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MacBooks Sweep Consumer Reports Laptop Ratings

Consumer Reports may have twice declined to recommend Apple’s iPhone 4, but it has no such compunctions about endorsing its laptops. The product evaluation company recently added Apple’s newest MacBooks to its online database and they dominate the entire class, scoring top ranks in literally every size category.

Among the 11-inch laptops Consumer Reports reviewed, the MacBook Air scored a 62 out of 100 possible points, besting a Gateway machine that scored 52.

Among 13-inch laptops, the MacBook, MacBook Air and 3 models of the MacBook Pro took first through fifth place with scores that began at 76 (MacBook Air) and ended at 67 (MacBook).

Among 15- to 16-inch laptops, the MacBook Pro took first, second and third place, with scores of 78, 77 and 76, beating out Dell’s MacBook Pro-esque XPs 15 and HP’s Pavilion.

And, finally, among 17- to 18-inch laptops the MacBook Pro took first and second place with scores of 81 and 80. HP’s Pavilion ranked a close third with a score of 79.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus