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Apple SuperDrive

Apple SuperDrive
97
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597 Reviews
72
Features
Good Features
95
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
83
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Age
4 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Our Verdict:
The cheapest external optical drive around, with a good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has very fast read/write speeds, it's really easy to use and good for CDs.
Features We Love:
Fast Write speed (DVD+R) (24x)
24x
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With outstanding reviews, we have ranked the Apple SuperDrive number 7 in external optical drives and number 13 across all optical disc drives.

85

85
Kagoo Score
98
Reviews
72
Features
95
Popularity
84
Value for Money
78
Age

85

85
Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 85?

our review analysis indicates that it has excellent user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this optical disc drive to others. Looking across the entire Apple cd burner range, the average reviews for all Apple dvd burners are also excellent.
This optical disc drive is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer dvd rewriters with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering.
This Apple optical disc drive has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Fast Write speed (DVD+R)

What is the Kagoo Score?

We calculate the Kagoo Score for each optical disc drive by looking at its reviews, features, popularity, age and value for money.

The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the optical disc drive is recommended.

The Kagoo Scores are constantly being updated. As newer, higher spec optical disc drives come to market, the older optical disc drives will gradually have their Kagoo Score reduced.

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Reviews

Average Review Score

4.7 stars (597 reviews)

82%

of Customers Would Recommend
5 Stars
488 Reviews
4 Stars
79 Reviews
3 Stars
13 Reviews
2 Stars
7 Reviews
1 Star
10 Reviews
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What Are People Saying About the Apple SuperDrive?

Cd/dvd Types
39
21
Read/write Speeds
22
7
Ease of Use
87
0
Robustness
39
2
Price
23
16
Design
26
2
Size and Weight
27
1
Noise Level
9
2
Support
5
2
Features
4
2
Product Quality
2
0
Connectivity
2
0
Capacity
1
0
6 Out of 10 Customers Thought it Was Reasonably Priced
  • ... the compact size and ease of use. Drive comes with USB. Best Buys' price matching policy is the best...
    Finicky - Bestbuy.com 19 Sep 2017
  • Works as it should. Great product at a good price...
    Kasey - Bestbuy.com 3 Nov 2018
  • ... quickly and is beautifully styled just like the iMac and Macbook pro. Good value for money too...
    BerkshireMan - Johnlewis.com 18 Jun 2018
  • Great hard drive for Apple computer. Got on sale for good price...
    Skelam - Bestbuy.com 21 Mar 2017
  • Some People Thought it Was Good Quality

    Two people thought that the Apple SuperDrive wasn't cheaply made.

  • I had a different drive originally that was very cheaply made and didn't appear it would last long. I returned it and purchased the Apple item. Yes it ...
    Corvid - Bestbuy.com 14 Feb 2017
  • It seems cheaply made, it scratches your disks and just seems like another proprietary product to waste money on. but hey, if you need it then you need ...
    Frankenstein - Bestbuy.com 26 Dec 2018
  • More Than 40 People Thought it Was Robust

    Over 10 people thought that the Apple SuperDrive was well made and was really well-built. Our analysis also found that several people thought that it was reliable and strong and durable.

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    Well Made
    17 people agree
    No people disagree
  • Fast, well built and sleek. Does what it is supposed to. a bit overpriced but its apple -_-...
    Luis - Bestbuy.com 3 Oct 2017
  • ... and this helps get the music off and into itunes. Wonderful device and well built...
    Nightmareb4Skylar13 - Bestbuy.com 29 Jun 2017
  • Since the laptop we purchased didn't have a built in DVD player, an external one was necessary. Went with one sales person recommended. Happy with purchase, ...
    Sandra - Bestbuy.com 15 Jun 2018
  • The new Imac did not come with a built in disc drive so we purchased this one. So far so good...
    Great - Bestbuy.com 14 Jul 2017
  • View All Reviews About Built
    Very Well-Built
    16 people agree
    No people disagree
    Reliable
    6 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Strong and Durable
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    More Than 20 People Thought the Apple SuperDrive Was a Good Size

    Over 10 people thought that the Apple SuperDrive was compact and several people thought that it was also easy to carry around, was thin and was a good size.

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    Compact
    14 people agree
    No people disagree
  • Love the compact size and ease of use. Drive comes with USB. Best Buys' price matching policy is the best...
    Finicky - Bestbuy.com 19 Sep 2017
  • CD drive works well on Mac mini. Very fast. Only used to load software. So far no issues...
    Harley - Bestbuy.com 4 Mar 2017
  • ... inbuilt superdrive on my last iMac but that isn't important to me. It is quite compact ... More I found the need for a DVD drive for a new iMac and Macbook. ...
    Clayboss - Johnlewis.com 27 Aug 2018
  • Does the job and is compact and was reasonably priced...
    Lucy - Bestbuy.com 18 Sep 2017
  • View All Reviews About Compact
    Easy to Carry Around
    5 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Thin
    5 people agree
    No people disagree
    A Good Size
    4 people agree
    No people disagree
    More Than 20 People Thought it Was Thoughtfully Designed

    Over 10 people thought that the Apple SuperDrive was very well designed and several people thought that it was also very good-looking, was neat and had a good case.

