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

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 8167 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Must Have Apple Product!

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    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

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Operates fine, but there's a catch

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    SalHepatica
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    This optical drive works identically to the one that was installed in my now -dead iMac and as such is perfectly fine to use. One thing purchasers should know (because even the Best Buy Apple specialists weren't aware) is that this drive will ONLY work if it is plugged directly into the computer. It will not work from an extension dock or USB hub. With the MacBooks built in the past two years, you need to take this into account because of the limited number of ports some of these computers ship with. If you buy the current MacBook, it only has a single input, so you won't be able to use this drive while it is plugged into power. (Also, you have to buy a USB-C to USB-2 adapter for it.) Also, the price of $79 is on the high side compared to other external optical drives sold by third-party manufacturers. Indeed, it's almost enough to buy a Blu-Ray capable drive. The main advantage to this drive is your ability to blame Apple if there are any problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Improved TV sound quality

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    gjbinrw
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    Bought this Sony sound bar to get better sound out of my TV, which just happens to be a Sony also. I figured this sound bar would be a good fit and it was. It even included the optical cable. However, we still have trouble understanding what is being said sometimes. We think it is the movie sound track-it only happens with movies. With the TV speakers, we would adjust the volume from 20 to 45 depending on the movie or channel. With this sound bar we only need a 4 or 5 level up or down adjustment. That being said, there is no visible or audible adjustment level, so you never know where the volume setting is at. But, I bought it on sale and it did improve the sound and the volume control is easier so we like it. It is also Blue tooth capable, so we paired it with Alexa and listen to music during the day. Again, a better speaker that Alexa's speaker. Of course you have to change the input from TV to Bluetooth, and back to TV. And you now have 2 remotes, Directv & the Sony sound bar. We don't mind these little inconveniences. We are older and remember no remotes, fine tuning and moving the rabbit ears to get better reception when you change the channel, and no blue tooth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Serves its purpose

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Slick, compact, matching form CD drive

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    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: 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: 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Glad I purchased!

    Posted
    ShopperInCarolina
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    This is perfect for anyone who wants to run CDs or DVDs on a MacBook. As a teacher, I wanted to play some audio books as we read along in the textbook. This allowed me to do that. My only complaint is that it took a little time to let the CD load the first time because it would ask if I wanted to sync it to my iTunes. (It can take a few minutes if you decide to sync.) I have read reviews about some people having problems with skipping when using a separate drive, but I didn't have that problem at all with this device. We've watched movies and listened to CDs without any problems--sometimes using it 5+ hours each day. It was easy to switch between tracks to pick up where we left off the previous day. I would definitely recommend it to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High quality, compact, reliable & looks great!

    Posted
    AxEffects
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    This is a pretty straight forward device. No switches or buttons; just slide a disk in and off you go. At $80 there are less expensive units available, however, none as sleek and portable as this unit. The "Apple" aluminum finish looks awesome as all Apple products do. The unit runs off of USB power connected to your computer, so you need not carry an external power supply around if you are using this as a portable. Just slide it into your laptop case and off you go. Less wire, less mess. The only downside I can think of is it requires higher voltage than is typically supplied through USB ports. Therefore, this unit must be connected directly to your Laptop for proper voltage supply. It will not run on an external USB hub. So, I recommend a USB extension cable Type A male-Type A female to give you extra cable length in case you desire or need to place the Superdrive on the opposite side of your desk. The built in cable is only around 14" long. Aside from these two minor issues, this is a fantastic drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great drive, but...

    Posted
    SpareChange
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    While I wish Apple had chosen to support Blu-Ray with their standalone SuperDrive, I understand why they didn't. This does everything it says it will, and looks pretty slick on my desk to boot. My only complaint is that the cord is too short to reach my USB port. I have a powered USB hub, and I had assumed it would work fine with that, especially since it has it's own separate power source. However, when I plug it into the hub it tells me it doesn't have enough power and must be plugged into the computer directly. That's really frustrating and ridiculous. So I had to purchase a USB extension cable to reach my MacBook Pro. And since I think the SuperDrive is already overpriced for no Blu-Ray support, and additional expense is simply aggravating. I'm giving this 4 stars still because it does function as the description reads.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An overrated average product

