‘Consumer Reports’ retests MacBook Pro, adds it to ‘Recommended’ list of laptops

Consumer Reports gave Apple’s latest MacBook Pro laptops its envied “Recommended” label last week after retesting the notebooks, ending a month-long dust-up between the magazine and some Apple defenders.

“Now that we’ve factored in the new battery-life measurements, the laptops’ overall scores have risen, and all three machines now fall well within the recommended range in Consumer Reports ratings,” read an unsigned Jan. 12 piece on the consumer advocacy organization’s website.

In the publication’s original testing conducted four weeks ago, the MacBook Pro models — introduced in October — failed to make the Recommended list because battery tests returned results that “varied dramatically from one trial to another.” For example, the 13-in. laptop with Apple’s new Touch Bar ran 16 hours, 12.75 hours and 3.75 hours in three consecutive tests; the 15-in. Touch Bar notebook gave battery times between 8 and 18 hours.

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