Apple's Newest Laptop Is The First MacBook Consumer Reports Won't Recommend


"The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but in terms of battery life, we found that the models varied dramatically from one trial to another", Consumer Reports said in a blog post. Unfortunately for Apple, those Chrome tests don't count - part of Consumer Reports' testing criteria is that it only uses the default browser to score devices. According to a Consumer Reports analysis, when the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro was used with the Touch Bar, it ran successfully for 16 hours. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in the next.

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Consumer Reports added: "Most Apple laptops have scored well in our battery test, typically lasting much longer than the manufacturer has claimed".

Apparently, all of the concerns about the 2016 MacBook Air's battery life are not without merit. Those were just a few of the results; we tested battery life on these laptops repeatedly.

CR goes on to state that the figures above represented only a portion of the test runs and that it usually gets results that vary by less than 5% between subsequent runs. Consumer Reports' best-reviewed model is the Vaio Z, which received an overall score of 81 out of 100. It marked the first time Consumer Reports said consumers shouldn't buy a MacBook.

Apple hasn't yet commented on the omission from the list.

This edition of the MacBook Pro, released in November, features the new Touch Bar above the keyboard, an OLED screen to replace function keys and the integration of Touch ID that allows users to log in to their laptop using a fingerprint.

Consumer Reports' findings were an embarrassment to Apple, right at the end of a year in which it had been criticized for possibly losing its product focus.

The average of the test totals seem to be in-line with Apple's 10-hour estimate, but that would be cold comfort to someone whose laptop dies on the first leg of a cross-country flight. Apple is clearly hoping it can get Consumer Reports to reconsider, and restore its ideal record. In lab tests, Consumer Reports found that the iPhone 6 was far more durable than YouTube videos made it appear.

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