A Perfect Accessory for a 2012 MBP that is ODD-less

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  1. Pentad macrumors 6502a

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    Like the rest of you, I'm interested in seeing the new 2012 MBPs. Many here have participated in the debate of keeping or ditching the ODD in the coming machines. I think all of us agree that both sides have some great points for and against.

    I do use my ODD for my work but also understand the benefit of ditching the ODD. I would like to see a compromise with something like this.

    It is easy to store, easy to use, easy on the wallet, requires only one USB connection, and would add very little weight to my notebook bag. Those who do not want it can leave it at home or whatever.

    I would opt for something like this to gain more features (better battery life would be outstanding) in the next gen MBPs.

    Thoughts?

    -P
     
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    I agree. That is a perfect option for the few times one might need access to an optical drive.
     
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    For me as a user who would never bring an external ODD with me I would like to have a wireless option then it csn be placed on my wifes desk and do its job from there :)

    On a side note, its a nice looking ODD matching the in my eyes most beautiful windows laptop there is, the samsung 9-series.
     
  5. Pentad thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, that does not work for MBPs:

    "The Macbook Air Superdrive only works with MacBook Airs and Mac Minis. It's designed for the Mac models that don't have an internal superdrive."
     
  6. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    He said Air and Mini, not to mention we are discussing a MBP without an ODD.
     
  7. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    its still a valid point, even if the next mbp does not have a ODD there is no gaurantee that external device will magically start working on the MBP
     
  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    All Macs support an external USB ODD.
     
  9. Bear macrumors G3

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    I bet whatever makes the Air and Mini ODD not work with other Macs won't be an issue if Apple releases a MBP without one.
     
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    It can be safely assumed that if Apple releases a MacBook Pro without an optical drive, they will also give it the high-powered USB port needed to use their external optical drive.

    jW
     
  11. edk99 macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly! IF Apple releases a MBP with out an ODD they will make sure the existing external superdrive works with it just like it works for the mini and air.
     
  12. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    How is this different from the external drive Apple uses for the MBA?
     
  13. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    the color and the word samsung, not sure if anything else ;)
     
  14. theSeb macrumors 604

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    It does work no matter what the site says. You can buy ANY external DVD or blu ray drive and it WILL work.
     
  15. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    that exact model?


    or do you mean some external dvd and bluray drives work so they all work?


    ive seen many threads that state that apple external drive will NOT work on the MBP
     
  16. theSeb macrumors 604

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    An external USB od drive is just like any other. There is no special voodoo magic involved.
     
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  18. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Might be the case and in their wisdom Apple thought it was a good idea. It's just as easy for them to remove it. But why bother when you can get an external BR writer for a little bit less?
     
  19. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    im not sure its voodoo, more likely a driver or something realated to the logic board
     
  20. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    Because one is completely obsessed with apple designs and logos? :p
    No its a good question, I just commented and linked due to the nature of the discussion. :)
     
  21. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Fair point. Also I just realised I was meant to type "for a little bit more".
     
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  23. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    That is true, the MBA dvd drive won't work on other computers, but would assume if they're ditching the internal drive they'd just switch it so it works on any model, or have model specific drives.
     
  24. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for that Ccrew! :)

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    One little update to the OS would solve it, so model specific drives, probably not. :)
     
  25. nsilva macrumors member

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    And they're probably not ridiculously overpricing it. (Didn't read article, did they give a price?)
     

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