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Consumer Reports have given distorted reviews of Apple products for, literally, decades. Back when PC's had internal jacks for sound cards, graphic cards, etc., Mac computers were regularly downgraded for not having this internal flexibility, (which virtually no one ever used or needed to use). When PC's were running those awful early and mid-life versions of Windows, even after the Mac switched to OSX, and there was a noticeable and significant difference in usability of the Mac compared to any PC, CR religiously ignored the operating system differences and compared only purely mechanical differences like screen and sound quality. Only when PC's became total magnets for scam software and viruses, and Macs were virtually free of these onslaughts, did CR mention the Mac software advantage. Usability has never been an issue or a concern for CR. I suspect the CR engineers consider it to be a flaw, diminishing the importance of being a hardware/lousy software geek.
These narrow minded engineering points of view, ignoring the user experience, has been a continuing attitude at CR, often blinding their evaluators and evaluations of products that real people have to use on an ongoing basis.