MacBook Pro Tops Consumer Reports Laptop Study

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Consumer Reports ranked several laptop computers in its June 2011 issue, and declared Apple’s MacBook Pro to be the best choice overall. Along with the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air earned a top spot, and the iPad was declared the best tablet computer, too.

MacBook ProApple’s laptops sweep Consumer Reports rankings

The consumer product review organization ranked the 11-inch MacBook Air as the best choice for mobility, and the 13-inch MacBook Air as the best for mobility without sacrificing performance. Toshiba’s Portege R705-P35 earned the second place position behind the 13-inch Air, and the 2.66GHz and 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 13-inch MacBook Pro models took the third and fourth place slots.

The 24GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook earned the number 5 slot in the 13-inch lineup, too.

In the 15-inch range, the 2.53GHz and 2.4GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro models took the top two slots, followed by Dell’s XPS15. The 2.53GHz Core i5 17-inch MacBook Pro beat out HP’s Pavillion dv7-4285dx laptop.

In the tablet computer market, Apple’s 32GB iPad 2 with 3G support ranked in first place, and the the 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi only came in second. Apple rounded out the top three with the first generation iPad sporting 32GB of storage plus 3G wireless data support.

The report added that “Apple stood out among manufacturers for technical support,” ranking the company with a score of 86 out of 100. The next highest ranking was 61 for Lenovo/IBM.

The portable computer report is available in the June issue of Consumer Reports magazine, or at the publication’s Web site.

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Comments

geoduck

This is wonderful. Great news. It just confirms what I already knew about Apple and its products.

And yet….

With the complete screw-up, the utter fiasco, the eager discarding of their facade of being unbiased just so they could jump into the unwarranted ‘antennagate’ dog-pile I have to take this with a grain of salt. That one example of utter ineptitude throws everything else they say into serious doubt. Even when they are right I simply don’t trust them any longer.

RonMacGuy

Hey, not bad for the “declining and mostly irrelevant” iPad!!  Wouldn’t you agree, Bosco?

Man, I still just LOVE that quote from Jan 31, 2011.  Declining and mostly irrelevant iPad.  Wow.

cb50dc

Even when they are right I simply don?t trust them any longer.

This is more the norm of CR’s take on Apple. They typically do rank most of Apple’s products very highly, as they have for several years now.

BurmaYank

With the complete screw-up, the utter fiasco, the eager discarding of their facade of being unbiased just so they could jump into the unwarranted ?antennagate? dog-pile I have to take this with a grain of salt. That one example of utter ineptitude throws everything else they say into serious doubt. Even when they are right I simply don?t trust them any longer.

Amen. And again, amen.

CR: You obviously couldn’t tell the difference b/w a laptop and the hole in your head, so just go away and leave Apple alone, if you have even the least sense of shame or common decency. (Praising one’s victims after one has wantonly savaged them cannot redeem one).

cb50dc

CR: You obviously couldn?t tell the difference b/w a laptop and the hole in your head, so just go away and leave Apple alone

The point of the story: MBP best overall.

As I pointed out earlier and can concretely substantiate, CR typically ranks Apple highly. This reflects their usual admiration for Apple. As a Machead since ‘86, I appreciate their consistent (not absolute) and appropriate remarks.

CR “savaged” Apple with Antennagate? Geez. Start taking some Prozac, go for a jog, get a rabies shot, do something to alleviate the rabidly irrational response. In that case, CR calmly pointed out a legitimate flaw. Writers/forumites on TMO and elsewhere blew CR’s reasoned observation way out of proportion.

Again, for those who haven’t yet absorbed it: the point of the story rings true with CR’s usual perspective: MBP best overall. Thanks for sharing that, Jeff.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

It’s interesting to see that Ron’s job managing a $60M engineering budget now includes archiving and organizing Quotes from Bosco: A Compendium of Brilliance. I’m flattered, but mostly because the last time I saw this level of commitment to voluntarily organizing something, it was a VP of a venture funded startup who was making north of $150K in Y2K + 1, and he was organizing amateur porn sites in his browser. That didn’t end well. We took a few pictures of his screen and sealed the hard drive in a plastic bag in case there was any legal action, but he was sacked (and not even for his personal WikiPorn, which was discovered after the fact). His keyboard and mouse went to a new guy I couldn’t stand.

