External DVD Drive

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

  1. sealbhaigh macrumors newbie


    Dec 5, 2015
    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

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    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 P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    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

    Dec 30, 2014
    No reason at all. The $20 drive works as well and the $80 drive.
  5. chscag macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    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

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    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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