• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Innovative but not durable

    • Written by from Reno

    Apple's MagSafe chargers reflect the thought and detail that goes into its products. The magnetic connector is convenient, the amber/green LED is a simple way to let the user know if the notebook is charging/charged, the built-in cable management lets the user put the adapter away neatly, and the swappable prong is very nice when traveling abroad or for just plugging in the extension cable. It does all of that while still managing to keep a very clean design in small, portable package. The MagSafe power adapter is generally superior to most other chargers from almost all other brands, or it at least seems to be.

    However, the charger is generally not durable and seems even quite flimsy. My particular charger remained in the same spot for three years and was rarely ever moved, but about halfway into my second year of using it the charger started working only intermittently. The intermittence became progressively worse until it just stopped working all together. There is no visible stress, fraying, or other damage on my unit. For $80, that really isn't very good—especially when I own much older, cheaper notebooks that still have working chargers, and more often than not the charger outlives the notebook. That does not seem to be the case with Apple's power adapters, and I wish that weren't the case.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed

    • Written by from Lemoyne

    Love the design. But it failed. Like many other reviewers here, I've only been using it for a short time. In my case, 14 months. So now I get to buy another one for $80.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    My MacBook power cable is not working after just 2 months

    • Written by from Chicago

    My power cable is not working I wish apple can come out with a better cable that can last longer, this computer and devices are too expensive for a customer to buy them every now and then. I love my Macbook, but I can't afford to spend $75 to $100 every 2 months.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fire Hazard

    • Written by from Traverse City

    Although my power supply lasted several years, when it finally went, it nearly started a fire. Luckily I was in the room when smoke came out of the unit while the wires began to burn & melt. Same problem: worn wires.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced and unreliable, though still convenient

    • Written by from Moscow

    For everyone having trouble with this thing: when it fail to work for me (I plug it in but the lights are off and laptop's not charging) I put it on a heater to warm it up. After a minute it is working again (weird).

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    17mm thick laptop with 40mm thick power brick - Fail

    • Written by from Palmerston

    Have just bought another of these to go with my MacBook Air 13" so that I don't have to lug this brick around with my nice and light weight (and oh so slim) Air. I leave one at home and one at work - not what you would call a good design solution.

    The US connector is much thinner that the Australian/New Zealand version and not too bad, but it still looks too thick and out of place with the Air; god help me when I have to work in Singapore (their plug is huge!)

    As for the connector to the laptop itself, I've traded in my old MacBook Pro 17" for the Air but I preferred the more chunky computer connection on the 17" laptop - the Air one looks and feels so fragile.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but what's with the refrigerator power cord?

    • Written by from Towson

    As an extra power supply for my new 11 in Air, the basic 45W brick seems well made and works fine. But the extension power cord is totally out of character with the elegance of the little Air. It is very very very stiff, has a thickness larger than what powers my refrigerator, and now requires a 3 prong outlet. The flip-out prongs from the brick alone don't need a grounded pin, so why include this extra size? In any event, i just cut off all but 1 inch of this refrigerator power cord, and connected a new flexible 120V lamp cord. But for $79, this is something Apple should have made!

    128 of 207 people found this useful