• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works once or twice a year

    • Written by Robert H from Saint Paul

    Purchased my USB SuperDrive along with my MacBook Pro in 2013. It worked ok for the first two years then started failing to load or read. Success ratio is that it works about once in 30 to 40 times. Tried on a brand new iMac with no success. Right now, it's a square paper weight.

    33 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for a While, Then Dies

    • Written by Kyle F from Auburn

    As the title indicates, this 'Super' Drive will work through playing a couple of DVDs for yah, but once get it to it's 5th, 6th or 7th go around and it'll finally die on yah.
    Mine now it plays a DVD for about 5 mins, then freezes the video and audio, while the undeniable and audible 'clicking' sound makes an appearance to annoy and chuckle at you while you try to eject the DVD... but you continue to fail. After about 5 to 10 mins it'll finally give it up, and an Apple notice will appear and they'll ask 'if something went wrong' and if you would like to 'report' it. Waste of money, and certainly not Apple quality.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow and unreliable

    • Written by Robert P from Penrith

    I've had this for a couple of years, and I have several occasions where it wouldn't read the whole of an audio CD. The local Apple store tried other ones from stock with the same result, yet the CDs read fine on my 14 year old Apacer Disk Steno. It is also disappointingly slow. Expensive, waste of money.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best

    • Written by Robert V from Curdworth

    I expect Apple to be the best. I bought this product 3 years ago and now conclude that there are much better options. It looks like an Apple product - smart and sleek - but it doesn't work to my expectations. It is very sensitive to the slightest mark on a disc. It refuses to download - and hangs so that the only way to eject is to switch off and restart the drive. It also does the same on play. No amount of cleaning makes any difference. These same discs play well on my other independent equipment (Hifi,DVD/BluRay) drives. When it does work it is ok. Note that it also doesn't do BluRay video.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple super drive not up to par

    • Written by Sutikare O from Baltimore

    Not really pleased with this device. It worked for a while (not the fastest, but it did work) final straw, was when I was totally unable to eject a dvd from inside of it. Paid a serviceman to extract it, after all my attempts failed. He got the DVD out and then told me that it probably was not going to be reliable anymore. Very disappointed; it was an expensive expenditure and the results were not up to what I paid for it.

    37 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Slow and Outdated

    • Written by Henry M from Porth

    This is very slow and outdated for an Apple product. It is also not possible to eject a disk without going into the laptop software. All in all it is like a piece of Microsoft piece of junk

    49 of 55 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    TRASH!

    • Written by Shalisa H from Tacoma

    Bought a SuperDrive today, popped in a brand new CD and the entire time the CD was in it sounded like it was being tossed around. It rattled so loud I could barely concentrate on what I was doing. To make matters worse, I went to eject the CD and that almost turned into a failed mission. The CD kept rattling around and since there is no direct way to remove the CD except to "eject" it using the option on your actual computer, I almost couldn't get it out because my Macbook would not eject the CD while it continuously spun around for no reason at all (the CD was no longer in actual use). I finally was able to "force" it to stop spinning and eject the CD. I now understand why Apple does not automatically add CD drives to their computers... the quality of their computers would tank. Taking this thing right back to Apple first thing in the morning and getting a different brand. Gave it two starts simply because I was able to retrieve the information from the CD that I was needing and because of the ease of set up and overall use.

    51 of 58 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing...

    • Written by Joe D from PORTLAND

    I bought this SuperDrive because Apple doesn't build iMacs with built-in SuperDrives anymore. That's the only negative aspect of my iMac 27" Retina. I need the SuperDrive mainly for importing CD's into iTunes. I'm old school in that I don't believe in music subscription services and would rather have all my bought and paid for music in my old iPod Classic. Unfortunately, this SuperDrive has a persistent glitch that almost always means the last two or three tracks of a CD don't get imported. And there's no work-around that I've discovered. I'm looking for another drive. There must be other companies out there that offer them.

    46 of 51 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Most frustrating Apple product I own.

    • Written by Hunter L from St Paul

    I would love to give this PERFECTLY designed drive a five star review. I love how Apple focuses on build quality and recyclability when it comes to their products and this drive is no exception.

