External DVD Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sealbhaigh, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. sealbhaigh macrumors newbie

    sealbhaigh

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    Is there any reason I'd pay the extra $40 to buy the SuperDrive over something non-apple like the $30 Samsung or LiteOn? Is there really any reason or difference in quality?
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Nope, no reason. Unless you're fanatical with matching design between your peripherals. Get a Blu-ray one while you're at it.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Agree with post above.

    I wouldn't buy Apple's superdrive.

    Instead, buy an external USB drive that has CD/DVD/BluRay -and- M-DISC capabilities. Will cost only a little more than an Apple drive, but have the ability to do much more.

    Samsung makes a very nice drive in their "506" series.
    Be aware it's a "tray loading" device -- which I prefer over "slot loaders"...
     
  4. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

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    No reason at all. The $20 drive works as well and the $80 drive.
     
  5. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Also to add... the Apple Superdrive will not work on any Mac that has a built in optical drive. Go figure. o_O
     
  6. troy14 macrumors 6502a

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    There are ways around that, but yes, I would recommend just getting a Samsung/LG external. I own an Apple and Samsung drive, and the Samsung works just as well. It's also better because you can use different length USB cables, where the Apple one won't work with an extension cable and the cable is built in.
     

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