Macbook Pro M1 vs Spectre 14 OLED vs Macbook Air M1 v XPS 13 - A QUINTESSENTIAL Guide

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Over a massive 27 minutes I share my thoughts on the new Macbook M1s, and how they stack up with the best Windows has to offer, including the NEW HP Spectre 14 OLED and the XPS 13
00:00 Intro
01:55 Performance
05:57 Temperatures and Fan Noise
07:44 Additional Performance Thoughts
09:19 Displays
11:46 Keyboard and Trackpad
14:37 Build Quality, Chassis, Ports
18:00 Portability and Battery Life
20:33 Webcam and Speakers
22:17 Miscellaneous Findings, Pricing, and Support
24:57 Conclusion
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  • Elias Dzansi

    Elias Dzansi

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    Are you able to code in Python and Java on the M1 MacBook?

  • Erbil forever

    Erbil forever

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    No laptop can beat Mac's speakers. No phone can beat iPhone's speakers. Apple puts very impressive speakers into their devices.

  • Cindy Ayala

    Cindy Ayala

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    I can’t get enough of these videos. 😊 Thanks for breaking this down for me! ❤️

  • luke123g


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    clap my cheeks josh

  • MrRaizada


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    Why is it that Linus get so much subscribers and this guy does not? I mean Linus with all theatrics misses all the solid information that Josh gives. Kudos to you man! Kudos!

    • Just Josh

      Just Josh

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      You are a legend

  • Farhan KHAN

    Farhan KHAN

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    Truly commendable bro. 👏❤️

  • Bhraandan


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    I'm a rapper , I used to connect my rode nt usb mic to my phone through otg and use to record ... But now I want to upgrade , given that macbook air doesn't have fan it would be great for me as my mic won't pickup any noises from fan . I'm also a video editor , I maybe doing all the effects and techniques which maybe complicated .. So should I buy m1 or any other laptop ( like can I turn off the fan while recording on the other laptops ?) I'm confused

  • Garry Wan

    Garry Wan

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    Everybody is saying that the MacBook Air does not have a fan, but I am a huge fan of the MacBook Air, so yes it has a fan.

  • Andreas Fagerås

    Andreas Fagerås

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  • Tucker Hoog

    Tucker Hoog

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    Very cool that you put the linux portion @ 23:38

  • Ravi Peiris

    Ravi Peiris

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    Amazing dissertation, truly. Thank you,

  • aratosm


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    So Mac has an awful camera because if you're trying to discuss something with direction, you're only going to confuse yourself and the other person. Apple, always a fail.

  • Yantao Luo

    Yantao Luo

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    Macbook is killing it...

  • Benjamin Chen

    Benjamin Chen

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    If only windows laptop makers would stop using intel and switch to amd in their premium devices. Would help them a lot on the performance/thermals/fan acoustics/battery life department, aka half the important stuff in a laptop

  • K. Edwards

    K. Edwards

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    Nice review.
    I do run the Spectre on 4K ezternal and it is fine.
    I also have run 8+ hours of writing and browsing. Though if you write with Final Draft 11 bring the charger. It us a terribly written app, but with leading features.
    Keyboard on my old spectre and new 14 are huge reason for my choice.

  • Paul S

    Paul S

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    Very informative - thank you!

  • The Joke's on Life

    The Joke's on Life

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    Name one ultrabook that is better than the m1's

    • Just Josh

      Just Josh

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      Watch my Best Laptop from 2020 video pls. I think you'll like the result

  • Cookie Aguilar

    Cookie Aguilar

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    Can you also add to the comparison asus zenbook 13?

  • Cam Alex

    Cam Alex

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    What are the prices.?

  • For Real

    For Real

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    Nice video Josh. Thanks. Comments for improvement. It sounds very informational almost academic. Kinda aloof. Too much use of words "I". Could have made the video tone more friendly and casual.

  • Hernan Martinez

    Hernan Martinez

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    The most complete review I’ve seen thus far, well done & thanks!

  • noomy 663

    noomy 663

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    Its extremely slim screen edge seems to give further value to the concept of Spectre, especially in this comparison.

