Apple USB SuperDrive Review

Apple USB SuperDrive Review

Apple has always been fantastic at making beautiful products. Sure their prices are always much higher than their competitors but that’s the price you pay for quality. And it’s not just their computers and phones either, it’s even the case with the accessories. The Apple USB SuperDrive is a clear example of that as it’s almost twice as expensive as most other external DVD drives. So in this review I’m going to take a look if it’s justified as well.

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 139×139×17 mm / 5.5×5.5×0.7″
  • Weight: 335 g / 0.74 lbs
  • Loading type: Slot
  • DVD Writing Speed: Up to 8x DVD+RW
  • CD Writing Speed: Up to 24x CD-RW
  • Attached USB-A cable
  • Compatibility: Mac operating systems

In The Box

  • Apple USB SuperDrive
  • Manual

Design

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Apple USB SuperDrive is absolutely beautiful. You can instantly tell that it’s an Apple product just by looking at it. It has the exact same design as their MacBook Pro’s and iMacs. And it does look fantastic next to them. That’s the main issue with other brand accessories. They tend to stand out and usually you don’t want that. So if you are a Mac owner and want everything to look similar, then the SuperDrive is most likely the one for you.

Now as I mentioned it does cost much more. And that does make sense as the drive is made out of aluminium. 99% of the other available optical drives are made out of plastic. Using aluminium also means that the drive is on the heavier side. It weighs 335 g / 0.74 lbs and has a dimension of 139×139×17 mm / 5.5×5.5×0.7″. The only part that is plastic is the bottom side. The bottom has also got a large rubber ring which completely stops the drive from moving around. You really need to apply force to get it to move.

Apple USB SuperDrive Design

And another thing that makes it special is the slot on the front. You simply push in your disc and it eats it. And once you are done, you just click the eject button on your computer and it spits the disc out. There aren’t any physical buttons on the drive itself. The slot tray is really cool and smooth. I’m a huge fan.

The only negative thing for me is that it has the USB cable attached to the drive. And it isn’t that long either. Which can be an issue if there are no free USB ports near you. And if the cable should break, then you are also stuck with having to buy a new drive, instead of just getting a new cable. So that’s the main downside for me.

Also it has a normal USB type A connector. If you only have USB-C ports then you’ll need to buy an adapter. I have seen Apple sell some kits that already include the dongle. You’ll need to pay extra for that though.

Performance

So does the Apple USB SuperDrive also have a better performance? Honestly no. It works just as fast and as well as any other known brands external DVD drive on my list. There aren’t any extra features either.

It has a maximum 8x read and write speed for DVD’s and 24x for CD’s. Exactly the same as other drives.

The only real difference is that this drive only works with Apple devices. So you need to have a Mac OSX for it to work. You can also use it with a windows as well if it’s been installed on an Apple computer. You’ll just need to use bootcamp to download and install the necessary drivers. That’s the only way you can use it on a Windows operating system.

Conclusion

The USB SuperDrive is only worth the price if you have an Apple computer and want the drive to blend it. You’ll only be spending more for the premium design and smooth slot loading system. There’s no differences in performance. And if you have a normal Windows or Linux computer, then sorry but you can’t use this drive as it’s only compatible with Apple computers.