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5.0 out of 5 stars Apple's Stylish New USB Superdrive: Easy to Use, July 3, 2012
This review is from: Apple MD564ZM/A USB 2.0 SuperDrive (Personal Computers)
Apple's new USB Superdrive looks identical to the older model. Setup is quick: just plug right in and go.

It is made for the current Mac Mini, the MacBook Air, and the MacBook Retina Display, which do not have built-in optical drives.

The bottom is slightly grippy, which helps keep it from sliding. It has a nice footprint, slightly larger than a DVD. The aluminum top is stylish. It would travel well.

It works great with both audio CDs and video DVDs. Easy to use.

I would like a longer USB cable, as it would be nice to have the option to set the drive aside when I am watching a movie. Note: Just like the previous generation, the USB cable is non-removable. If the USB cable fails, the device fails. It would be nice if the two were separate.

For Apple's dazzling new Retina display MacBooks with their 2880 x 1880 display, it would be nice to see Apple support Blu-ray and 1080p for this Superdrive.

Overall, a functional and stylish new offering from Apple.
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2012 1:55:17 PM PDT
Steve says:
While it is normal for vendors to indicate that a device is "made for..." a certain segment of their product line, this has a different meaning with Apple. They use a custom controller in the drive that checks to see which computer it is being connected to. If it is not a MacBook Air, MBP Retina or Mac Mini, this drive WILL NOT WORK. The custom controller shuts it down.

I went to an Apple Store today to test if I could swap my MacBook Air Superdrive (which only works with...you guessed it...) for this new one. They tried connecting it to a random MacBook Pro (non-Retina) on display, and it would not even power up. We moved it to a MacBook Air to confirm the drive worked, and it was just fine. We tried yet another non-Retina MBP and it wouldn't work.

So unless you have one of the three Mac computers listed, do not buy this. Apple has programmed it not to work with your computer for no logical reason whatsoever.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 7:09:55 PM PDT
Elizabeth says:
As stated, "It is made for the current Mac Mini, the MacBook Air, and the MacBook Retina Display, which do not have built-in optical drives."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 7:01:01 PM PST
Hey Missy - thanks for your review. "Current" Mini is the confusion for me. Mine is one of the "little" ones, has a drive already, BUT (as I read is quite common), the darned thing died (with a disc IN it, natch! won't eject either).

Do you know how I can tell if this drive will work for me? (Mac store is far & my car is in the shop for a bit, so that's not an option). I've got stuff I need to load! Thanks a million.

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