Apple Macbook Air Superdrive – MC684ZM/A

by AOOBA on 2012/04/14

Apple Macbook Air Superdrive - MC684ZM/A

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  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • It connects to your MacBook Air with a single USB cable that's built into the SuperDrive.
  • Play and burn both CDs and DVDs with the MacBook Air SuperDrive.
  • Slips easily into your travel bag when you hit the road and takes up little space on your desk or tray table when you're working.
  • Dimensions - 5.47 x 5.47 x 0.67 inches; 139 x 139 x 17 mm

Compact and convenient, the MacBook Air SuperDrive connects to your MacBook Air computer or Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server with a single USB cable and fits easily into a travel bag. It lets you install software and play and burn both CDs and DVDs, including double-layer DVDs. Weight - 0.71 pounds; 320 grams .

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List Price: $ 89.00

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Ron Cronovich "Ron" April 14, 2012 at 1:41 AM
213 of 222 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not perfect, costs more than others, but I still like it pretty well, March 29, 2011
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Ron Cronovich “Ron” (Kenosha, WI) –
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This review is from: Apple Macbook Air Superdrive – MC684ZM/A (Electronics)

At the time I write this, there are two other reviews of the Superdrive and both are negative. I agree with many of their observations, but I respectfully disagree with their overall assessment of the Superdrive.

Let’s start with build quality. The Superdrive is encased in the same sturdy aluminum that encases your Macbook Air. (This also makes the Superdrive a perfect match, asthetically, for the Air.) The bottom of the Superdrive is black plastic with a thin ring of rubber to prevent the drive from sliding around your desktop. This plastic doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy to me; I can’t imagine it ever being damaged unless the Superdrive is subjected to unusual trauma, like dropping on a hard floor from 5′ up.

In contrast, most other external DVD burners I’ve used or researched are completely encased in plastic and feel a bit flimsy. The pop-out disc trays that others have are plastic and a bit wobbly.

The negative reviews correctly point out that the Superdrive’s cord is short, not detachable, and not user-replaceable. So, you must take a bit of extra care as not to damage the cord. I don’t mind the short length, though. My Air sits on a Rain mStand, roughly 6″ off the top of my desk. The cord is long enough to reach the Air’s USB port when the Superdrive is sitting on my desk.

The negative reviews correctly point out that the Superdrive doesn’t have a dedicated eject button or a light that indicates drive activity. Most other brands have these features.

However, I do not miss these features. I don’t often need an external optical drive. Since buying my Air about 6 months ago, I’ve only needed the drive a few times – to install MS Office and other software, and to write a DVD of a movie I filmed on my iPhone for a party. Because I don’t need an optical drive very much, I can easily live without these features. Plus, I like the simplicity of the Superdrive. Plug it in and it just works. Easy and simple.

The negative reviews correctly point out that the Superdrive ONLY works with the Macbook Air, while other external optical drives work with most or all Macbooks and most or all Windows laptops. But how much of a problem is this, really? I would only need to use the Superdrive with another computer if its own built-in optical drive failed. If that happened and I wanted to read a DVD, I’d regret that the Superdrive doesn’t work with that computer. But if I wanted to write a DVD, I could just transfer the files from that computer to the Air using a thumb drive or the cloud, and then use the Air and the Superdrive to write the files to a DVD.

The negative reviews correctly point out that the Superdrive is more expensive than other drives. But if you can afford a Macbook Air, you can probably afford to spend an extra $20 or $30 for the optical drive you really want. But it’s definitely true that you can find less expensive drives that will work well for you, and Amazon sells some good ones that are affordable.

Overall, I like the Superdrive pretty well, despite its relatively high price and the couple of features it lacks. It does everything I need, it’s simple and just works, and it looks very good with my Air.

I do not claim that my opinion is more valid than the negative opinions of other reviewers, and before you spend your hard-earned money I encourage you to consider their reviews carefully. My goal is merely to offer shoppers a different perspective, and to show that not everyone dislikes this drive.

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OregonBay April 14, 2012 at 2:01 AM
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nice, but read the details before you buy!, October 11, 2011
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This review is from: Apple Macbook Air Superdrive – MC684ZM/A (Electronics)

I usually rate Apple products at 5 stars, but this one leaves me scratching my head. It’s not that it is mis-marketed, or poorly made, but you do need to dig into the deets before you buy this product.

I purchased this drive because I have a newer model Mac Mini without an optical drive AND I have a Netbook that needed WinXP to be reinstalled. So I figured why not buy that sexy companion drive for the Mac Mini and just use it to install XP on that netbook…

First thing first — this drive will only work with the newer Mac Mini (2011) without an optical drive and/or the Macbook Air (MBA). It does not work with other Mac’s or with PC’s. That’s what really leaves me scratching my head, I understand the Apple philosophy, but really? Why limit the use to only two devices? I have multiple Macs and I can’t even use it with those?

Next — The connection cable is hardwired into the back of the drive and is really short. Using it with my Mac Mini is not a problem since its position is static and the wire is long enough, but other makers of portable drives use a standard mini USB connector so you can use any length of cable you want. I can see that short cord being an issue with the MBA. Also, if the cord gets any abuse and for some reason quits working, you cannot replace it.

The device seems to be well made, and works quite nicely with the Mac Mini, but it is on the expensive side for a combo or “super drive” and its limitations seem to negate its usefulness. One of the features I like about it for the Mac Mini is the ability to eject the disks with the wireless keyboard, it’s a nicety but not essential.

I wound up having to buy an inexpensive combo drive for that XP install anyway — on top of $80 for this super drive. I have decided to keep the drive just for the Mac Mini to install software and watch DVD movies, it does complement the Mac Mini quite well in aesthetics, but if I had it to do over again I would just buy an inexpensive combo drive from another reputable maker.

If you have the right equipment and simply have to have an Apple product in this category, this is the one – and only one to get. Otherwise there are better inexpensive options out there.

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Scott T. Neslage "Scotty" April 14, 2012 at 2:59 AM
63 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars
Great idea very poorly executed., November 16, 2010
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Scott T. Neslage “Scotty” (Charleston, SC USA) –
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This review is from: Apple Macbook Air Superdrive – MC684ZM/A (Electronics)

From the moment I opened my new superdrive, I could tell that Apple didn’t put their mind to this product. It has a cheap, plastic feel. The USB cable is short and fixed, not removable or retractable, making it tough to store for travel without damaging it. It’s operation is noisy and vibrates my entire desk. I would expect the device to work with other computers (at least Apple ones) other than the air and mini but it doesn’t. I would also expect the device to be updated with new technologies like Bluray but it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my MBAir!! And I do like that this drive is USB powered. I would simply ask that Apple finish the job by pairing it with something equally as impressive in the superdrive. This product is just not up to Apple’s par!

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