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

      1085 of 1120 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

      881 of 907 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

      777 of 802 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?awful

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Here's A Comprehensive Review

      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 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.

      • Written by Steve V from San Diego

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Here's A Comprehensive Review

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      One Star because no option for zero stars

      The product simply does not work, period. Multiple, commercial, CDs were put in the unit and each time the unit whirs for 30 or so seconds and ejects the disk. The product simply does not work, period. Multiple, commercial, CDs were put in the unit and each time the unit whirs for 30 or so seconds and ejects the disk. When I brought this to an Apple Clerk at the Charleston SC Apple Store, to pay for it, he asked me if it was a return----that should have warned me off. Why did new computers stop having built in CD/ROM drives anyway........ Avoid.

      • Written by Craig P from Beaufort

      8 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?One Star because no option for zero stars

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Rubbish USB Superdrive

      This item has been used twice. The second and last time (about 5 minutes ago) the disc got stuck. So a useless piece of hardware for an expensive cost and a l This item has been used twice. The second and last time (about 5 minutes ago) the disc got stuck. So a useless piece of hardware for an expensive cost and a lost disc, which contained a Digital Image Suite. No buttons to eject only an intermittent whirr. I have owned over a year therefore outside of the warranty period and probably no come backs on Apple unless I turn up at one of the posh shops and remove the disc with a hammer and chisel in front of the customers. Do not buy this product

      • Written by Tom B from Northampton

      14 of 15 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Rubbish USB Superdrive

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