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

      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
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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

      1795 of 1852 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

      1440 of 1483 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

      1239 of 1279 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?awful

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Would not work

      Plugged the new Superdrive in to my new iMac to see if I could get FCP to burn a DVD. Nothing. Tried then to have it read an existing DVD-nothing. Might be time Plugged the new Superdrive in to my new iMac to see if I could get FCP to burn a DVD. Nothing. Tried then to have it read an existing DVD-nothing. Might be time to sell the Apple stock if this is the direction of quality control in a company I used to say I had complete faith in their products. I am going back to the Apple store to see about a refund.

      • Written by RICHARD S from Mendham

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Would not work

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Apple USB Superdrive Total Failure

      I bought this Apple USB Superdrive with my newly purchased Mac 3 years ago. Worked OK for that period of time bearing in mind I hardly used it!! Kept it safe i I bought this Apple USB Superdrive with my newly purchased Mac 3 years ago. Worked OK for that period of time bearing in mind I hardly used it!! Kept it safe in the box when not in use. Today my Mac would not recognise it on the Desktop. I went through all the relevant protocols to ensure it did. Next it would not accept any discs and has now totally broken down.I have read so many other unfortunate people have had similar issues with this product. Why Apple would endorse this poor quality item is beyond me. Today I ordered a OMorc Slim USB CD DVD Burner from Amazon at £16.99!! With very good reviews. Better than £70.00 for a new Apple Product that is probably a lesser quality item than what I am buying. Shame on you Apple!!

      • Written by Stephen S from Great Yarmouth

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Apple USB Superdrive Total Failure

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Piece of Junk

      I bought this because my new iMac didn't have a CD player like my old one did. And this piece of junk broke in a couple months, and I don't use it that much fo I bought this because my new iMac didn't have a CD player like my old one did. And this piece of junk broke in a couple months, and I don't use it that much for it to get overworked. Apple gave me a new one. That broke in less than 2 months also. Now I can't download my CDs onto my computer. Bummer for sure.

      • Written by Karen P from Monroe

      10 of 10 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Piece of Junk

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