• 4.0 out of 5 stars


    Finally back to a T shaped charger! I've had many problems with the L shaped charger...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    I am not sure what product others are complaining about. Just got an rMBP and the MagSafe 2 works exactly as advertised. I give it a solid 4 stars --- the one remaining star is because its design should also include USB. Surely this thing can handle the MacBook and an iPhone or iPad at the same time.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but prefer the previous generation

    The bad reviews far outweigh the good ones, however, from my perspective, I've been using Mac laptops since 2007 and I've never had a power adapter fail. I believe there are several compromises, though, from a design standpoint that are "balanced" with the MagSafe 2. First, if the magnet is made stronger there's a risk that the "quick disconnect feature" won't work and someone's Macbook will go flying off the desk. Make it weaker and people complain that it disconnects too easily. If you tug the connector straight out (perpendicular to the Mac) you can see that the magnet is quite strong. Pull on it upwards or downwards and the magnet releases with much less force due to the peeling action. The only way around this from a design standpoint would be to make the connector much larger - obviously not desirable. Trade-offs also exist regarding the cord. A more durable cord could certainly be offered, but it would be heavier and thicker (again, just my opinion). My only complaint is that I preferred the previous generation's "L" style connector over the current "T" style. When a laptop is used on a desk, the power cord will typically be routed away from the user, not lengthwise to the right or left. Therefore, an "L" connector will result in a neater desktop with less stress from the cord making an immediate 90 degree bend. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why so many people suffer cord failures. As far as the price goes, I'd be happier at around $50.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Magnet Not Weak

    I find the magnet to be just as strong as my previous MagSafe charger.

    I'm not crazy about the T-design. I appreciate that it's better for cases where the cable gets yanked (detaches when you want it to, to save your laptop from taking a tumble).

    But I loved how the L-design sat flush with the side of the machine. It was a little weird for Cinema Displays where some plugs were T and the power plug was L, but for the standalone charger the L-design was just wonderful.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like the design! Just wish the cord was hardier.

    I personally like the magsafe 2 design. Mine stays in there pretty securely, but easily breaks away if someone trips on it or it get inadvertently tugged. I like that a lot, now my computer doesn't get yanked and damaged, the cord just comes out, protecting the computer. I do however wish the cable itself was hardier. Like a braided cable or something. It's pretty delicate for a laptop cable and I feel like I have to be careful to wind it up and store it. Wish at least the the cable was removable from the power supply- I find myself self having to replace them for the iPhone, but with this you have to buy the whole power supply at $80.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works very well.

    I received my MacBook Pro with Retina Display a couple of weeks ago, and the charging adapter works well. It comes out if my dog runs across it, or I step on it. Which is exactly what it is made to do. I can have it sit on my lap for a couple hours straight and it won't fall out. I move around quite a bit as well. It falls out occasionally, but no big deal. I'm guessing many people received faulty pieces. Which is very common if you buy a product when it first comes out. If you have problems with the new design, buy an adapter. Although mine works exactly the way it is supposed to.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Give back

    Give back the L shape.

    The cord gets very bended when powersupply is on the right side.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as bad as others believe...

    While Apple's MagSafe chargers compromise a few reliability details in the name of design I believe that if people are just more careful they won't fray or damage the cord.

    The magnet is as strong as it needs to be. Most consumers will not remember when iBooks and Powerbooks used a headphone jack style charger. These would easily break into the port and require charger board/ logic board replacements.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So far works well but...

    So far the MagSafe 2 Adapter that came with my 6 month old MBP Retina is fine, although I do find it dislodges from the MBP faster than my old adapter on my old MBP.

    That said, when I came to the Apple site to buy a second adapter for travel I was astonished at the number of horrible reviews from recent purchasers. Not sure if we can be sure these are all reviews and all genuine Apple products, but the shear number of negative reviews suggests Apple has a real loser on it's hand.

    Interestingly, "certified" purchase review on Amazon tell a very, very different picture. So hard to say what is going on.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolute Essential

    My old 85W MagSafe 2 ripped and completely broke from the power brick after 2 years of usage. Now I bought the new one. It is doing its job and still working fine. In term of quality, this genuine charger adapter (from Apple Online store or retail store) is better than any other generic things like in eBay or amazon. However in terms of usage, Apple 85W MagSafe 2 is not lasting so long as I expected. The cable is easily ripped especially the point near the power brick. Another bad thing is while charging, it is getting really really hot. But it has other good points such as you can charge quite quickly (approx 2 hours for full charge from 5-10% battery) and I'm quite happy about the magnet link.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    In defense of the magnet

