Alternative to apple external superdrive

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by UKmacman, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    To be honest it does not look the best and I don't care about matching the style of the air as I will only use it from time to time at home to burn DVDs etc. So is there a better (and cheaper) choice made by someone else? If so what would I gain/lose by doing this?
     
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    MacDawg

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    I'm sure you can find cheaper

    But I doubt you find one that looks better (these are really sharp looking)
    Or one that is thinner (it isn't much bigger than a small stack of DVDs and fits in my portfolio)
    Or necessarily better (this one has done all I have asked and more, much faster than I thought)
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    You can build your own - they sell Apple Superdrive-esque chassis/cases on eBay and then you can add a DVD/Bluray slot drive into it.

    I'd recommend getting a blu-ray drive these days as it gives your laptop more functionality and there is software to read/write to them and they're about £70
     
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    I used (and still do) a cheap-off-eBay Blu-ray reader/DVD-RW combo thing. It was less than £40, Panasonic mechanism in a plastic box. Used it on my Macs, on my HP Microserver, and on my little Lenovo.
     
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    DustinT

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    Yes, or bluray drives as well. Most of them can write a DVD, just make sure the one you get can do so as well.
     
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    Xbox 360 hd drive tenner from gamestation
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I was looking at this - you can play HDDVD using it too but you can't use it for burning DVDs so for an extra £15 you might as well buy a portable r/w
     
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    The Samurai

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    I use my Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive, works a treat!

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