• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absurd design flaw

    My old T-style Magsafe for my 2nd-generation MBP lasted 5 years. That's not too bad.

    The newer L-style Magsafe is a gigantic step backward. The new design can only connect to the laptop in one position (in the other, you lose access to multiple I/O ports, and create additional strain on the connector). The already frail strain relief then ends up taking the brunt of the force of an inadvertent disconnection. All of the people that I know that have L-style Magsafes have run through multiple iterations of them, because of the inherently weak nature of the design. I feel partly responsible for their misfortunes because I was the one that evangelized MBP purchases for them in the first place. The L-style Magsafe has been an issue for years, yet Apple continues to ignore it. They have no incentive to, since every time one breaks, that's $80 for Apple. Apple also actively litigates against other companies that attempt to produce sturdier alternatives. Talk about planned obsolescence.

    It's unfortunate that an otherwise superb machine like the MBP is hobbled by this ridiculous Achilles heel. Until Apple fixes its design, I've taken to recommending against all Apple products to my friends and family.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mag Safe is poor

    I have my new MacBooc Pro for 3 months and here we are...my power adapter is dead...Now what?! Pay 80$...

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cords need better engineering

    We have been through 4 cords in the last year for our three Macbooks. Literally if you roll the cord up it cracks and the wire is exposed. They also overheat like crazy.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I had a MB for 4 years and the old model charger lasted that long (only died because the cat chewed on it). I bought a MBP in February and have since gone through FOUR of the new model chargers (and not because of the cat!)! It's insane to spend $1700+ on a computer that is great only to have to shell out over $300 for chargers in 5-ish months, especially since the older model lasted so long! This charger that just died today lasted a record 3 months--the one before it didn't even last a week. Shameful. Please please please go back to the old model, or at least fix whatever is wrong with the new one!

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Need to replace within a year

    I've had two chargers in the past year. Both of them started fraying and overheating. With my last one, the magnet actually popped off. The quality is very poor for an Apple product, and replacements are so expensive.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Could do better...find the way.

    Third time lucky says it all... after 3 years, I'm on my third Macbook Pro charger - at 80 dollars / euro a pop, I've just about had enough! The bloc is so heavy that the same thing breaks each time - the wire connection to the bloc itself. Directly plugging the bloc to the socket makes for too much wear and tear. There has to be a better way - Apple, please find it & soon! There is no phrase, '4th time lucky'...

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfect and looks Stunning

    Works perfectly with older and new MacBooks and Pro. Looks stunning and does the job. Don't buy imitations and go for the full wack Apple original! Worth every penny

    10 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Be ready to replace this within a year.

    Have had to replace this twice already -- noteworthy that I do take quite good care of it (I always wrap it well when transporting it), and I otherwise leave it completely still. Just stopped working out of the blue, mid-charge, last night.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

    This charger offers the innovative solution of magnetism, effectively solving the issue of equipment damage when you trip over the wire. Although this has not happened to me, I am confident that it will work during a real emergency. One point of criticism I would like to make, is that the cable has a certain quote-unquote "memory", that causes the cable, after being wrapped around the charger's little retractable tabs, to stay curled up in a not-so-intuitive-or-useful way. Other than that, another great Apple product!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AWFUL wires

    The new right angle style adapters SUUUUUUUUCK. The wires are so springy that they tangle with no effort at all, just like the earbuds with the iPhone 4. I want the old style back with softer wires.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    terrible, worst in history

    this charger is terrible. the cord frays alot, always right under where the little plastic piece is. im currently buying my 3rd one because of wire frays and this one just straight up broke. apple really needs to do something about there over priced, cheap made chargers

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Charger!

    Better than any of the other power cables the other OEM's use hands down! I've had mine since 2008 and as-long as you don't abuse it, it will last the life of your mac.

    5 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Most of the reviews read as though they were written by the irresponsible, could care less about the equipment, never used any common sense staff I have to put up with at my workplace.
    ANYTHING with wires which can be thinner than a fine thread requires some extra care in its use. NEVER let the cord bend at the attachment point, be it at the magnetic head, at the power adapter itself, or at any point where 2 different components meet. Use a bit of love and gentle handling. Having seen how students manhandle their computers and the accompanying bits and pieces which make them work, it is no wonder that your wires break and cease to function ( overheating excepted). Leave some slack in the cord when wrapping it around the charger, and make a protected place for it in your backpacks. If you think in dollar signs perhaps your equipment will last longer.
    I've been using the same adapter which came with my MBP when I purchased it in 2007. No problems.

    13 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I've had mind since 2008

    With no problems AT ALL. I'm still using it on my 2011 Mac Book Pro.

    7 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst idea from apple

    This adaptor has been nothing but trouble since I bought my macbook pro in august 2010. Since then I have had to replace it and now i must do the same. The problem is in the "magsafe" end. Now that it is in the more "streamlined" position it no longer disconnects from the computer when snagged, instead it damages the connection inside the adaptor making the entire thing useless. Simply moving my mac around the desk has been enough to damage the connection twice. The old design worked fine

    Important things like this should be robust enough to simply move around on a desk!

    in this case Form over Function = epic fail

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works about 50% of the time

    Second one so far....soon to be on a 3rd. First one kept on shorting and powering down my laptop, and could have probably started a fire, so I was given another one as replacement. This one charges 50% of the time, the other 50% of the time it doesn't charge my battery, but does connect, which is annoying. And it's too loose for the early 2009 17'' macbook pro's.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple should be ashamed

    On my 3rd power supply for a 2 year old MacBook Pro. Both of them were issues with the cable. Hate the new "slim" design of the adapter end that plugs into the computer. Puts a lot of stress on the cable where it enters the computer because of the angle. C'mon Apple. You are better than this--especially at $80 a pop!!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke in 2 days

    The original power adapter I had for my '08 Macbook Pro finally died after almost 3 years, so I go one of these new ones straight from a Mac Store. It was broken within 48 hours of possession. While charging, it overheated and melted the little bit of glue that holds the magnet in place. When I went to detach it, the magnet piece broke off and remained in the charging port. Through some DIY rigging I have been able to make it stay in one piece and still work. But this setup has been very temperamental and now I can't even get it to charge the battery, just keep it at its current charge. Clearly it needs replaced, but I think I am going to try to find one of the old ones. The only positive thing I have to say is that when this power adapter does work, it charges very quickly.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality, 2nd one is falling apart as we speak.

    This has got to be the worst Power Adapter ever in the history of powercords. I never had a problem previously with PC Power Adapters in the past. This one keeps on breaking at the end points of the thin portion of the cord. I'm on my 2nd one now and I've been extra careful with it as to not have any portion of the cord break, but it is right now. (Currently being held by duck tape.)

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Works great on my old 2006 15" MacBook Pro. I like it how it now runs along the side of the laptop and hopefully will it will not fray like the original charger. $80+ for a replacement charger is very steep considering you can't use it on anything else other than the laptop itself. Should be more priced around $40-$50, so one star off for it being a bit too expensive to replace. Other than that, very nice and works like a charm.