Can anyone recommend me a good USB external optical drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ThisBougieLife, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    You know, other than Apple's own SuperDrive?

    What are some alternatives? Ones that you've tested. Searching Google for this hasn't been very helpful.

    I've seen some that get good reviews, but they're all from PC users and I saw some that said "even though it says it's Mac compatible, it's not!"

    So what would you recommend? I use an optical drive to rip lossless audio files from my CD collection (I use XLD to rip).
  2. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I've purchased USB enclosures for slim optical drives and put pulled Apple optical drives in to them. They never gave me any problems but my uses were very limited.

    Also, I don't know why a USB optical drive would not be Mac compatible. They just use SATA to USB (or ATA to USB for older models) bridge boards...
  3. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    The people at the Wire cutter recommend this as the best DVD optical drive, and for less than 30 USD.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Feb 20, 2009
    You might also consider getting BluRay and M-DISC burning capabilities as well.

    These features do cost a little more.

    I'm very happy with my Samsung BluRay/DVD/CD burner.
  5. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region

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