Tuesday the magazine and web site published its new computer ratings, and wouldn’t you know it? Apple’s new tiny laptops lead the laptop pack and earn CR’s “Recommended” designation.
With a score of 67, the 11-inch MacBook Air ( ) received a 67 rating (out of 100), putting it in the Very Good range and making it hit the top of the list (which, honestly, was only two laptops long) of 11-inch laptops. CR rated it “very good” in its Ergonomics and Display categories, “fair” in Versatility and Speakers, and “good” in Performance.
The 13-inch MacBook Air ( ) received a 78 rating (out of 100), and placed first in a much larger list of 13-inch laptops. The 13-inch Air scored “very good” in Performance, Ergonomics, and Display, “good” in Speakers, and “fair” in Versatility.
Two 13-inch MacBook Pro models placed third and fourth in the category, with scores of 73 and 72, and the latter 2.4GHz model also received a “recommended” check mark. The 2.53GHz Core i5 15-inch MacBook Pro tops Consumer Reports’ 15- to 16-inch model chart as well, and the 17-inch MacBook Pro tops the 17- to 18-inch list.
The only dark news for Apple? No Mac laptop appears anywhere on CR’s 14-inch model chart. But that’s probably just because Apple fails to make a laptop that size.
[Updated 8:03 p.m. PT to fix a boo-boo.]