• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Tribute to simplicity

    Just finished re ripping my classical and jazz cd collection to new MacBook pro well over a hundred cd's. Flawless performance just proves simplicity is best. No drivers no hassles just plugged into usb port and was ready to go.
    IMO this is a great little cd player.

    31 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Std USB

    Nice product, looking good and works nicely. It is a bit deceptive that this writer comes with std USB instead of a USB3 connexion. I had to add this drive to my new iMac and since I have USB3 connexions, I thought that Apple could have come at least with this type of connexion for the drive.

    25 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple usb Superdrive

    Bought this drive to go along with the Mac Mini and I have to say it works perfectly! i was a bit skeptical at first when reading through some of the other reviews but after going forward with the purchase it was definitely a great buy! Solid, very compact, and easy setup! (just connect and your done) I have tested this with CD and DVD discs which it played both perfectly! Would definitely recommend this for any MAC without a built-in optical disc drive!

    40 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very impressed

    super fast, equivalent speeds to the rest at the store, not disappointed at all. small easy to store, and looks great! very quiet as well

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Painfully slow

    This is the slowest DVD drive I've experienced in ten years. When installing software from DVD, it takes between 2-3 hours per DVD, regardless of the software I'm installing. I'm now looking at a 10 DVD software install which will likely take over 24 hours. Overpriced, extremely underpowered, and very disappointing.

    60 of 99 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what you ask of it

    It just works and looks good doing it.

    37 of 66 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ok but sometimes it wont eject

    Worked fine for a few weeks and then it decided it wouldn't eject, seems like the disk is catching on the inside of the housing, works if you give it a jiggle, not ideal though. Trying to decided if I need to get a replacement or if its something I can live with. CD drives aren't Apples strong point any more it would seem.

    79 of 101 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    I find this drive to be quite slow at importing any CD's into iTunes on my MacBook Pro Retina. Import times average around x6. My 7 year old PC can import the same CD at around 25x?
    I've not tried with any other CD drives on my Mac so maybe I'm wrong to blame the drive. I'll not dock any stars for this reason, but it's still worth a mention.

    The build quality is excellent, as I'd expect for the price. It loses stars simply because of the short USB cable that cannot be detached, I'd expect a bit more at this level.

    45 of 62 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best match for the late 2012 iMac

    After first installing (plugging in the USB) it din't do anything and would not accept a CD. So I unplugged and reinserted again - this time it took and I heard the little drive come to life. Make sure the USB is firmly inserted.

    Thereafter I burned my first CD. Opened up iTunes, created a New Playlist, selected Burn to Disc and then printed a jewel case that's pretty cool without having to do anything other than select Print/To Jewel Case or something like that.

    Just insert a CD and iTunes opens and asks if you want to add to the Library. What could be easier?

    The product is aluminum on it's upper side and plastic underneath. It has a large round non-skid pad that works perfect on the foot of the iMac. You push the CD in almost all the way and then it inserts it super fast automatically. Eject using several different ways from the screen.

    Meets all of my needs.

    67 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problematic Right Out of the Box

    I bought my external SuperDrive last week and cracked it open today to rip audiobook CDs into my iTunes library. Much to my great aggravation, this "Super"drive couldn't rip CDs until each disc was re-inserted multiple times and/or I repeatedly plugged/unplugged the USB connection on the drive. Through most of my adult life I've been such a huge proponent of Apple products and have owned multiple computers/iMacs/MacBooks over the years (along with multiple variants of iPods, iPhones, Time Capsules, etc). So for an Apple product to not work properly out of the box is both surprising and, based on my prior history with their products, entirely disappointing. This review is based on the drive I currently have on hand. I will return this POS tomorrow and see what happens. If so, I will write a new review. But for now, if I could give this thing a zero stars I would.

    113 of 147 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Air - Worked Great

    This worked perfect and I absolutely had no trouble with it. Great buy!!!!

    26 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    only reads discs - can't burn discs with the new MacbookPro R

    This Superdrive looks great, is lightweight, opens & reads discs, but if you're on Mountain Lion OS X, the burner probably won't work at all!
    I can't burn any CD's or DVD's to my new Macbook Pro Retina with this. Unbelievable!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A Poor Excuse

    Unit comes nicely packaged and looks like it would be a quality Apple product. Alas upon close inspection the unit is flimsy and the cord is not at all designed for portability. After just over 3 months the unit bit the dust and won't even turn on.

    76 of 100 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great drive for DVD/CDs, but NO BLU-RAY!

    I love the simplicity and ease-of-use of the Super Drive, but since most of my DVD collection is Blu-Ray, it's useless for that. Unless I've missed something in its write-up here (or the fact it rejects my Blu-Ray DVDs as a "fact"), then this is a let-down for my use.

    Other than that, it's great!

    PS I'll give 5 stars if when it's produced with Blu-Ray support.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only works for DVDs and CDs

    I was disappointed the drive wasn't capable of bluray technology. I'm a long time pc user, my last pc had bluray 5 years ago, this is my first Mac. That's why I gave it 4 stars. Other than that, it works good and the size is great, and nice looking!

    49 of 75 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but not used

    This is a fantastic little drive. I have had this drive for about 4 months with my new retina macbook pro, it did the job when I used it, thats the thing, apple is right taking out the optical drives in there computers, I NEVER USE IT, I have used it once and that is about it, and when i did use it I could have downloaded the drivers. This is a great drive, if you use it. Also I will mention that this drive uses more power than a standerd usb port, so you cant use it with a usb hub, well non of the ones iv tried.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice

    Small, light, solidly built and works like a champ. My 2013 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display needed an optical drive, and this fits the bill perfectly! A good value as well!

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    This device gets such a bad rap, it works in a particular way and works well once you get a feel for it.

    It is just like the 8x Superdrive in the non-retnia MBP, which is why I purchased it for my MBPr. I had a few growing pains with this maybe the first 2-3 uses, BUT I got it down and I feel like it is a quality product to pair with my MBPr.

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with 2013 Mac Mini

    I bought this with my new Mac Mini since I still burn and use CD/DVDs. It's quick, quiet and fast. Not a bad value, actually. Nice metal enclosure to match my Mini.

    31 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy this drive...

    I had a bad experience buying a cheap disk drive that stressed me out so much during install it almost got thrown out the window. This drive was effortless, loading disks instantly. Highly recommended.

    45 of 58 people found this useful