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By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.

You Don't Always Need to Go Pro

Greg Morris:

These Pros are for those that need serious power on the go, yet I have a feeling I will see these all over the place in a few weeks.

Greg touches on the feeling that a lot of us enthusiasts have where we feel like we should get the "pro" models of Apple products because…well, that's hard to put our fingers on.

The new MacBook Pros look awesome, but I'm not buying one. I have Apple's M1 MacBook Air, and it is plenty of computer for my needs. I'm a designer, video editor, and casual developer, so I'm theoretically square in Apple's targets when it comes to these machines, but I'm not digging into couch cushions to find some extra money because I'm not sure what I'd get out of these devices that I can't already do with my Air. Yes, there are plenty of quality of life things (that SD reader, for example), but I really don't need the extra power.

What's great is that the M1 processor is so impressive that it makes the consumer-grade devices some of the best money can buy period. If you buy a MacBook Air today, you're getting one of the fastest laptops on the market, and you're getting it in a thin, fan-less body. You're not getting some throwaway, slow machine, you're getting something awesome. Do you need the extra-awesome new Pros? Maybe, but I think the non-Pro Apple lineup will make more people very happy than ever before.

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