• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    outstanding product

    My only complaint is the short cord. Otherwise it is very quiet, very fast, and works effortlessly. And $79.00 is not expensive. If you think it is, buy a effing Dell.

    59 of 75 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lack Blu-Ray Functionality

    Slim, durable and a better alternative to the flimsy built in drives. I agree with the other comments that it was a mistake for Steve to refuse acceptance of Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray drives are a standard feature in most mid priced PCs and I’m not saying Apple had to companion the hardware but they should have included it / considered Blu-Ray and non Blu-Ray super drives so Apple lovers had a choice. I was tempted to consider a Sony Viao but found an expensive work around by purchasing a LaCie Blu-Ray portable drive and the MacGo Blu-Ray player App for a total cost of $350. You can save yourself the $50 App fee by using transcoding but what a hassle every time a user wants to enjoy a Blu-Ray movie.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    NO BUGS, NO SPACE PROBLEMS, NO BUTTONS, NO SOFTWARE?

    I HAVE PURCHASED MANY SO CALLED EASY CD / RW COMPONENTS LIKE THIS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH IBM AND MAC THAT EITHER HAD HATCHES OR BUTTONS THAT GOT IN THE WAY. I HAVE SEEN WHERE THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOFTWARE BUT HAVE NOT NEEDED IT AND IT FITS ON TOP OF MY EXTERNAL HARD RIVE ON MY MINI. THE BEST STACK YOU COULD WANT AND ALL IT NEEDS IT TO BE ABLE TO HOOK UP TO THE IPHONE AS A MONITOR AND I WOULD NOT NEED A EXTERNAL MONITOR. EVERYTHING I MENTIONED WORKS SEAMLESSLY TOGETHER. I LIKE THE LOOK,SPEED,SIZE,EASE BUT I AM LEAD TO BELIEVE YHERE IS SOFTWARE AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS SOFTWARE I AM MISSING?
    IT IS ALMOST TOO EASY AND I FEEL LIKE I AM MISSING SOMETHING.

    45 of 102 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of Junk

    If i could rate this one star, I would. I bought a Superdrive for my new Macbook w/ retina, brought it home, and it refused to work. The drive would accept disks, spin for a minute, and then eject the disk.

    I followed all Apple guidelines for the product and read all of their support information; nothing helped. I will be returning this piece of junk tomorrow.

    I am a die-hard Apple fan and have always associated Apple with higher quality and durability. I payed 80 dollars for a drive that should have cost 40 because I believed in its quality. This drive does not live up to Apple's standards (the standards I thought they had) and they should not be selling it.

    145 of 248 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive needs smart humans !

    This optical drive by Apple has been, by far, the best driver I've ever had. Prior to purchase I read the reviews here and was surprised to see how many people had problems ejecting a "non-DVD" disc (i.e. game, software load, app manager, etc) ... There is waaaay too much misinformation and speculation being made by wannabe, hot potato users. The drive works perfectly and ejects ANY disc on demand ... only requirement... Human needs to be SMARTER than Driver ! I've seen knuckle heads suggesting the total disassembly of the unit to remove a disc ! Why own a computer if you're still in the stone age?

    The optical drive will recognize DVD and non-DVD discs, common sense dictates that if the drive doesn't recognize a disc as a DVD...you're not going to succeed in commanding the DVD controller to eject it. It's not a technically DVD ! (note: that is whether or not it is a DVD!...Sometimes a DVD format may be incorrect, so it gets disqualified),

    All you need to do is go to the disc icon on your desk top (if you've selected in "System Preferences" to show the disc icon on the desk top) or just hit "Command+up arrow" till you reach the disc and drivers level, then right click on the disc icon and select eject.

    The DVD controller will grey out the Eject option so you cannot do anything there. This process is very similar to PC formats except that PC always puts a disc icon on your desk top. Apple gives you the choice.

    402 of 475 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WORST APPLE PRODUCT......HANDS DOWN!!!

    I heard some bad things about this drive from friends, and reviews..., but didn't believe that Apple would actually have a product for years and still have an ongoing problem. So I went ahead and bought it to use it with my MACBOOK PRO RETINA.
    My main purpose of drive was to rip my wedding video and preserve it into Time Machine Backup. i went ahead and put in the first DVD, ripped fine... but as soon as i hit eject, it made quick eject sound, like its coming out, but instead of coming out, it parked itself right into it and started playing again.
    i spent about 2 hours tried everything possible online to get it out.
    i was devastated since the DVD was the Master and only copy of my wedding. eventually after 2-3 hours of hitting my head on it, DvD finally came out. i had to shake the drive and hold it upside down, and eject simaltaniously
    VERY BAD EXPERIENCE.
    RETURN IT RIGHT AWAY...
    GOING WITH DIFFERENT SIMILAR BETTER PRODUCT.

    181 of 220 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good design but poor functionality

    Pros: looks nice, aluminum case (on the top), easy to setup and use.

    Cons: is only compatible with the Mac Mini, MB Air, MBP w/ Retina, has no eject button on the unit nor the ability to manually eject it so if it malfunctions you can kiss your CD/DVD goodbye, the cord is hardwired into the unit so that you can't replace it (so if the cord breaks so does the SuperDrive), the cord is also incredibly short making it a pain to use with the laptop on your lap or in a confined area, substitute external disc drives cost $10-$40 less.

