• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    terrible fitting

    its a terrible fitting, the original one lasted me 3 years, the new design max 6 months,

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Faulty after 12 months!

    Very dissapointed to find that a charger for a MacBook only lasts just over 12 months! I wonder how many "additional" chargers Apple sell... Due to faulty items which are not covered under guarantee! :( Time to shed out another £60!

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    With my last 20% of battery life left i rushed to get on Amazon to order a new charger after having my MacBook Pro for under a year! Now I'm going out of my way to write this review to help you understand how disappointed i am with Apple right now. i would right more but i need to save the last little bit of battery life i have left…..to wrap it all up im thinking about going out and buying my first PC.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    For a first-time Mac user...not a good first impression.

    I've had my mac and the charger that it came with for less than a year now, and not only am I not impressed with Macs themselves, but the charger is already dead. For a few weeks now, I've had to treat it as if it were a set of headphones that would stop working if the cord wasn't positioned a certain way. Recently, in order for this thing to work, I've had to shove the cord up into the piece that plugs into the computer. I assume it has something to do with the wiring inside. I have a PC laptop with a power cord that's lasted me 3 years and counting. Now why can't you give that to me? These are hardly worth the $80, but thanks to school, I have to buy this stuff.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great products, lousy power cords

    I seem to recall a magical time when Apple power cords could survive being run over by a truck, set on fire, and then thrown into a river. I had a clamshell Macbook, circa 2000, that I never once replaced the cord on after years of service. Yet somehow, in the three short years that I have since upgraded to Macbook Pros, I have gone through more power cords than I count. The plug in style found on the 2007-2008 models frayed at every possible point and the insulation was extremely vulnerable to cracks. The square magnetic ones were terribly weak and fell out at the slightest breath of wind, and were not terribly stable power-wise. The newest ones offer few improvements. It looks cooler anyway. I have had a one of these futuristic sleek cords for ten months now, and have replaced my power cord three times because it simply stopped functioning. No fraying, it just plain gave up the ghost. It's not some kind of power surge in my house, because my husband's HP power cords could last through the apocalypse. I get that making a cheap power cord means you make more money because we're hardcore apple freaks who will keep buying new ones anyway, but that's a pretty lousy way to treat your loyal customers who are responsible for your world-wide success. Send out the standard ones with computers and then sell a $100 un-killable version. Trust me, we'd be happy to buy it. Or more happy than having spend $80 every six months.

    162 of 166 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excited yet cautious

    Just received my swanky, sleek power cord. Looks great, but am feeling cautious as to how long it will last. Why won't Apple make a cord that stands up to the basics of wear and tear such as other less durable laptops? I love my Macbook Pro but would love it even more if I did not have to look forward to replacing an essential power cord every 2 years.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    it is improved design

    Doing support for Macs, the new 90 degree magsafe end has reduced the problems with the old end, I can add a couple of notes to possibly help others. These adapters do work very well.
    1) This model does work with 2007-2008 MacBooks as well as the newer unibody designs, check for the following firmware update to fix a potential charging bug though - MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.4
    2) If you are getting fraying near the "brick" end, it is because of stress on the cable when it is wrapped up. If you leave enough slack on that end, it won't separate from the case and "fray" - Apple Portables: Reducing cable strain on your MagSafe power adapter

    I can't link to the URLs directly, so you have to search apple's Support website for the articles mentioned.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Come On APPLE

    You make a superior computer by far - but why can't you seem to figure out the power cord situation? It doesn't fray at the computer end - it frays at the POWER END right where it comes out of the power box! And it does it within a year of use. I've NEVER had one fray at the other end. I KNOW you can get this right but until you do, you should provide FREE replacements for these substandard power cords. I wouldn't mind paying shipping cost but 79.99 plus tax for something that should last as long as the computer? Come on!

    283 of 287 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Defect?

    This adapter has an unfortunate design flaw. The skinny cord is prone to fraying or developing shorts near the MagSafe connector. Because this connector is permanently affixed to the transformer brick, you must replace the entire unit when the cord fails. I understand that these cords do fail—this is probably an unavoidable consequence of winding and unwinding. But it seems incredibly wasteful that you have to junk the entire adapter when the cord does fail. And they're so expensive to replace.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well - but DO NO WRAP CORD

    I have had the old version of this for 3 1/2 years and had no problems - and I take the power supply home virtually every day in my bag. Also have a new MBP with the new design and have no problems. The new adapter charges the late 2007 MBP no problems (seems like they may have fixed the problem reported by so many others).

