• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Let's See What Happens

    • Written by Justin R from NEW BUFFALO

    I have no qualms with not getting a cable with the brick, it is expensive, but it is Apple, so I guess I'll pay the Apple tax. My issue is that the 87W power brick that came with my 2018 MBP stopped working after less than two months. I went in to get it replaced, and when I got to the store it worked. Got home later, didn't work. I will attempt to get it replaced due to spotty performance, however if it doesn't get replaced then 1/5.

    10 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent but outdated design and expensive

    • Written by Brandon R from Rising Sun

    I like it but like others have said, the design is outdated and this thing a heavy monstrosity which contradicts the superbly thin laptops. It is overpriced for what you get. No power cord whatsoever. What the heck is that about. That makes for a $100 laptop charger. Come on Apple.

    41 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating - sometimes my laptop isn't being charged while plugged in.

    • Written by Brian D from Newtownards

    What really frustrates me about this power adaptor is that i regularly find my MacBook Pro not charging despite the fact it's plugged in.

    When compared to the old magsafe adaptors this is a huge step backwards. Essentially there are 2 issues with the new design.
    1) unless the usb-c connection is properly seated in it's slot power doesn't get to the laptop. Furthermore when working with the laptop on my knee - e.g. while travelling the connector can become slightly dislodged, meaning that charing stops.
    2) unlike the old power adapter the usb-c cable can be disconnected at the "power brick" end as well as the laptop end, giving 2 possible points of failure.


    By contrast. look at a lightning connector as an good example of a connector that doesn't have this problem. A lightning connector has indentations at each side so that the connector can gripped by an iPhone. By contrast a USB-C connector has smooth sides and no notch that can be used by the laptop to hold onto the cable and stop it sliding out accidentally.

    I appreciate there may be reasons why apple moved away from magsafe, in principle I don't mid that the new adapter isn't magsafe, but I do mind that I'm not always getting a full charge when available while travelling on business, leading to a loss of productivity and loss of earnings because of a poorly designed power connector.

    42 of 52 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The good and not good

    • Written by Barbara S from San Diego

    I like that this charger came with the cable unattached so now when I travel I can separate them, and if the cable wears out I won’t have to replace the charger too.

    I don’t like the fact that Apple did not lower the price on the charger to reflect the loss of the cable with it. Paying the same for the charger and then adding the separate charge for its cable is a substantial price hike!

    It’s pretty cheap and customer-unfriendly of Apple given its customers are paying up to $4000.00 for new laptops, then paying another $300-$400 to have the device warrantied (remember the olden-days when products automatically came with warranties because consumers had the right to expect decent quality?), and all the adapters we must purchase because of the continual design changes. Eventually Apple is going to price itself out of the market, and it would already be there if it hadn’t become so rich and powerful it's one of the companies (looking at you too Google and Amazon) that new, smaller competitors can’t compete with. Apple, you should have lowered the price on this charger, if only as a gesture to your customers.

    I wish the charger didn’t get as hot as it does, but at least the new SS MB Pro doesn’t burn my lap like my old MB Pro did.

    45 of 53 people found this useful