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

    17 mm / 0.67 inches

    139 mm / 5.47 inches

    139 mm / 5.47 inches

    335 grams / 0.74 pounds

    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

  • 2.0 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Nothing 'super' about it...

      I bought the superdrive as an essential piece of kit to accompany my Macbook pro (2015 model) as it did not have a built-in drive. The main reason I decided to I bought the superdrive as an essential piece of kit to accompany my Macbook pro (2015 model) as it did not have a built-in drive. The main reason I decided to pay the premium, the best part of £80, was the fact it was an Apple product - a brand I was familiar with and so far had not let me down. Unfortunately this drive is very temperamental, sometimes I have to load a CD into the drive multiple times before it works at all. Sometimes it takes 2 hours to import a single CD and even this is not done correctly as only 30 seconds of the CD gets imported. Apple has moved away from built-in drives and my Macbook pro is amazing. However as apple moves away from USB slots ect., and we have to buy these add ons I expect them to at least work. My confidence in the brand and the products has been severely knocked and its hard to to feel cheated out of so much money. I was lured in by the brand and the attractive design but thats all this have to offer, my advice would be to buy a cheaper drive that actually works and spend the rest of the money saved on more CD's!

      • Written by Adam W from Warrington

      461 of 479 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Nothing 'super' about it...

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Not Super

      Bought this as i have a lot of CD's.Its so slow and after 3 days of using it it has spat out as many CD's as i have ripped. It gets near to the the end of rippi Bought this as i have a lot of CD's.Its so slow and after 3 days of using it it has spat out as many CD's as i have ripped. It gets near to the the end of ripping a CD and gives up and spits it out. Very disappointed looking to get another cheaper make.

      • Written by john W from harlow

      352 of 366 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Not Super

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Rubbish!!!

      Used first time / on 3-rd CD , it is stuck - tried everything - nothing helps - Proper JUNK!

      • Written by Kate S from Leatherhead

      320 of 338 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Rubbish!!!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      IT'S RUBBISH

      The problem with this is that its slow, the dvd's don't play correctly & I've only had it for a couple months and it is already broken! I've wasted my money, an The problem with this is that its slow, the dvd's don't play correctly & I've only had it for a couple months and it is already broken! I've wasted my money, and now the superdrive is going in the bin. YOU WILL NOT BE RECEIVING MY MONEY AGAIN!

      • Written by DIDIER MBIDI K from London

      1 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?IT'S RUBBISH

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Just didn’t work!

      This product has accumulated a large number of negative reviews online, mostly because the drive won’t read the CD/DVD and just spits it out. The staff member i This product has accumulated a large number of negative reviews online, mostly because the drive won’t read the CD/DVD and just spits it out. The staff member in my local store persuaded me that their own SuperDrive had performed faultlessly and that I shouldn’t pay too much attention to reviews. So I put my faith in the Apple brand and went ahead with the purchase. Once unpacked at home, the drive looked good and felt substantially made. The only problem was that it wouldn’t read discs - I tried several CDs and DVDs and, after a few seconds of churning inside the drive, each was unceremoniously ejected. I returned the drive for a full refund and bought myself an LG equivalent which cost one third of the price and worked perfectly. Such a shame as aesthetically the Apple product was streets ahead - it just didn’t work!

      • Written by Charles G from Hook

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Just didn’t work!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Do Not Recommend

      I have been through three USB superdrive units. When converting CDs to add them to my iTunes library, it would randomly spit out the CD and fail to read it (eve I have been through three USB superdrive units. When converting CDs to add them to my iTunes library, it would randomly spit out the CD and fail to read it (even discs with no marks or blemishes) then cause iTunes to crash. At first I thought it was my install of macOS and iTunes, so I did a full system reinstall, but the issue prevailed again after a few minutes of use. So it seems that not are there only software issues, it also damages discs by leaving a scratch near the centre hole, so be careful if you do buy this. I've now moved to an alternative brand external disc drive which is working perfectly and reading all discs. Unfortunately this product is very much 'form over function' - it looks great but it doesn't perform up to the users requirements. Final verdict: do not purchase

      • Written by Connor L from Wolverhampton

      9 of 9 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Do Not Recommend

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