Originally Posted by mrochester
See this is just it; because you disagree that the price is quite high, you're discrediting the categories used to compare the device to others. I'm not saying their categories are the best way to compare things, but just because you don't like what they have to say doesn't mean their comparison and ratings are invalid. You're just going to have to accept that Apple devices do have cons when compared to other things out there in any given category, and for this category that is price, and it's a perfectly valid con. I'm sure CR have researched the main reasons as to how people buy laptops and for all you know, screen size could be the most important factor.
No, I'm discrediting the categories because it's utterly stupid to categorize portable computers by screen size, which, for example, causes them to put the 13" MBA and 13" MBP into the same category as each other, along with the Toshiba mentioned previously, and a pile of netbooks. Now, you could possibly make a case (although, I don't think you can make a strong case) that the MBA should be reviewed together with the netbooks, but, if you make that case, then you cannot then justify that the MBP and the aforementioned Toshiba are also in the same category. Stupidly lumping these all together, based solely on screen size, and evaluating "features" (such as price) without context results is entirely stupid stupid reviews, and stupid criticisms -- such as the criticism of the MBA's price, which is only "high" if you pretend that all the junk they threw in the category is of equal quality and performance.
(As I said before, how do you objectively rate the MBP higher than the MBA? They serve different purposes and they serve them differently. By rating one higher than the other, all you have really done is reveal some of the biases built in to your rating criteria; biases that produce results on their own before the rating process even begins.)
The point is that CR reviews, all of their reviews, are completely worthless -- and by this I mean that CR's claim that the MBA is the best computer in it's category is entirely worthless; they may be correct that it's a great computer, but the process by which they arrived at that conclusion is entirely invalid -- because they don't understand the products they are reviewing, and they build heavy biases into the review process just by the way they've defined that process.