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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 8210 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good solution for bad superdrive

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    jjohnson
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    Good solution for bad superdrive. The iMac desktop native built-in Optiarc DVD player stopped recognizing DVDs and CDs.. This external drive was a quicker (but not cheaper) fix than a trip to the Apple Store to R&R the Superdrive. Main problem is that the USB cable takes up another USB port! So I have to alternate swapping the external hard drive for other peripherals, such as a usb-charger, an external usb-hard drive, a time machine, a usb-flash drive, usb-audio output, usb-midi adapter, usb-card reader, etc.. I am told there is software for watching Blu Ray DVDs on an iMac..??

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    CD drive

    Posted
    toriamason
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    I bought a cd drive for my mac because it did not come with that drive installed. I was a little worried about buying the drive because I did not know how I was going to like it. I prefer to buy CD's rather than buy things off iTunes so I needed the drive. The first one I bought had an issue that it was not reading the discs correctly and when I called applecare they were really nice and helped me through troubleshooting the issue. It was decided that the issue was with the drive itself and I should take it back to best buy and exchange it for another one. I did so and I have not had a single issue since. One thing that I have grown to love about the drive is that i can unplug it and store it when I am not using it. It does not take up any unnecessary space on my desk either.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good drive, but worth $80?

    Posted
    late2012iMacUser

    So I bought a late 2012 21.5 inch iMac (first generation of iMac with no built in disk drive) and decided I needed the superdrive. Did I really need it? I am not so sure now. Granted, it is a good thing to have just because somethings are still on dvds, but I have not used this nearly as much as I thought I would. I encourage you to really think about if this is worth the money for you. I think that except for actually watching dvd movies, an optical drive might not be necessary anymore. I will be using this drive to put my short films on dvd, but it isn't even that fast at writing discs. Perhaps wait until Mac supports blu-ray and then invest. (maybe they already do, and just don't have a product yet)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what it's supposed to do.

    Posted
    Kevin
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    I'm an Apple guy. I never thought I would be, but it's true. I am a huge fan of the simple design and reliable function aspect of the brand, which is why I like the SuperDrive so much. Sure, there are lots of external drives out there that do more than the SuperDrive, and some at a lower price, but that's not why I bought the drive (or the MacBook Air). I bought it because its an Apple product, and it works perfectly with my other Apple product. About the only product recommendation I would make to Apple is to lengthen the USB cable a little bit. The cable is short, and depending on where I am, it can be less convenient to find a place to set the drive than I would hope. It looks great with the silver color a perfect match to the Air color. Its also relatively quiet for an external drive, so you don't have to yell to be heard while using it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple CD burner is a winner!

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    Mouselead
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    If you own a Mac Laptop or desktop, and need to install any software, you need this burner. It's also awesome and easy to burn discs with photos or files you need to save for future use. Great for backups of programs too. I know there are over priced clouds and such, but this is a great way to locally backup important information or photos. You don't need to install any software to use it nor do you need to download any drivers from an unknown source. To start using it, you simply plug in the USB cord which comes attached so you don't lose it. That's it. The only downside is that it is 2.0 and pretty slow compared to flash drives available today. BUT, unlike flash drives, CD-RW or DVD RW formats are made to use over and over again. If you still need a burner, and you own a mac, this is the best choice in my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Disc Drive

    Posted
    dezvitor
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    Had to buy this one, as some other people I have a car that does not plug in a MP3 player. Everything is downloadable now, so discs are getting obsolete. Apple ripped it off from all of its devices, but thank goodness they didn't let people like me down. You may ask, why buy an expensive Apple product even if you could get a generic for less? Compatibility. After my first Apple product, I know expect everything to be really plug and play., no hassle, no drives, no software, no restart, just plug, use, unplug. That's the reason I bought this expensive external DVD drive. As it's apple the word expensive seems unnecessary and nothing is this world is perfect, I has to point something bad. Here you have people. This device works great. Quiet - you barely hear it when it's reading, easy to install - plug and use, no software or drivers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    love this

