• 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?

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 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 --

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why???

    • Written by from SUGAR LAND

    Well, i am typically satisfied with apple product but this drive is a cd devouring machine. If your beloved "old" cd is sitting around waiting to be added to your device be ware. The drive will make an engraving due to balancing issues on your disc. Here i am hoping to ensure the life of my favorite album of all time and it makes a horrendous noise and i force eject my cd. when i observe it. i notice an engraving in the middle of this disc. my life is now pointless. good bye world. thanks apple. you win again.

    34 of 51 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    love it but....

    • Written by from Mathews

    i love it it works well but my worry is the cord will break because it doesn't seem to be made any different then iPhone/iPod chargers and everything is wireless now so they should really make a bluetooth version that would be a big help. Also i think it should definitely be blu-ray.

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok but some advanced users will be dissapointed

    • Written by from Kesgrave

    I purchased this unit a short time after buying a retina mac book pro. It's nearly possible to do with out a DVD drive now, but some times you just have to have one!
    Overall the physical design is in line with the mac book. I have always found apples cables to be a bit of a let down in terms of quality, it is also a little short. The cable is also captive, so if it gets damaged thats it. To that end it would have been nicer if the cable could detach or be coiled away in the unit, for protection. It would also be nice to have an eject button for when you just want to get the disk out quickly.
    As far as functionality goes the drive plays & burns most types of disc (excluding blue-ray) including dual layer DVDs, storing up to 8.5GB. The only technical drawback i have found so far, is that the drive does not let you set the Book-type or bit-setting. This feature helps maximise compatibility. I doubt this will be forthcoming, so will have to keep a PC around for a while yet.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Without iDVD, you'll need to use other software to burn DVDs with this

    • Written by from SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO

    It's pretty obvious that Apple wants their customers to stray away from optical drives. Yes, it's a fading technology, but if I want to burn DVDs and send them to my family and relatives who are not as tech savvy and still have an old school DVD player to watch things, I'm pretty much stuck to using this thing. Not everyone has access to a quick connection to watch stuff via streaming, hence, DVDs are useful. HOWEVER, it's a bad sign when San Francisco's huge Apple Store in Union Square doesn't even have the SuperDrive showcased in their showroom. Seriously, I had to ask an employee to "get one from the back storage room". That's a bad sign when the store's manager doesn't even allow these things to be shelved out in the public. Really? You can rip CDs via iTunes, but if it comes down to transferring movies into a DVD format to burn onto a DVD, it would have been handy to have a copy of iDVD. That's another problem. My rMBP 13" (late 2013) never came with iDVD so you're stuck in using alternate software to convert .mov files to DVD format. Overall, this external SuperDrive is not very durable at all. It's a bad sign when one of your DVDs is stuck inside the thing within the first week and I have to fiddle around with it to do an emergency eject. Steer clear from this external SuperDrive. There are cheaper alternatives. Stuff like this in regards to buying an external drive (for something that used to be built in from previous models) and most of all, soldering the RAM onto motherboards of newer MacBooks so you're forced to decide between current RAM or shelling out another $400 for 4 more gigs of RAM is just ridiculous.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's good, but slow.

    • Written by from Lakewood

    There are two things that bug me about this drive.

    1. It's SLOW. Like really slow. I've got it hooked up to a Mac Pro (2013) and because it's USB 2.0 it's super limited to begin with, and I think (though I'm not 100% positive) it's completely locked to 8x read/write speeds meaning it spins at 8x speeds and won't ramp up to 16x for big reads and fast writes. Do people really NEED a super fast CD drive? Most don't, but I do and it's a pain. Moving 4GB of data? Almost 25 minutes, it's slow. Watching a DVD? Works just fine.

    2. It feels cheap. The cable isn't replaceable, which is lame, so if something happens to the 8 inch cable that comes with it, you're out $80. USB 2.0 (Seriously, no 3.0 model? How hard would that be?), like I said, and the case feels junky. This is sort of a trivial complaint, but for $80, it's got a very thin metal case and a plastic base. It doesn't feel like it should cost almost $100, and the slow speeds aren't helping this notion.

    Overall, if you have a MacBook Air, or a Mac Pro or whatever and need a disc drive, this is one you can buy that you know will work with Mac, is small in size, quiet, runs cool, is mapped to the keyboard hotkeys and does as advertised. If you want a fast drive that is also durable and will survive lots of abuse carrying it around, this probably isn't the one for you. I don't regret buying it, but I think I'd do a little more shopping next time.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Confused.