  • Nomadic Dmitry

    Nomadic Dmitry

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    Bought an M1 Apple Silicon MacBook Air and it's surprisingly good!

  • Tae Hwang

    Tae Hwang

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    I was looking for this video

  • Ivano Berlese

    Ivano Berlese

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    Although I did not buy your 16 inch macbook pro, your video convinced me to stay with my 15 inch macbook pro as my needs are portability and display presentation.

  • Michael Dyer

    Michael Dyer

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    What about the lenovo 9i?

  • Bert Beumer

    Bert Beumer

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    i love this kind of calculations

  • Tam Angustia

    Tam Angustia

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    linux on hp spectre please!

  • F C

    F C

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    If Apple sold a MBP 2-in-1 I would only imagine how many people would switch from a PC to the MBP. I personally would like a Mac 2-in-1. It’s my halo Apple product I’d love to see. I don’t get their stupid line of “Steve Jobs didn’t like touch input on a vertical surface”, okay, well that’s why you make a detachable screen or a convertible.

  • Augusta Wickman

    Augusta Wickman

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    Thank you for making such a thorough and unbiased comparison. Great video!



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    i bought spectre x360

  • Flint Bits

    Flint Bits

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    Loving the channel and the content. @Just Josh Have you ran the IntelliJ benchmarks since Jet Brains released their M1 version of the app? Fellow programmer here.

  • Siow.Y Chong

    Siow.Y Chong

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    Macbook beat pc with their performance but is more likely a deposable device after few years (fragile, problematic and repair is expensive) . Pc win on their price, choice, design, functionality (touch screen, ir camera, duo screen...) , durability (spill, shock, drop, stress resistants... ) and customization. My opinion, Macbook suit for editing, production, business...Pc suit for students, business, gamers, designer....

  • Vaibhav Agarwal

    Vaibhav Agarwal

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    though its a very long video, every minute is worth the watch for detailed analysis of the specs👍

  • Matthew Guyette

    Matthew Guyette

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    Why do all these guys keep putting the 8gb air up against 16gb competitors?! I want apples to apples. No pun intended.

  • john smith

    john smith

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    Hi I’m looking at buying a Mac for first time. How do you fix the mouse problem pls? Is it an easy settings thing or a dealbreaker as I use mouse a lot more for work. Thanks

  • 我爱绿茶婊


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    Thank you so much!!

  • Joshua Navin Sritharan

    Joshua Navin Sritharan

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    Good stuff! Very informative

  • Mohammad Ullah

    Mohammad Ullah

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    Macbook looks like coming from my grannies era! Look at that HP Spectra and then look at Mac! 🥶

  • Ricky Sanchez

    Ricky Sanchez

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    this was so amazing...debating between the air and pro right now because i'm getting more into video editing/content creating...i currently am workng with the lenovo yoga 920 and it's just not working for me

  • vara fouroneone

    vara fouroneone

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    Wow... he kind of said the Dell was "meh" in the conclusion but then said it was his actual computer. Interesting.

    • Just Josh

      Just Josh

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      Hope this helpa... Why my personal laptops are a bit different from my recommendations is because I'm able to own and use multiple laptops. So I can spread my use cases across them.

  • K K

    K K

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    My M1 macbook air base has geekbench score are almost 1739 and 7639 both awesome on single and multi but on cinebench r23 I cannot go beyond 6675 in 10 min render but got 7461 in single image render is something wrong?? Because I have seen people score 7000 in 10 min render and yea In this video is he talking about the single image render test of cinebench r23?? Please tell

  • Venessey


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    What a to-the-point comparison! Well done!

  • Mitra Hs

    Mitra Hs

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    Great review, great information, great details. Thank you for the super helpful content. The videos are an excellent guide for anyone researching.

