Mine is over a year old, ripped countless DVDs and still performing well. I prefer it for the sleek look that matches the iMac. But there are plenty of well performing alternatives at a cheaper price. Any standard USB external will work with the Macs, just search Amazon and pick what fits your budget best. If you are concerned about reliability stay with well known brands: HP, Toshiba, LG, Samsung, etc. I have noticed Amazon puts out one under the Amazon Basic label. Probably worth checking out.