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Schmoe0013
Feb 14, 2008, 02:38 PM
If you bought or are buying the Macbook Air, did you also get the superdrive?



dahcheet
Feb 14, 2008, 02:41 PM
I have my Desktop PC if I need an optical drive, although I haven't gotten the remote disk working yet. If necessity requires it I would put down the money for it.

teerexx52
Feb 14, 2008, 02:41 PM
If you bought or are buying the Macbook Air, did you also get the superdrive?

Sure did. Works fine

PDE
Feb 14, 2008, 02:45 PM
It would be interesting to find out what alternative portable drive there are and if they can be used through a USB hub, which apparently the APple one cannot.

Any ideas?

dahcheet
Feb 14, 2008, 02:54 PM
It would be interesting to find out what alternative portable drive there are and if they can be used through a USB hub, which apparently the APple one cannot.

Any ideas?

Apparently an xBox 360 HD DVD Drive (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=432991) works with the MBA.... no idea if it will work with a USB hub though. I would imagine most, if not all, external USB drives will work with the MBA. The ones with power adapters will definitely work with a USB hub also.

diabolic
Feb 14, 2008, 02:55 PM
I bought it, but it's nice that I can leave it at home when I don't need it.

jameskohn
Feb 14, 2008, 03:41 PM
I bought it to have "just in case". I used it day one to install MS Office, and it worked beautifully. Like the MBA itself, it is small, light and a rather elegant design. I threw it in my brief case and haven't touched it since the first day I had it. I don't remember the last time I used the optical drive on my previous laptop, so I don't know if/when I'll ever use this one...

netdog
Feb 14, 2008, 03:42 PM
I bought it, but it's nice that I can leave it at home when I don't need it.

And nice that when travelling, you can take it along to the hotel for DVDs.

Halon X
Feb 14, 2008, 06:41 PM
I picked one up for occasional use. Mostly burning CD's for use in the car.

It will probably never leave the house when I travel.

Maui19
Feb 14, 2008, 06:43 PM
I'm seriously considering getting one. The workarounds are pretty slow.

JacobC
Feb 14, 2008, 06:46 PM
I would get an Air if I had the money...

It's pretty awesome, I just don't like the black keys, it reminds me of a PC

dibara2003
Feb 14, 2008, 07:33 PM
i don't use cds enough to justify the apple external. i think i'm just going to get some $40/$50 cheapo external for when i really need it.

shuffles
Feb 14, 2008, 07:45 PM
I think im gonna get one next week

Clix Pix
Feb 14, 2008, 07:51 PM
When I bought my MBA last week I also got the Superdrive; used it for the first time when I was doing a clean install and then for installing iWork. I know I won't be using it frequently but I definitely wanted to have the convenience (rather than fiddling with doing things remotely, although I have that option, too, with my other Macs). It's small enough that I'll probably stash it in the bag when traveling, especially if going somewhere where I'll be with friends and we'll be wanting to share photos and such at the end -- burn a CD or DVD with everybody's files on it and boom, we're done..... Haven't watched a movie on my MBA yet but looking forward to that, too.

instant hit
Feb 14, 2008, 08:14 PM
still mulling it. generally, i image my install discs just and store the originals in a safe place for a rainy day :) did wish there was another way to bootcamp without the need for an external drive though.

Jimmie Geddes
Feb 14, 2008, 08:50 PM
I bought it the day I bought my MacBook Air. I have used it once to watch a DVD. It's not really "necessary", until you come across a time you really need to have a CD/DVD drive. It's more of a peace of mind thing for me, I know if i "need" it, especially when traveling it was worth the $91 I paid. I just wish it worked with other machines besides the MacBook Air. I have a Samsung Q1 UMPC that I plan to sell on ebay, and was going to blow it out, unfortunately the MacBook Air SuperDrive only works with the MacBook Air no other machines, including Macs.

If you really need a CD/DVD drive (mainly to watch DVD's ), it's worth it.

koloo
Feb 15, 2008, 12:04 AM
got mine along with MBA order, its cool looking as MBA itself and its covered in aluminum!! Used it to install winXP and other windows programs via parallel, no complain at all. Perfect match for MBA.

roland.g
Feb 15, 2008, 12:16 AM
If and when I get one, the superdrive, though relatively inexpensive will not be on my list. While it would save some time over using remote disk for installs, I wouldn't use it to rip or burn anything, as the MBA will be a 2nd Mac to my iMac.

Terwal
Feb 15, 2008, 02:56 AM
the MBA will be my only computer... so got the superdrive...

swedefish
Feb 15, 2008, 04:23 AM
the MBA will be my only computer... so got the superdrive...

Same here. The MBA will be my only computer, at least for the time being.

MacRumorUser
Feb 15, 2008, 04:55 AM
I bought it to safe guard one thing...

resale-ability in a years time. Much harder to sell a computer to a third party without the superdrive than with.

The extra 85 will pay off in the resale price I'm sure.

Cybergypsy
Feb 15, 2008, 07:25 AM
No I seldom use it at all so i am sure I will not buy one.

fk51785
Feb 15, 2008, 09:33 AM
I am thinking whether I should get it or not.

dthree36
Feb 15, 2008, 09:45 AM
I rarely use the DVD drive in my notebooks but I am a bit of a reload person when my laptops start slowing down. I have already reloaded my Air the minute I got so I kind of needed the Drive. Plus it is nice to have just in case.

Unconsoled
Feb 15, 2008, 10:03 AM
I bought one for backing some things up. It is nice to have and I didn't think the price was bad. I hardly used the optical drive on my 12" PB but I like having it for the couple times a year I need it.

KingYaba
Feb 15, 2008, 11:43 AM
I don't own the Air and I would like to purchase the superdrive.

raremage
Feb 15, 2008, 12:11 PM
I bought one. Having said that, I believe this should have been included in the box as part of the price.

It's just not realistic to think that a device needs NO disk access of any type, and frankly the remote disk functionality just isn't mature enough to serve as a replacement for having a disk.

Schmoe0013
Feb 15, 2008, 02:50 PM
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yeah, it really seems that if it going to be used as your only computer, super drive is necessary. And a personal preference if you have a second computer.