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4.0 out of 5 stars Single USB Port Required, July 4, 2012
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This review is from: Apple MD564ZM/A USB 2.0 SuperDrive [Old Model] (Personal Computers)
I thought about buying a different brand - maybe Samsung or Asus, but realized that almost all other brands require the use of TWO USB ports to power the drive as opposed to the one that the Superdrive requires. It's a about a $40 premium that you'll pay for this convenience, but it might be worth it to you.
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Initial post: Jul 14, 2012 9:20:50 AM PDT
MWebb says:
I have two Samsung external DVD drives and one Lenovo very compact external DVD drive. Although each came with a Y shaped cord (so you can plug into two USB ports) in fact I have never had to use both of them, even when burning (single layer) DVD's. I have no idea why they include the Y shaped cord, unless some USB ports deliver less than their specified amount of power. That having been said, like many I am interested in the Superdrive because it is so totally well built, plus it is slot loading instead of tray loading, which is easier to use imho. I am only put off by the short cord - I'd like a longer cord so I can watch a DVD while in bed (snake the cord over to the nightstand!) and complaints I have heard about trying to get the DVD to eject IF you hook it up to a Windows machine. Any comments on using it with Windows machines, or using it as a second DVD player with a 2010 vintage Macbook Pro (copy disk to disk), would be appreciated.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 1:28:01 PM PDT
Alexandre says:
I've had a Samsung USB 2.0 External Optical Drive SE-S084D/TSBS Super WriteMaster, Slim External DVD Writer for almost 2 years and it works perfectly fine WITHOUT an original "Y" USB connector. The trick's that I hooked it up with my new Mac Mini using ... my old Canon digital camera cord (USB/mini USB). I've never had any problems playing DVDs and CDs. I'm getting an Apple USB Superdrive too and NOT because of my dissatisfaction with the Samsung unit neither its connectivity issues (again, it works great with a single USB cord!). It just makes more sense to me: "Apple" pairs best with "Apple" ☺ And besides, now you have to pay like $60 (back then I spent $41!), while you can buy Superdrive for under $75 (I caught it on `Gold Box' deals few days ago!). Definitely, an extra $15 is worth spending just to get rid of that annoying blue light blinking and flimsy tray, don't you think?

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 4:28:47 AM PST
A. Johnson says:
I have the Amazon Basics drive, $35, it comes with a 2 USB cord but works just fine using one of them on my MacBook Air.

Here you are paying a premium for a shiny aluminum case. The sturdiness is great if you'll be carrying it anywhere but for a small object that sits on my desk mostly unused, paying the Apple premium wasn't worth it. And I like their products. Anyway, the criticism in the above comment is unfounded.
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