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As technology progresses, built-in CD/DVD drives aren't present in newer models of laptops and Apple's machines are no different. It seems from now on you'll need one of these bad boys if you want to use discs with a new apple MacBook, be it the Air or the Pro.
The device itself is light, thin and simple to use. All you need do is plug the USB into a slot and away you go. No installation required, no funny business, just pop a disk in and do whatever you want.
I've definitely put the disk drive through it's paces and I've not noticed any kind of heating up, it makes minimal noise, no problems either. It's perfect for ripping and burning CDs/DVDs, especially in a pinch as it's quite an efficient little box.
The aluminium does scratch on occasion, I've been taking good care of mine and it's pretty scratched. Not that I care as much with a device such as this. Another minor issue is that you need to be careful with moving it while it's spinning a disk, the disk will scratch on the inside and make a pretty ugly sound, so be careful with that.
The DVD application on the MacBooks is so easy to use, just hit play. A really good feature in there is that you can eject a disk and pop it back in a few days later and it'll remember where you last left off, brilliant because we all get those times when we have to drop watching a film to go to something last minute.
Price wise it's generally around the £60 to £65 mark. This is pretty expensive compared to the really cheap drives you can buy but it depends on how much you'll use it. I used it every day for several months at a time so it was definitely worth it. Just consider what you'll be using it for.
As more and more of the new macs do not come with a superdrive built in it is important to me to have an external one. Some people may not need one but if you want to install software or even just burn a CD to play in your car a CD drive is still important. I have had bad experiences from other external CD drives in the past. My last one was just flimsy and didn't last at all and it waiting to be sent back as it has stopped working again.
I am very impressed with the quality of the Apple superdrive. It feels sturdy and has an all metal body which looks and feels great. The drive burns both CD's and DVD's as well as reading them all from just the one USB port.
Obviously the real test is if the drive will last and keep working as my other cheaper ones have not but I do have high hopes. I have owned mine now for a couple of months and it has worked without a problem. Just plug in to your USB port and the drive is recognised straight away. I don't think I could do without a CD drive for a long time so the external is a must.
Although this drive is maybe more expensive than others, from the bad experiences I have had from cheaper non apple drives, I am very happy with it. I just hope it lasts.
If you own a MacBook Air and it hasn't got a disc drive (from late 2008ish) and you still use DVDs and CDs, then the superdrive is an essential piece of kit.
One of the few gripes with MBA's is their lack of disc drive. That's right, in an attempt to make their laptops nearly as thin as credit card, Apple omitted the disc drive in the side. This is easily overcome with all the apps that are available, and with services such as LoveFilm, and if you have an iMac then any software you may have in physical format can be dropped from the drive on your iMac to your MBA wirelessly.
The superdrive is easy to connect up (3 minutes and you are setup), easy to use, runs smoothly and quietly and is super lightweight. It comes with a high quality feel and is very easy on the eye as with all other Apple products, and if you do feel you will need to use physical media with your MBA, then the Superdrive is an essential accessory.
It is a little overpriced for my liking (sub £50 sounds reasonable) but there again this is Apple, and with that comes complete piece of mind about the quality.
This item is necessary if you have a Macbook Air and need a disc drive for any reason. I think that Apple tried to be too futuristic with this design, as I still find myself needing the CD drive from time to time especially to watch DVDs and download tracks off CDs into iTunes. However, if you watch films online via Netflix (limited selection) or download everything straight from iTunes etc, then I would imagine that this accessory is less necessary for you.
I also use a disc drive to install things from CDs onto the Mac, so for me it is a necessary item. Around the time of my A levels when I was using this computer, I had revision CDs for powerpoints too so it came in useful and I got lots of use out of it.
--My personal experience--
You can buy different external drives that are compatible with Macs but this was my preferred choice for material reasons, as Apple products are so stylish!
My first impressions were that this product is a little overpriced for what it is. It retails at around £70 at the Apple store, but you can get discounts online so shop around. I think I bought mine from Amazon.
You could get away without needing an external disc drive, but for my personal needs I decided to invest in one anyway.
This product is silver and matches the standard Macbook Air design, it is very sleek looking and features the Apple logo underneath the disc drive.
The only problem with this is that when you are sitting with the laptop, the cable is subject to stress and it is not that strong a cable so I can foresee future problems like is the case with the Macbook charger. The disc drive is prone to sticking at times which is it's main flaw along with the awkwardness of having the laptop in your lap and the CD drive draped down the side of your lap, thus putting tension on the wire.
--Price and availability--
Available online, on the Apple site, in any Apple store and across the internet in various Apple outlets and Amazon and eBay. I would suggest that Amazon and eBay would offer you the best deals if you are looking for a bargain! I would also suggest not buying second hand as it is quite a flimsy product unless you can see what you are paying for.
Overpriced and flimsy piece of equipment, but fits in with the silver Apple Macbook Air theme so if you like your accessories to match there's no other option for you! 4 Dooyoo stars.
The Macbook Air Superdrive is fantastic, as a Macbook Air owner I new that with the all flash storage of the Air that I would need this product as I have to have DVD capability at this moment in time. I think most people may be put off on buying a mabook air as it doesnt come with the cd drive as part of the machine, but I can assure all buyers out there who still want to use DVD's and want an Air also that this is perfect for you. It is very sturdy and resistent for travelling with and even when you move it around and I have tested it by aggressively thrusting the device while playing a DVD to see if the DVD jumps but at no time has that happened. Even on an airplane it sits on the table alongside the macbook air or just behind it nicely. The only downside with it other than the very steep price. Is the shortness of the USB Cable that is permanently attached to it, if the cable was longer you could have it in more places but this is still more than manageable.