External dvd drive works fine, why get a Super drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by supernet33, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. supernet33 macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2008
    So I have a $40.00 External dvd drive and it works perfect with my MBA.
    Why do people spend $100.00 on an Apple drive?
  2. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    1) It matches the coolness of Apple products.
    2) It is slot-loading!
    3) They do not like mixing brands!!
    4) They got it cheaper than retail price!!!
    5) Many other reasons!

    After all, they all work the same for the MBA :)
  3. McGilli macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    For me it was i didn't have a super slim external dvd drive that draws its power from the USB port.

    (needed slim and no extra power cable to fit in my briefcase with the MBA)
  4. 11800506 macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    I guess for most people it's convenient to just buy all the components when they're getting their machine. Also because it looks good.
  5. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    because I was an idiot. :)

    I have used it all of 4 times since I bought it with my Rev A when they first came out.
  6. tubbymac macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2008
    Why do people spend $40 on an external DVD drive? :)

    Haven't needed one so far on my MBA and I don't see myself ever needing one.
  7. supernet33 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2008
    I had one laying around..

    Also when I tired to reinstall leopard on remote disk, i was getting kernal panics
  8. dudeitsjay macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2009
    +1 to both those guys.
    Newegg search dvd burner slims and you'll find plenty under $75. But you should really be asking yourself if the MBA is right for you. I hardly ever touch optical drives anymore, and the one or two times I had, the remote disc was more than adequate.
  9. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    I mainly got it for installing Windows 7 on my revB MBA!

    However, I was lucky enough to get it for $49.99 at BestBuy as an open box without a single scratch!!! It was hidden behind 3 sealed ones! :D

    I do not like Windows, but it is fun to test the W7 on the MBA since I have Vista on my 24" iMac for gaming.
  10. r6girl Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Sep 6, 2003
    Unless this was changed recently and I missed it, no other DVD drive brand/type will be recognized by iDVD, preventing you from burning DVD's you create in it if you don't have the official MacBook Air Superdrive by Apple.
  11. fteoath64 macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2008
    Yeah, found out that Remote Disk not supported under VirtualBox for Win7 install. Bummer, the MBP running RC1 of Win7 is pretty sweet under BootCamp, except that it needed a mouse to operate!. The trackPad is almost unusable on Win7...
  12. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    Cause it looks cool did I buy a mac for any other reason?
  13. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    Probably for the same reason people buy something to drink at the gas station instead of hunting for a machine...they're already there buying something, it's convenient, one thing leads to another.
  14. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    because my external slot loading blu-ray drive isnt recodnised by my air on bootup :eek:
  15. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    True good point. I am a money saver like the OP so I bought my air superdrive on ebay for $50 :D
  16. ZunePod macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    SuperDrive is thinner, and USB-powered; it just matches
  17. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Burning to an external drive was a feature of iLife '06, possibly even '05.

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