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

      2244 of 2314 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

      1788 of 1844 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

      1540 of 1591 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?awful

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      super drive

      great do recommend

      • Written by Bodhi A from Sydney

      Is this review useful?super drive

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      So far, OK

      It may be too soon to review, I will update if things change. I bought this today (even though I was leary with all the bad reviews). It was a necessity to me It may be too soon to review, I will update if things change. I bought this today (even though I was leary with all the bad reviews). It was a necessity to me as I replaced my mid-2011 iMac with a new one which of course, does not have the CD/DVD drive built in like my prior one did. And with my new car no longer having a CD slot, I had to get something. I imported 2 CDs and the first one went into the slot flawlessly, copied all songs the same as the original. The 2nd CD had a bit of a hard time going into the slot, it was as if it was being rejected. Finally it accepted it, and copied as with the first one. I have to admit that once in awhile I had a similar problem with my original iMac so I'm hoping that this is the case with this one. I wanted to get an Apple product, it will go back if I have serious problems. Several people commented that the Apple logo goes on the bottom, to me it was fairly obvious as the design seems it would be the base, and not on the top. As for the eject, really easy as the eject symbol appears after it is downloaded, rather than having to go to the iTunes menu to find the eject command.

      • Written by Joanne Y from Liverpool

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?So far, OK

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Piece of junk

      As an Apple devotee of many years, this is singly the worst device they have ever produced- at least that I have used. I have tried 3 of them, and none work any As an Apple devotee of many years, this is singly the worst device they have ever produced- at least that I have used. I have tried 3 of them, and none work any better. They don't connect easily to either a MacBook Pro or iMac. Requires restarting computer over and over to get the player to be recognized.. They work intermittently, and just a complete waste of time and money.

      • Written by Alan H from Clearwater

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Piece of junk

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