• 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?

    4 of 5 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

    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

    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

    ok but sometimes it wont eject

    • Written by from Kendal

    Worked fine for a few weeks and then it decided it wouldn't eject, seems like the disk is catching on the inside of the housing, works if you give it a jiggle, not ideal though. Trying to decided if I need to get a replacement or if its something I can live with. CD drives aren't Apples strong point any more it would seem.

    78 of 100 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    • Written by from SHEFFIELD

    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.

    44 of 61 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but..!

    • Written by from West Bromwich

    Simple and straightforward, this drive does what it says on the tin. One caveat however, is that the usb lead used to connect the drive is ridiculously short which sometimes makes it inconvenient to use. You would think for the price charged Apple would supply an extension to the lead in case it was needed.

    934 of 1060 people found this useful