Ron, I’d just ask that with the time you’re dedicating to this, you try to include the predictions that I absolutely nail. I think this article offers a concrete example, but I didn’t see you offering an opinion when I first presented it. Cuz, you know, Steve Jobs totally understands the publishing business and its workflows and would make an excellent partner for any periodical publisher. Duh!

BurmaYank

CR calmly pointed out a legitimate flaw. Writers/forumites on TMO and elsewhere blew CR?s reasoned observation way out of proportion.

@cbsofla, you are totally misinformed & incorrect in saying that “CR ... pointed out a legitimate flaw…”

What CR “...pointed out…” was, in fact, easily shown to be no such flaw at all, and their utterly useless “remedy” for it was no more than a lame (and shamelessly phony) whitewashing attempt to divert attention away from the demonstrable fact that what they initially claimed was totally bogus.

What CR falsely claimed to find (i.e. - a skin contact-related signal attenuation associated with simultaneously touching both edges of the gap in the iPhone 4’s metal antennae band) was:
1. never actually able to be corroborated/replicated on any iPhone 4 (upon which the software bug update which solved all the reputed “Antenaegate” problems had been installed), and
2. actually no different at all from what all other smartphones also show when one holds one’s smartphone in a way that covers up the smartphone’s antenna.

Consequently, when CR reported that their testing found that a bumper case (or some insulating plastic tape or nail polish across the gap, etc) alleviated their falsely reported attenuation issues, this report therefore obviously could not possibly be true, and so was apparently only self-servingly done to cover up the falsehood of their original report.

RonMacGuy

Quotes from Bosco: A Compendium of Brilliance

Wow Bosco, do you realize how mean you get when you get nervous?  Oh wait, you’re pretty much just mean all the time.

Actually, I give you full credit on the predictions you nail.  Everyone gets lucky every once in a great while.  But, the book I am writing is Quotes from Bosco: A Compendium of Boneheadedness.  Volume 1.

BTW, it doesn’t really take much time to save a few emails longer than your typical “in about a year from now” bold predictions and keep an eye on them.  Only takes a few minutes in fact.  Not much of a commitment really.  I’ve got a “TMO” folder with a “Bosco” sub-folder.  Plus, my time machine backup ensures I will never lose them.  So, don’t think I value you enough to spend a lot of time on you.  I just feel strongly that when someone as arrogant and insulting as you makes a boneheaded prediction they should be held accountable for what they say.  That’s all.  Pure and simple.  Kind of like holding someone responsible for running porn on corporate time.  You come across as all-knowing - so I just think it is time to hold you accountable.  You won’t admit you were wrong - I realize that.  You will either twist it like you normally do, or you will (I suspect) ignore me when the time comes, and toss a few more childish insults for good measure.  And that’s OK, for I know you will still see it and know the truth.  And others will enjoy a great laugh compliments of the Court Jester of TMO!!

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Help me out understanding the childish insults I just tossed. Let me recap. I acknowledged how important your job is. I complimented you on finding the time and applying your obviously amazing organizational skills to what looks like an endeavor to categorize everything I post here. I didn’t call you a creep for thinking that needed to be done “to hold [me] accountable”. Many would think you’re going into the realm of stalker, but I’ve seen sillier things on the Internet in my time. Whatever wets your diaper.

OK, so I acknowledged how much responsibility you have in your day-to-day, acknowledged the difficulty of this undertaking, and asked for some acknowledgement in return that I absolutely freaking nailed one of my long-standing riffs, as now confirmed by both the NYT and John Martellaro. And you call me arrogant and insulting? So sensitive!

RonMacGuy

Help me out understanding the childish insults I just tossed.

Brad, I sincerely doubt you were genuine in your comments. Given our history, I have no doubt you were being sarcastic and condescending with your initial reply, and then you compared me to a pervert involved with porn.

As for “nailing” anything I’m sure in your mind you nail a lot, but I don’t track all of your predictions, just the idiotic ones. Please send me the link to the TMO article that you supposedly nailed something about the Nook Color (referencing your link).