  • Felix Nielsen

    Felix Nielsen

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    The spectre, om paper, is almost perfect, however there is at least one issue that makes it a no go for me, the CPU. The should release a ryzen 5000 model, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy.
    That being said, there are other nice to haves, like the screen. Oled I very nice indeed, but while it is not silly 4k, the resolution is too high. Yes it's sort of nice, but, but unnecesary, and it comes with downsides, like greater battery usage. Yes, you can get a fhd panel, but it's not oled.
    Then there's the keyboard, which allegedly is very nice, but with an annoying layout, and redundant dedicated keys, one of which is taken up by the fingerprint sensor... Why? It could be placed anywhere, or for that matter simply removed, as it is actually an awful security feature.
    There's also a small annoyance with the micro SD slot. Seriously, full size or none at all.
    Lastly there's my rather extremist view that a web cam, has no place in a laptop.
    This may sound like a lot, but being who I am, it really isn't. No laptop has ever been a better fit for me, and I can live with all the shortcommings, except for the CPU. However, if I could also get the display I want, I wouldn't even look at the price, before ordering.

  • Ferrian Redhia Pratama

    Ferrian Redhia Pratama

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    Hi, how about developer use like Android Studio and +5 chrome tabs with +8 hours workflow uses? Is recomended to get MBA? Maybe, i will using emulator in future when it's fully compatible

  • Sethum Yatawara

    Sethum Yatawara

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    Which would you recommend for a college student in Asia which one is the best
    HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13-aw2100TU Core i7 11th Gen 13.3" FHD Touch Laptop
    Dell XPS 15 7590 Core i7 9th Gen GTX 1650 Graphics 15.6" 4K UHD Touch Laptop with Windows 10
    Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 Core i7 10th Gen 14"FHD Multi-Touch Laptop

  • Jenish Lad

    Jenish Lad

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    You are a pure apple hater at the end.
    By the way ; loved your efforts 🍀

  • bizmonkey007


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    I'm confused. Why didn't you try to test the MacBook Pro M1's ability to handle more complicated sequences involving 4K footage? It seems like you made up your mind that there's no way it could handle it without actually testing to see if that was the case.

  • Gustavo Acosta Razo

    Gustavo Acosta Razo

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    What about the Acer ConceptD7 Pro???

  • Pascale Mayer

    Pascale Mayer

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    Amazing review! Thanks!

  • Robert Drake

    Robert Drake

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    Tom's hardware guide says the XPS 13 does NOT use a IPS panel, asked on the Dell forum, and they emailed me saying it "didn't meet their guidelines" and they removed it. Guess who's laptop I won't be buying?

  • Stephanie Griffith

    Stephanie Griffith

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    Loved this, thank you! I am getting ready to replace my 7 year old macbook air. I was planning to switch to PC because I am not an iphone or apple user in any other way- so I don't use itunes or anything like that. I am a casual user- office, browsing the web, fair amount of typing for work projects, etc. My biggest concern is longevity- I don't enjoy buying new electronics- I just want a computer that is going to work well, without issue for at least 5 years. Battery life and webcam are important- so Dell XPS is out. I'm between HP and Macbook and cost isn't an issue- Will the HP last me 5 years without starting to have issues? Can I get the bloatware off it? Or should I just go with another Macbook?

  • Alkap80


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    Thanks josh for the nice detailed comparison

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      Maxton Donovan

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  • Galdi


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    It'd be interested to see how the XPS 13 with the 1185g7 stacks up

  • 89DKPM


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    Hi .... thanks for the review! As a novice and a new student looking for a laptop should I focus more on memory or storage for the MacBook ?

  • Steph S

    Steph S

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    WinDoze machines for gaming; M1 for everything else.

  • nickb2370


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    Josh, it seems the Best Buy configured version of the HP spectre x360 14 comes with Intel SSD vs PCle NVMe SSD. Do you think this is the reason for the poor SSD performance? Would be interested to see how the NVMe SSD version stacks up as that's the one I'm targeting. Thanks for the helpful reviews!

  • olechka yeah

    olechka yeah

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    i absolutely love the touchpad on the spectre! it's like it reads my mind! also the OLED display is stunning. i'm contemplating getting a mac only for the performance and certain apps, but the spectre is so fun with all its 2-in-1 features. ugh, what to do??