    Posted
    Bearsy2
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    Since the Mac laptop's these days don't have a CD drive, this little accessory is a necessity. I love that the laptops don't have a CD drive in them that I have to haul around whenever I take my laptop out and about. It makes my laptop much lighter. I mean, really, how often do I use my CD drive? As I realized, not very often. Most programs today are downloaded from the internet, anyway. But there are some programs that still have a CD, and that's where this little gem comes in. You simply plug this into your USB, and POOF! it's attached and ready to burn or download or do whatever you need it to do. Really great little piece. I keep it in the box until I need it, and when I'm done using it, it goes back in the box and into my bookshelf. I really do love this accessory.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good quality

    Posted
    MarkH
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    I bought this drive after purchasing and returning the LG model SP80NB60. The Apple drive costs twice as much but it works much better. It has a slot rather than a tray (which can sometimes feel flimsy.) It seems to be heavy duty, made of metal rather than plastic. At this point I haven' used it to burn any cds or dvds. I have only used it rip live cd-rs to my computer. The drive was quiet, ejected nicely and worked quickly enough. It also fits nicely on the base / stand of my iMac. I give it 5 stars even though I haven't burned any discs yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great USB DVD Drive...

    Posted
    Carlrobe
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    I originally purchased the Apple Superdrive USB DVD Player to go along with my MacBook Pro Computer… My MacBook Pro comes with only 2-USB Ports to connect Devices, but I needed 4-Ports to connect all my Devices… I purchased a 4-Port Powered Hub and connected the Superdrive, but it was not recognized by the Computer… As a result, I had to return the Superdrive and purchased an LG USB DVD Drive that does work… Apparently the Apple Superdrive requires a lot more power than other USB DVD drives… There is no noticeable difference in performance, even though the Superdrive cost twice as much as other drives… I am very disappointed it requires direct access to the computer USB Port to operate!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hands down the easiest and most user friendly

    Posted
    SanFranciscoGiants
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    There is no doubt in my mind period that there is not a easier, simpler, better quality four external C drive DVD writer/reader on the market. This product is the most friendliest see user-friendly and easiest external device that I have ever used with my MacBook air period. I tried two other manufacturers and I immediately returned them manufacturers before this one that Apple produced. The quality is out standing.! And the customer service I experienced completely complemented my whole trip Best Buy. KEEP IT UP Best Buy.!.!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple quality - works as expected

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    JEFE
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    Bought and used it as a replacement for my failing internal disk drive and for some reason the Apple OS will not let you use their own disk drive if your Mac came with one, some simple setting changes fixes this and both drives are seen by the OS NOTE if you upgrade your old Mac to El Capitan, the drive will not work even with the setting changes due to enhanced security protections. If you have El Capitan already installed, you need to downgrade the OS and change the system settings to accept your drive. I give Apple credit because there is a note on the package that the drive is only for use with Macs that don't have a drive. So obviously if you have a newer Mac system you will not have an issue. Overall the drive works flawlessly and allows you to burn DVDs easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another good Apple product

    Posted
    Jims4030
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    I felt I needed this since my MacBook Air doesn't have a DVD/CD drive in it. And I have DVD's and CD's I want to put on to my Mac. Plus I can also put my pics and some other data on to a CD or DVD now, which I like to do. Apple's products are great and their reputation is really good. Some friends & family I have have highly recommended them. originally I had some problem with my Mac but I found out it was because of my slow internet connection, so I switched to a faster internet provider and my Mac and also my Windows computers work MUCH better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Terrible design error.

    Posted
    Steelersgirl
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    This was purchased with a MacBook Pro for our daughter since the newest laptops no longer have a built in drive and she still wants to be able to play CDs and DVDs. What Apple fails to make clear is that this drive is NOT compatible with the new MacBooks and no one selling them seems to be aware of this sad fact. We had to spend time with geek squad to troubleshoot. We returned it and bought an LG brand drive that worked perfectly at half the price. I gave this 2 stars even though for me personally, it gets only 1 because if there actually is an Apple product that it is compatible with this drive, it probably works great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must have for new iMacs