    Posted
    Evie
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    I am a fan of apple products, phone, laptop, iPad, TV, monitor and even the new apple watch. But this product is really mediocre. I used to use a cheap $30ish HP DVD external drive and it works way better and more durable, although it was plastic. I had such strong belief in Apple's product and I purchased that without any hesitation. The first one was broken and scratched my DVDs and CDs like crazy. Somehow it passed the 15 days of return or exchange and I was directed to go to Apple Store. I wasn't happy about how best buy handles returns. 15 days and it became a piece of junk and I couldn't return or exchange it in the original retailer? What a joke. Anyway, the guys at Apple Store were really awesome and I got an exchange of a new one and so far it works fine. But as far as the versatility and easy-to-handle feature is concerned, my old plastic, light HP is way more advanced comparing to this product. I don't understand why it gets such high rating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Meh...and No Blue Rae

    Posted
    CuriousShopper

    First, the good. It looks nice and it is slim. I put a DVD in and it works. Now, the rest. I need a DVD player for my new iMac which came without one. This one is $74.99 during a sale today. In other words, not cheap. The cable is built in and only about eight inches. (really Apple?). My iMac is 3 inches off the desk. Now, when I move the monitor, which I do often, I will need to move this item. When the Cable wears out, as Apple power cables often do, I guess I need to got to the Apple store rather than get a new cable. There is no power light to tell the user it is on. Finally, it does not play Blue Rae which most new drives do. There is no remote. If you are ok with a short dinky cable, no remote and no Blue Ra, and paying a big price, then you may be OK. I am thinking of returning it during the two week period.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Welcome to the Brave New Digital World

    Posted
    Narukami
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    Even though Apple is marching boldly into the All Digital World, there are many of us who still have and use disc based programs. So it was then that when we purchased a new iMac we quickly discovered we really do need an optical drive. We tried a very highly rated drive from another manufacturer, but it was a disappointment -- loud and not 'plug & play' friendly. So we returned it in favor off the more expensive Apply Super Drive, and discovered that, yes indeed, you really do get what you pay for. The Apple drive was simply to set-up being truly plug-&-play friendly, and we were operational within minutes. The unit itself is quiet and takes up very little real estate on your desk. If you still want to play DVD's, burn CD's of your iTunes play list, or use disc based software (Games!) this unit is the one to get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great external drive for playing CDs and DVDs

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    This is an excellent external drive for everyday use. It combines the best of design and ease of use, resulting in a plug-and-play product that maintains a compact form factor roughly the size of a CD case, though slightly taller. The major selling point that lead me to purchase this drive was that it has a single USB cable for both data and power. This was a necessity for my retina Macbook Pro which only has one USB hub on each side, so drives that require two cables were out of the question. Nonetheless, I have owned this drive for about two months and I have experienced no problems like disc rejections or scratches. My only complaints are that the built in USB cable seems like it could wear over time where it connects to the drive and write speeds are lower than other drives on the market. Overall excellent product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Total junk

    Posted
    DatChromeDome

    Ordered from Best Buy.com and UPS delivered it yesterday. Straight out of the box it is useless and does not accept ANY CD or DVD-after a minute or two of running-spits them back out. Also my iMac doesn't even recognize it. I bought my iMac in January of this year and want a external optical drive. After I talked to Apple support yesterday afternoon over the phone, they agreed it is another defective SuperDrive. I had read the mostly negative reviews and decided to try one anyway-deep regrets now. Not Best Buy's fault. Apple should trash this optical drive and start over. Will be shipping back to Best Buy this week. Would give Negative Zero stars if could.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fine external DVD for late model MACS

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    RockHound
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    As the title of my review would imply, this drive is just fine for late model MAC computers. I won't know how this will perform until I own a newer MAC though as I had purchased this for my 8-year old iMAC which I found out after my purchase is incompatible with this external drive. Needless to say neither the folks at the store or myself had no idea until I brought this home and found out the hard way. My suggestion would be to research this first before you buy this to see if your computer is compatible. I decided to hold onto the Superdrive I purchased for when I upgrade to a newer MAC in the near future. One would have imagined that with a name like "Superdrive" you could leap tall buildings in a single bound or at least be compatible with any MAC computer even if it's a little older. Nah, guess not. They should have called this the Millennial Drive instead...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It works the way it should, but...

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    JustMy2CentsforU
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    I bought this external drive because the internal drive in my 2009 iMac died. It would have gotten 5 stars, but I had to go through major efforts to figure out how to make it work. It seems Apple wanted me to either have the iMac serviced or make the choice to upgrade to a newer Mac. I ended up poking around the internet and discovered a sudo command that had to be run through the terminal app, then do a reboot, and then it worked fine. It loads fast, runs quietly, and of course matches aesthetically with all other Apple products. I will mark it recommended, but really only for those that need a drive for a machine that doesn't already have one built in - for some reason that's who Apple seems to have intended it for. I've read other reviews where people bought it for the same reason I did and ended up taking it back.

    I would recommend this to a friend