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 movie, 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

      Dimensions

    • Height: 0.67 in./17mm
    • Width: 5.47 in./139mm
    • Depth: 5.47 in./139mm
    • Weight: 0.74 lb/335g

    Connections

    USB-A

    System Requirements

    Compatible with the following computers:

    MacBook Pro with Retina display*

    MacBook Air

    iMac (late 2012) and later

    Mac mini (late 2009) and later

    Mac Pro (late 2013)

    *MacBook Pro models with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports require a USB-C to USB Adapter (sold separately) to use Apple USB SuperDrive.

  • 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

      1901 of 1960 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

      1522 of 1568 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

      1300 of 1343 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?awful

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      DO NOT BUY

      Had to force eject CDs most times I used this drive and then it stopped taking disks and would not eject the disk in it five days out of warranty. Do not recomm Had to force eject CDs most times I used this drive and then it stopped taking disks and would not eject the disk in it five days out of warranty. Do not recommend.

      • Written by Amandas I from Ashburton

      Is this review useful?DO NOT BUY

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Excellent product!

      I have read many reviews saying this drive is no good. Hmm, I have had mine since January of 2015 and have ripped literally thousands of CDs and DVDs to my comp I have read many reviews saying this drive is no good. Hmm, I have had mine since January of 2015 and have ripped literally thousands of CDs and DVDs to my computer, not to mention burning a rather large number for the days I was still using CDs in my cars. I have never had a failure despite the fact I dropped this drive numerous times (I am rather clumsy at times!). Never has it produced a bad disc or failed to read a disc unless it was seriously geezed. I do not see why all the poor reviews. Perhaps your system is not up to snuff, or you are using cheap apps to rip and/or burn discs??? As the old saying goes... Corn goes in, corn comes out. Go home Apple haters. God bless!

      • Written by Liz A from Ottawa

      2 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Excellent product!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Poor quality product

      My SuperDrive hasn't even been used that much since purchase, the last couple of nights I wanted to watch some brand new DVDs of educational videos and a minise My SuperDrive hasn't even been used that much since purchase, the last couple of nights I wanted to watch some brand new DVDs of educational videos and a miniseries that is available via downloading or streaming. The drive is not reading the discs and ejecting them. Ridiculous performance considering the number of times it's been used during my ownership of the device. This is the king of Apple DUDs. Does anyone know if there is a reliable third party compatible DVD player/burner?

      • Written by Tami H from Cypress

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Poor quality product

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