MacBook Pro Superdrive

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Harryc, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Harryc macrumors member

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    I did a bit of research, and there is a 'slim' 9.5mm model of slot load DVD/RW drive that burns DL DVD's. It is a Panasonic (Matsushita) model UJ-842S. There is also an older model UJ-832S that is also a DL burner. The problem with both of these drives is that they are hard to get(and they're expensive). The UJ-842S seems to be built for IBM laptops only. I guess my point is that there was at least one model of Dual Layer 9.5mm DVD drive available to Apple when the MBP's were built. So why didn't Apple install them in the 15" MBP's? The other point is that if these drives exist, one would assume that more models are to follow in the future at (hopefully) reduced cost.
     
  2. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah - the next round of 15" MacBook Pros will almost certainly have a DL Superdrive in my opinion (the 17" already has them...)

    Apple probably didn't utilize them in their first generation of MacBook Pro's because, as you said, they are "hard to get" and "expensive."
     
  3. vv-tim macrumors 6502

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    From what I've heard, the Dual Layer drive is slightly wider than the current 15" MBP drive, thus it won't fit in the 15" MBP's case.

    I believe that if it did fit in the 15" MBP, Apple would offer it as an upgrade option at least on their 2.16ghz MBP.
     
  4. Harryc thread starter macrumors member

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    The 9.5mm drive is the same size as the DVD drive currently in the MBP's.
     
  5. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    If only they could use the nice and quiet SDs in the eMacs, the pioneer kind.
     
  6. vv-tim macrumors 6502

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    Both the 15" drive and 17" drive are both considered 9.5mm (height) drives. However, as I said, the 17" drive is slightly WIDER and thus doesn't fit in the 15" case.
     
  7. sethypoo macrumors 68000

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    This is completely off topic, but I can't wait for Apple to put in a slim line dual layer Blu-Ray drive that can read/write/rewrite anything you put in it. Hey, dreamers can dream, right?
     
  8. FragTek macrumors 6502

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    This is correct... Also one of the major selling points of the 17" for me.
     
  9. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    But why do they have to use Matsushitty. They really make BAD drives. Look at all the problems with the different models that have used them such as

    Failing to burn at anything like it's supposed speed or Failing to read discs generally...

    Bring back the pioneer....
     
  10. nickkelbackk macrumors member

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    what are the dimensions of the dvd drive that is in the 15" 2.0ghz macbook pro?
     

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