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

      627 of 641 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

      496 of 511 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

      445 of 459 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?awful

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Crossing Fingers

      So Far, so good. My experience is that most external optical drives receive, at best, mediocre reviews. I bought this drive today for my late 2012 iMac, and hav So Far, so good. My experience is that most external optical drives receive, at best, mediocre reviews. I bought this drive today for my late 2012 iMac, and have successfully ripped 2 CDs so far. I don't know why Apple doesn't just include a built in optical drive anymore. Whatever. I'll come back later after a few days, or weeks, with an update. Right now, I'm just crossing my fingers that this thing works out.

      • Written by James A from san francisco

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Crossing Fingers

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Not reliable!!

      I received this new as a gift to work with my new blazing fast iMac, and I couldn't be more disappointed. I burn CD's so I can play a cappella learning tracks i I received this new as a gift to work with my new blazing fast iMac, and I couldn't be more disappointed. I burn CD's so I can play a cappella learning tracks in the car (old car) and every time I try to burn my playlist, it will not read the first track. I tried slowing down the burn speed, etc. no avail. Will look for another product.

      • Written by Sterett P from Leesburg

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Not reliable!!

    • 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

      6 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?What about power?

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