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Apple Macbook Air Superdrive - MC684ZM/A

4.6 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
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  • It connects to your MacBook Air with a single USB cable that's built into the SuperDrive.
  • Play and burn both CDs and DVDs with the MacBook Air 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.
  • Dimensions - 5.47 x 5.47 x 0.67 inches; 139 x 139 x 17 mm
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Apple
  • Model Number: MC684ZM/A
  • Hardware Platform: Mac

Product Description

Compact and convenient, the MacBook Air SuperDrive connects to your MacBook Air computer or Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server 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. Weight - 0.71 pounds; 320 grams .

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.1 x 7.8 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 11.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
ASIN B0048606UG
Item model number MC684ZM/A
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #23 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > External Optical Drives > CD Drives
#317 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > External Components
#21,120 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories
Date first available at October 23, 2010

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By Ron Cronovich TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 29, 2011
At the time I write this, there are two other reviews of the Superdrive and both are negative. I agree with many of their observations, but I respectfully disagree with their overall assessment of the Superdrive.

Let's start with build quality. The Superdrive is encased in the same sturdy aluminum that encases your Macbook Air. (This also makes the Superdrive a perfect match, asthetically, for the Air.) The bottom of the Superdrive is black plastic with a thin ring of rubber to prevent the drive from sliding around your desktop. This plastic doesn't feel cheap or flimsy to me; I can't imagine it ever being damaged unless the Superdrive is subjected to unusual trauma, like dropping on a hard floor from 5' up.

In contrast, most other external DVD burners I've used or researched are completely encased in plastic and feel a bit flimsy. The pop-out disc trays that others have are plastic and a bit wobbly.

The negative reviews correctly point out that the Superdrive's cord is short, not detachable, and not user-replaceable. So, you must take a bit of extra care as not to damage the cord. I don't mind the short length, though. My Air sits on a Rain mStand, roughly 6" off the top of my desk. The cord is long enough to reach the Air's USB port when the Superdrive is sitting on my desk.

The negative reviews correctly point out that the Superdrive doesn't have a dedicated eject button or a light that indicates drive activity. Most other brands have these features.

However, I do not miss these features. I don't often need an external optical drive. Since buying my Air about 6 months ago, I've only needed the drive a few times - to install MS Office and other software, and to write a DVD of a movie I filmed on my iPhone for a party.
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I usually rate Apple products at 5 stars, but this one leaves me scratching my head. It's not that it is mis-marketed, or poorly made, but you do need to dig into the deets before you buy this product.

I purchased this drive because I have a newer model Mac Mini without an optical drive AND I have a Netbook that needed WinXP to be reinstalled. So I figured why not buy that sexy companion drive for the Mac Mini and just use it to install XP on that netbook...

First thing first -- this drive will only work with the newer Mac Mini (2011) without an optical drive and/or the Macbook Air (MBA). It does not work with other Mac's or with PC's. That's what really leaves me scratching my head, I understand the Apple philosophy, but really? Why limit the use to only two devices? I have multiple Macs and I can't even use it with those?

Next -- The connection cable is hardwired into the back of the drive and is really short. Using it with my Mac Mini is not a problem since its position is static and the wire is long enough, but other makers of portable drives use a standard mini USB connector so you can use any length of cable you want. I can see that short cord being an issue with the MBA. Also, if the cord gets any abuse and for some reason quits working, you cannot replace it.

The device seems to be well made, and works quite nicely with the Mac Mini, but it is on the expensive side for a combo or "super drive" and its limitations seem to negate its usefulness. One of the features I like about it for the Mac Mini is the ability to eject the disks with the wireless keyboard, it's a nicety but not essential.

I wound up having to buy an inexpensive combo drive for that XP install anyway -- on top of $80 for this super drive.
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Needed this Superdrive to add to my 2007 Mac Mini after I added an SSD and a second hard drive for data.

This drive is badass! I had a few issues writing DVD's with the default DVD writer that came with the old Mini. With this drive I haven't had a failure yet.

Oh and for those who say the Superdrive only works on the Macbook Air and the newer Mac Minis all I can say is poppycock!! LOL!!

Here are the instructions on how to make this drive work on ANY Mac.

The trick is to add "mbasd=1" to the Kernel Flags in exists by default in Lion, but not in earlier OSes.

There are multiple ways to edit a plist, I'll use TextEdit since every user has it. Since Lion already has there are two subsets of instructions, one for Lion and one for all other OS Xes.

Bottom line: will look the text between the starred lines when done:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" [...]
<key>Kernel Flags</key>


First, launch TextEdit.

For Lion:
Copy /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ to the Desktop. Drag the file onto TextEdit's icon in the Dock. The file will look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" [...
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