Superdrive - anything but super.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mongoos150, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. mongoos150 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2005
    I'm very dissapointed Apple has not stepped it up on the optical drive - I mean come on, 24x cd write speeds?! 2.4x for Dual Layer DVDs?! This is insane! The drive should write AT LEAST at 48x! I don't know what's going on, the drive does not live up to its name in the least. Here are specs from a mid-level NEC dual layer drive that's equipped in many PC boxes. We need something like this. I'm pretty disgusted.

    o DVD-RW: 6x max.
    o DVD +R: 16x max.
    o DVD-R: 16x max.
    o DVD +RW: 8x max.
    o DVD Dual Layer: 8x max.
    o DVD-R Dual Layer: 6x
    o CD-R: 48x max
    o CD-RW: 32x max
    Yes, these are WRITE speeds.
  2. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    I definitely agree. That's the one BIG downside about my Mini that drives me up the wall. I'm a switcher from a PC that I was using that had a 16x DVD burner in it, and burning DVDs now is definitely a test of my patience! :)

    Most certainly though, it's all aesthetic. If they added faster writing drives, it would increase the thickness of the laptop. I don't believe there are slot loading drives in the form factor that the current Macs use that are up to the 16x write speed.
  3. KevKaos macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    Baltimore, Maryland USA
    OK, I'll admit that I am pretty clueless about this, and I don't have an iMac yet, but can you buy faster external dvd writers if someone were willing to spend some cash?
  4. fall3n macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2006
    I'll definatly agree to this one. My Dual Layer Sony DVD R/RW write faster then this. I believe it's 16x dvd r and 48x cd r and i got it for 30 bux! Surely Apple can compete with the amount we pay for these things. It doesn't make much sense why they don't have the latest fastest drives as they are all so cheap now anyway.
  5. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    What you fail to aknowledge is that Apple uses slot-loading drives, which lag behind tray-loading drives used in a typical PC, for all their machines except the Mac Pro. It's a compromise.
  6. fall3n macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2006
    Ah, good point. It doesn't bother me the least as I rarely ever do burning, but it did make me wonder. Thanks for the info.
  7. vanzskater272 macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2006
    I think that the slot-loading drives are worth the bad write speeds
  8. mongoos150 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2005
    Of course you can. We shouldn't have to buy an external drive for our iMacs though - one of the big sell points of the iMac is that it is all contained! If I have to buy an external drive to get decent write speeds, Apple might as well not include a "superdrive" to begin with! Their drives are unacceptable - we shouldn't have to be forced to buy an external drive to keep up with the rest of the WORLD's disc write speeds. :mad:
  9. rifkarachman macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2006
    and to add all of the above,

    i got a dvd stuck in my superdrive..
  10. mongoos150 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2005
  11. chibianh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2001
    I'll agree with you IF there are slot loading drives available with the write speeds you want. But if no one makes slot loading drives at those speeds, how can Apple use them? Would you rather have a tray loading iMac?
  12. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    x24 write speed?

    geez, I got a computer with Windows 95 with a CD Drive at x48...

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