Is the Apple SuperDrive as bad as they say?

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  1. taptic macrumors 65816

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    There are quite a lot of reviews about it on Apple's website's... Half seem to love it, half seem to hate it. Anyone have any real experience with the thing?
     
  2. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    Am I the only one that has never heard of an "M-Disk" before? :confused:
     
  4. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    Just a new disk that is excellent for long term storage needs that doesn't degrade as easily as other optical media or magnetic storage over time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-DISC
     
  5. California macrumors 68040

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    I loved mine, but it only works with certain Macs without the hack. What i particularly liked was the aluminum enclosure.
     
  6. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    Hardly ever use mine, but on the odd occasion I have used it, its been spot on.
     
  7. foobarbazqux macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't bother with a SuperDrive when you can get non-Apple alternatives for a lot less. You can probably get one for less than 1/3 the cost of a SuperDrive.
     
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Mechanical drives fail. I wouldn't spend $70 for a DVD drive, when you can get a Samsung or Asus for $20. You could replace 3 of them for the same price as one Superdrive. How often do you really need an optical drive anyway?

    Myself, I use Samsung Blu-Ray drives with my Macs so that I can rip Blu-Ray's and they run about the same cost as a Superdrive that can't do Blu-Ray.
     
  9. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    I bought a apple superdrive and used it for about 3 weeks. Then I realized being able to play blue ray discs would be nice. So I spent more money getting something that basically did what the superdrive did plus more. So now the superdrive sits in a drawer. It was a waste of money. Better to get something that can play and burn blue rays for the same cost.
     
  10. Traverse macrumors 603

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    I don't think it's bad, but overpriced. I just needed a drive to import some CDs and play an occasional movie. I bought a $30 Samsung USB 3 drive and it was fine.
     
  11. jeffreyfranz macrumors newbie

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    Nope, you are one of two. I'm the other one. :)

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    What he said. I never use my Superdrive. That I thought I needed one probably reflects my age more than anything else. Apple overprices all their peripherals. I would not buy it again. Except, it does look good next to my Air.
     

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