    Overall: There are better alternatives with more functionality for less money. But... if you need to have everything Apple than this is your only choice.

    264 of 302 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The Worst external DVD drive I've ever seen. By far.

    Save yourself some grief. Buy a decent drive from any other manufacturer for $10 less, it'll be a better drive.

    12 times in a row, I've been trying to eject a movie DVD from my new Superdrive connected to my Macbook Retina. Each time, the DVD doesn't quite make it past the mouth of the drive, stops, goes back in and starts autoplay. There is no eject button on the Macbook Retina keyboard.

    I've tried Ctrl-E, the Eject button on the DVD Player window, Disk Utility eject, and Terminal command "drutil eject". All repeatedly. This would not be a problem if, like most DVD drives, it had a small hole you could poke a paper clip into to physically eject the disc. The Superdrive is featureless except for it's slot. It doesn't even have an eject button. I'm taking it to the Apple store when I get a chance, and glad that I live near one.

    If I hadn't had this problem it'd still be the worst external drive I've ever seen or used. It ONLY works with Macbook Retinas and Macbook Airs. If a DVD drive fails on another computer you can't use this one in the emergency. Doesn't even power up if it's plugged into anything else. The cord is ridiculously short, just few inches. It's a drive made for lab testing, not real human use. An embarrassing design failure made by corporate drones who forgot to look at real users.

    445 of 585 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    This is the fastest loading/ burning cd drive I would recommend it

    43 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So simple to use.

    I really like the simplicity of this drive. I just plug it into my Mac Mini and it just works! Also, I have noticed it is very quiet. I find the attached usb cable to be more than adequate. Highly recommend.

    63 of 72 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    the Superdrive is SUPER!

    Just like the product description, takes up very little space. The short cord is both a positive -no mess of wires and a negative -short wire means it has to be close to the unit (air, mini or pro).

    Overall though it burns fast and the design is very nice.

    Vibrates, but not enough to be bothersome.

    43 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Drive

    This drive works remarkably well for the couple of times a year I need a disk drive. It reads and writes very fast, is compact and portable if necessary and looks great with the MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro. Only complaint would be the short cord, it is usable but if it was about ten inches longer it would be great.

    As for the person who bought an Air and didn't realize there was no drive, I would take little stock in anything they might have to say.

    72 of 80 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea, but limited.

    This is a good idea when it comes to improving the design of the MacBooks, but for the hassle and the cost, you'd think it could be blu-ray capable. Seriously. The retina display has a resolution of 2880 x 1800. I think it's time for 1080p viewability.

    4502 of 5379 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Functions well, but hate the design.

    I bought this or my Macbook Air after the computer came and I realized to my astonishment that there is no CD drive in the laptop! (I love the idea of striving to make it lighter/thinner but not in sacrificing necessary parts of the computer to do so... and then charging for an overpriced exterior version!)

    This drive works impeccably well I will say. But the design is awful. There are no buttons on the drive itself which makes it simplistic, yes, but whenever I run into a software issue and the computer doesn't recognize the disk I've inserted THERE IS NO WAY TO REMOVE IT. That's just ridiculously frustrating. And the photo on the site doesn't show the cord, but it's pathetically short. I will need to be investing in an extension USB cord now because when you sit with your laptop on your lap and wish to use to super-drive, there's not enough room to set it anywhere and so it hangs by your side only to possibly get damaged.

    Also I wish there was some kind of case for this drive! I have no way to protect it from scratches.

    In short, product good, design very, very bad.

    84 of 139 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with older mac mini

    Sales person said it would work with a mac mini running snow leopard. Connected it to my mini, and no response. Will not read any type of disk. Will not accept a disk.

    86 of 118 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product.

    I recently bought this to install software on my new MacBook Pro with retina display and it does its job quite well. Although it still irks me that such a device is even necessary in this day and age. Sure improved portability is a nice feature but taking away the optical disk drive to do so seems silly. Overall no complaints, however.

    4103 of 4716 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect DVD drive for Macbook Air Users

    For some reason, the burning speed is much faster on this SuperDrive than other standalone DVD drives you find on Amazon. I tried the Amazon Basic DVD drive, but the speed is so slow that I had to return it. The Apple USB SuperDrive doesn't have this problem, though.

    4518 of 5074 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    There are other brands which works better than this one........

    Apple products sometimes can be deceiving in terms of looks. My Macbook Pro early 2008 DVD drive died on me. So I decided to add another HDD on the DVD bay area to gain additional storage space as the primary HDD space is being used by an SSD. Reason as to replace a new one would set me a bomb as Apple charges a bomb for their spare parts.

    As I still burn DVDs for my clients, so I decided to buy another Apple product to replace my dead internal DVD. A few of my friends had mentioned not to get the slot in type which is this model. For a moment I thought maybe my old Macbook DVD drive gave way because of old age. To my dismay, after using it for barely a month, a blank DVD decided to spit out by itself as it tried to read. I thought maybe this is my DVD disc problem, but after trying a few blank DVDs, it still the same. So I decided to use a DVD with has information on it but spits out too.

    So I decided to opt for a refund as I can't afford to keep going down to the repair centre to repair this external DVD drive. In the end, I opt for another brand which is external tray which perform flawlessly without any problem for 6 months....

    Never buy slot in DVD as once your DVD get stuck inside, you will find it really hard to take it out. With tray ones, normally you have a small little hole for you to eject out the DVD if it get stuck.