Readers question: CD / DVD reader for the MacBook Pro

Samsung SE208GB RSWD

Question: Hello Sir Apfelot, I come from an Apple family and plan to buy a laptop. My decision was made for the [Macbook Pro Retina 13 inch-> macbook-pro-retina] - which model has not yet been decided. One question has not yet been clarified: What kind of USB drive (for DVD / CD) for watching films (not for burning) can you buy? Does it have to be the expensive device from Apple or does it have to be accepted?

Answer: Of course, you do NOT have to use the expensive Apple CD / DVD burner. There are some inexpensive DVD burners that can of course also play DVDs and CDs and that are also Mac-compatible and tested. Here I wrote about it: "The alternative to the Apple Superdrive".

Samsung SE208GB RSWD

The Samsung SE208GB RSWD DVD burner offers a good price-performance ratio and works even without a driver installation on the Mac (Photo: Amazon).

You also ask above for a device that you only want to use as a player. A device that ONLY reads and does not burn is (I think) no longer available ... but at the low price that the DVD burner costs, you can hardly save anything. For this reason, I would rather recommend you a burner right away.

This DVD burner from Samsung is currently with very many positive reviews and also recommended by Mac users:

Samsung SE208GB RSWD
5.416 Reviews
Samsung SE208GB RSWD
The Samsung DVD burner does not have an extra power supply and works with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.

It should be noted, however, that the Samsung burner is unproblematic on Macs that have USB 3 ports. With some computers that only have USB 2.0, the connection may be unexpectedly interrupted because the device requires 0,5 amps, for which a USB 2.0 interface is actually not designed. If you want to be on the safe side, hang him on you USB 3 hubthat has an external power supply. Then there is definitely enough power available for operation.

If you are at war with Samsung and prefer another manufacturer, you can also look at this ASUS burner. It also runs without any additional drivers under Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X:

Asus SDRW-08D2S-U Lite
ASUS SlimeLine DVD burner that runs on both Mac OS X and Windows. Messages about interruptions due to a power overload can not be found here in the customer reviews.


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