David Pogue Criticizes MagSafe 2

David Pogue:

The beauty of the MagSafe connector was that Apple had found precisely the right balance between attachment and detachment. Strong enough to hold the connector in place, weak enough to detach if it gets yanked.

The MagSafe 2 connector fails that balance test. Badly. The magnet is too weak. It’s so weak, it keeps falling out. It falls out if you brush it. It falls out if you tip the laptop slightly. It falls out if you look at it funny. It’s a huge, huge pain.

I’ve been using a 2012 MacBook Air for the better part of two months now, and I haven’t noticed this problem whatsoever. Whether traveling locally or internationally, the Air has been with me at all times, and MagSafe 2 has unquestionably been a trustworthy companion.

Although I tend to aesthetically prefer the preceding L-shaped MagSafe connector, I certainly haven’t suffered through the same levels of anguish that elements of the Apple community have been privy to.

2012 MacBook Air Named Best Laptop by The Wirecutter

MacBook Air

Brian Lam:

Unlike when it first debuted, the Macbook Air does not come close to having the best specs in every regard, according to Mark Spoonauer of Laptop Magazine, who is one of my favorite laptop reviewers out there. But his experience–his publication tests nearly 130 laptops a year, from the cheap to the expensive–finds that there are lighter, faster, better sounding, cheaper and higher resolution ultra books out there. More on those specifics later. What is most telling is that, ultimately, he still chooses the Air as his favorite ultrabook over all comers.

Considering I bought a 2012 MacBook Air yesterday, this serves as apt validation for my decision.