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    Really Well Designed
    14 people agree
    2 people disagree
  • Excellent design, speed and looks great on my desktop!
    Ponto - Bestbuy.com 25 Oct 2018
  • This disc drive operates flawlessy. and the low profile design is perfect for my work space...
    John - Bestbuy.com 27 Jan 2017
  • Great product. Not used so often these days but still working in good shape...
    Dejesuserik - Bestbuy.com 29 Nov 2018
  • Typical Apple superb build and performance. Fast response and beautiful design...
    NelsonN - Bestbuy.com 26 May 2018
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    Really Good-Looking
    9 people agree
    No people disagree
    Neat
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has a Good Case
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    The Majority of People Thought This Optical Disc Drive Was Easy to Use

    More than 70 people thought that the Apple SuperDrive was really easy to use and more than 10 people thought that it was also very easy to setup.

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    Very Easy to Use
    75 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... necessary. Went with one sales person recommended. Happy with purchase, super easy to use!
    Sandra - Bestbuy.com 15 Jun 2018
  • ... since it was twice the price of a generic drive. But after installing it I found it to be very easy to use, well designed, and it looks great next to my ...
    ELLe - Bestbuy.com 27 Apr 2017
  • Super easy to use, as with most apple products it is plug and play. Just Mack sure you do not go through a USB hub. I tried to use a USB 3.0 hub and could ...
    Liv4Truth - Bestbuy.com 28 Jul 2017
  • Easy to use and great for travel with the built it cord!
    Juliejjohnson - Bestbuy.com 8 Jun 2017
  • View All Reviews About Easy to Use
    Very Easy to Setup
    15 people agree
    No people disagree
    7 Out of 10 People Thought it Had Good Technical Features

    Two people thought that the Apple SuperDrive had a good display.

  • Lightweight, Reliable, Fast Processing, Great Screen Picture...
    TwoinCollege - Bestbuy.com 17 Mar 2017
  • ... for instructions as the device is simply plug and play. The unit sits nicely just below the screen and the usb lead slots through to the rear. I like how ...
    Mrkeefd - Johnlewis.com 11 Dec 2018
  • Some Owners Thought the Apple SuperDrive Was Easily Connectable to Other Devices

    Two people thought that the Apple SuperDrive was good in terms of connectivity.

  • The built in USB cable ensures easy connectivity. Works great...
    Josh - Bestbuy.com 3 Jun 2017
  • ... media, so you can easily back up your important files. The built-in USB cable ensures simple connectivity...
    Rick - Bestbuy.com 17 Oct 2017
  • Five People Thought the Apple SuperDrive Was Good When it Came to Technical Guidance

    Four people thought that the Apple SuperDrive had a good recipe book.

  • ... was small and mobile and did not take up a lot of space and that worked well with my mac book. It was perfect!
    Lizie - Bestbuy.com 12 Jun 2017
  • Works great with my Mac Book. Fast and effortless to use...
    ShowersingerAndy - Bestbuy.com 14 Feb 2017
  • This is great product. It great with my Mac book air...
    Jeannie0613 - Bestbuy.com 29 Nov 2018
  • Easy to use and lightweight. Works great with the Mac book pro that I use...
    Kayla213 - Bestbuy.com 6 Oct 2017
  • 8 Out of 10 People Thought it Was OK When it Came to Noise Level

    Nine people thought that the Apple SuperDrive was very quiet.

  • Works very well. Plug and play. Very quiet too. Definitely a must have...
    KeoG - Bestbuy.com 22 Mar 2018
  • ... drive is powered through the USB connection. In use it is very fast and very quiet. There are no instructions as you don't need any. Just plug it in and ...
    MiddleAgedRockStar - Johnlewis.com 29 Nov 2016
  • ... any cds or dvds. I have only used it rip live cd-rs to my computer. The drive was quiet, ejected nicely and worked quickly enough. It also fits nicely ...
    MarkH - Bestbuy.com 20 Feb 2017
  • I purchased this to use for my MacBook Air.Works Perfect ,and very quiet which is a plus!!
    Vintage - Bestbuy.com 15 Sep 2017
  • One Person Thought it Had a Big Capacity
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    More Than 20 People Thought the Apple SuperDrive Had Fast Read/write Speeds

    Over 20 people thought that the Apple SuperDrive had very fast read/write speeds and two people thought that it also had fast write speeds.

