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

    0.67 in./17mm

    5.47 in./139mm

    5.47 in./139mm

    0.74 lb/335g

    Connections

    USB-A

    System Requirements

    Compatible with the following computers:

    MacBook*

    MacBook Air with Retina display*

    MacBook Pro with Retina display*

    MacBook Air

    iMac (late 2012) and later

    Mac mini (late 2009) and later

    Mac Pro (late 2013)

    * MacBook, MacBook Air with Retina display, and MacBook Pro models with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports require a USB-C to USB Adapter (sold separately) to use Apple USB SuperDrive.

  • Mac Models

  • 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

      2205 of 2274 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

      1763 of 1819 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

      1517 of 1568 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?awful

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      A bad harbinger

      I bought a new iMac. Love it. But to use the CD's and documents I had backed up I needed a CD ROM. Three wasted CD's and hours on the phone with Tech support an I bought a new iMac. Love it. But to use the CD's and documents I had backed up I needed a CD ROM. Three wasted CD's and hours on the phone with Tech support and they decided it was the quality discs I chose and no warranty recall. Bought more CD's and same thing. Bought an Asus-cheapie for $29.00 and it's worked falwlessly. I hate Lenovo, Asus and cheap stuff but when they work better than a home brand it fills me with dread.

      • Written by Zachary S from Berkeley

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?A bad harbinger

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Typical Apple poor quality and inability to perform standard operations

      As usual with Apple this is a product designed for looks rather than functionality. It costs well in excess of other drives yet has some really bad issues as fo As usual with Apple this is a product designed for looks rather than functionality. It costs well in excess of other drives yet has some really bad issues as follows... -It can be difficult to eject disks -It won't accept modern mini DVD's that are supplied with so many products these days leaving no way to use products with a very expensive iMac. As a result I have to resurrect an old Windows PC just to use modern devices. An overpriced yet awful, bordering on useless product!

      • Written by Wilson A from Waterlooville

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Typical Apple poor quality and inability to perform standard operations

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Not up to Apple standard

      I have many Apple products and this is by far the biggest disappointment. I haven’t owned it for that long (I still have the box) and it ate my dvd and quit wor I have many Apple products and this is by far the biggest disappointment. I haven’t owned it for that long (I still have the box) and it ate my dvd and quit working. It was making the worst sounds. It was grinding and clicking like crazy. I finally was able to get my DVD out. I called support and they had me put the DVD back in and now it is stuck for good. The worst part is that their only solution was for them to send me a new one and me ship mine back. That would seem like a great plan, but they wanted to charge me the full price of the new one. So essentially I would be purchasing a new product knowing how bad it was. I politely declined and I urge you to do the same. If you read the reviews, trust them. Stay away from this product. You will only regret it if you don’t.

      • Written by Brittany W from El Paso

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Not up to Apple standard

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