• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Bit Of Kit

    Received my Super Drive today for my new Macbook Air and I must say I was a bit weary with some previous reviews but I can happily say that this model is a real gem!

    It's very quiet and very robust and reliable! Cannot wait to watch DVDs and rip my CDs to iTunes with this :D

    All in all a great product! Just literally plug it into the USB port and stick in any DVD, CD-ROM or CD with no hassle of installing anything. Perfect!

    6 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't accept a dvd with a label

    Pretty much a piece of doo-doo that has a slot that is either too small or the feeder is too dumb to pull in a dvd with a paper label. In their design-is-everything mindset, the geniuses at Apple appear to be once again oblivious to the real world.

    61 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesnt Work

    Paid top price- product is slow, when I could actually get it to work....its spends most of the time just spitting out cd/dvds that I have just put into it.....I cant copy any onto it - even if i can get the cd/dvd into the unit-- it always errors....

    The unit is terrible.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Piece of Kit!

    Does just what it says quickly and efficiently. Straight out of the box, plug in and use. Works on Mac Book Air and iMac with no bother. Highly recommend!

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Barely functions as advertised

    Wow, what a disappointment..
    5.61 GB takes over an hour to transfer from a DVDr.
    Not acceptable, I have an up to date mac pro retina running 10.8.4

    55 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems with CD's

    While the SuperDrive is adequate for copying files or installed a rare CD-based application, it is OK. However, as a method for uploading CD's to i-Tunes, it is poor. It does not have the speed, causing it to get "caught" on a track, spinning for extended periods of time and ultimately scratching the CD. This has happened to me twice in the past week, with 2 brand new, in shrink-wrap CD's. It did not upload all the tracks before "eating" the CD and creating permanent scratches that are deep enough to destroy the CD.

    59 of 68 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    it's ok

    At first we plugged it in and put a disc in it but it didn't show on the computer and we couldn't even here the disc moving after a while. We couldn't eject it, but by some miracle it finally started working after a dozen tries.

    15 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Stuff!

    I bought this for my Air because I am going to need it going off to college, and it is so fast! I think Apple was very smart when they removed the internal CD drives, and started selling these! Good job once again, Apple!

    12 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    This is a good product for what it does (play dvds, install cd-roms, etc), but I really wish it supported Blu-Ray play, which it doesn't. In fact, I can't find anything on the market that reads blu-rays for a mac. When will this change?! My only other complaint is that the usb cord is very short and makes it difficult to store it in the airline seat pocket for dvd play on an airplane. Anyway, it does what it advertises it does, so I can't complain too much. Good addition to my macbook air.

    11 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New. Used twice WILL NOT WORK!

    Two things.....
    This is a simple machine to use, and after two uses, it WILL NOT LOAD a CD.
    I have loaded two software discs ... and this will not load another. There is not a DVD/CD in this device. Just in case, I have chosen EJECT, and nothing happens, and it will not accept my software CD.

    Ridiculous. This is supposed to be the superior product !

    47 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Apple Product

    This is an excellent cd drive. I have used it to rip multiple CDs and DVDs that I own to my MacBook Pro Retina. It was worked flawlessly and quickly. A great product in my opinion.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    It doesn't work! Tried following instruction booklet and several hours of searching for why it refuses to play the DVD's that work on a PC. This unit must be defective so I'm returning it tomorrow. My new Retina McBook Pro seems to be incompatible with this Apple USB SuperDrive...too much effort in vain! (I knew I should have insisted on the sales person helping at the store but she said it's a simple "plug and play"! Sorry...it doesn't play!!!

    46 of 52 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A Bit Limited

    I like it, but I think it could be a little bit slimmer.
    Also, there is no apple logo on the top, so i just put an apple sticker on it. I would like it to have a logo on the top

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    ..... Took the plunge and got my gorgeous iMac Desktop. This drive just does what it says; I've had no issues with it at all. Personally I think it's an essential piece of equipment to finish off your system.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    this is not good or at least the one you sold me was

    The drive you sold me would not eject any DVD i put into it I am not a very happy camper at the moment

    59 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I bought this specifically to read information provided on DVD-RW media, but the product does not work.

    The same disc reads on the MacBook Pro (with built in drive) but is not recognised when inserted into a Superdrive connected to the new iMac or MacBook Pro Retina.

    All credit to the Genius Bar team at Apple Brighton for trying various drives and machine combinations before eventually giving up refunding the purchase price.

    Subsequent to visiting the Genius Bar, I bought a competitors ultra-slim slot-in external drive from Amazon. The replacement is smaller, lighter and quieter than Apple's USB SuperDrive and when plugged into the same MacBook Pro 13" Retina it immediately recognised the DVD-RW media that the SuperDrive wouldn't read.

    The replacement drive also works on older Apple products with CD/DVD drives, products specifically noted as not supported in the SuperDrive's technical description.

    Yes, the case is plastic, rather than aluminium, but as the drive works and is roughly 1/3 of the price of Apple's disappointing product I'm prepared to accept function over tactile feel.

    215 of 233 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    arghhhhhh - attached cable

    I love to sit with my laptop on my lap beside an end table and put my feet up. That's pretty much not possible to do and use this device because the attached cable is so short. I generally don't buy devices that have attached cables because ultimately the weak point is the point of attachment of the device to the cable. As soon as that wears out, you are in trouble. I'd much much rather have an outlet there, so that you can choose alternate cables, or at least replace a cable if you have a problem.

    A 3 foot cable would much better suit my needs, so I find that this is a huge deficiency in this product.

    32 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but lacks blue ray

    Can't understand why apple won't make a drive like this in the Blue Ray format, its small, compact and does the job it suppose to do.
    And with the Retina Display of the Latest Macbook Pros, A Blue Ray version would be the perfect way to show off that Beautiful Screen.
    Honestly, the Blue Ray drive could still be as portable Could still be USB 3 or Thunderbolt compactable via the macbook plugged in to a power outlet.
    Anyway the drive is a good product, does the job, just wish it was blue ray

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited use

    Works fine on MBA and windows 7 computers
    My MBP and iMac don't even see it

    I wanted to eject a disc that I had forgot to eject before shutting down MBA & loaded in my truck
    Connected it to a MBP and nothing
    Connected it to customers win7 machine and ejected disc from there

    Tried it on my iMac later - nothing

    Mighty odd...

    25 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Shouldn't Be Paying So Much For This

    This machine does what it's supposed to do. I haven't run into any problems with it and it works really fast and dependable.

    What I don't understand however is why Apple would take this out as part of the deal with buying a Mac Pro. CDs are still a very important part of in society, and to take something out that was previously part of a computer is silly. $80 is exspensive when you're already buying a new computer. Plus it doesn't offer Blue Ray. I absolutely had to buy it allow me to install my educational disk of CS6. Apple does not help its customers in saving money and tries to nickel and dime every little thing now. Also, the chord needs to be longer, or at least be blue tooth or something so it is not always in my way.

    30 of 42 people found this useful