  • Niemand


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    i love how nobody cares about thermal throdle ... I mean ... even the Pro throdle and can't get rid of the heat because of bad design ...^^

  • Wout b

    Wout b

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    Which of these would you suggest for a developer? Macs for Unix? HP Spectre for the typing? Or The Lenovo Yoga Pro?

  • doomtomb3


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    Touchbar more efficient than touching a button? Sry pal you're alone in that regard.

  • Chris Cain

    Chris Cain

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    Hey Josh, great reviews. Do you think you could add a test for performance with virtual backgrounds (withought green screen) in Zoom? Apparently this is not supported on the M1s and requires a certain number of processor cores, and given the importance of video calls today that's a real issue. Having to make sure you have a perfectly tidy background/nothing unwanted in the shot for every call is quite an issue - and actually a deal breaker for me!

  • Joshua J

    Joshua J

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    I didn’t think I would find all the laptops i was considering in one video. Thanks

  • Felix Pojtinger

    Felix Pojtinger

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    Awesome video! Especially love the Linux infos for the XPS, which is very important for me as a software dev.

  • Petr Plachý

    Petr Plachý

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    Ok, felt good with the reviews pretty much through and through, but I gotta disagree hard on the white XPS - the black models are MASSIVE figerprint magnets, with any oils showing a lot on the softtouch style deck. It's horrid to look at compared to the white where you don't have to care as long as you don't operate the laptop with chocolate covered fingers.

  • Gavin Davies

    Gavin Davies

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    What a review dude so in depth

  • Hari Gopal

    Hari Gopal

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    Come onnn why doesnt anyone review Zenbook 14 !!

    • Hari Gopal

      Hari Gopal

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      okay i just watched the Zenbook bit i meant the new 2020 one

  • GuruTheCoder


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    What! I was almost ready to buy an m1. Thanks a lot for this video 😊!

  • Taylor Lyon

    Taylor Lyon

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    I'd love to hear what Josh thinks on the Razor Book 13.

  • Luka Weixler

    Luka Weixler

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    Macbook pro 13 or envy 13?

  • Muhammad Danial

    Muhammad Danial

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    The only video I have watched till the end without skipping. Great review!

  • Zach Abdallah

    Zach Abdallah

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    Hey Josh, I’m a bit torn between the xps and the spectre. After spending 2 hours at Best Buy, I wondered if at that price range, it’s really just a style favorability. I love the dark spectre, I think it’s utterly gorgeous, it’s so absolute in every way. Do you think that at this price point, all functionalities are generally the same and one should go with what kind of clicks with them?

  • Nir Altman

    Nir Altman

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    Haven't seen such an overlapping, quality review in a while. It's an honor to be here before your massive growth spike. GREAT JOB!

    • Just Josh

      Just Josh

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  • Tuan Nguyen

    Tuan Nguyen

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    How about scientific applications (CFD codes, compilers, etc.). The reduced instructions set chips are good for programs written for them but they are not compatible and optimised for lot of applications that you don't know or not want to talk about. Comparing few video applications doesn't show the whole picture. This report is the same as others, it offers nothing new.

  • Haziri


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    Has anybody used the i5 version of the spectre? Feedbacks please 🙂

  • Christopher G

    Christopher G

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    Hello Josh! I appreciate the work you put into your videos. I would really like to see this comparison done between the Apple M1 and the Ryzen 4800H. Like a lot of people, I'm considering an M1 MacBook, but the salesman at Best Buy told me they have been getting a lot of returns because of buggy behavior. I have heard no one else say this, but he said the problem was so bad that his manager said that they need to advise customers of this fact. (This kid was responsible for Apple sales and said he's an Apple user, but recommended using an HP Omen 15 for editing 4k video over a MacBook M1 Air.)
    I was all set to buy one that day, but then I got indecisive (yet again!). Probably a good thing, because I'm excited about the Ryzen 5800H and 5900H in the new laptops coming out in 2021. I almost bought an HP ProBook (4700U) with the 1,000 nit screen this past year, but the salesman at B&H waved me off of that because he said it would be too slow to edit video. I'm happy to see that there are more high quality displays in the 2021 laptops and I'm glad I waited to buy.



