Consumer Reports Rates New MacBook Airs Best in Class
In an update to its ratings of desktop and laptop computers published this week, Consumer Reports has given the new unibody 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models the best ratings in their size classes
. Despite taking into consideration the fact that Apple systems are more expensive than their competitors, CR gave the newest MacBooks top ratings for their performance, display and ergonomics, and scored the 13-inch model the same as the 15-inch MacBook Pro for second place overall... behind the top-rated 17-inch MacBook Pro.
Consumer Reports published its new Computer Ratings
this week, reviewing 42 desktop computers, 70 laptops and 21 netbooks. The new ultralight 11-inch Air scored 67 out of a possible 100 points, winning that size class by a large margin over the only competition, a Toshiba Satellite Pro which got 51 points. CR gave the smallest Air a "very good" for Ergonomics and Display, a "fair" in Versatility and Speakers, and a "good" in Performance. The 13-inch model scored a 78 points to beat the Toshiba Portege's 76 points, and earned "very good" in Performance, Ergonomics, and Display, "good" in Speakers, and "fair" in Versatility.
Following the Portege on the top of the 13-inch class were two MacBook Pro models which scored 73 and 72 points for third and fourth place, respectively. The 2.53GHz Core i5 15-inch MacBook Pro won top honors in the 15- to 16-inch category, and the 17-inch MacBook Pro was the highest rated laptop in the 17- to 18-inch category.