Excerpt: It works as designed. Although OEM is more expensive, it saves a lot of grief from unreliable off brands. I do have lots of experience trying to save a few bucks and ended up wasting time & money.
Pros: Adequate Power, Easy To Set Up, Long Lasting Power, Quiet Operation, Reliable Performance, Small Footprint
Please fire the idiot who thought this was a good idea
Dominic E, Apple Store
8 October 2013
Summary: How did Apple take something so well designed (the old 'L-shape' Magsafe connector), and replace it with something so dumb? It is dumb in two ways: a) Loyal customers who regularly replace their laptops tend to have many old power adapters lying around. Changing the format of the connector now renders all that legacy kit useless. More junk for the 'Apple Redundancy Box', where they can make friends with the VGA adapters and firewire cables.
Summary: I sold my Mid 2009 MacBook Pro and bought the 2012 MacBook Air. While I like the Air better the new adapter is useless. It disconnects and/or falls off all the time. I'm an Apple supporter through and through but this thing is a joke. I agree that Apple should recall this product and give us all the old style adapters that never fell off or disconnected unless I wanted it to. PLEASE APPLE, RECALL THIS PIECE OF JUNK ADAPTER!!!
Adapter too easily disconnects while using computer in lap
Barbara B, Apple Store
28 January 2013
Summary: I love my new MBA, but the MagSafe 2 power adapter is a bit of an annoyance as it continually disconnects from the computer when I am using it in my lap. If I shift positions or move the computer, even a little, the adapter frequently falls off. When I can, I prefer to use the computer plugged in, and save the battery for when I am away and not near a plug. I much prefer the old design which fit more snugly to the computer and had a stronger magnet.
Summary: The guy who invented MagSafe 2 must be sent by Microsoft or Samsung or other rivals that Apple is currently facing. Yes the size is smaller, by like 15%, but the usability is 100% worse than the previous generation. The magnet is strong, let me tell you; but the plug's angle is so badly design that even a slight up/down move/shake can separate this thing off from my laptop.
Summary: It falls out all the time. I have to charge my Macbook Air on a flat service and then disconnect it so I can use it in my lap. Right now, I have to connect my Macbook Air to power so I can download a new update. Since I cannot do that with the computer in my lap I will have to bring it to my counter and plug it in--- and then download the update. What a waste of time! Please fix this or give us an adapter to enable us to fix it ourselves.