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Apple - SuperDrive 8x External USB Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive - Silver

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Create customized DVDs with this Apple® SuperDrive 8x external DVD±RW/CD-RW drive that features support for double-layer media, so you can easily back up your important files. The built-in USB cable ensures simple connectivity.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Apple® SuperDrive 8x External USB Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7394 out of 7618)

    Features


    Multiformat support

    For DVD+R/R DL/RW, DVD-R/R DL/RW, DVD-ROM CD-R/RW and CD-ROM media.

    6x maximum DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL write speeds

    8x maximum DVD+R and DVD-R write speeds for fast disc burning.

    8x maximum DVD+RW speed

    6x maximum DVD-RW speed to erase discs and write new data to them quickly.

    8x maximum DVD-ROM read speed

    For fast operation.

    24x maximum CD-R write speed

    Enables quick disc creation.

    16x maximum CD-RW rewrite speed

    So you can efficiently write and erase CDs.

    24x maximum CD-ROM read speed

    Ensures speedy performance.

    Built-in USB interface

    For fast, reliable data transfer.

    Mac compatible

    For use with your MacBook® Pro with Retina display, MacBook Air or Mac mini.

    Apple, PowerBook, AirPort, FireWire, QuickTime, iTunes and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Velocity Engine, SuperDrive and iLife are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 7618 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Must Have Apple Product!

      Posted
      Achilles
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      For almost two decades now I have been lucky enough to be able purchase Apple products. Of those products I have had a MacBook Air, two MacBook Pros and three iMac machines. Until the last decade these have all had the Mac SuperDrive. As time goes by the need for the SuperDrive has been all but eliminated. Because of the use of USB Flash Drives and The Cloud just to name a few reasons. With that being said I too use the iCloud, USB Flash Drives and External Hard Drive's. Now why I feel there's a place for Apples USB SuperDrive. I for one still feel the need to make hard copies of certain Data. For starters important documents, backup copies of music that I have purchased. Backup Copies movies that I have purchased. Priceless pictures that can't be replaced. While several companies are manufacturing external optical drives. None of these even come close to the quality of the Apple USB SuperDrive. The drive itself is designed by Apple. It is built with the same quality materials that Apple builds all of their products with. It is built of aluminum. The unit looks outstanding with my MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and the iMac. Most importantly the Apple USB SuperDrive is quiet and works flawlessly! I do hope this helps.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great for what it is, but pricey

      Posted
      MiddleMan
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      If you have an iMac (or possibly even a MacBook) a physical media drive like this is still very much a useful if not necessary addition. My only real gripes are the price ($70-80 usually) the length of the cord, and it's lack of BluRay support. 80 dollars for a DVD-online drive is silly, even for Apple, when you can get an admitedly less attractive name brand model for less than half that which works just as well if not better. The price would be justified if it offered bluray burning (or at least reading# support like others do at that price, but Apple remains staunchly anti-bluray so it's not a surprising lack. Still, it would be nice if the price reflected that lack of functionality, but it's not like an Apple user isn't accoustomed to the "Apple Tax," right? Aside from that, I just wish they'd make the cord a few inches longer. it's not an issue if you're able to place the drive right next to your MacBook, or on the right side of your iMac #where the USB sockets are located# but if your desk setup is anything like mine, that's not always an option. Because I need the drive to sit on the left side of my iMac, I had to purchase a separate USB extension cord, which to me is silly seeing how the cords for other third-party drives have ample length without being too long. Is 3-4 additional inches really that much to ask, especially given the above mentioned price premium? Anyway, the drive itself works flawlessly and looks great as you would expect, but because of those issues, I can't give it anything higher than a 4 out of 5.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Serves its purpose

      Posted
      Elaray
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      It is a shame that computers no longer include disc drives, But then, I owned my iMac for about a year before I needed a disc drive. I prefer Apple/Mac products so this was the only drive I considered. I read the reviews saying the drive would not accept the disc, but I thought mine would be different. It wasn't. The drive didn't grab the disc and hold it in. The issue was easily resolved. I call Apple Tech support and was directed unplug the power cord for several seconds, reinsert the cord, then start the computer with the drive plugged in to the USB port. It worked. I think of it this way: the computer has to recognize what is attached when it turns on. How can the drive work with the computer if the computer doesn't know it's there? In a perfect world, this information would be included in the user guide. Since I rarely need a CD rive, I was glad I was able to use my points to reduce the cost. All that being said, the drive works well. I installed software, imported music from CDs easily. I plan to upgrade my laptop soon, and I'm glad I already own the drive I will need.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Much needed tool stil

