• 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Limited at best

    • Written by Marlyn A from Newport News

    The device itself functions well, but how ridiculous it is that for my Macbook with USB-C interface I cannot charge the computer and watch a movie using the SuperDrive because it only works when connected with the Apple USB-C to UBS adapter. Too limited, is a joke! Does not seems to be worth the money.

    6 of 9 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Must do better !

    • Written by John from Horley

    The drive works well but there are a number of shortcomings :
    1- Slot loading means you can't use a minidisc.
    2- No reading of Blu-ray Discs, let alone writing them !

    I think it's about time somebody (preferably Apple) made an external, matching, tray-loading Blu-ray player/writer WITH A THUNDERBOLD CONNECTION !

    64 of 69 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple SuperDrive not compatible with HyperDrive

    • Written by Angela T from Benton

    So I love Mac and Apple products. Went and bought a new MacBook Pro two days ago when my "vintage" MacBook Pro expired. Super excited. Bought a HyperDrive and a SuperDrive. THEY AREN'T COMPATIBLE. So now I get to go back and purchase an Apple USB C adapter just for my SuperDrive. I didn't discover this out until after I'd spent an hour and a half searching forums and support. Found the info on the HyperDrive support site. This info really should be included on the SuperDrive support site, where it can be EASILY found. I do still love my Mac, even though we are having a "tiff" at the moment.

    28 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Here's A Comprehensive Review

    • Written by Steve V from San Diego

    I only purchased this Superdrive to be able to burn discs faster in El Capitan and later OS's on my 2012 Mac Mini (For some reason, third party CD burners burn at 4x or slower in Mac 10.11 and later). Functionally it works fine for me, just beware of a few things before you buy it...
    1. The USB cable is less than a foot long so you will need an extender if you want it to be longer than 1 foot away from your computer.
    2. It doesn't burn slower than 10x. For those who want to burn redbook CD masters, you might want to try a slower burning alternative
    3. It doesn't work on USB2 Macs (at least not my Mac Pro Cheese grater) but it works fine on my USB3 Mac.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    What about power?

    • Written by Glenn E from La Mirada

    Drive does NOT work on a brand new USB 3 hub. Didn't work on my older USB 3.0 powered hub either.
    It must be plugged directly into your Mac (or, oddly, into one of he USB ports on the back of your Cinema monitor. (me and the 12 other people who still have one).

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the Best Apple Product

    • Written by Niloufar S from Greeley

    I recently purchased this USB Drive, and I have to say that it is not the best. My CDs keep getting ejected in the middle of playing/importing time after time. When it works, it works great, but it doesn't work all the time. It's pretty much a coin toss and can be very frustrating at times. One thing that has helped me with this issue is to wait for about 30 minutes after inserting the disc into the drive to play the disc. This doesn't make much sense, but this way my CDs are much less likely to be ejected while playing.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not comatable with latest MacBook Pro (even via an adaptor).

    • Written by Peter M from BRIDLINGTON

    Luckily I borrowed this from my son. As far as I know, he has not had any issues with it.
    It will not work with my 2018 MacBook Pro.
    I have an external TYPE-C MULTI-PORT USB adaptor (powered via the MacBook), I get a message along these lines "That the SuperDrive needs it's own power supply". It has no option for it's own power supply!
    So I then used an older external, with its own power supply USB adaptor (via the TYPE-C MULTI-PORT USB, for obvious reasons), I still get the same message.

    So it looks as though there is no chance of working with DVD's etc on the latest MacBooks.

    11 of 12 people found this useful