• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great until...

    I loved my Apple USB SuperDrive that I got for my MacBookAir that didn't have one built in. My brother got one as well about 6 months after me. Both of ours have now stopped working while watching movies on brand new DVDs within a year of buying them both over the course of a couple of months. Totally disappointed. Both times they stopped working it was very sudden and unexpected.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    OK, but not the best

    I don't use the SuperDrive on my 2013 iMac much, but recently I tried to import a CD. The import failed on the SuperDrive ("not available" error message). I imported the CD with no problem on my MacBook Pro, and burned a copy of the CD on the MacBook. I was able to import the copy with the SuperDrive on my iMac. Sometimes when I've imported other (new) CDs, the SuperDrive makes a lot of noise and takes a very long time. If it croaks I will not replace it with another SuperDrive.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    glad it's external

    I'm glad this drive is external so I can throw it away.

    At first this drive seemed fine, but after some use (but mostly disuse) it stopped accepting a brand of blank DVD-R disks that it would previously burn without issue. No message, no indication of what is wrong... who knows. Perhaps it was an OS update, perhaps the drive has semi-died.

    I guess to be honest I have high standards for Apple products, and while this drive is OK, it doesn't meet Apple's high standards, IMO.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    Sorry I bought this. It's weak and slow, I thought the blank discs were bad. Problems went away when I bought good cd/dvd drive from Other World.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook Air + iDVD + SuperDrive = Doesn't Work

    I know most of you are using software newer than iDVD. However, I copied it to my macbook air to burn a video and the error is saying that the superdrive is not compatible and I cannot burn any DVD's from iDVD.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems so far

    I've burned over 10 Dvds on it already and all of them get errors in my DVD player and my playstation.. I've tried 2 different brands of DVDs and they are all DVD+R... i'm not sure what else to do. I've even converted files like i did on my windows pc... those always worked fine. the DVDs burned fast, but hopefully I can get them to start working and it's not an issue with the Superdrive itself.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not so super

    There's nothing super about the Apple Superdrive. At first it could read most CDs, but within about a year it was spitting out some perfectly good CDs as "unreadable" and never was able to burn a DVD. Two years in, and it can't even bring a CD into itself. When I plug it into the computer there's a little clicking sound that indicates it's getting power, but without an indicator light I can't be sure. Anyway, it doesn't work. I expected more, both from Apple and for the price.

    32 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works When It Fells Like it.

    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.

    24 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointed

    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.

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Eject

    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.

    40 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly slow, unreliable and can not read data very well

    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.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It isn't working

    I bought my iMac in December 2014 and shortly thereafter bought the USB SuperDrive. I have been busy doing other things so
    didn't try to use it until today. I plugged it in to the port on the back of my iMac then put in a photo cd. It accepted it, made a few noises for a few second and then automatically ejected it. So I tried a dvd and it also ejected right away.

    It is a pretty simple program and there isn't much that I could do to mess it up. It is messing up all by itself.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, mostly, but you need to be careful.

    There is one huge design flaw in the SuperDrive, and periodically it drives me crazy: there is no way to manually force the drive to eject a disc. I have a huge collection of DVD-Rs that I burned roughly ten years ago, after I switched away from VHS but before I took up digital recording, and I have been trying to rip them to digital files. Most of the time, this works well, but occasionally a disc is corrupted. When that happens, the SuperDrive spends half an hour or more fussing with the disc and refusing to eject it, and all of the computer-based ways to eject the disc stop working (and I have tried ALL of them). Most CD/DVD drives have a small hole that you can poke the end of a paperclip into, to manually force the disc to eject. The SuperDrive is missing that safety mechanism. So be warned. Now, the rest of the time, it performs very well. This, however, is a glaring problem, because CDs and DVDs DO corrupt --often when you least expect it -- and when that happens, the SuperDrive simply can't handle it.

    53 of 57 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I remember the day when these came with the computer!

    Well I expected the Superdrive to be exactly that, lightning quick. Well it's not; whereas my old drive that actually came with the computer could burn (DVD) discs at x 16, this one only burns at x 8. The lead is very short and at £65, well, there are cheaper versions that could no doubt do a similar if not better job, come on Apple...!

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Other fish in the sea

    I bought my SuperDrive because of my love of Apple products. I was smitten with her beauty, her grace, her elegance. How could I possibly be unfaithful to Apple, my new iMac, and Steve Jobs (r.i.p.) by giving her something something less than that $80 deserved? How could I POSSIBLY consider anything less for a perfect three-some: me, my new iMac, and her. But alas, she's my Lindsay Lohan, my Amy Winehouse, my Britney Spears. She's gorgeous, beautiful on the outside, but a mess, never enough rehab inside. So, I go back to my old external drive. Clunky, maybe. Clumsy to look at, yes. But, God help me, she'll do the things...

    57 of 82 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for a few months, then dead

    I got this drive a few months ago and it was working fine. Not quite as fast as others out there, definitely more expensive. I used it for roughly 2-3 discs per week, CD and DVD's mixed. Then all of a sudden it completely died on me. Won't accept a disc. I read this issue on other review and though it wouldn't be an issue, well I was wrong. I'm hoping it will get replaced by apple since I haven't had it that long. But that being said, you expect a product, especially an overpriced Apple product, to work longer than 3 months without issue. I wish I would have bought a different brand...

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Seemed good at first.

    At first, getting this product was a good idea since I have a MacBook Air. It really wasn't. One day I put a disc in and it didn't show up in the Finder. So now I have a disc stuck in my SuperDrive. I would recommend all of Apple's products, but this one needs some work.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Functionality Worthless

    Once upon a time, Apple made sure their products had full, useful functionality. More and more this seems to be going by the wayside. DVD Superdrive works fine, except, there is no longer any ease of use or functionality to it! The remote does not control the playback. Even the MacBook Pro cannot control the playback once it starts. Video and sound will not transfer to my HDTV whether over Airplay or via HDMI cable. What a joke! I'm not laughing though. What's the point? Just because there is Netflix and such, does not mean we don't also still use DVDs for movies and such. The continued paring down of Apple's products is making them so much less desirable, enjoyable and, hence, worth all the extreme costs vs, dare I say it?, non-Apple products. Hate what Apple has become. They might as well call themselves "Microsoft" now.

    31 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    I bought this for my macbook pro retina display because it doesn't have a built in dvd player. The cord is really short so if you want to watch a movie on it you have to have your computer sitting stationary somewhere. The biggest problem I had with it was the fact that it is not compatible with Blu-Ray. I have a retina computer that is capable of the resolution of Blu-Ray but the cd drive is not compatible to play the disc.

    The only good use I have gotten out of it is that I can play and burn CD's.

    25 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ejecting is terrible

    Overall, this DVD drive works. However, the eject button works maybe once every five times. I find myself having to hold it upside down and press to get the DVD to come out. There needs to be some sort of button on the side.

    17 of 20 people found this useful