MacBook Air Lands Consumer Reports Top Spot

Apple’s new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air models took top honors in the just released Consumer Reports laptop study. The MacBook Pro made a strong showing as well, earning best in category ratings for the 15- and 17-inch models.

The 11.6-inch MacBook Air earned a score of 67 out of 100 for a “Very Good” rating, beating out Toshiba’s eloquently named Satellite T115D-S1120 — which also happened to be the only other laptop in the 11-inch category. The MacBook Air scored “Good” in performance, “Very Good” in ergonomics and display, and “Fair” in versatility and speakers.

Consumer Reports likes the new MacBook Air

The 13.3-inch MacBook Air scored 78 out of 100 to come out on top in the 13-inch laptop category. Apple’s larger ultra-light laptop earned a “Very Good” rating in performance, ergonomics and display, and “Fair” in versatility and “Good” in speakers.

Two MacBook Pro configurations made the top five list in the 13-inch category. The MacBook Pro came in first and second in the 15-inch laptop category, and first in the 17-inch category, too.

The ratings show Consumer Reports likes Apple’s laptops, which stands in contrast to the organization’s take on the iPhone. The independent research company has come out on more than one occasion saying the iPhone 4’s antenna configuration causes dropped calls, which probably shows the group hasn’t found a wrong way to hold a MacBook yet.