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Buy the old style, if you can find one.
on March 20, 2011
There is only so much you can say about a power adapter, as long as it supplies power there should be no problems. However, I have a serious problem with the connector of the new style MagSafe Power Adapter. I received the new design from Apple as a warranty replacement for my old one, so I didn't have a choice, but I suggest buying the old style if you can find one new-in-box. Here's why:
The new design still has the same great magnetic connection, but it connects to the laptop at a right angle, rather than straight out like the old design. This is great if you only use your laptop on a desk and you want the power cord to lay neatly out of the way, directly to the rear of your computer. However, I use my laptop while sitting on the couch, in coffee shops, and a variety of other places with power outlets in random locations. This frequently causes the power cord at the laptop connection to be awkwardly flexed in random directions, putting undue stress on the cord where it attaches to the connector. I can foresee this causing a break in the internal wires and possibly a bad connection in the future.
Secondly, because it is at a right angle, if you want to use the USB port on the left side of the computer (pre-unibody MacBook Pro), you can only position it with the cord oriented to the rear, otherwise it will block the USB port and the microphone/line-in port.
Lastly, because the new connector is very slim, it is difficult to grasp, forcing you to remove it from the laptop by pulling the cord itself, again placing undue stress on the cord.
I will caveat these statements by saying I'm using the new connector style with a pre-unibody/early-2008 MacBook Pro and not a newer model that these connectors may have been primarily designed to work with. However, judging from the photos on Apple's web site, you will have the same problems of awkward orientation and blocked ports on the current MacBook Pros as well.
Bottom line, I recommend buying a MagSafe Power Adapter with the old, "straight-out" design if you can find one. Otherwise, the new design works but takes some getting used to.