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Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter (for 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro)
(Use an extra adapter for home or work. Apple's innovative AC adapter is made specifically for your 15- or 17-inch MacBook Pro.)
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  It's a power brick...,  2011-05-14
By MarkFromNJ

I bought this for a 2011 MacBook Pro 17". My original adapter is fine but I wanted a backup for travel etc., rather than having to dig around under the desk every time I wanted to move the machine.

Works as you would expect. Kudos to Apple for cramming 85 watts into a box 1/3 the size of the one that came with my last computer (a Toshiba PC laptop).

The new magnetic attachment has taken a lot of heat on the web due to its redesign: the cord now exits from the rear rather than the side. I find this a much better arrangement as the cord, when attached, now naturally flows out of the back of the machine. I think people often miss the point of this design - the magnetic attachment protects not just the cable, but more important it protects the laptop. This is such an improvement from my previous PC laptops where the connectors would be damaged due to accidental pulls (trips, usually) on the cable. I spent 3 hours once to replace a $3 power jack on my daughter's HP laptop after it was damaged this way. The machine literally was disassembled down to the last screw to get at the PCB that held the power jack in order to solder the new one in. If you had to pay for that, well, you couldn't afford it. That sort of damage simply can't happen with this design. So if the choice is to replace the power supply now and then, or (for most of you) to replace the laptop because the repair costs more than the machine is worth, I will take the Apple approach any time.

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