    I was surprised to see the level of vitriol directed at Apple because of the design of the new MagSafe 2 connector. You would think Apple ran off with some of theses reviewers' children or something. My own experience with this power adapter on a new MBA: I agree the L design might be preferable because it is more low-profile and is less likely to get bumped. On the other hand, I expected a weak magnet based on the angry reviews. The magnet is actually quite strong as you discover when you try pulling it off directly. In fact, it seems much stronger than the L connector I had on my old MBP. Now, if you tilt it up or down, it does come off fairly easily as you are sort of leveraging it off. But that is probably a good thing as it will save your lightweight MBA from getting pulled off a table. So, it seems to be a good compromise. It certainly does not fall out the way some are describing. Maybe Apple strengthened the magnet in the last year? I don't know, but it seems strong enough. Since the battery on the new MBA lasts a long time, I never have a need to use it while plugged in. It gets recharged overnight. I mean, the whole point of using a laptop is portability, so I try to time the charging so that I don't need to have it plugged in when I'm actually using it. But, the adapter isn't as horrible as people are making it out to be. Now, I do wish it wasn't as expensive as it is...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Preventing connector wear

    I've used Apple's T-shaped connector power supply for nearly 6 years without any issue so far. To make it last longer do not remove the cable from the computer by "pulling out" on it. The easiest way is to put a finger underneath the connector and tilt it upward until the magnet releases. Also, when you wind the connector around the brick, don't make the turns too tight, especially the first turn--leave slack on the adapter end so the turn isn't too tight.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Thanks for going back to the T-Shape

    I was unhappy when Apple made the switch to the l-shape a while ago but now we're back on t-shape and that works much better for me. The L-Shape always disconnected when I pushed the MBP closer to the wall.

    Now about the magsafe 2, was it really necessary to come up with a new design for just saving 1mm in height? I was thinking Apple would put additional contacts on a redesign of the magsafe, like thunderbolt so stay tuned for the magsafe 3 soon.

    All in all a good power supply of good size and love the ability to wind the cable around it (plus the clip!)

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Frayed Wires but Apple Quick To Replace

    I think the MagSafe chargers are a great idea. I can't tell you how many times in college someone would carelessly kick my cord and all that moved was the charger. This has saved my laptop numerous times. I had a 2008 MBP for 5 years and never replaced the cord. I got the new retina MBP and within 2 years I finally frayed the cord. I have AppleCare and all I did was bring the busted charger in and boom new charger no charge. I thought Apple was very quick to help.

    To all the negative reviewers, when you wrap your cord don't wrap it too tight and the best thing to do is to create a loop from the base prior to wrapping it. Its hard to describe but LEAVE SOME SLACK in the cable and it won't fray!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafe review

    I have now 2 months of use with the MagSafe Adapter, and have absolutely no complaints with powering my MacBook Pro. A number of complaints from others on the sensitivity of the connection coming off with the slightest touch, but I'm careful and have had only a couple of times (My fault) when it pulled off. I was not careful then but am glad it does come off so I won't cause the computer to fall to the floor or I slip/fall. Could it be a bit better ? Perhaps, but I'm happy with it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Seems great to me

    Works fine. Could be just a little more magnetic to keep the charger in place. Great product

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    A lot of people are complaining that it falls out easily, but the point is so you don't rip your laptop off of a surface and destroy it. I'd rather have to pick up my cord and plug it back in than pay $3,000 for a new computer. It's saved me dozens of times already, and I highly recommend it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The point of MagSafe

    I have owned the 1st gen, Unibody and now the rMBP. I have experienced every variant of the MagSafe Charger. The MagSafe charger was originally marketed and designed to quickly and seamlessly detach from the MBP in the event of a cord yank(someone tripping over it). This was to prevent damage not only to the connector in the laptop but also to keep the machine from crashing to the floor due to it being pulled with the cable. It sounds like every review is just supporting the overall design of the MagSafe and how great it works.

    I do agree that the New MagSafe 2 T connector is a down hill step from the last gen L connector. It does seem to disconnect easier then previous model due to the extend protrusion from the side. However it still performs exactly how it was designed. It disconnects seamlessly and quickly to prevent damage to the connector and laptop. Also my new MBP gets about 5hrs worth of battery when watching movies and surfing the net. Try stretching you battery a bit when lap surfing... You don't always need to be tethered.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's supposed to do.

    I don't quite understand all the complaining. I mean, yes, the connector unplugs easily, and maybe the build quality has been better in my iPod USB Power Adapter some years ago... but the design is fine, the unit is silent, and yes, you can carry your computer around without worrying that it may disconnect.
    Except, well, except you trip over it. Of course.
    I like everything about the charger.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as bad as everyone lets on, but not perfect.

    The charger is fine. The people who are complaining must use their equipment in very strange (inappropriate) conditions. Melting power bricks and frayed wires sound like a user-related issues. If you are careful when you wind your cable up and keep the power adapter in a sensible location, it will last you a long time. That said, as an owner of a Summer 2012 Retina MacBook Pro, I've noticed a little bit of small cracking in the rubber cable shielding near the input point on the brick. This is the point that gets the most stress, as it is where the cable is pulled to its greatest angle when winding it up for storage. It would be nice to see Apple considering the potential for this kind of wear; a stronger, more flexible support point would be useful.

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