on 9 January 2013
I previously had the T-shaped charger which worked well. The T-shaped head was a very clever bit of design because it easily detached from the laptop if it was pulled making it safe and reducing the strain on the charger material. But, through no fault of any god but every fault of my own, I spilt water on it rendering it useless.
Then I received a replacement - the then-new L-shaped charger! The L-shaped head removes any of the benefits of the T-shaped head, giving only the small advantage of not sticking out as far. Now if the laptop cable is pulled, the laptop will come hurtling with it. Luckily I'm a careful guy and that aforementioned water accident was a once-in-a-lifetime event.
After perfectly reasonable, careful use, this charger has deteriorated. The cable material - cheap, white and crumbly - does not stand up to flexing or bending very well, and has split just below where it connects with the metal L-shaped head. This happened after only a couple of months.
As for the metal head, the magnetic connector is a great idea, except that the adhesive used to secure the connector to the head is weak, and since you have to essentially pull against the magnetic force keeping it in the laptop to detach the charger, again after only a couple of months, the connector started to pull away. It now comes off entirely, magnetically secured in the port leaving the rest of the cable a sort of emasculated, pointless piece of weak rope lying elsewhere on the floor. My temporary solution is taping it to the laptop which just about works.
This charger is a perfect example of design over substance. If the materials held up to the average strain of use, it'd be wonderful! Unfortunately, and especially considering the exorbitant price-tag Apple have slapped on to it, it seems like a poorly constructed device that looks pretty but is as weak as an emaciated ant lost for 10 days in someone's labyrinthian bathroom with only crumbled grains of soap for nourishment.