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Jim Rossman: Going laptop shopping? Read this first


Published in Science & Technology News

CPUs, RAM, SSDs ... there are so many choices. What should you buy?

As the holiday season approaches, I usually get asked for advice on picking out a laptop. This year was no exception.

Apple users were presented two new MacBook Pro models, and Windows users had the release of Windows 11.

There’s something new for everyone.


Apple just released 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with a new design and Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. They join the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air that use the original M1 processor.


In 2020, Apple moved away from Intel and started making its own processors.

Apple’s M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max give users some interesting choices.

For most people (including me), the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro (starting at $1,299) or the cheaper MacBook Air (starting at $999) are more than enough for home use.

If the bulk of your use is for video conferencing, web browsing, email and streaming video, these cheaper Macs are perfect.


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