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    Has Really Fast Read/write Speeds
    20 people agree
    1 person disagrees
  • This drive was easy to hook up, installation was easy, it's fast and I have zero issues with the way it works. Love it!
    Secretagentman - Bestbuy.com 7 Jan 2018
  • Great cd and dvd burner! Perfect for project very handy and very fast burning process...
    ItsKcBolo - Bestbuy.com 2 Nov 2018
  • Lightweight, Reliable, Fast Processing, Great Screen Picture...
    TwoinCollege - Bestbuy.com 17 Mar 2017
  • Works great and is very fast. Could not have made a better choice...
    Easygoing - Bestbuy.com 26 May 2017
  • View All Reviews About Fast
    Has Fast Write Speeds
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Most People Thought it Was Good for a Wide Variety of Optical Media

    Over 20 people thought that the Apple SuperDrive was good for CDs and more than 10 people thought that it supported DVDs.

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    Good for CDs
    23 people agree
    12 people disagree
  • CD drive works well on Mac mini. Very fast. Only used to load software. So far no issues...
    Harley - Bestbuy.com 4 Mar 2017
  • A very compact and fast cd rom drive. works very well...
    Poodolly - Bestbuy.com 26 Mar 2017
  • Good product. Copies CDs very quickly. Haven't tried dvds...
    LindaP - Bestbuy.com 15 Jun 2018
  • This DVD/CD player does an excellent job. Its real fast, doesn't take up much room, Great for watching movies while away from home...
    Flyer - Bestbuy.com 5 Nov 2017
  • View All Reviews About Cd Drive
    Supported DVDs
    17 people agree
    11 people disagree
    72
    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

    Fast Write speed (DVD+R)
    ok read speed (CD)
    ok Read Speed (CD)
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    The SuperDrive's read speed (CD) of 24x is ok compared to most other optical disc drives. It is in the fastest 60% of all cd (re)writers when sorted by this feature.

    What does "read speed (CD)" mean? Less Edit
    Fast Write Speed (DVD+R)

    The SuperDrive's Write speed (DVD+R) of 24x is faster than average when compared to most other cd writers. It is in the fastest 10% of all cd (re)writers when ranked by this feature. Optical disc drives have Write speeds (DVD+R) of between 6x and 48x, and the average Write speed (DVD+R) is 11x.

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    95
    Popularity

    Popularity

    The Apple SuperDrive has been listed on Kagoo since February 2017 and is currently ranked number 13 out of 50 optical disc drives.
    84
    Value for Money

    Value for Money

    We determine value for money by calculating a quality score for each product based on its reviews, features and age, and then comparing this quality score to the product price. An optical disc drive with a high quality score and low price will get a good value for money score.

    We have analysed the Apple SuperDrive, and ranked it:

    Good Value For Money
    This optical disc drive is both high quality and a low price, making it excellent value for money.

    Product Quality Score
    High End Good Value for Money
    Retro Technology - 062 - CD Drive
    Apple SuperDrive
    Poor Value for Money Budget Choice
    Price

    Whilst the product is in the most expensive 67% of dvd (re)writers, it has excellent reviews but mediocre features and is over 6 months old. At £10.35 it looks like great value for money overall.

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    What the Reviews Say

    6 out of 10 customers thought it was reasonably priced
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    Apple SuperDrive Release Date

    August 2015

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    Frequently Asked Questions About the Apple SuperDrive

    QWhat is the disc loading type of the Apple SuperDrive?
    AThe Apple SuperDrive has a slot disc loading type.
    QWhat is the type of the Apple SuperDrive?
    AThe Apple SuperDrive is an external optical disc drive.
    QWhat is the optical drive type of the Apple SuperDrive?
    AThe Apple SuperDrive has a dvd optical drive type.
    QWhat available colours does the Apple SuperDrive have?
    AThe Apple SuperDrive has a silver colour.
    QWhat interfaces does the Apple SuperDrive have?
    AThe Apple SuperDrive has a usb 2 interface.
    QWhat is the read speed (CD) of the Apple SuperDrive?
    AThe Apple SuperDrive has a read speed (CD) of 24 CD-speeds.
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    Apple SuperDrive Specification

    Key Features
    Disc Loading Type
    Type
    Optical Drive Type
    Design
    Colour
    Performance
    Compatible Products
    Interface
    Disc Types Supported
    Writing Speed
    DVD Rewrite Speed
    Write Speed (DVD+R)
    Reading Speed
    Read Speed (CD)
    Weight & Dimensions
    Weight
    Height
    Depth
    Width
    Packaging Content
    Cables Included
    Other Features
    Power Supply Type
    Device Type
    Dimensions (WxDxH)
    Media Types Supported
    Features
    Portable

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

    apple md564lla

    Barcodes

     00601490978246,  00888462313490

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