• 4.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from Somewhere

    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.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The point of MagSafe

    • Written by from Gaithersburg

    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

    Good, but prefer the previous generation

    • Written by from BROAD BROOK

    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

    Great, just wish it was cheaper

    • Written by from Belfast

    Very good design from electronics point of view, more then all required safety features - apple goes over and beyond what they are expected here.
    Loads people complaining about heat and such, but its a power supply - it will get hot. Live with it. Stop whining please.
    Cable wise, they got better over years - still a lot to be done I'm afraid.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from Tampa

    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

    Preventing connector wear

    • Written by from Suffern

    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

    Seems great to me

    • Written by from preston

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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    • Written by from Walton Hills

    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.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's supposed to do.

    • Written by from Altbach

    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

    Untrue

    • Written by from NORWICH

    It simply is not true that the connecter is too weak. It has the perfect balance and I much prefer the new magsafe 2 connecter on my mbp retina to the magsafe 1 of y old mbp...

    The only reason I am buying another, is that wires became exposed a the end nearest the transformer of the power supply…

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not weak ...

    • Written by from Warrington

    I have been monitoring the magnet and contrary to the previous review, is not weak. I have two young dogs and this feature has saved my MacBook a few times. Under normal circumstances it does not just fall out.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    • Written by from Tucson

    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

    Works very well.

    • Written by from Athens

    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

    • Written by from Bakersfield

    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

    Magnet Not Weak

    • Written by from Half Moon Bay

    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

    Thanks for going back to the T-Shape

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    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

    Finally

    • Written by from Zevenaar

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

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