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    Mikef
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    I bought a new iMac 27" 5k and gave my 2009 iMac to my daughter. Of course I needed a CD drive because I do like to make music CD's etc but with the slim new models the drive is eliminated. So that led me to research CD drives and even though I saw some bad reviews on the Apple CD drive mine is excellent. Very quite and fast! No ejection problems and it is well built and of course matched my computer. It is not cheap plastic but brushed aluminum. Just plug and play. That simple. Much faster than the built in drive of my old computer. I just think if you buy an iMac stick with Apple products for best results. There are cheaper drives but you have to set them up, the Apple Super drive took all of a minute to be up and running.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    Posted
    Isabel
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    I read the reviews and many of them said it didn't work with the new MacBooks, so I was tilted about buying it... I decided to give it a try and go to buy it, but I took my MacBook Pro 15" 2018 with me to the store, a CD and a DVD movie to test the Super Drive there immediately after purchasing it ( and save the inconvenience of having to go back to return it to the store if I had issues). The Apple rep at Best Buy plug the drive in, answer the few questions for the setup (European DVD format is different to US and the SuperDrive is a global product), we put the DVD into the drive and my Mac immediately recognized the device and went through the motions to play the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't Leave Home Without It

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    AudioPro
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    Quite frankly, I was a little disappointed when Apple made the decision to stop building in optical drives. It's a little bit annoying to have to hook up an external drive every time I want to read from or burn a CD or DVD. So now I own 2 of these drives. One lives in the video editing suite and this one hangs out with my MacBook Pro. It worked flawlessly out of the box and required no set-up time. Of course, we've all come to expect that from Apple and once again, they delivered. So to actually review the drive: it's lightweight, easy to carry in my computer bag and extremely durable. I've never had a bad burn and it functions very well. Since most new Macs are shipping without built-in drives, you'll need to purchase an external. You will not be disappointed in this unit!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great complement to MacBook Air

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    SourdoughSlim
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    The light weight and portability of a new MacBook Air comes at the cost of not having an internal CD/DVD drive. I have a music collection of about 3000 CDs and 500 LP vinyl records. I can carry it all with me in the Air, but first I have to get it inside. The SuperDrive does a great job of putting it inside. It is quick, quiet and reliable ... and it continues loading music accurately into the Air despite the occasional jostling I give it accidentally. So far no falls to test its shock-resistance. I find the short cord a plus: it's long enough to be able position the drive next to the Air as I want it, but short enough to avoid tangles and the risk of getting snagged and accidentally pulled out; those preferring things to be more spread out might prefer a longer cord.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what I was looking for

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    Bijoucat3
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    I had just purchased a new MacBook Pro, and I knew that I would need some sort of external drive. I was expecting to purchase a non Apple brand one because of the cost. Not only did I find an Apple drive, at a very reasonablle price, but brand new in an open box. I am delighted with my purchase, and the external drive matches my laptop beautifully! The associate was very helpful and even insisted on checking the merchandise to make sure it was in good condition; and also scanned it to make sure that the price had not been reduced further. Very pleasant experience. Best Buy’s employees never disappoint; never high pressure and always very helpful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to my Mac Book Air

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    Dewey
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    Was looking for an add on CD/DVD player. I first purchased a cheapie knock-off from an online store & it didn't work at all, even tho the ad said it was compatible with Apple Mac Book Air's, so sent it back & decided to purchase this, an "actual" Apple product. Was a little apprehensive at first when I was on my way home. But once I got home & plugged it in it worked flawlessly right off the bat. I learned a valuable lesson, like the old saying goes " you get what you pay for " & how oh so true it was with this incident/purchase. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an add-on CD/DVD player for your Apple product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First External Drive

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    Oblivion
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    It is my first time owning an external drive. I am used to the traditional PC drive (pre-installed into the computer). It is kind of interesting since ejecting a disk is through telling the laptop to do it, rather than having a physical eject button. I would much prefer having a physical button to manually eject, if there were ever any problems with ejecting a disk if the laptop decides to malfunction. It was an interesting feature, and for now I enjoy it. Although I kind of hoped it would play Blu-ray since we are moving to Blue-ray disks, but maybe Apple will incorporate that for next generation laptops and accessories.

    I would recommend this to a friend