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Apple USB Superdrive

Apple USB Superdrive

Apple USB Superdrive

  • Box Contents – Apple USB SuperDrive with attached USB cable, User’s GuideFeatures
  • 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, or Mac mini with a single USB 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.Specifications
  • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVDA+-R DL/DVDA+-RW/CD-RW)

Compact and convenient, the Apple USB SuperDrive connects to your MacBook Pro with Retina display, MacBook Air, or Mac mini with a single USB cable and fits easily into a travel bag. It lets you install software and play and burn both CDs and DVDs, including double-layer DVDs.
Features:
* 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 youwant 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 yourdesk or tray table when yo

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  1. DJMoody says:
    245 of 256 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A rebranded Air Superdrive, but efficient nonetheless Update: Not quite complete rebrand, June 27, 2012
    By 
    DJMoody

    This review is from: Apple USB Superdrive (Personal Computers)

    This “Apple USB Superdrive” is basically the exact same thing as “Apple Macbook Air USB Superdrive”, except with the new Macbook pro’s shipping out without an internal disc drive, they just decided to drop the “Air” from the Superdrive.

    What is wonderful about this drive is that it only requires one USB Port. Often you’ll find external drives requiring 2 USB ports, one for Power, and one for data. On a laptop with as few USB Ports as Apple ships with, this is borderline unacceptable. As a computer Engineer, I need at least 1 port free for various interfaces, so an external drive that requires both my usb ports just wont work.

    Design: While I have my gripes about Apple, build quality is not one of them. This thing is sturdy, thin, and requires a minimal amount of desk space. I actually fashioned a “bookstand” like enclosure which makes it vertical, which means it takes up even less desk real estate.

    Speed: I didn’t notice any major difference in speed between a medium quality laptop internal disc drive and this one.

    The one thing I wish it had: Blu-ray support. I can dream can’t I? That said, discs are on their way out. Which is why I’m okay with the superdrive being seperate from my laptop. I only use it when I’m at my desk anyways.

    All Said and done: If you already have the superdrive for the air, don’t get this one, its not any different, at least not enough to notice. If your computer does not have a disc drive like the air and retina pro, this is the drive to get, if you plan on using it for anything besides emergency purposes. If you plan on using an external drive 1-2 times a year, there are cheaper options out there. That said, this one is a great blend of build quality, ease of use, and not using a ton of my valuable ports.

    Update: I had a chance to look at an air superdrive again, the USB Cord does appear to be a couple inches longer on the new superdrive. This is actually a much appreciated addition, I had forgotten how short the old USB cord was. I wouldn’t have had room to plug it in from the back of the desk with the old cord length, I do now.

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  2. DragonBoy says:
    131 of 137 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Functional, within limits, October 1, 2012
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    This review is from: Apple USB Superdrive (Personal Computers)

    The new Mac Mini desktops no longer have a superdrive. I bought this USB external to go with my Mini used as an HTPC. It is nice aesthetically, has a slot-load, and fits very cleanly into my setup. Funtionally, I have had no problems with this drive. It has played every disc I have used in it and successfully burned all writeable/rewriteable media without making any drink coasters. There are a few things I think others should know before they buy:

    1. The drive must be directly connected to the Mac. A USB hub will not work. I have tested it with several USB hubs and the drive will not function. I was told that this is due to the drive’s firmware limitations only allowing itself to work with Mini or Air products.

    2. The USB cable is extremely short, just a few inches long. This is not in any pictures or mentioned in any specifications on Amazon. Combine this with #1 and you must have the drive in the immediate vicity of the Mini (or Air). If you’re like me and have the Mini stored in an out-of-the way location (typical in HTPC setups) then this is a big inconvenience. I had to use a USB extension cable to relocate the drive to a convenient place without having to relocate the Mini too.

    3. The chassis is flexible enough that you do not want anything placed on top of it or you may encounter trouble inserting/ejecting discs. Even the weight of just the Mac Mini itself was enough to cause me trouble. After I bought the extension cable and located the drive where I desired it, this was not a problem. I did not see any scratches in my media when it had the problems.

    PS: I have not tried any 3″ or oddly-shaped media in this drive. Based on an unfortunate experience with the Superdrive in my macbook pro, I expect this drive will not support them.

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  3. B. Carter says:
    42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Works with other intel Macs (small trick)!!!, August 6, 2012
    By 
    B. Carter
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    This review is from: Apple USB Superdrive (Personal Computers)

    I can CONFIRM that you can use this superdrive with a MacBook Pro 2010 and other recent Mac computers (supposedly not supported by apple).
    My stock internal drive refuses to accept blank DVD’s, but will read and burn CD’s. I decided to go the easy route and get the external for the times I need to read or burn DVDs rather than repair the MacBook Pro myself and risk ebay purchases for a similar cost. This drive is extremely convenient since it doesn’t require any other power cords – just a single USB cord for power and connection. I bought my USB MacBook Air Superdrive directly from the local mac store. This one has the CD-Raw format which means it is the newest version of the mac superdrive. It appears to be slightly better than the one it is replacing.

    Found online, by typing (copying and pasting) one line of code and pressing return in the terminal window (run the application called Terminal in your Applications/Utilities folder),

    sudo nvram boot-args=”mbasd=1″

    and restarting the drive becomes 100% functional when plugged in. Prior to this, plugging in the superdrive into the USB port didn’t work in the least – it wouldn’t even accept a inserted DVD! After the trick and restart, I could insert, eject, burn blank DVD media. After you press return in the terminal window, you’ll need to type in your administrator password.

    The computers I successfully tested with this superdrive and trick were:

    17″ MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 OS X 10.6.8
    MacMini Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz OS X 10.6.8
    iMac Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz OS X 10.7.4 (and also booted it from 10.7 OS DVD to see if it would boot)

    The computers I tried unsuccessfully were (trying a variety of complicated tricks):
    15″ Powerbook G4 1.67GHz
    17″ Powerbook G4 1.67GHz
    Powermac G5 Dual 2 GHz

    Based on this I would deduce that Intel Core Macs should be able to utilize this trick and have success. There may be more involved ways to get this to work with older systems – but I am unwilling to risk it. In the case of the Powermac, I am not really sure why I tried (no need)! Sure you could buy a faster external DVD burner without any limitations – but where do you get one with a single cord and the elegant small form factor? My biggest concern in getting a replacement drive for my laptop was longevity, and from what I read online the internal superdrives had a reputation for early death.

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