• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing and unreliable.

    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!

    33 of 34 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A Surprisingly Poor Product

    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.

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Personally, I found the DVD drive to be perfect. It's extremely fast and very elegant. It compliments the new late 2012 iMacs with no optical drive perfectly. 5/5! Perfection as always from Apple!

    37 of 45 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

    SPOT ON

    GREAT PRODUCT WORKS A TREAT AND LOOKS VERY SLEEK AND VERY SMALL

    32 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only Get One if You Need It!

    The SuperDrive does what you expect it to do perfectly! You pop your disk in, it does it's business and then your done you can take the disk out. But...

    I personal bought the SuperDrive with the newest iMac because of it's lack of built in optical drive. I thought to my self that I would NEED some sort of disk drive and that Apple had jumped the gun with removing the optical drive and going all digital media.

    But after receiving the SuperDrive I have not used it once. On one hand it's a waste of £60 and on the other it shows that most types of media or programs simply don't require an install disk.

    Also the USB wire is really too short! It comfortably sits below the USB ports but try and move it any further towards you and it's a no go.

    The moral of the story is that only buy one if you have a specific requirement for it, for example you wish to BootCamp Windows 7 or you buy all of your films on DVD format.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lines on MacBook Air screen since using USB SuperDrive

    my husband bought me an Apple USB SuperDrive today from the apple store, but within half an hour of using it my MacBook Air was covered in vertical lines which also moved around with the mouse.

    Neither macbook nor superdrive had become hot.

    Rebooting didn't help - leaving it an hour has helped but now very worried it will happen again.

    84 of 146 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointingly unreliable

    Have owned this drive for just over a year, have used it only occasionally and until recently was very happy with it. Stylish like all Apple products and met my needs. However, recently it has stopped taking in disks and looks like a terminal failure. Would have expected better reliability for the price.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple USB Superdrive is a piece of junk

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

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Apple sometimes make you feel like a complete idiot?

    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.

    44 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A very handy accessory

    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.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    Purchased this when I got my new iMac as i still use CD's in my car and it works really well. I read some of the reviews left for this item and there are a mixed bunch, but so far in my experience, its worked really well and does the job well.

    Good for the money and looks tidy next to my new slim iMac.

    26 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable and efficient

    I have just finished putting all my audio cd's onto my iMac using this drive. It was a mammoth task the drive has had the best part of a 1000 cd's put through it with no jamming or issues with the drive and only 1 crash from iTunes. I have read the reviews and people have said it is slow and can jam but after processing that volume of CDs in a space of a week I can only compliment it on its efficiency and its value.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Disc stuck in!

    Would not eject. had a terrible time trying to get disc out. why no eject button on drive?

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited Use

    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.

    12 of 12 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.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great, works great.

    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.

    12 of 12 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...!

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    We love our Superdrive!

    It's so small and it just works - so we love ours.
    We knew a superdrive was being excluded from all new iMacs so spent just a little more on one of these and it's been great!
    It reads discs that we knew to be unreadable by other drives. How about that!
    It's good and tiny and useful and is part of our Mac. Plus if it goes wrong (which it never has and we've used and used it for quite a while now), we know we can just unplug it, recycle it and plug in a new one at a very reasonable cost.
    Thank you Apple - this has been a good product for us. Seriously good value.

    11 of 12 people found this useful