Mark Ellis
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The price difference between 8GB and 16GB on the new M1 MacBooks is £200. It’s a choice you need to get right first time, too, because there’s no user upgradability.

What a head-scratcher, right? Imagine if you bought the 8GB version only to find out later that you should have spent that extra £200…

But who needs 16GB of RAM in an M1 Mac?

If your finger is hovering over the ‘buy it now’ button for a new M1 Mac but you’re totally confused about which RAM option to opt for, I’ve got some real-world experiences that’ll help you with…


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The M1 Mac mini is now my daily driver. It runs every single element of my business.

This is surprising, because I bought it, if I’m honest, as a test. I wanted to try out an M1 Mac with 16GB of RAM and pitch it against the 8GB version found in my M1 MacBook Air.

Little did I know how capable the M1 Mac mini would be during every task I undertake each day. …


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“You dont [sic] mess with a render if you are an experienced videographer,” explained one viewer on my three-week M1 Mac mini review.

I could not disagree with this statement more. I’m building a fast-growing YouTube channel and have edited its most successful videos on an M1 Mac mini.

I even edited a couple of them on the base-spec M1 MacBook Air (yes, the one with ‘only’ 8GB of RAM).

Does that make me any less professional simply because I’ve opted to use machines that don’t boast Apple’s ‘Pro’ moniker? …


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I’ll be completely honest — when I originally switched from a 16" MacBook Pro to the new M1 Mac mini, I wasn’t entirely sure how the latter would fit into my life.

I thought it might just end up being a machine used entirely for performance comparisons and real world benchmarking. A point of reference, if you will.

But it has turned into so much more than that. The M1 Mac mini, as I noted in my two-week review, is effortless enough to be capable of running my entire business.

I can’t make it sweat. It never feels hamstrung by…


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Last week, my lightning to 3.5mm audio cable arrived from Apple. It cost £35 (although they were kind enough to include free delivery).

It is, hands-down, the worst product I have ever bought from Apple.

In fact, it’s so bad, that I barely want to look at it. I don’t really want to think about it, either, which makes writing this article a little tricky, if I’m honest.

But I feel I need to. And if you think this is an overreaction, I should perhaps explain why this little 1.2m …


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I love my 27" iMac. Originally purchased in 2017, it’s a bit of a steam train by today’s standards (funny how quickly things move on, eh?), but it still enjoys plenty of use.

The iMac sits adjacent to the main desk in my studio. Sat atop a standing desk, I still revel in its beautiful, all-encompassing, super-sharp retina screen.

That’s the iMac’s crowning glory. It always has been. But, recently, I made the decision to ditch that 27" panel for something completely different as my daily driver.

I bought an M1 Mac mini and paired it with an ultra-widescreen monitor…


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I really dislike tech for tech’s sake.

For instance, in the UK, we have a company called Sky. You’ve probably heard of them; they’re a monolithic media conglomerate that offers everything from satellite television to home broadband.

They have also made, without doubt, the most irritating piece of hardware ever.

It’s the remote control for their set-top box. You only have to brush past it to inadvertently begin rewinding whatever it is you’re watching. I kid you not: if my phone is next to it and I receive a text message, the program I’m watching pauses.

This is all thanks…


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The M1 Mac mini is blessed with many things. Super-faster performance, incredible thermals and the ability to outperform far more expensive Intel-based Macs.

One thing where it’s lacking, however, is ports.

Watch or read any review of the M1 Mac mini and you’ll be informed that one of its greatest shortcomings is the fact that it only comes with two USB-A ports and two USB 4 (or thunderbolt, to be exact) ports.

It’s not quite such a big deal for me. Indeed, after my first two weeks of owning an M1 Mac mini, I barely noticed the missing ports.

It’s…


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I used to be a pretty happy 12.9" iPad Pro user. It’d accompany me to coffee shops for writing duties and would be the first device I’d pick up each morning.

Then, Apple launched their M1 chip and I bought a MacBook Air. This completely changed the game for me in terms of how the iPad fitted into my life.

As a result, the iPad has gone full circle for me. Rather than attempting to be a “laptop replacement” (a term I’ve always struggled with, given iPadOS’ ham-fistedness when compared to macOS), it is now a consumption device. …


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Recently, I’ve put together some buying guides for the new M1 Macs.

I felt I had to, because people are clearly struggling, big time, to pick the right Mac.

You only need to look at the comments on my M1 MacBook Air review. People want an M1 Mac, but their buying process is halted by questions such as:

“Should I get the 7-core or 8-core M1 MacBook Air?”

“I do lots of video calling; should I upgrade the RAM to 16GB?”

“I’m worried that I’m going to run out of space for my photos. But I can’t afford more storage…

Mark Ellis

YouTube guy. I review and talk about tech. https://www.youtube.com/c/markellisreviews

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