    The problem seems to be when people wrap the cord around the end of the adapter (as it seems designed to do). I have never wrapped this around - because it seems obvious it will weaken the cord. Love the standard figure 8 end, have plenty of cables to plug it in to.

    So I say great product - just never ever ever wrap the skinny bit around the casing. Just put it in your bag as-is.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ridiculous

    I have had a MacBook Pro for 3 years, and my fourth charger just broke. This charger is horrible. Two of the chargers just stopped working without any warning, and the other two frayed before they stopped working (and electrical tape did not help). It is incredibly ridiculous that a charger that costs $79 breaks so easily. I treat my chargers better than I treat my freaking phone, yet they just stop working whenever they feel like it. Apple really needs to step up its game here.

    77 of 79 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Product!

    I bought this as a back-up for my computer to my straight line. Constantly popping out and only worked some of the time. My dog recently chewed up my old cord with the white tip that went straight in. I pulled out my "new" one and it won't work no matter how hard I try. I was able to repair the dog chewed one to work perfectly! Why did they "fix" something that was not broken??? This is a horrible product.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    failure

    When will they get this right? The replacements are so expensive. Surely they can come up with something that will not fail within months of use.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing Lasts Forever

    I have an Early 2008 15-inch Macbook Pro. This power adapter works fine with my machine. My first power adaptor lasted three years before finally refusing to charge the computer. I can't complain about it, honestly. The power adaptor is the first problem I've ever encountered with my Mac. I know several people with other brands of laptops who have replaced their power adaptors several times and have had numerous other problems. I took my adaptor into my local Apple store and they replaced it then and there - no problem. I couldn't have asked for better service. Nothing last forever, but I'm still quite happy with my Mac.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Power Adapters

    Much like the rest of the folks on here I am extremely disappointed with the quality of the Mac power adapters. The one that originally came with my mac book pro ( straight connector, not at the 45 degree angle) lasted about a year and the $80 dollar replacement only lasted two months. My cable didn't travel, so it was not abused. The original cable will power the laptop but won't charge the battery. The second cable began connecting and disconnecting based on where the cable was positioned, then the entire magnetic adapter end came off. Apple please, please, please rethink the design of the power adapters to bring them up to the high quality standards of all your other products.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I agree...

    Very fragile and the same thing happened to me, although I was able to keep it functioning for longer in comparison with the other users who posted their reviews here...and I do believe I was a bit luckier only because I read the reviews about all the accessories and the computer itself before purchasing them...so I tried to be extra careful. Nevertheless my cord lasted only 10 months and I am about to purchase a new one on-line...I really cannot get it...Very disappointing apple...thumbs down for you...I hope something will be done regarding this matter so we will not have to purchase a third, fourth, fifth...replacements.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    60 pound any 3 month

    I have bought item 3 moths ago , ( I didnt keep receipt , so warranty gone. ) . After 3 months , Power Adaptor doesnt work .
    60 pound any 3 months :( .

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MAG END ONLY

    This is a review of the magnet end only. I got no issues with the rest.
    Because the magnet leaves the computer and 90 degree turns there is more leverage applied from the cord and it pops off very well and often. I think the previous straight out plug design works better at staying attached. The new one is I must say more elegant and streamlined but less functional.

    Lucky for me I still got one.

    5 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A power cable that lasts 4 months?

    On first inspection the magnetic connector appears to be of superior build quality to most others Ive seen. It lasted 4 months. Back to the drawing board with this one I think!

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but lacks durability

    The Apple 85w Megsafe power adapter looks good, better than many other chargers from other companies that are bulky. One thing i did not like about this power adapter is the the wires that wear and tear after only 11 months of constant usage. I am always on the move, so every time i have to fold the cable and wire of the adapter around the adapter's body in order to make it fit my bag-pack, but having been using it for 11 months only, i noticed a tear in the wire that connects to the charging port on the MBP. I was disappointed after using it for only a short while that it began to wear out a bit by bit. I hope that Apple ensures that their cables are more durable than only one year of use, because i noticed that the durability aspect of the cables and power adapters are lacking more emphasis. Other than that, everything is great :)

    16 of 19 people found this useful