ZDNet: MacBook Pro with Retina Display got a gold because it passed the test
The EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool), a method for consumers to evaluate the effect of a product on the environment, hits back at criticisms that it “caved in to Apple” by awarding the MacBook Pro with Retina display a gold rating.
In an email, EPEAT’s director of outreach and communications Sarah O’Brien pointed out that the disassembly criteria used in the testing or products were for recycling or shredding, not for upgrade capability, so the inclusion of proprietary pentalobe screws – screws which need a special tool to undo them — makes no difference to the rating awarded a product.
Also, O’Brien makes it clear that the testing criteria used doesn’t prescribe or forbid specific construction methods such as fasteners versus adhesives.
“The test lab went through the process and reported that the products were all easy to disassemble with commonly available tools,” claims O’Brien.
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