Ironically, your username here at TMO really brings something to light - you are kind of like Jekyll and Hyde. Brad Hutchings is a confident and intelligent technology guy with pretty good insight a lot of the time (you’re welcome), but Bosco is an immature, whiny, insulting, manipulative, quick-tempered, cocky, moronic Court Jester who thinks he can say whatever he wants to and get away with it. The hard part is, you just don’t know if you are going to get Brad or Bosco.  Perhaps you should set up a separate account for Bosco - So you can use Brad Hutchings account for interesting and intelligent insight, and Bosco for the garbage spewing.  That would help a lot of us here at TMO!! You should think about it!!

Regardless, I am sure people are growing tired of our little battles, so I will try to stop egging you on with my references to your bold predictions, at least until we hit your little “in about a year from now” timing - then we’ll have some fun later this year with Quotes from Bosco: A Compendium of Boneheadedness!!

grin

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Brad, I sincerely doubt you were genuine in your comments. Given our history, I have no doubt you were being sarcastic and condescending with your initial reply, and then you compared me to a pervert involved with porn.

VP of Porn is a true story. It is amazing how highly responsible people with presumably commensurate salaries can waste a lot of time organizing and categorizing things that fascinate them. I never had the chance to ask him if he was hoping to one day “hold those hot, amateur blondes accountable”.

RonMacGuy

Hee hee, watch the Court Jester dance!! Hee hee.

I never questioned the validity of the VP story. I also assure you that I am not spending very much time at all holding onto a few bonehead emails for 12 months. No organizing or categorizing needed, just storage space. As for the waste of time, well you may perceive it as that (of course you do, you’re the one making bold predictions that aren’t coming true), but I perceive it as entertainment value, as I’m sure a lot of TMO readers will in November.

Speaking of wasting time, shouldn’t you be off coding some fancy android application that you will have to give away for free? Whoops, I almost called it an “app” but Apple owns that term now, don’t they? But don’t worry, your free application will net google tons of money in advertising, so you are working for the good of google…

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I’ve noted many times in these comments that Steve Jobs does not understand the publishing business or the workflow, and that many publishers will just give him a pass. Turns out, many gave him an expensive try and this simple, inexpensive B&N Nook Color is a better revenue generator on their business terms working with their existing workflow. Look for TMO articles discussing Flash, InDesign, Adobe, etc.

Saying that Adobe, Flash, and their publishing stack have any relevance at all, let alone more relevance to publishing than the iPad, is definitely the most boneheaded opinion I present here. Step your game up, Ron.

cb50dc

What CR falsely claimed to find… (etc.)

Your post weaves too many variations on themes of key logical flaws to bother digging up again, mainly entailing flawed premises, subsequently begging the question, irrelevant objection, and so forth.

Don’t get me wrong?I love all my Apple stuff, since 1986. The black Apple shirt I got for attending an Apple Store opening is the only piece of name-brand-advert-clothing I’ll ever wear. That established, I don’t have any problems noting Apple’s occasional “oops” of whatever nature or extent, whether tiny but real (like this) or a too-real big goof, in a different direction (e.g. the Cube?which I thought was waaay cool, but not enough to buy one, and evidently not enough others did, either.)

The fact that you personally don’t like what a very few buyers found and reported, and what CR followed up on from a technical standpoint, doesn’t dismiss the actual experiences. Your denial notwithstanding, those few users know what DID happen in their own hands. The iPhone 4 (again, which CR rated highly) was a small gaffe compared to some other perpetual Mac issues. Shoot, I’ve heard plenty of anecdotes of people who’ve had entire Macs or MB’s replaced (even out of AppleCare) due to chronic problems?I’ve had one myself?but those serious technically and functionally flawed Macs don’t undermine the bigger picture of Apple’s stuff being far more fun to use than any Windows POS, and immeasurably far cooler.

Which brings us back to the point of Jeff’s story: MBP kicking butt. Given that, I apologize for spending too much time indulging this tangent already. Mea culpa.

Obviously the emotional aspects of this, rather than the rational, will continue to dominate for most people, especially if they don’t understand the distinctions in CR’s terminology (and therefore can’t comprehend how CR can rank a product highly while refraining from giving a “recommendation.”) So I’m outta here on this point, BurmaYank. Feel free to take the last word if on whatever basis you feel compelled to do so, even if you only demonstrate more lack of core critical thinking skills. Good luck with that.

See you at the Apple Store. wink

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