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    Amazing Video clear & objective
    You got me covered i got the specter & it is spectacular, loving it
    Fan noise & a bit of heat just as u said are there but they are bearable

  • Rajeeb Lalchan

    Rajeeb Lalchan

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    No drop test ??

  • Simon B.

    Simon B.

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    i wish the Macbook Air would support more than 1 external display.. otherwise such a good machine. But thats a dealbreaker for me

  • Matt Gleeson

    Matt Gleeson

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    Your a king thank u

  • Sacabob


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    I don't why I'm watching this review!
    I'm too broke for all of this 😂
    Guess the content is just 🔥 thats why.
    I found this channel a couple days ago and can't stop watching since 👍🏼

  • Sarvesh Kumar

    Sarvesh Kumar

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    Great video i love apple macbook air m1👌

  • cathvong


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    What’s a good price for the spectre 14???

  • Miraç S.

    Miraç S.

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    Good review, thanks. Spectre is a product that has managed to differentiate well, its design, screen quality and charger is the coolest laptop. I think the competition could get stronger if the HP Spectre and Dell XPS are updated at more competitive prices and come with the new AMD Ryzen 5800U (8 core 16 thread) processor.

  • Peter Wieringa

    Peter Wieringa

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    This guy is an APPLE payed sponsored person ..... look further about APPLE JUST JOSH for GOOGLE ...

  • JR Snow

    JR Snow

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    Great review only comment is it would be nice to see the battery life and cost of all the machines.

  • game folkz

    game folkz

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    0:30 sure we know, you're josh gordon levitt

  • Nsmaa


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    What do you recommend for college students laptop? I am struggling to choose a good laptop please answer??

  • 420


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    Josh here, and I must agree - Dell XPS is life. 😎

  • TM Bowmanwood

    TM Bowmanwood

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    Working in government bodies, I just can't get to grips with Apple. Microsoft 365 is superior on Windows devices. I was on a programme offering end users in one government body Windows and Apple devices. Those with iPads and iPhones thought that functionality was equal on an Apple. We had over 7% take up of Apple devices. Skip ahead 6 months and this was down to less than 2%. Collaboration just isn't as good. Plus, Apple failure rate, return was higher and support here in UK wasn't nearly as quick as Windows. Another factor for not offering Apple to other government bodies.

  • Ikechukwu Anumudu

    Ikechukwu Anumudu

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    This review is exceptional!!! Thank you so much. Please what is the dedicated vram size of the hp laptop? I want to order it but I need to know if it can run certain graphics intensive apps and games. Thank you so much.

  • Bill Flood

    Bill Flood

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    Thanks for the review. I went to HP's website and could not find the 14T with an OLED display. I did a chat with them and they said the HP 14T does not come in OLED. Do you know if the specific HP model you reviewed will be coming out later this year?

  • Khayla


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    I'm not super big on tech, but your videos are incredible!! Appreciate your work 🙌🏾

  • ****###


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    Which of the two is more future proof 1 6 gb air
    or 8 gb pro with the fan mainly for Microsoft
    office some gaming ,media and surfing

  • Gagandeep Singh Jior

    Gagandeep Singh Jior

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    Josh do you think the 4k 30hz issue of the HP will be fixed?

    • Gagandeep Singh Jior

      Gagandeep Singh Jior

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      @Just Josh thanks Josh, do you think it can be fixed/ they will via firmware? I like the HP and thinking of getting it over the Dell xps but this could be a deal breaker

    • Just Josh

      Just Josh

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      It still isn't. Retried it yesterday

  • Dennis Doroslovac

    Dennis Doroslovac

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    great video!

  • hi


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    The MacBook bezels look laughable compared to the other 2 lmao

  • harminder singh Langri

    harminder singh Langri

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    Thanks for the perfect video ☺️, i was looking for the best comparison online and can't find any better video comparison than this, finally i am deciding to buy hp spectre x360 13.

  • Geonade


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    Is this the specter 2020 with the 11th gen chip
    ? or the 2019 model?