Apple has always been fantastic at making beautiful products. Sure their prices are always much higher than their competitors but that’s the price you pay for quality. And it’s not just their computers and phones either, it’s even the case with the accessories. The Apple USB SuperDrive is a clear example of that as it’s almost twice as expensive as most other external DVD drives. So in this review I’m going to take a look if it’s justified as well.
ForcEject is a tiny little tool of about 100KB that simply does what is intended and tries to force your Superdrive to eject its stuck optical disc. To use the ForcEject Tool, download and run it and an icon will appear on your menu bar. Click on the icon to popup a menu and either select to eject an internal or external SuperDrive. Gamemaster v 1.2.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Apple USB SuperDrive is absolutely beautiful. You can instantly tell that it’s an Apple product just by looking at it. It has the exact same design as their MacBook Pro’s and iMacs. And it does look fantastic next to them. That’s the main issue with other brand accessories. They tend to stand out and usually you don’t want that. So if you are a Mac owner and want everything to look similar, then the SuperDrive is most likely the one for you.
Now as I mentioned it does cost much more. And that does make sense as the drive is made out of aluminium. 99% of the other available optical drives are made out of plastic. Using aluminium also means that the drive is on the heavier side. It weighs 335 g / 0.74 lbs and has a dimension of 139×139×17 mm / 5.5×5.5×0.7″. The only part that is plastic is the bottom side. The bottom has also got a large rubber ring which completely stops the drive from moving around. You really need to apply force to get it to move.
And another thing that makes it special is the slot on the front. You simply push in your disc and it eats it. And once you are done, you just click the eject button on your computer and it spits the disc out. There aren’t any physical buttons on the drive itself. The slot tray is really cool and smooth. I’m a huge fan.
The only negative thing for me is that it has the USB cable attached to the drive. And it isn’t that long either. Which can be an issue if there are no free USB ports near you. And if the cable should break, then you are also stuck with having to buy a new drive, instead of just getting a new cable. So that’s the main downside for me.
Also it has a normal USB type A connector. If you only have USB-C ports then you’ll need to buy an adapter. I have seen Apple sell some kits that already include the dongle. You’ll need to pay extra for that though.
So does the Apple USB SuperDrive also have a better performance? Honestly no. It works just as fast and as well as any other known brands external DVD drive. There aren’t any extra features either.
It has a maximum 8x read and write speed for DVD’s and 24x for CD’s. Exactly the same as other drives.
The only real difference is that this drive only works with Apple devices. So you need to have a Mac OSX for it to work. You can also use it with a windows as well if it’s been installed on an Apple computer. You’ll just need to use bootcamp to download and install the necessary drivers. That’s the only way you can use it on a Windows operating system.
The USB SuperDrive is only worth the price if you have an Apple computer and you want the best available drive for Mac. You’ll only be spending more for the premium design and smooth slot loading system. There’s no differences in performance. And if you have a normal Windows or Linux computer, then sorry but you can’t use this drive as it’s only compatible with Apple computers.
The slot-loading optical disc drives in MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Minis are definitely more elegant than those flimsy trays on most computers. The part that’s not so elegant is when a stubborn CD or DVD gets stuck!
Over the years, a ton of different methods for ejecting stuck discs have been passed around the Apple community. While some approaches appear to work more reliably than others, there is no single troubleshooting technique that has been proven to work for everyone. In an effort to be as comprehensive and help as many people as possible, I’m throwing in all of the strategies I’ve come across related to this topic. If you’re battling a CD or DVD that refuses to pop out, hopefully you find at least one does the trick!
For the sake of being complete, let’s start out simple. When a disc won’t eject from your Mac, try the following: 1.) Press and hold the Eject key, 2.) Right-click on the disc icon on the Desktop and select “Eject” from the menu, 3.) Drag the disc icon to the Trash. No luck? Read on for more tips!
Launch Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities) and select the troublesome CD or DVD in the sidebar. Click the Eject button at the top of the window.
Launch Terminal (Applications > Utilities) and copy the following command: drutil eject
Restart your Mac and hold down the left mouse button (or trackpad if you have a laptop) as it boots up. Keep pressing it until the login screen or desktop displays.
Pick up your Mac laptop and tilt it so the CD/DVD drive is pointing downwards. Restart and hold the Eject key down while gently shaking the computer up and down.
Shut down your Mac, turn it back on, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Make sure the power cord is plugged in as you do this and the disc just might pop out on its own.
If you listen carefully, you can probably hear your optical drive powering up & down over and over again. As long as the disc spins, it’s not coming out. The first step is to get your hands on a very thin piece of cardboard or even a folded business card (so it’s twice as thick). Now restart your Mac and hold down the mouse/trackpad button as you poke the cardboard inside the SuperDrive slot. The goal is to slip it above the CD or DVD — towards the left side of the drive — and gently jiggle it around to put pressure on the disc. You might have to continue this for up to a minute or so, but it often works when all other methods fail.