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
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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

      613 of 626 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

      487 of 501 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

      440 of 454 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?awful

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      What about power?

      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 o 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).

      • Written by Glenn E from La Mirada

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?What about power?

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      what a hunka junk!

      Second time I tried to use it - my computer (iMac 27" Retina display) won't even read the device! Now I have a software DVD stuck in the thing so heading to th Second time I tried to use it - my computer (iMac 27" Retina display) won't even read the device! Now I have a software DVD stuck in the thing so heading to the local Apple store to see if they can remove it. VERY disappointing! I gave it a 1 star only because negative starts are not an option.

      • Written by Cheryl M from Maumelle

      12 of 12 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?what a hunka junk!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Epileptic drive

      works great for about 50 reads then vibrates like mad every time you try to insert a disk. Then it spits the disk out. Gave it a single "star" rating because works great for about 50 reads then vibrates like mad every time you try to insert a disk. Then it spits the disk out. Gave it a single "star" rating because I got the disk back. ;). Do not buy this product. Weird drop in quality for this company.

      • Written by Robin J from Seattle

      15 of 15 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Epileptic drive

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