      Posted
      NazMon
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      I've read how Appple states we live in a all wireless world which I agree it is becoming. Ur there are still times when you need to go back to the past like useing cd's for presentations or assignment for school or to just watch a film on your laptop (yes kids there are still people who watch movies this way especially if your wifi is very weak as it can be when traveling). I find Apples SuperDrive as a necessary tool as most macs no longer come with a drive. I like to burn music cd's and this is very fast in that process plus aesticetly it is a good looking product that fits oerfictky with a Apple laptop it's small enough to pull around in your laptop Everyone may not need it & yes there are less expensive options the Apple SuperDrive is still a good option with the looks & performance to satisfy any user.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Slick, compact, matching form CD drive

      Posted
      mb613
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      This external CD/DVD drive became a necessary peripheral accessory when it was no longer built into the desktop iMac computers as of a few years ago when Apple made the iMac profile super slender and had no more room for it. I assume it works the same as the previously built-in units. It accepts and ejects disks in the same manner as most car sound systems using a motorized mechanism. I was surprised by two discoveries, which probably have more to do with the Apple iMac and less to do with the drive. One, while it usually recognized the music on my CD (though not always), it never displayed the cover art. Secondly, I discovered that it didn't recognize the Blu-Ray disk format, which surprised me in this day and age. Overall, I like the way its design matches the hardware form and materials of the iMac desktop computer. It works well and smoothly in accepting and ejecting disks like a car's audio system (and unlike the cumbersome disk drive of my Dell desktop PC), and it's relatively quiet overall in operation. The price is surprisingly reasonable for an Apple product, so if you need a disk drive for your iMac or MacBook Air, this external peripheral is recommended. Simply plug in the USB cord and it's ready to go.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Returned it.......

      Posted
      Josh
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      I needed a cd writer for my MacBook and decided that this was the one I wanted. I trust Apple's quality (most of the time) and liked that it would match with my Mac's aluminum chassis. Upon purchasing it, I found a few flaws. The first was that the USB cable did not disconnect from the back of the writer; it was built right in. While if you plan on leaving this connected to an iMac or desktop PC this shouldn't be a problem, for mobility I believe this will lead to ultimate failure. Chords break or loose connectivity and without the ability to replace a $1 chord, I believe I will be left with a pretty aluminum brick. I also didn't like that there was no eject button (but that was not a deal breaker). I ended up returning it and went with a different model. I later went to Apple's own website and people were far less kind than I when reviewing the writer. If mobility matters, keep looking.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Get ONLY if you want to pay more for less.

      Posted
      MarkF64

      After years of wanting to switch to Mac I finally got a MBPro and this drive. As is fairly common for laptop users I wanted to use a (usb or some kind of) hub to keep things simple for me when I reconnect at my main place of use (dvd burner, keyboard, etc.). Enter Apple Superdive (NOT Superdrive). Unbelievable to me that in this day and age (2013) that Apple makes a drive like this that will NOT work when connected to a powered usb hub. Ridiculous. I will be happy to return this and get another that will actually work as advertised. Enjoy the MBPro I got a lot. NOT a fan of this Superdive at all. Apple should put on the box that it - unlike all the dozens of other usb gadgets I've used over the years - will NOT work UNLESS directly connected to computer. (Turns out this' well known in Apple user circles, but which was unknown to me till now.)

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great DVD and CD Player

      Posted
      TjLex
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      I was a little disappointment that my 5k 27 inch Imac did not have a CD and DVD player but I guess it had to be removed to make the computer thinner. I still own a lot of music in CD form and want to create DVD videos for the family who are still behind the whole Bluray technology. I have tested this device importing audio and data from CDs and still works like a champ. I have over 30 CDs of data from the past that I forgot about so I used this device to import my stuff to my computer. I will update my review if it fails.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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