Consumer Reports reportedly stands by its controversial MacBook Pro battery findings

By , Dec 29, 2016

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As you probably heard, the influential consumer organization Consumer Reports is not recommending Apple’s new MacBook Pro due to inconsistent battery performance. Apple’s marketing honcho Phill Schiller responded by saying that the product-testing magazine’s test results don’t match the company’s own data. 9to5Mac reached out to Consumer Reports to learn more about their findings, here’s what the magazine had to say.

As a quick backgrounder, the magazine found wild discrepancies in the performance of the new MacBook Pro’s battery. The 13-inch Touch Bar-equipped model scored a run time of 16 hours in the first trial, then it dropped to 12.75 hours in the second trial and to a surprising 3.75 hours in the third trial.

The non-Touch Bar 13-inch model ran 19.5 hours on a single charge, but only 4.5 hours in the next trial. The numbers for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar ranged from 18.5 down to as little as 8 hours.

No matter how you look at it, it’s hard to believe that the machines scored almost double the ten-hour battery life advertised by Apple. According to Consumer Reports’ director of electronics testing Maria Rerecich, they won’t be re-running the tests and their testing equipment is indeed working properly.

In this case, we don’t believe re-running the tests are warranted for several reasons. First, as we point out in our original article, experiencing very high battery life on MacBooks is not unusual for us—in fact we had a model in our comparative tests that got 19 hours.

Second, we confirmed our brightness with three different meters, so we feel confident in our findings using this equipment. Finally, we monitor our tests very closely. There is an entry logged every minute, so we know from these entries that the app worked correctly.

Even stranger than the above numbers, Consumer Reports found that running the same tests using the power-hungry Chrome browser (Chrome did not affect overall ratings) resulted in “consistently high battery life” on all six runs.

Rerecich says that Consumer Reports is working collaboratively with Apple to understand the lower battery life findings. “We will report back to our readers if and when there is an update,” she said.

It’s true that the product-testing magazine has thus far rated Apple’s notebooks highly, but it’s also important to remember that Consumer Reports embarrassed itself during Antennagate back in the iPhone 4 days.

Source: 9to5Mac

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  • Rak S

    “it’s also important to remember that Consumer Reports embarrassed itself during Antennagate back in the iPhone 4 days.
    It’s comments like this that annoy me about iDB. They’re always defending Apple rather than just reporting. Should I have told my girlfriend about the time when I couldn’t “perform” with another girl, when I was 18? Smh…

    People in the real world have reported similar performance discrepancies, which seem to centre around the use of the discreet/integrated GPUs.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Well, its a blog for Apple so.. expect some biased reporting towards apple. lol

    • george

      Also how did they embarrass themselves when atennagate was an actual phone defect.

  • Shurmano reshulón

    Safari is running horrible for me lately. Way more slower than Chrome and others. Safari may be part of the problem.

    I still use Safari as my main browser, because I have all my bookmarks there… and because iOS integration.

    But I find my self more and more using alternate browsers in daily basis.

    I also find macOS to be more sluggish, buggier and worse every day.

    I really miss the Mavericks days. That was a good operating system: efficient, fast and the most bug-free OS X I ever seen.

    • askep3

      Just looking at the CR review it seems like safari is causing all the problems, and the chrome has no issues, in fact it’s giving high results even while being power hungry

    • XDavior lanz

      I use Microsoft Edge …. Never in my life have I used a better browser!

  • soundmanbrad

    Consumer Reports, in the past, has shown that they are biased and fully aware of their influence. They take advantage of it to hurt companies they might disagree with. That’s what I think.

    • madmaxmedia

      Even the new MacBook Pro is the first Apple notebook that did not receive a Consumer Reports recommendation.

  • Mark S

    Good I’m glad Consumer Reports isn’t a lap dog for tech giants. The worst person in the world to listen to talk about Apple products is Phil Schiller. Hello? He’s trying to sell you something. Of course he’s going to gush and rave and stretch the truth. I’m sure Apple can demonstrate anything in their labs under very controlled conditions that have nothing to do with an off the line product in the typical consumer’s hands.