• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The magnet is NOT GOOD

    I didn't read all 8 pages of the back and forth arguing but this is my first Mac and I bought the 15 inch mac air to travel with it, use casually, sit on the couch and so far I can't do any of those things without the plug falling out every few minutes. If you have a cat, forget it, if they walk on the couch, it falls out. If I move, it falls out. I just would like to find a fix..... Any ideas?

    57 of 68 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Another disappointed fan

    I want to add my voice to the criticism here.
    And no, not all the negative reviews are from one person :))

    I think the person that reviewed the connector highly has no experience with the previous version of the Magsafe connector.
    That connector was the best design so far, stayed in all the time, and only came out in case someone tripped on a cable. It had this "magnetic" feel to it, which was great, and it is completely lacking from the new version.

    New Magsafe 2 connector constantly disconnects, simply by moving my Macbook around. It definitely does not belong to the otherwise general feel of sturdiness of the unibody Macbook Air.

    Even though I am a big Apple fan, in recent years I have been very disappointed by their level of testing. I simply don't believe that the "innovations" like this go through any practical testing (such as simply using the Mac for a day !).
    Otherwise surely someone would have spotted a glaring problem like this.

    A real missed opportunity ...

    48 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality compered to the machine it charges

    This is my first Mac and I'm very happy with the move from my Sony Vaio. However the charger has always been a worry since day 1 and 12 months down the line it has failed.
    - It gets extremely hot - to the point where I won't leave the machine charging unattended.
    - It has a small power plug that makes it hard to remove from the wall socket, potentially exposing your fingers to an electric shock.
    - Fragile connection from the a/c adapter which has now frayed, exposing the wire.

    It has been looked after very well, and I'm unhappy that it should need replacing after twelve months.

    44 of 48 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    another split cable

    Apple why can't you make charger cables that don't split? I bought a 15" Retina MBP five months ago and already the cable is split. This happened with the last MacBook Pro too. C'mon!!

    39 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at first, then overheated and frayed

    This power adapter worked for awhile, then it began to get EXTREMELY hot and now the cord is frayed and the wires are exposed.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely overpriced for the lack of quality

    Like many other people it seems i have also had numerous mac chargers die on me. £65 is awfully expensive for a chargers, especially one that has this many problems.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Need's better design & it's weak compared to Macbook Air.

    Wish Apple would make the connection stronger. The magnetic connection is really weak compared to the one on my Macbook Air. It's constantly slipping off anytime the cord is bumped from top or bottom like when I'm using it on my lap sitting down. The L-style on the MacBook Air would be a much better fit and I prefer over this new connection. Also would be nice to have a cord that was a little longer. Overall two stars because I think this can be improved a lot!

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why, Apple? Why?

    With my 2010 White Unibody Macbook charger, I have never ONCE replaced it within the 4 years I've had it. I purchased my Macbook Pro 1 year ago and I am already having to purchase another $80 charger. This is absurd. Apple, PLEASE listen to your consumers and get your cords back to the quality that they were previously!

    As far as it doing its job, it charges my Macbook and does it well. Only complaint there is that the brick heats up quickly and gets me worried about placing it on certain surfaces. The extension cord is pretty durable.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    desipointed :(

    i love apple like nothing else but today i just noticed that my power adaptors' wires were wiped out and i will buy a new one, i hope apple get a new one and replaces this one with more flexibility on the wire

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Giant step backwards

    I can't say how much I hate this new adapter. The magnet is so weak and it gets knocked out so easily. Not to mention that the shape just protrudes out of the Mac. It's terrible when you're working on the couch because it doesn't hug the machine. This makes it terrible because it bumps into stuff and exacerbates the problem.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Charges fine, magnet not sticky enough.

    Charges fine, so I guess it does the job.

    Doesn't overheat like my older one. So thats good.

    Cable hasn't frayed at the connector, so I guess that's a plus.

    I get why they made this thinner (nothing to do with the laptop being thinner....makes it harder to accidentally shove a usb stick in there) but:

    1) The L shape design was more convenient.
    2) Sit in a chair, move a little, and the thing falls off. Constantly. All. The. Time.

    This is the first time I can remember where Apple got the actual usability so broken.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hopeless

    I wonder why Apple is releasing a power cord so terribly weak, and annoying. Do something about it. You can barely look at it without it´s falling out of the mac:-(

    20 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple needs to use better cable materials

    Please improve the charger cable at least on the newer MacBook pros. The current cable is not good. The magnet works fine but the cable is fragile under normal use.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable way too weak

    The charger is nice in the sense that you can have 2 varied lengths, one where the brick is in the wall and one with the extension attachment. But the cable it self between the brick and the MacBook is way too think. The end closest to the MacBook wears out way too quickly, even if you try your best to look after it. And then they charge you £65 for another one!! I think when I'm spending almost £2,000 on a laptop, I would expect a charger that could last at least 3 years before any signs of wear.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Loose connector, cable frays

    The new MagSafe makes a much looser connection and is easily bumped out if you're not using it on a desk, or move your laptop around at all. More concerning though is that within 6 months it has frayed dangerously at the brick-end. Very poor.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Awkward; won't stay plugged into the laptop

    I found this page because I was googling out of frustration with my Mac Air's charger cord. As others have noted, it falls out too easily when tilted up or down, which happens a lot when the laptop is ON YOUR LAP. Hello? I truly do expect design perfection from Apple, which makes it doubly frustrating to have such a serious flaw on this expensive laptop.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Love hate

    I love that its magnetic and protects itself against trips etc. but I think the magnet should be stronger than it is maybe twice as strong?

    I don't like that the jacket material that covers the cord is utter garbage I'm on my 3-4th replacement from apple because after a few months the jacket begins to split near the connectors from I guess stress of some kind. Now I'm not what I consider a power user but I take my laptop around at least 2 times per week but for the most part unless I'm charging it near my couch where I'm usually using it the charger just sits near by so I don't understand how it can split from stress.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unplugs too easily.

    It's a combination of a few engineering over sites. Not enough surface area for the magnet to hold firm and it extends out too far so even some of the weight from the cord itself has enough leverage to unplug it. I think going back to the "L" shape would solve the problem..

    Also on a similar yet side note... I've always thought it would be incredibly convenient to have a charging connection on both sides of the MacBook. See what you guys can do, Apple :)

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very delicate

    The thin cord that runs from your laptop to the charging brick has a very weak cord connecting it to the brick. The material around it tears easily exposing the thin cords which also sever soon after. I have gone through 2 of these and at a crazy $79.99 a piece it is getting ridiculously expensive. I expect better if I'm going to spend thousands on your computers.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Weak flex, seriously heat

    The body of the charger gets extremely hot and flex is so weak that it has broken after less than a year of use. This is a terrible product compared to the MacBooks themselves, the only redeeming feature is the magnet which was a great addition in 2006 but the lack of development since is a constant source of disappointment.

    10 of 11 people found this useful