Ben Szymanski

These machines don't seem to run nearly as cool as reviewers make them out to be, but they run much cooler in comparison, and make what we had before seem like stone age tech.

Ben Szymanski

I am stunned by how much less power they use, and how much less heat they output versus Intel counterparts.

Ben Szymanski

The Apple Silicon machines actually are that impressive. It would be so hard to go back to Intel at this point.

Ben Szymanski

Simple fact - if anything happens to your machine's logic board, the internal drive goes with it.

Ben Szymanski

For storage, I recommend getting a 256 GB or 512 GB internal drive, skipping the 1 TB and 2 TB upgrades, and instead buying a good external drive (with an SSD in it).

Ben Szymanski

The M1 Mac mini is certainly useful, but the iMac comes with everything you need out of the box. And the Mac studio is just a tad bit too expensive and overkill for most (see which chip to buy above). The Mac Pro is still on Intel.

Ben Szymanski

At the end of the Intel Mac-era, the only desktop I would recommend would have been the Mac mini. At this point in time, I can only recommend the M1 iMac.

Ben Szymanski

The clock speed isn't any faster in the Pro/Max/Ultra chips, so those upgrades feel like a waste to me. Or put it another way, the M1/M2 chips are really great because they aren't artificially hobbled to create product differentiation.

Ben Szymanski

Unless you need multi-monitor support, or are rendering massive videos, you should buy the cheapest chip possible, which seems to be the baseline M1/M2 processors.

Ben Szymanski

What is the optimal Mac configuration in 2022? It's quite flipped from what it used to be IMO. Laptops are my new primary choices, and should include active cooling and at least 16 GB of RAM (preferably 24 GB RAM if that's in your budget).

Ben Szymanski

The fact that the clockspeed on the Pro/Max/Ultra chips isn't any faster than the baseline chip means that unless you have highly parallel workloads, you should be targeting the cheapest Mac that suits your needs.

Ben Szymanski

If you can manage to get your hands on an iPad running iOS 6 or earlier, you can really see the difference in terms of the kinds of applications the iPad was supposed to be running.

Ben Szymanski

Your phone is SO FAT that when you unlock it at midnight, people think the morning sun is rising

Ben Szymanski

Your phone is SO FAT it caused a 9.0 magnitude earth quake in manhattan when you got a text message notification

Ben Szymanski

Your phone is SO FAT it download the entire internet and have space to spare

Ben Szymanski

Your phone is SO FAT it cost you $200 to charge your phone to full

Ben Szymanski

Your phone is SO FAT it takes three weeks to charge till full

Ben Szymanski

2018 Mac mini... RIP. 🥲

Ben Szymanski

To live in New England is to be endlessly financially ruined - by the state, by utility companies, by landlords.

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Ben Szymanski

The problem with the second hand iPods is that they were all mass-produced devices, and weren't really designed to hold up for their now approaching two decade lifespan.