• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Near Perfection

    This is my 1st review of any product and I have had a MacBook Pro for 4 years, and my adapter is as good as new, ad my dad has had his for 5(Cord still intact and he had huge hands..LOL). As I read through the comments on this adapter, I can't help but suspect that people are handling the cable/adapters a litter to roughly. Perhaps each of the people that have a complaint should not try a new way of storing their cable/adapter…such as not wrapping it up so tightly or at all.

    4 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable, Short-lived, fragile, and expensive to replace.

    The component is marvelous when working; however, it is relatively short-lived, fragile, and expensive to replace.

    I have had three of these components fail, each in less than a year. My good friend has also had two of these components fail, each in less than a year. Each of the five components failed in a similar fashion with the cord connecting the power brick to the computer frayed.

    Increasingly frustrating and expensive issue since there are no alternative components on the market.

    Goodwill between me and this company is rapidly evaporating.

    )Written from my Windows computer...because I can't charge my Mac... :(

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Explanation of Rating

    First, this adapter doesn't deserve any stars at ALL (why no negative integer options?). It's my fourth in 3.5 years, including the one that was included with the purchase of my MBP. I don't know if the whole MagSafe concept fails due to defective design, manufacturing on the cheap, or that the adapters and logic boards are incapable of playing nice with each other--I suspect all three might be responsible. For whatever reason, these things are beyond substandard. Despite not having done anything to fry (and I do mean that literally) my first MagSafe, I began treating their replacements with more consideration than some members of my family. I even slipped plastic tubing over the affected area as a preemptive strike--nothing works. I suspect Apple only sells replacement adapters as a two-part purchase because offering one piece or another would constitute acknowledgement that a problem exists. The $79 asking price is criminal extortion. HOWEVER, in all fairness, I took the adapter to a local Apple store, hoping against hope that I'd get the satisfaction I deserved and despite no longer being covered by AppleCare, that's exactly what happened. The "genius" was a pleasant young woman who went through the motions of asking me questions, half-heartedly suggesting it was my fault, then replaced the affected part of the adapter and sent me on my way. It's because Apple stepped up to the plate and graciously replaced the adapter free of charge that I'm assigning stars at all.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mine also broke over just little over a year!

    Same problem as the rest of the reviews.. The wires in the cord fray and it's done. This worst time to be throwing $80 out for another cord that will do just the same problem.

    Please, take action Apple and redesign your cord!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    17" Power Adapter

    I can't believe that the design of this charger has made it a consumable.... must be replaced every few years... not design or eco friendly.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    1 year 3 months of light use and the cord is frayed

    I purchased a new 85w charger at the Apple store 15 months ago and about a week ago the cord started fraying. The cord is now frayed in two places. I don't take the laptop many places so I'm not super demanding on the cord.
    The charging aspect of the adaptor worked well, but with light use and a frayed cord, I'm not pleased at having to buy another one 15 months later.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sick of buying new chargers

    Another unhappy customer shelling out another 100 for the 4th time to buy a new charger.

    Laptops are designed to be portable. Their cables should be too.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worse

    Made to be broken, the design is very bad, Srs Apple, you know it and we need other kind of magsafe, all of magsafe are delicate and sticky.

    The magsafe is a bad product. I have a macbook pro 15" and it is perfect, but the SD card reader and the magsafe are very bad, I changed twice times the logic board and the magsafe.

    Thanks.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible design / quality

    I have never had problems with power adapters for all my other non-mac laptops, nor has my husband. However you would *think* by 2012 this is something they would have gotten right down at design HQ at Apple. But I guess they want to keep up those sale figures of replacements power adapters.

    And yes, I do use it *correctly*. Lucky for me I have a spare so this one in questions is safely setup at home.... and is never tripped, pulled, yanked out and yet it still died a horrible fraying death is pathetic.

    So lame. Total scam.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple's Achilles' Heel

    Apple has learned nothing from its Powerbook (and class action) days. "Designed in California" ...by Apple's 'B' team! The design of this PSU is fundamentally flawed for use on the go. The 'MagSafe' magnetically held connector is an improvement from the Powerbook - although you can still drag a MBP off a table if the cable is at the wrong angle (caught it!). However, the material and construction of this PSU are still woefully inadequate. The cable from the power block to the laptop is too thin and lacks proper strain relief leading to inevitable failure. I suggest adding 60 to 75 mm of tapering self-amalgamating tape along the cable from the MagSafe head - cable won't roll up so easily but it will be less likely to split at this point. Worst of all Apple charge £65 for a product not worth half that price.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed and expensive

    I cannot count the number of new power cords we've had to buy to replace unsafe, frayed cords in the last couple years. At $80 a pop, it's obscene. The old mac laptop I had went 4 years without having to replace a cord. This one, we're buying 4-5 a year. There are thousands of reviews of the magsafe cords on this site alone - 78% of the 60W and 70% of the 85W reviews are one stars. That's a lot of bad reviews. Do better, Apple. I love your computers but I should not have to replace the power cord every quarter.

    Next time, I may buy a nice PC laptop; the savings on power cords alone would pay for the product itself in only a couple of years.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs a major improvement

    So I had to buy another adapter (2nd one) not even a year ago and now this one is fraying at the connector. Now I have to buy yet another adapter which totals to $160 plus tax when I could use it for something better for my macbook pro.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disapponted, Time and Again!

    This cord suffers from terrible engineering; it always seems to break and fray at the connection point between the wire and adapter, no matter how carefully and delicately I make sure to wrap it. For such a great company that makes such great products, it really seems like a rethink is in order vis-a-vis these cords. Also, the $80 is takes to replace one poorly designed adapter for another is highly burdensome.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously, Apple?

    I don't know what Genius thought this would be a good adaptor, but there's nothing Safe about this Mag. I can't count the number of times the magnet has shifted so that there's no longer any charge coming into my Macbook Pro. And I can't count the number of times I've stepped away from my computer, missing the warning message, and finding that the laptop has completely shut down. And let's not overlook the fact that the rubbery cord is completely unwieldy.

    Come on, Apple. I expect better from you. This is garbage.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Are you kidding me?

    I believe this is my 4th power adaptor I've had to replace in the past 2.5yrs and i'm not rough with them at all, am careful that the cord is not bent when plugged in. They ALL have broken because of frayed wires. THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rip Off

    For $80, these chargers should most definitely last more than a year. My daughter is on the 3rd one since Christmas 2011...UNBELIEVABLE...especially when I paid $1500 for the MacBook...really Apple??? Can't you do better than this??

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    junk

    Gone through three of them in the past few months. Last one just broke again.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Once it starts to fray, it progresses very quickly.

    I have used my new power adapter for 18 months and never noticed any fraying. Once I noticed a small split, it seems like the plastic almost disintegrated right at the magnet end. Even though it still charges, the exposed wire can't be very safe.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE!

    Both me and my brother have Mac books and both chargers have now broke! for the price of the charger alone the fact that it is bad enough quality to break within 1 year on both macs is shocking!! MacBooks are not all they cracked up to be, and i am really disappointed. WILL NOT be purchasing another one from Apple!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality!

    It's the same with the iPhone 4s chargers, poor quality.. I can't believe they keep saying 'We make the best products' and after 1 year the charger is dying.. I'm not gonna buy the original charger anymore. I'll search the internet for some cheap ones that will live longer..

    6 of 7 people found this useful