    • Written by from Victoria

    Don't get me wrong, sturdy product and all. Not impressed by having to pay $90 more but I kind of understand for functionality and weight purposes for the MacBook. Anyway, what I am so confused and kind of irritated by is the fact that I have to twist the cord so that it goes in the right way. This probably sounds so bad like my OCD is kicking in but I want it to look nice and sleek sitting on my desk so naturally I want the pretty silver side up, but to get the cord in, I have to twist it?? Baffles me I don't know. Please don't let this stop you from buying one though it's a great product just really irritates me that someone didn't think of this?

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not fast enough

    • Written by from Newmarket

    Plugged into a top-end MBP Retina with USB-3 ports, the USB-2 Superdrive is not "super" on the performance front. Importing CDs into iTunes takes just under three TIMES as long as it does on my PC with internal DVD drives. Not an apples-to-apples comparison (pun!) I know, but I've used other USB devices including hard drives and this one seems lethargic. Writing is even slower, glacial. It works OK at everything including playing movies, but after months its performance is still noticeable.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as it should be

    • Written by from Honley, Holmfirth

    This drive copes well with most demands made of it UNTIL that is you get a recorded CD that is at the maximum end of capacity. Out of a 14 disc box set I wanted to transfer to iTunes (Apple Lossless) it stumbled on 4. The outermost 2 or 3 tracks on each of them slipped and did not transfer correctly despite supposed error correction on import. The solution was to copy the affected tracks to the desktop then drag into iTunes. How come it managed to read the disc ok copying to the desktop but it made errors when copying directly into iTunes? Having lost faith with this drive's ability I replaced it with a blu-ray reader/writer instead - problem sorted.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Eject button

    • Written by from Lake Elmo

    Please Apple ... your insistence on making everything so easy to use, is actually maling them harder to use. A simple eject button would cost a nickel and save countless hours of searching for the onscreen eject button that always seem elusive.

    20 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice, with one huge flaw

    • Written by from Albany

    The Apple SuperDrives look great, work very smoothly, and are very quiet when spinning a disk. They would be perfect, if not for the remarkably ridiculous fact that they do not work on a Mac that already has an optical drive built in. Apple's built-in optical drives are cheap and fail more often than they should, so don't get this as a replacement. The decision to block these for Macs with optical drives is just dumb.

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Blu-Ray capability

    • Written by from Carnation

    The drive is great for CD's and DVD's. I use it on my Mac Mini Server.

    Without Blu-Ray, most of our new movies can't be watched. When the *box rentals stop providing DVD and go entirely to Blu-Ray, this will have to go in the drawer with the external 3.5" floppy drive.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's great, but doesn't play nice with mavericks.

    • Written by from Simi Valley

    It's great, but doesn't play nice with OS X maverick except for our newest Airbook. Input/ouput errors. Dvds not recognized.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    warning: it doesn't take those tiny CDs

    • Written by from FORSTER

    Like most Apple gear it looks great, and with standard DVDs and CDs works fine.

    But I bought mine so I could load software that comes on those little CDs onto my iMac. Big mistake as it doesn't handle those little CDs that provide the software for my Battery Charger monitor, my multimeter, and my USB microscope.

    So, I had to buy a third party drive - annoying

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does it's job...but...

    • Written by from Livingston

    BE CAREFUL! If you are watching a movie on DVD and using the SuperDrive, watch out. If you are like me and enjoy laying in bed, the short usb cord can hang. It works fine, even when dangling, but BOOM, one false move and the SDrive can smash into your beautiful Retina screen and break it. Worst feeling. I wish Mac's would get on the Blu-Ray train as well. I love my movies as well as my HD, iTunes downloads look great, streaming Netflix or Cable pretty good, and DVD's passable, but man I would love a SDrive that played Blu Rays. Again, watch out... the SDrive is durable, but it can break your laptop if you are not careful

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok but slow to rip CD's

    • Written by from Falmouth

    I bought this to use with my 2013 retina MBP for ripping CD's to network storage for HiFi use. It looks great and works fine but it is far slower than the built in drive in my old MBP was.

    So if you are planning on using one for ripping your entire CD collection then you may want to explore other options but for occasional use it's great.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    it's ok

    • Written by from Singapore

    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.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Superdrive

    • Written by from Paterson

    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.

    10 of 17 people found this useful