Apple USB SuperDrive

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  • Overview

    The sleek, compact USB SuperDrive.

    Everything you need in an optical drive.

    Whether you’re at the office or on the road, you can play and burn both CDs and DVDs with the Apple USB SuperDrive. It’s perfect when you want to watch a DVD, install software, create backup discs and more.

    Take it anywhere.

    Only slightly bigger than a CD case, the Apple USB SuperDrive slips easily into your travel bag when you hit the road, and takes up little space on your desk or tray table when you’re working.

    The essence of simplicity.

    You’ll never have to worry about lost cables with the Apple USB SuperDrive. It connects to your MacBook Pro with Retina display, MacBook Air, iMac or Mac mini with a single USB Type-A cable that’s built into the SuperDrive. There’s no separate power adapter, and it works whether your Mac is plugged in or running on battery power.

    What’s in the Box

    Apple USB SuperDrive with attached USB Type-A Connector cable

    User′s Guide

    Tech Specs

    17 mm / 0.67 inches

    139 mm / 5.47 inches

    139 mm / 5.47 inches

    335 grams / 0.74 pounds

    Connections

    USB-A

    System Requirements

    Compatible with the following computers:

    MacBook*

    MacBook Air with Retina display*

    MacBook Pro with Retina display*

    MacBook Air

    iMac (late 2012) and later

    Mac mini (late 2009) and later

    Mac Pro (late 2013)

    * MacBook, MacBook Air with Retina display and MacBook Pro models with Thunderbolt 3 (USB‑C) ports require a USB-C to USB Adapter (sold separately) to use Apple USB SuperDrive.

  • Mac Models

  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Piece of Scat!

      I probably should have known better than to buy this product about a year ago, after reading the substantial number of really bad reviews. But, as a long time I probably should have known better than to buy this product about a year ago, after reading the substantial number of really bad reviews. But, as a long time fan of Apple products, I convinced myself that mine would not be a lemon. For about 50 uses (mostly importing music CDs into my iTunes library), it worked flawlessly, and I thought those reviews were incorrect. Now, every time I import a CD the music skips forward in high speed zzzzts. So, I'm in the market for another drive and will not be buying another version of this from Apple. Sad that after all the bad reviews there is no (apparent?) response from the company. If anyone knows of a reliable drive, from another company, please post here.

      • Written by Steve C from SEATTLE

      2283 of 2359 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Piece of Scat!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Love Apple, Hate the SuperDrive

      This is by far the worst designed apple product. The drive is designed with a slit opening to feed in disk and no mechanical way to eject. This would be ok if t This is by far the worst designed apple product. The drive is designed with a slit opening to feed in disk and no mechanical way to eject. This would be ok if the drive function correctly but that is rare. Frequently the drive becomes obsessed with trying to process a disk and prevents the disk from ejecting, forcing you to wait 5, 10, or 15 minutes for it to decide its done with the disk. Biggest waste of money I've ever spent. I love all my other apple product, but this one I'm considering running it over with a tractor.

      • Written by danniel G from Henderson

      1814 of 1874 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Love Apple, Hate the SuperDrive

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      awful

      How many blank discs does it take to burn just ONE? Well, if you're using the Apple USB Superdrive, the answer is six, apparently. I've had this drive on two How many blank discs does it take to burn just ONE? Well, if you're using the Apple USB Superdrive, the answer is six, apparently. I've had this drive on two computers, a Mac Pro at work and another at home and it never goes smoothly. Either it can't read the disc, or says it can't get information fast enough or the drive doesn't show up. I am beyond frustrated at Mac's ongoing attempt to dictate to its users what it feels is best for them. I have to be able to burn discs for work, and with the latest driveless Mac Pros and the USB Superdrive, it's an exercise in futility. Maybe I'll find a six-for-one sale on blank discs. Ridiculous.

      • Written by Jay S from Richmond

      1565 of 1618 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?awful

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      super bAD drive

      This thing for the price should be the best dvd drive ever instead nothing but problems. I should have bought a no name. You push a dvd in it forces it out, won This thing for the price should be the best dvd drive ever instead nothing but problems. I should have bought a no name. You push a dvd in it forces it out, won't work with windows either unless you go through some huge ordeal to get it to work. Its a DVD player not a complex piece of equipment, Ill be smashing mine on the ground as soon as I buy a real one. Just total junk!

      • Written by Brian V from Westville

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?super bAD drive

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Where do these one-star critics come from!?

      Having read a lot of the most scathing criticisms, I can only comment that most (if not all) of them are written by people who refuse to read the instruction sh Having read a lot of the most scathing criticisms, I can only comment that most (if not all) of them are written by people who refuse to read the instruction sheets provided with each SuperDrive (or simply can't read them...) or are so inured with their PC's that the simplest Mac functions are beyond them. Sorry. At first, their scathing words made me seriously question the advisability of buying such a defective product SO radically different than the other Apple products I've bought over the years, until I read a piece written by a fellow whose point was that the critics were completely unfamiliar with Mac. It seemed to make sense. Clenching my teeth, expecting the worst, I bought the SuperDrive knowing that if it WERE the junk they describe, I could always take it back. My personal observation after having ripped my 300+ bought-and-paid-for DVD collection for use with my iTunes: BRILLIANT! EASY! FLAWLESS! FAST! A quick last word to the virulent critics... read the instruction sheet, then put away the straightened out paper clip you've used for years trying to dislodge stuck DVDs from your last PC DVD drive. Then spend an extra couple of bucks on something that WORKS!

      • Written by David G from OTTAWA

      Is this review useful?Where do these one-star critics come from!?

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Pure Apple Cr*p. DO NOT BUY !

      Connected to a MacBook Pro (Retina display), this cr*pware rejected every CD/DVD inserted. Noisy mechanism. But, thank God, it's very thin ! Thinness, an Apple Connected to a MacBook Pro (Retina display), this cr*pware rejected every CD/DVD inserted. Noisy mechanism. But, thank God, it's very thin ! Thinness, an Apple cancer. Should have known better, given the total lack of quality control at Apple these days. Returning this cr*p tomorrow at the Brossard Apple Store. Hope I can keep calm.

      • Written by Normand L from Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Pure Apple Cr*p. DO NOT BUY !

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