• 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?

  • 3.0 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.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly slow, unreliable and can not read data very well

    • Written by from Portsmouth

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple USB Superdrive is a piece of junk

    • Written by from Goring

    Apple should stop making this - unreliable and seriously overpriced for what it is. Unrepresentative and damaging to the Apple brand. I regret buying it.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing and unreliable.

    • Written by from Leeds

    Sad to write this review as I love Most Apple products. I bought a USB Superdrive with my iMac less than 2 years ago. The drive is only used infrequently for storing or retrieving photographs. The first one became unusable in less than a year. It wouldn't eject the disc and I lost all the data stored on it. Neither would it register on the iMac so I couldn't force eject the disc either. It was replaced and unbelievably in less than a year the replacement has done exactly the same thing and is unusable. We have quite a number of Apple Products in our house and this one seems to be the white elephant!

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A very handy accessory

    • Written by from Raunds

    It is a little annoying that Apple have chosen not to fit optical drives to Macs anymore as there are a few of us dinosaurs still left that like to use them.
    This, however, plugs the gap just nicely.
    I bought this so that I could upload all of my music CD's and ripped DVD's to my iTunes library.
    This it has done without any problem whatsoever. Simply plug in the USB and you're good to go.
    It's design is sleek and unobtrusive and it sits comfortably on the desk whilst the finish compliments the iMac, keyboard and magic trackpad nicely.
    All in all it has performed as well as the built-in drive on my wife's MBP and I would happily recommend it to anyone.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great, works great.

    • Written by from Bridlington

    I'm not sure what people's general opinions are about the removal of built-in optical drives, but honestly I'm glad my MacBook Pro didn't come with one when I ordered it late-2013. Naturally it meant I had to buy an external optical drive and I have used it plenty of times. I have never had any serious issues; the only minor problems I've had is when I've been using blank discs and not told the drive to do anything with it so then the MacBook Pro stops recognising there's a disc in there. But that's the advantage of it being external - No force eject required, I could just unplug and plug it back in again!

    Really easy to use and having it means I can also lend it to my dad when he needs to use discs. Highly recommend this if you use discs on a reasonably regular basis.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Apple sometimes make you feel like a complete idiot?

    • Written by from London

    I have been using a Mac since 1992. I have upgraded appropriately over all those 22 years and consider myself an Apple nerd. My PC associates, friends, family, business contacts all consider me to be really stuck back in the 20th century.

    Despite this I have just purchased yet another iMac. OS X Yosemite. Beautiful. Started to set up a printer (also brand new) only to discover there was no optical drive on my new machine. Apple support told me that Apple consider these to be obsolete. Pardon me Mr Apple. You didn't tell me. Long story short. I had to buy an external device - the superdrive whatsit. Arrived today. Plugged it in. Nothing appeared on my desktop. Murky looking blue icon in the dashboard. Inserted printer set-up disc. It whirred reassuringly then spat it out. Again and again. And again. No messages, alerts. Nada` I must be an idiot.

    25 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A Surprisingly Poor Product

    • Written by from Woodfield

    When nearly everything made by Apple gives me real pleasure to use, it's disappointing to have to write a review of a product as poor as this. In line with other one-star reviewers, I have found it to be a consistently unreliable and unsatisfactory product. Minor points - the built-in USB cable is annoyingly short, and there's no eject button. More importantly, from Day One it refused to read pre-recorded DVDs. It became increasingly prima-donna-ish with CDs or DVDs which I had recorded myself, and now usually won't read them either. That's when the eject button problem becomes very annoying; how many times do I want to unplug the drive and then plug it in again, hoping that eventually it will respond to an eject command from the keyboard? It's awful, folks - I won't be buying another.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very odd... Very, very odd!

    • Written by from RADSTOCK

    It's well documented that the SuperDrive won't work if connected to a hub! One hub I tested even stated that, in it's manual. And yet I plugged it into my 2nd monitor (27" LED) which is plugged into my iMac (so acting as a hub) - works!

    Plugged into Belkin 4 port USB3 connected to iMac - nothing.

    Plugged the drive into 27" LED; which is plugged into Belkin hub; which is plugged into iMac - Works brilliantly!!! Go figure! But in this config. the SuperDrive is getting power from the LED's USB port, not Belkin's USB port! I.e. The Apple LED is supplying power, the Belkin is suppling signal (from the iMac).

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice external drive but upside down cable issue

    • Written by from Rotherham

    A nice drive that sits pleasantly on the desk next to my macbook pro. I don't have an issue with the length of the USB cable but I do have an issue with its orientation. It is upside down. I have to twist the cable in order to slot it into the mac book pro. Now maybe if you have an iMac then it sits nicely under the computer and the cable loops over the superdrive (like a scorpions tail) into the back of the machine and so is the correct way up, but with the macbook pro you have to twist the cable uncomfortably to get it in. Is it meant to be this way? It seems ridiculous to take issue with such a thing but it just doesn't feel right.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    really super drive

    • Written by from West Wickham

    I bought this for my new iMac 21.5 inch and it is working a treat.I can put all off my cd's in it and i can easily burn all of my dj mix's onto it.It has a amazing design and it fits beautifully on my desk as it has a sleek aluminium design just like the design on my iMac.There is only one problem with it,it is just a little bit overpriced but if you have the money for it i would definaitly recommend it.I hope that this has helped you with your purchases in the apple store.i am a huge fan of apple and all of there products for me have 100 percent amazing and i would highly recommend it to all of the people who want windows,to play movies or if you are a heavy gamer.Have a great day.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Perfect Addition

    • Written by from Bradford on Avon

    I have a MacBook Pro Retina which has no DVD drive.
    I was given the SuperDrive as a Christmas present.
    Worked straight out of the box and within a couple of minutes I was playing a music CD and then burning a batch of photographs.
    Does everything I need.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I remember the day when these came with the computer!

    • Written by from Leeds

    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...!

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not so Super?

    • Written by from Ballater

    With the withdrawal of disc drives from newer Macbooks & iMacs, I felt obliged to buy one of these to install a variety of software on both Mac OSX & in the Bootcamp Win7 partition. All worked fine.

    It's also very transportable, being light, thin, and no external power supply required.

    However......

    The simple task of playing music CDs, in order to rip them to iTunes, appears to be a little too much for these drives. As others have already commented, a percentage of perfect-quality & clean CDs simply don't do anything, and also fail to eject, sometimes requiring a power-restart before they are recognised.

    I was also surprised to find that HDCDs (found in quite a few basic CD box sets) are unreadable.....whether this is the drive's fault, or Apple's software, may be another issue as I've not yet investigated that problem......but really, when we're paying close to £2,000 for our hardware, you might expect that it would read all disc formats & do so with a high degree of competence?

    Back to Lacie drives again, I think.

    48 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me!

    • Written by from LYTHAM ST. ANNES

    Had it a while now and it works OK so far.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just What You need

    • Written by from Brighton

    sad that i had to buy this should of came in the box but hay-ho very easy to set up plug and play

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine and weighs next to nothing

    • Written by from Burnham

    I don't like to give 5 stars as I don't think any product is perfect, but this works perfectly fine - it does what it should do. It also weighs next to nothing and has a brilliant design.

    I bought it just in case I'd need it sometime; I'd recommend it.

    3 of 5 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No complaints

    • Written by from Peterborough

    Works perfectly. No issues what so ever. Great little drive and aesthetically it great! It's a must have!

    3 of 3 people found this useful