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article imageNew iPad tops Consumer Reports tablet rankings despite heat issue

By Mindy Peterman     Apr 2, 2012 in Technology
Despite their earlier reports of the New iPad's excessive heat problem, Consumer Reports now gives the device top marks across the board.
In a March 20 review, Consumer Reports, one of the world's most respected tech review publications, found that the new iPad runs about twelve degrees hotter than the iPad 2.
While playing a demanding game with advanced graphics, the publication’s engineers used a thermal imaging camera to record temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit on the front and rear of device. According to the report, “When unplugged, the back of the new iPad reached temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. It was only when plugged in that it hit 116 degrees. The hottest areas weren't evenly distributed throughout the iPad's back, but were concentrated near one corner of the display as shown in the images taken from the rear of the device."
Now, only two weeks later, the magazine names the device the number one tablet on the market, stating that the heat issues are nothing to be alarmed about.
In an April 2 article, Consumer Reports explained their decision. "Responding to consumer comments on the new device, and to coverage from other reviewers, we also carried out further tests that confirmed the new iPad is warmer in its hottest spots than the iPad 2. But we didn't find those temperatures to be cause for concern.”
They also give high praise to the the tablet, saying "the high-resolution screen of the new iPad establishes a new benchmark in excellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy we've ever seen on a tablet display."
According to this Change Wave survey, only 4% of iPad 3 owners regard the heat issue as a problem.
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