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The Year When the Cheapest Mac was the Best

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 20, 2021 at 1:15 PM

Since its introduction, no one has ever mistaken the Macintosh as the cheap option for computers. Nor would anyone who watched Apple’s launch of its insanely fast M1 Pro and Max chips on Monday argue that the new MacBook Pros are cheap. However, when the dust settles, the previous reigning top Apple Chip — the M1 — will still be the one that created a year when the cheapest Mac was the best Mac and one of the best computers, period.

Tim's Mechanical Keyboard Guide

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 02, 2021 at 4:48 PM

Mechanical keyboards have long been the gold standard, far superior to the mushy typing experience most of us have grown accustomed to with a normal, membrane desktop board or the quick-to-bottom-out scissor switched laptop varieties. The superior, tactile nature of an actual mechanical switch moving below your fingertips improves typing speed and helps reduce stress injuries. But, which one should you buy?

Epomaker GK68XS

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 02, 2021 at 4:42 PM

I shared last week the start of my quest for the perfect keyboard, stopping by the well designed, aesthetically pleasing Keychron’s K2. While less visible than Keychron, Epomaker has emerged as another major purveyor of keyboards suitable for more than just gamers, including the GK68XS — an intriguing board that ticks off a lot of quality boxes.

Keychron K2

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 25, 2021 at 12:23 PM

I’ve been on the quest for the perfect keyboard for a while. What I want is relatively simple, if hard to find: a mechanical keyboard that is oriented towards writing, not gaming. My match would be reasonably compact and friendly towards Macs, too. Keychron, as much as anyone, has arisen as one of the few companies interested in ticking those boxes.

RavPower Mini External SSD Pro Hard Drive

By Timothy R. Butler | Jul 22, 2021 at 12:32 PM

When the pandemic hit last year, it threw me into a world where I was doing vastly more video editing than I did previously. Anyone who has spent time splicing and dicing video files knows those files can fill up storage devices really quickly and they are a pain to transfer between computers. Enter the new class of tiny, pocketable, external SSDs like the RavPower Mini External SSD Pro.

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