Drives for 13" MBA 2012

maxy123

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Jul 29, 2012
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I have 13" MBA 2012, I need to purchase USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter and USB 3.0 Superdrive.

I think both are not available with Apple yet. Are there any alternatives?

(I know Amazon has USB 2.0 Optical drive for $35 for MBA but I want USB 3.0)
 

wkp765

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Jun 29, 2012
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There are a few out there as far as I know, but I believe it's all blue-ray optical drives which is a totally different price range than the Apple Super-Drive.

I am searching for one as well, but I will just be waiting for the Apple USB Super-Drive because it will be the best looking option out there at a reasonable price. :)
 

falterego

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Dec 28, 2008
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Asus makes a pretty good option. Not super slim like the superdrive, but Bluray and USB 3.0 for about $150.

As for the ethernet adapter, I believe Apple is going to have the 10/100 USB 2.0 and the 10/100/1000 Thunderbolt adapters. I don't think there are any plans to release a USB 3.0 gigabit adapter. Best bet for that would be watching amazon or monoprice for something released by another manufacturer.
 

Smartie

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Apr 25, 2012
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As long as you only want a DVD drive, USB 3.0 is unnecessary since 2.0 is fast enough. Don't know if bluray eats up the 2.0 bandwidth or not but DVD for sure doesn't. IOW, don't look for a USB 3.0 DVD drive.
 

pfjellman

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Mar 18, 2010
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I have 13" MBA 2012, I need to purchase USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter and USB 3.0 Superdrive.

I think both are not available with Apple yet. Are there any alternatives?

(I know Amazon has USB 2.0 Optical drive for $35 for MBA but I want USB 3.0)
I don't know about optical drives, but you should get the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD463ZM/A?fnode=51

It will probably work better than a USB 3.0 one.
 

martinm0

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Feb 27, 2010
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As long as you only want a DVD drive, USB 3.0 is unnecessary since 2.0 is fast enough. Don't know if bluray eats up the 2.0 bandwidth or not but DVD for sure doesn't. IOW, don't look for a USB 3.0 DVD drive.
USB 2.0 is fast enough for Bluray. I've been using external and internal BD drives for a few years and never found the internal/SATA connected drives to be any faster. I picked up one of the slim BD drives with an enclosure for $40 off Ebay (Here's a link):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BDC-TD03HA-USB-External-Slim-Drive-BD-R-Blu-Ray-Reader-/370635690271?pt=US_CD_DVD_Blu_Ray_Drives&hash=item564b9bd11f#ht_4434wt_1413
 

maxy123

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Jul 29, 2012
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Thanks guys, still confusing!

I think after reading your posts, I realized its better to buy Blu ray player since I have lot of Bluray collection and hardly have any DVDs.

So, my next choice is Bluray drive with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0(if really good reviews)
 

Stetrain

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Feb 6, 2009
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Don't most thunderbolt displays have an ethernet port and/or another thunderbolt port on the back for daisy chaining?
Well, the only available Thunderbolt display (Apple's) does. However you could also be using the Thunderbolt port with a Mini-Displayport adapter to a display that doesn't have Ethernet or Thunderbolt.
 

stchman

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Jul 16, 2012
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St. Louis, MO
I have 13" MBA 2012, I need to purchase USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter and USB 3.0 Superdrive.

I think both are not available with Apple yet. Are there any alternatives?

(I know Amazon has USB 2.0 Optical drive for $35 for MBA but I want USB 3.0)
I'm not aware of Apple making a USB 3.0 version of their Superdrive.

As far as Ethernet adapters, use the Thunderbolt adapter as I don't think Apple is making a USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter either.
 

TwinCitiesJHawk

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Feb 9, 2009
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USB 2.0 is fast enough for Bluray. I've been using external and internal BD drives for a few years and never found the internal/SATA connected drives to be any faster. I picked up one of the slim BD drives with an enclosure for $40 off Ebay (Here's a link):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BDC-TD03HA-USB-External-Slim-Drive-BD-R-Blu-Ray-Reader-/370635690271?pt=US_CD_DVD_Blu_Ray_Drives&hash=item564b9bd11f#ht_4434wt_1413
does this one require more than 1 usb port to use? Also, what software are you using to watch blu-ray movies? Thanks!
 

deeddawg

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Jun 14, 2010
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Well, the only available Thunderbolt display (Apple's) does. .
Exactly, and it doesnt support any of the video outputs from my work laptop as far as I know, only Thunderbolt. Since i sometimes work from home and don't have room for two large monitors, I can't use the Thunderbolt display. (Not to mention its a LOT more monitor than I need so it'd be tough to justify the cost even if I could use it with my work laptop)
 

asting

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Jun 10, 2012
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Well, the only available Thunderbolt display (Apple's) does. However you could also be using the Thunderbolt port with a Mini-Displayport adapter to a display that doesn't have Ethernet or Thunderbolt.
Exactly. I guess if you spend 1k you're set, but most of us cannot afford the apple display/would never pay so much for a display.
 

martinm0

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Feb 27, 2010
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does this one require more than 1 usb port to use? Also, what software are you using to watch blu-ray movies? Thanks!
It requires only one USB port, but also comes with another USB to power adaptor plug for any machines that don't provide enough juice. I've used it on my iMac and MBA, which do have powerful USB ports, but not sure how it would do on a PC.

I've using Pavtube Bluray Ripper for Mac for most of my BD backups (not actually watching the physicial discs from the machine, but I do know there is one product that supports this (can't recall name). I've used MakeMKV and DVDfab as well, along with Handbrake to do the official conversion. I then store them on the server and watch them through my AppleTVs.