• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Will break eventually

    The macbook pro retina charger is very much form over function. More so than the laptop itself. Mine lasted about 27 months with diy duct tape repairs at both the magsafe end and the power cord end. If you have to replace this don't go to the apple store first. I got one from a very popular high street electronics store for £30 and its pretty much brand new. Apple should not be charging these ridiculous prices for a charger from a previous generation laptop.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stiff and sticky cable, easy to break clips

    Power adapter charges fine and I have not found there to be a problem with the magnet as some other reviewers have mentioned. However, the thicker cable is very stiff so it does not roll easily for transport in a case. Also, the smaller cable is really sticky, so much so that it leaves a residue on your fingers and picks up dirt very easily. Not pleasant! Finally, the clips that allow the smaller cable to wind around the adapter for transport break very easily.

    These are small details that make the use of a nice laptop much less enjoyable.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor adapter, not had one last longer than 2 years

    My 18 month or so Macbook retina has a failed magsafe 2 adapter. The unit gets very hot and died what I would consider very prematurely. The same thing happened with my first macbook air so I'm very disappointed having to buy 2 or 3 adapters through the life of 1 laptop.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, frays easily, awkward...

    I'm at my wits' end-- this is the 3rd time that I am replacing a power cord for my laptop, and that's after extending their lives with electric tape! The cords seem almost designed to fray quickly. Mine has frayed near the laptop connector just a year in.

    Apple, not everybody has a perfect workstation at home to keep the cord in their "optimal geometry." Apple, for $80 you should be providing quality cords that can withstand some curving now and again. That's part of the convenience of having a light laptop. Otherwise, Apple, you should certainly be replacing frayed cords for free.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Frays in only 5 month.

    I had gotten this cord only 5 months ago, and now the end with the end to charge is cracking and starting to fray. In my mind, I wasn't being harsh on the cord, just normal use (plugging it in at my desk, sitting with it at the table, etc.) where you would think the integrity of the design will hold up. Now i have to keep wrapping it in electrical tape to keep from killing myself or spend ANOTHER $85 to get a replacement, its not like I already shoveled my money to them when I bought the darn computer!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Breaks in less than a year

    I've had two of these in the space of two years and both have had their insulation shred at the same place (near the magsafe connection). It's treated no different to adaptors from other computer manufacturers and they survived years and they cost a lot less. Now I have to buy a third one in two years (very first one came with my computer). Rip off at the price that it is

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Weak magnet bad design

    The magnet always disconnects. Especially if you are working with the laptop in your lap. If you sit it down on couch, it disconnects. If you move at all, it disconnects. The T design makes it easy to bump and disconnect.

    The good part, it does stay connected, if charging on a desk with no one near it.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I have Apple care

    Lasted me over a year, just got worse and worse. Knew the problem would happen eventually so I put tape and springs on the cable ends to prevent the inevitable.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Over heat and snapped again

    Bought my MacBook Pro in early 2014, less than 2 years, I had to replace the charger twice. Both time, the cable just snapped, and it heats up like a heater. Bad design, and it's not cheap!!!!

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  • 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.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Once again the cord failed.

    The Magsafe adapter is a good adapter except for one fatal flaw: Inadequate strain relief where the cable meets the body of the charger means that eventually, and inevitably the cable will break. Mine just broke and shorted out, getting very hot. Thankfully the charger has good protection and cut out.

    This is the second one that I have had suffer this problem. I'm going to add my own strain relief if and when I get a new one.

  • 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

    wrong shape

    the actual piece of metal that attaches to the computer simply comes off too much. Because, due to the shape of the charger, the wire comes straight out of the side of the computer when the charger is attached, it is very easily unhooked or unhinged. I never experienced this problem with the second version of the magsafe 1 adapter, the one that was cylindrical. On the old charger the wire went out behind the computer and was never really knocked out. This design is flawed though. The charger does also get very very hot.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very weak magnet and very annoying

    I've had the L-shaped Magsafe 1 charger for a MacBook and I can honestly say this is a downgrade. The original L-shaped Magsafe 1 to me was a stronger magnet and its shape meant it didn't fall out it it slightly nudged something. The new Magsafe 2 is better in terms that the rubber hasn't frayed (yet) but the T shaped adapter means it juts out a lot more and is very annoying especially when you're using your MacBook on anything other than a flat desk. So far I can say that this is the only part of my new Macbook that I can honestly say I hate.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally, my turn to experience connectivity problem

    Just like what the title said, my charger is not working well for my 15-inch retina (bought in December 2012) now.

    I have already undergone SMC resetting and it appears that the charger does not work properly.

    Based on what I have read in the review column, I am not sure if I am relatively lucky to have my charger (finally) fails after 14 months of use, yet it is really annoying when the charger works 5 -10 minutes and then the display shows you have plugged the charger in but not charging.

    I will eventually be forced to buy a new charger, but I am far from happy as my expectation on Apple is always high, just like any Macbook Pro user in Planet Earth.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Put: If it ain't broke....

    The L-Shaped MagSafe from the previous generation was fine for me. If you had to change something about it then maybe make the cord and circuits more durable and stronger. Other than that, the new MagSafe 2 design stinks.

    It frequently keeps falling out of the MagSafe port from the brush of my leg or from the blanket of my bed brushing against it as well. Makes it difficult to be on your lap.

    Is it a dealbreaker to stop you from buying the current line of MacBooks? No.
    Is it annoying? Yes, but I tolerate it because I love my new MacBook Air, (it's so fast and it just works!)

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Design - Disconnects too Frequently

    Apple missed the ball on this one. :( Magsafe 2 disconnects far too easily. No problem if your laptop is on your desk - but put it on your lap and expect annoyingly frequent disconnects. The earlier sidebar-type Magsafe did not do this but Magsafe does and is IMHO a step backward in design