Consumer Reports infamously loathes the iPhone 4, but if their latest list of computer ratings are anything to go by, that seething distaste doesn’t extend to Apple’s notebooks: not only do they highly recommend most of Cupertino’s current laptops over the competition, but they’re absolutely gaga over the new MacBook Air.
First, the new Air: the 11-inch MacBook Air ranked a score of 67 out of 100, putting it at the top of Consumer Reports’ list of — well — only two 11-inch laptops. Even so, Consumer Reports ranked it “very good” as far as Ergonomics and Display, “fair” in Versatility in Speakers, and “good” in performance.
The 13-inch Air did a lot better though: in a much more sizable list of 13-inch laptops, Consumer Reports listed it first, above two 13-inch MacBook Pro models that placed third and fourth in the category.
Apple’s winning streak continued in the 15 to 16-inch category, with the 2.54GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro winning the category soundly. The same was true in the 17-inch category to boot.
Consumer Reports may not recommend the iPhone 4, but if you’re looking for pretty much any laptop, the message is clear: Apple’s making the best notebooks in every category that money can buy.