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Old Sep 7, 2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Amazon Basics DVD drive - Anyone here use it?

Instead of plunking down for an Apple external SuperDrive, I ordered an Amazon Basics external DVD drive for much less. Anyone here use it with their MacBook Air or other Mac products? Thanks!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00
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Old Sep 7, 2012, 04:50 PM   #2
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That's a two USB cable solution. Some say that one cable will work, but it is not guaranteed.

I got the Apple DVD burner (Superdrive) off ebay new for $57 shipped. It is guaranteed to work.
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Old Sep 7, 2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Instead of plunking down for an Apple external SuperDrive, I ordered an Amazon Basics external DVD drive for much less. Anyone here use it with their MacBook Air or other Mac products? Thanks!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00
I use an HP slot-load with my Air and it works over a single cable. No need to spend all that money on the Apple drive.
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Old Sep 7, 2012, 05:45 PM   #4
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I'm still using my $15 refurb Asus external drive, works with 1 USB. Apple shouldn't be able to get away with highway robbery all the time.
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Old Sep 7, 2012, 08:54 PM   #5
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I use an HP slot-load with my Air and it works over a single cable. No need to spend all that money on the Apple drive.
Could you post a link to the drive please?
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Old Sep 7, 2012, 09:07 PM   #6
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As a frequent Amazon customer I get discount alerts (like millions of others) via email.

I find Amazon's to be quite good. Last year I got Samsungs best ultra thin & light DVD burner. On sale for a nearly unbelievable $34.00 with no tax & free shipping it's great.

I use it with my MBA's, & 13.3" VAIO. Very fast & quiet it's handy to have.
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Old Sep 7, 2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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Could you post a link to the drive please?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+8x+...&skuId=3448033

I got mine on sale for less than that, though...
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I'm still using my $15 refurb Asus external drive, works with 1 USB. Apple shouldn't be able to get away with highway robbery all the time.
1. You don't have to buy the Apple DVD drive.
2. Apple has been getting away with highway robbery for a VERY long time. Look at how much their laptops cost.
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Old Sep 8, 2012, 08:57 AM   #9
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I bought an LG 8X R/W external drive at Best Drive several weeks ago for $39.99 which also works well, plug and play right out of the box (single USB cable) with my 2012 MBA.

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Old Sep 8, 2012, 09:45 PM   #10
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i have this Amazon Basics DVD drive, i am able to rip DVD movie with handbrake ONLY after i found a very short usb cable, i think if the cable too long ( > 2feet ), it won't work, the led is on, tray can open, but disc doesn't spin. must be related to the voltage drop for the longer cable
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Old Sep 8, 2012, 10:24 PM   #11
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I purchased this Asus drive which works on my MBA2012 with only 1 USB port.
http://www.amazon.com/External-Styli...dp/B006HUMYCO/
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