MacBook Pro Tops Consumer Reports Laptop Study

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.