The new iMac-no DVD drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kjdean, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    #1
    The new iMac does not have a DVD drive-so how do I play my DVD's etc?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2008
    #2
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    #3
  4. macrumors 604

    theSeb

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Location:
    Poole, England
    #4
    Your understanding is incorrect. Most external DVD drives will work, including the apple one.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    #5
  6. macrumors 604

    theSeb

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Location:
    Poole, England
    #6
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    #7
    yes you are right. Thanks
     
  8. macrumors 65816

    iHeartsteve

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
    #8
    Nice! Just bought super drive for my rMbp. I want to get this desktop even though I use my laptop 90% of the time lol.
     
  9. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2012
    #9
    Do you think the SuperDrive will be updated for USB3?
     
  10. macrumors 604

    theSeb

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Location:
    Poole, England
    #10
    There is no need. Reading and writing from/to a DVD is barely fast enough to saturate a USB 2 connection. Therefore USB 3 is a waste of time and money. It's like putting a tractor on the freeway and expecting it to be able to reach 100 MPH. It's not going to happen.
     
  11. macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #11
    What would be the purpose? DVDs are slower than USB2. You would never see any difference.

    /Jim
     
  12. macrumors 68020

    JesterJJZ

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2004
    #12
  13. macrumors 604

    theSeb

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Location:
    Poole, England
    #13
    Depending on where you get it from. Digital content is comparable to DVD quality. It is not comparable to BR quality. So I've created my own digital library from my DVDs and BRs using an external BR drive and makeMKV.

    If you're concerned about quality then you shouldn't be using a computer to watch movies in the first place.
     
  14. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2012
    #14
    Fair point re. DVD speed. Thanks chaps
     
  15. macrumors 6502

    YanniDepp

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    #15
    Probably not, it wouldn't make the optical drive any faster.

    The limiting factor with the external optical drive isn't USB2's 480 Mbps throughput: it's the rate data can be read from DVDs. Reading data from a DVD at 8x speed is 84 Mbps.

    Doesn't matter if you put a fancy USB3 bus on the external optical drive, you're still not reading discs any faster than 84 Mbps.
     
  16. Icaras, Oct 25, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012

    macrumors 601

    Icaras

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2008
    Location:
    California, United States
    #16
    I have to respectfully disagree with you guys on that one. "Good enough" is subjective, and I believe 1080p iTunes content is totally comparable to blu-ray. I know it doesn't have the incredible bit rates that blu-ray has to offer (or the HD audio), but after several months of enjoying 1080p iTunes content on my HDTV through Apple TV, I must say I am thoroughly impressed with the quality. I used to be a huge blu-ray collector until about a year ago when I started making the switch to all digital and I'm very happy. I understand I don't get the full-out pristine quality as blu-ray, but to my eyes, the differences are marginal enough that I simply don't care. And I know that most consumers will just not be able to tell a difference.

    That said, I am also fully aware of 4K and now 8K "Ultra HD". But until then, the lines between blu-ray and 1080p digital content have definitely blurred for the consumer. No pun intended. :p

    Edit: I also find that having my content immediately accessible through iCloud and being able to play immediately without any of the annoying advertisements or disc loading at the beginning is a huge convenience that I enjoy over physical discs.
     
  17. macrumors 604

    theSeb

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Location:
    Poole, England
    #17
    I cannot disagree with anything that you've said. It is definitely subjective and most people won't see the difference in a "blind" test between 1080p digital content and direct BR. There are also other factors like what TV or projector is being used for the output.
     
  18. macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2012
    #18
    Definitely get an external drive... but Apple's drive is a complete ripoff.

    You can get a perfectly functional, attractive, slimline external DVD reader/burner for $30 and sometimes less on sites like Amazon and NewEgg. No need to pay $80 for the same product from Apple.

    I used my $25 Samsung drive (got it on sale) many times over the summer with my MacBook Air to watch, rip, and burn movies. Worked great.
     
  19. macrumors newbie

    KidHTML

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2012
    Location:
    Harrisburg, Pa
    #19
    I still think this is BS by Apple. Now I have to spend more money just so I can install my Adobe CS6 software... :mad:
     
  20. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    #20
    get a USB 3.0 DVD drive

    Don't waste your time using Apple's ancient and outdated "superdrive" - there's nothing "super" about it: USB 2.0, flimsy and short connecting wire, breakable wire with any use, and very slow response time! Like iWork, it appears Apple plans to let the so-called "superdrive" die a natural death, despite the need of many who use CDs and DVDs for a host of tasks. The notion that everything can be obtained "on-line" is as absurd as it is ridiculous! If you want a good DVD drive, just google USB 3.0 external drives, and you'll find that a number of companies that offer CD/DVD drives. What's the use of USB 3.0 on Apple computers if a peripheral such as a "superdrive" is still using yesterday's slower and outdated technology?
     
  21. macrumors 604

    theSeb

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Location:
    Poole, England
    #21
    The Apple superdrive is overpriced and not super at all, but, as I, and others, have already said, there is no need for USB 3 on DVD drives.

    Reading and writing from/to a DVD is barely fast enough to saturate a USB 2 connection. Therefore USB 3 is a waste of time and money. It's like putting a tractor on the freeway and expecting it to be able to reach 100 MPH. It's not going to happen.
     
  22. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2012
    #22
    I am not sure if you are serious or joking...

    What on earth can a usb3 external slim cd drive do more than a usb2 external slim cd drive? It's not faster, consume more or less energy, I really don't understand. The cd/dvd drives are not limited by usb2 as far as I understand.

    By the way, does anyone know when the thunderbolt floppy drives are going to come out since I really need a speed improvement over the current floppy drives I have... :D
     
  23. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2012
    #23
    whats the point of buying an elegant all in one machine if you have to connect wired external hardware to it for basic functionality?
     
  24. macrumors 604

    theSeb

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Location:
    Poole, England
    #24
    An optical hard drive does not really count as basic functionality for most buyers.

    I've used mine 3 times this year.

    What basic functionality are you referring to?
     
  25. springbank, Oct 26, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2012
    #25
    well I have no tv so my computer is the only option. My question is can I use an external dvd drive and use in my older mac since the one in it is rather lousy?
     

Share This Page