now it's stuck in there and will not come out. Please do not buy this product if you intend to use it with something important!

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I can't believe Apple has let us down like this

    • Written by from Polson

    This player worked about six times, and then refused to spit out the dvd in it. Its icon disappeared from the desktop, who apparently forgot they had even met. I feel betrayed by Apple for producing such a piece of junk and $79 is a lot to start with when I wasn't even able to use it on my MacBook Pro.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It certainly isn't the best...

    • Written by from Saratoga

    It certainly isn't the best... but it gets the job done. I was really hesitant to buy this at first because of the reviews but I really needed a cd drive because the newest macs don't have them anymore. I love cds. I have been using this for hundreds of cds to download them to my itunes and it still works beautifully. The only reason why i dont give it 5 stars is because the cord is WAY too short and theres no way to change that. Also i have had some issues with 2 cds where it would not eject so i have force eject it (command E) but then it would work.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully engineered

    • Written by from London

    Simple plug & play can n't ask for more.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed after just a few burns

    • Written by from Astoria

    Have had this for least than a year and have only burned less than 10 cd's with this. Up until now it was fine, but the last 3 cdr's I burned were 'finished' in less than 16 seconds. Corrupted and would not play. Had to trash them. Just to check, I burned the same brand of cdr's in my trusty 2011 Macbook Pro and have no problems. This could be because I just updated to Yosemite on the Mac Mini, don't really know but cannot find any help on the web for this.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apart from the operating speed, perfect.

    • Written by from Faringdon

    It performs slower than a built-in Superdrive, but it definitely delivers. It looks great next to my 2015 Macbook Pro 13" and it is by far the best optical drive that will read and write both CD's and DVD's. I expected the integration to be flawless as Apple products tend to be, and I was not disappointed. One question I had about it that no-one seemed to answer was 'Will it work when tilted?'. The answer is yes. I tilted the Superdrive up to 90 degrees in all directions and it still worked perfectly without damaging the disc inside. I recommend it to any Apple product user looking for a optical drive.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Never buy this

    • Written by from Cantley

    It broke after a few uses for me too.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't last

    • Written by from LA

    My third one in 27 months just quit working correctly. It immediately spits the DVDs out. Even the ones I had previously burned, however it will still read and burn CDs. These things just don't last. The first two superdrives developed an issue where they would fail on burning any DVD, though it would burn and read CDs just fine. Evidently these things are not meant to last. Probably why they can only be used on certain Macs. I only use DVDs to back up my photos, It's not like I watch movies with it so my use is pretty light. I generally burn 2 or 3 per month. These things look cool but that is about all they have going for them. I will not be buying another one.

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Disc stuck in!

    • Written by from Sketty

    Would not eject. had a terrible time trying to get disc out. why no eject button on drive?

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 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 --

    16 of 24 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.

    16 of 32 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.

    5 of 7 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.


    25 of 30 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.

    37 of 45 people found this useful