Apple’s newest notebooks, the 11.6- and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs, came in first in their respective categories in the latest Consumer Reports laptop assessment. The MacBook Pro also ranked best in two more notebook categories, giving Apple first-place ranking nearly across the board.
The 11.6-inch MacBook Air beat out Toshiba’s Satellite T115D-S1120, its only competitor in the 11-inch laptop category. The smaller Air earned a score of 67 out of a possible 100, or a “Very Good” rating according to Consumer Reports’ scale. Versatility and speakers were the areas where the organization had the most complaints, giving the Air only a “Fair” rating in both categories. It earned a “Good” in performance, and a “Very Good” in ergonomics and display.
The 13.3-inch model earned a score of 78 out of 100, putting it at the top of the field in the 13-inch category. It got a “Very Good” rating across performance, ergonomics and display, a “Good” rating for speakers and a “Fair” in versatility. Two different configurations of the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro also made the top five, coming in third and fourth with scores of 73 and 72.
The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros also took the top spots in their respective categories, beating out all other laptops in the 15- to 18-inch range. There’s only one category where Apple didn’t place — the 14-inch group — and that’s because it doesn’t make a computer that size.
Apple has no reason to complain about these new Consumer Reports rankings. Apple’s hardware even got the coveted “Buy” recommendation this time around. We’ll see if sales numbers mirror the Air’s ongoing success among critics and reviewers.
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