    I use my drive with my MacBook Air mid 2014, and all I really do is burn CD's into iTunes using ALAC(Apple Lossless). The drive is EXTREMELY picky when it comes to the condition of CDs. I had a CD that was lightly scratched up on the back and when importing the thing into iTunes, it would freeze up on a certain song and no matter how many times I was forced to unplug and plug the drive back in, it still would not read the song.

    I had to return my first one because the disc would not come out after using it for less than a week, and the Apple store just replaced it.

    45 of 49 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    More plain than super

    • Written by Robert M from Toronto

    I purchased this item when I got my iMac and right off the nit I regretted this purchase

    First off the cable is only 6 inches long. Ideal for a laptop but silly for an iMac

    Second as the SuperDrive needs power you cannot use a USB hub to connect or even the Thinderbolt adapter to connect the SuperDrive. Given how iMacs only have 4 USB ports the SuperDrive is not a flexible accessory.

    Third it doses not play bluray only CD and DVDs and for get HD discs as well. Given how we are at the point that 4K disc are out there it seems silly not to have bluray

    Very disappointed purchase.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good while it lasted...

    • Written by Jason S from Mc Cordsville

    My wife and I use all Apple products so we can enjoy the efficiency of having one technological ecosystem. So, it seemed only fitting to buy this product when we upgraded our iMac and MacBook.....even though some of the reviews had me worried about longevity. Sure enough, a year and a half later the dvd will not eject. We had it a year and a half but barely used it over that time. I would say it probably only had 75 to 100 input and ejections since purchase. That's almost a dollar per use, which is crazy.

    39 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great until...

    • Written by Alice H

    I loved my Apple USB SuperDrive that I got for my MacBookAir that didn't have one built in. My brother got one as well about 6 months after me. Both of ours have now stopped working while watching movies on brand new DVDs within a year of buying them both over the course of a couple of months. Totally disappointed. Both times they stopped working it was very sudden and unexpected.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    OK, but not the best

    • Written by Warren M from New Boston

    I don't use the SuperDrive on my 2013 iMac much, but recently I tried to import a CD. The import failed on the SuperDrive ("not available" error message). I imported the CD with no problem on my MacBook Pro, and burned a copy of the CD on the MacBook. I was able to import the copy with the SuperDrive on my iMac. Sometimes when I've imported other (new) CDs, the SuperDrive makes a lot of noise and takes a very long time. If it croaks I will not replace it with another SuperDrive.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    glad it's external

    • Written by Darrell S from Charlottesville

    I'm glad this drive is external so I can throw it away.

    At first this drive seemed fine, but after some use (but mostly disuse) it stopped accepting a brand of blank DVD-R disks that it would previously burn without issue. No message, no indication of what is wrong... who knows. Perhaps it was an OS update, perhaps the drive has semi-died.

    I guess to be honest I have high standards for Apple products, and while this drive is OK, it doesn't meet Apple's high standards, IMO.

    30 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    toy

    • Written by WALTER G from Lockhart

    Sorry I bought this. It's weak and slow, I thought the blank discs were bad. Problems went away when I bought good cd/dvd drive from Other World.

    22 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook Air + iDVD + SuperDrive = Doesn't Work

    • Written by Steven C from Gilbert

    I know most of you are using software newer than iDVD. However, I copied it to my macbook air to burn a video and the error is saying that the superdrive is not compatible and I cannot burn any DVD's from iDVD.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems so far

    • Written by Julianne C from Omaha

    I've burned over 10 Dvds on it already and all of them get errors in my DVD player and my playstation.. I've tried 2 different brands of DVDs and they are all DVD+R... i'm not sure what else to do. I've even converted files like i did on my windows pc... those always worked fine. the DVDs burned fast, but hopefully I can get them to start working and it's not an issue with the Superdrive itself.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not so super

    • Written by Aaron J from New York

    There's nothing super about the Apple Superdrive. At first it could read most CDs, but within about a year it was spitting out some perfectly good CDs as "unreadable" and never was able to burn a DVD. Two years in, and it can't even bring a CD into itself. When I plug it into the computer there's a little clicking sound that indicates it's getting power, but without an indicator light I can't be sure. Anyway, it doesn't work. I expected more, both from Apple and for the price.

    47 of 51 people found this useful