Consumer Reports rates Mac notebooks #1 in every size category that Apple offers

Apple Online StoreConsumer Reports’ “latest ratings of laptops place Mac laptops in first place overall in every size category Apple offers, including top marks for the just-released revamped MacBook Air 11- and 13-inch models,” Electronista reports.

“The 11-inch Air was praised for its ergonomics and display quality, as well as weight and battery life,” Electronista reports. “The 13-inch MacBook Air also won its size category… beating Apple’s other 13-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro configurations.”

Electronista reports, “In the 15- and 16-inch category, the MacBook Pro configurations took the top two places… [and] the MacBook Pro 17″ took the prize for best laptop in the 17-18 inch category.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Until the geniuses at Consumer Reports correct their iPhone 4 fiasco and “recommend” the smartphone that just so happens to sit atop their ratings, their opinions aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit (even when they get it right, as they have here).

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. Customer Report reviews x.
    That x is on top of every parameter given by Customer Report.
    Customer Report denies the outcome.
    (dont they trust their own parameters of evaluation?)

    Customer Report reviews y.
    That y is on top of every parameter given by Customer Report.
    Customer Report takes the outcome.

    Now, can you take that? can you believe the whole things that they dont even believe in them self?

  2. CR is good for hand tools, power tools, paint, stain, tires, household appliances, etc. that can be tested and rated in a highly objective and relevant manner. Complex electronic devices are not as conducive to comparative ratings. As a result, CR often falls short in this area. In addition, the weighting of the rating criteria may not match your priorities with respect to cost, reliability, functionality, etc.

    As with any information resource, the value of the data varies with your application and personal preferences.

  3. I’m still mad that during the 90s they rated the Mac so poorly simply because the PC had way more apps.

    They forgot about reliability, total cost of ownership, user experience, and instead concentrated on the millions of shitty apps on the PC as an overwhelming “feature”.

  4. Consumer Reports in a bare knuckled backhanded way has just slapped S. Ballmer, M. Dell, Sony, Lenovo, Toshiba, Fujitsu, HP and others absolutely silly into stunned silence. They don’t deliver the beef.

    After watching Apple’s quality and laptop structures consistently rise over the last 6-7 years, I am personally surprised that even the high end Dell M6500 “Mobile Precision Workstation” laptops (which I used to buy) look and feel so clunky. Price an M6500 versus the MBP 17″ and you will be surprised who charges more.

    Where are the dedicated design teams who have been given the orders to “meet or beat” Apple? Obviously, they will have to compete in the $1000 & up market, but that is where serious students and workers live in today’s world, unless they must have a desktop’s power and expansion.

  5. I have to agree with MDN on this one. Can we trust their reviews? I believe they have to many political motivations these days, stuff happening behind the curtains, that are affecting their judgment.

    While it is nice to see Mac on top I don’t understand their stance on the iPhone, it doesn’t need to be at the top of their category (it is on my list though) how they can still claim it is a phone they can’t recommend ( which is double speak for don’t buy this thing)

    I forget they exist until they do something sensational, like tell use Kin is a great phone (they didn’t I’m making a point) or Macs are the best of the best, all they are doing is trying to show they are still relevant in this Internet age, I just don’t think they succeed in showing me they know what they are talking about

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