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Mark Coppock

Mark Coppock

Computing Writer

Mark has been a geek since MS-DOS gave way to Windows and the PalmPilot was a thing. He’s translated his love for technology into a marketing, consulting, and freelance writing career aimed at helping people use technology to enhance their lives. At Digital Trends, he reviews laptops and desktops, including the latest from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and more, and writes news and easy to understand how-to articles about the computing industry as a whole.

When he’s not writing, you’ll find him reading and watching science fiction, taking photos with his family, and obsessing over Indiana University basketball.

Laptop Reviews

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Best Business Laptops
Best Laptops Under $1,000

Apple Continuity image showing iPhone use as MacBook webcam.

The one unbeatable benefit I’ve enjoyed by going all-in on Apple

Apple's Continuity features and functionality add a ton of value. But is Continuity enough to sway a decision to select all Apple products? That depends.
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 front view showing display and keyboard.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 review: Where’s the update?

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 is a solid follow-up to its groundbreaking predecessor, which broke the ThinkPad mold. But it's behind other 13-inch laptops.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 front view showing display and keyboard.

As a recent Mac convert, here’s what has surprised me most

Transitioning from Windows and Android to all-Apple products has required some changes in my computing habits. But so far, those changes have been worth it.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 front view showing display and keyboard.

Why I finally gave up and embraced Apple’s walled garden

Switching from Windows and Android to all Apple has dramatically changed my computing. Here's a quick overview of why the investment has been worth it so far.
The HP Spectre x360 14 open on a table.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: they did it again

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a meaningful upgrade to an already excellent convertible 2-in-1. With Intel Meteor Lake and AI, it represents a new class of laptop.
The Dell XPS 14 on a table.

Dell XPS 14 vs. HP Spectre x360 14: well, this is interesting

The Dell XPS 14 and HP Spectre x360 14 are two of the earliest laptops announced with Intel's new Meteor Lake chipset. Which is the better 14-inch laptop?
best VPN services

The 18 best VPN services for 2024, reviewed by experts

It's scary knowing your data might not be private. VPNs help shield your online activities. To help you pick the right one, these are the best VPN services.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 front angled view showing display and keyboard.

Why I went with the MacBook Pro over the Mac Studio

After a meaningful analysis, I decided to go with a MacBook Pro 16 over a Mac Studio. It wasn't an easy decision, and here's why I made that choice.
The keyboard and touchpad of the XPS 14.

Here’s how the new Dell XPS 14 stacks up against the MacBook Pro

Dell's new XPS 14 laptop brings an ultramodern design, cutting edge components, and more to the 14-inch laptop. But can it compete with Apple's MacBook Pro 14?
Upgrading the Framework Laptop with the components on a table.

The best upgradeable laptops

Fewer laptops are upgradeable, meaning that most are permanently limited to what you get when you buy them. Here are the best laptops that you can upgrade.
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED back view showing lid and logo.

Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED review: a proper Windows MacBook Pro?

The Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED is a well-built laptop with good creativity performance and some standout features, making it an attractive alternative.
Apple Mac Studio top down view showing PC and keyboard.

How to configure a Mac Studio that’s right for you

The Apple Mac Studio is a powerful, compact, and elegant desktop PC. However, it's not expandable, so choose wisely when configuring yours.
Apple Mac Studio front view showing ports.

Why the Mac Studio offers something Windows PCs can’t compete with

The Apple Mac Studio is its most powerful machine and offers a tiny, well-built, and fast PC for most users. But Windows desktop PCs have their advantages.
Apple Mac Studio front view showing ports.

Have the M3 MacBook Pros made the Mac Studio irrelevant?

The Apple Mac Studio and MacBook Pro can serve as your desktop PC, with roughly identical performance and prices. Which is better comes down to finer points.

The best business laptops from Apple, Lenovo, Dell, and more

The best business laptops keep up with you, offering excellent portability, usability, battery life, and power. Here are our top picks for good work laptops.
A mother and daughter use the Surface Go 3 together.

The best laptops for kids, tested and selected by experts

Younger kids need great laptops just like older kids, and these are the best we could find that provide what those younger kids need.
Working From Home

The best laptops for writers from Apple, Dell, HP, and more

The best laptops for writers are those with the best keyboards. These are the best you'll find.
Apple Mac Studio front view showing ports.

Mac Studio review: can it replace my Windows PC?

Apple's Mac Studio is its most powerful desktop PC for almost all users. It's small, elegant, and fast. But the price is high when fully configured.
Close up of the Chrome logo on the top of a Chromebook.

The best Chromebooks for 2023

Looking to buy a new laptop on a budget? Here are all the best Chromebooks in 2023. They're affordable, powerful, and highly capable.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro on a window sill.

After decades of Windows loyalty, I’m switching to Mac

After decades of being a Windows devotee, I've decided to make a transition to all-Apple computing. It's a big step, and here are the reasons why.
The ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 on a table outside.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 review: late to the game

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 is an excellent laptop. But it's not quite the standout machine it was when its first generation hit the streets.
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The best 2-in-1 laptops in 2023

The Windows 10 2-in-1 market has exploded over the last several years, with convertible notebooks and tablets of all kinds. Here are the best models available.
The two screens of the Yoga Book 9i open on a table.

Laptops are going to feel very different in 2024

While 2023 was a relatively boring year for laptops, 2024 promises more significant updates. It all starts with Intel's Meteor Lake and Qualcomm's latest chip.
HP Spectre Foldable PC in several modes.

This was the weirdest, most exciting laptop I reviewed this year

Of the 40 or so laptops I reviewed in 2023, the HP Spectre Foldable PC was the laptop that stands out the most. If only it were more affordable.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 front view showing display and keyboard.

I’m a laptop reviewer, and these were my biggest disappointments of 2023

I reviewed a lot of very good laptops in 2023. However, not all of them lived up to their promise. Here are the six most disappointing laptops.
HP Envy Move front view showing AiO and keyboard.

HP Envy Move review: a PC unlike any you’ve seen

The HP Envy Move is a well-executed design, offering an AiO that's easy to carry around. It has some compromises, though, to hit an affordable price.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Max chip seen from behind.

Here’s how the M3 Max chip compares to the most powerful Windows laptops

The Apple M3 Max is an incredibly powerful chip that offers the best CPU and GPU performance in a MacBook. How do the fastest Windows laptops compare?
HP Spectre Foldable PC front view showing full length display and separate keyboard.

These were the laptop trends that dominated 2023

Laptops were pretty boring in 2023, as affordability and better displays were the most important trends, with the most prominent lines stagnating.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED front angled view showing display and keyboard.

Stop spending so much money on your laptop

The days of affordable laptops being slow, cheaply built, and generally disappointing are long past. Today, you don't have to overspend to get a great laptop.
Fitbit Versa Lite Review

The thinnest laptops you can buy

Laptops have been getting thinner in the last few years, to the point where some modern laptops are incredibly svelte. The thinnest of them is just 0.39 inches.
Apple MacBook Pro 14 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

I’m a laptop reviewer. Here’s why I still use a laptop from 2021

I keep going back to a laptop I purchased in 2021, even as I continue to review solid alternatives. My Apple MacBook Pro 14 from 2021 remains my favorite.
Apple's 15-inch MacBook Air seen from above and the side.

This is one of my favorite Windows laptops. But can it beat the MacBook Air?

The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED and Apple MacBook Air 15 are both great laptops. But the MacBook enjoys Apple's quality design and incredible battery life.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro on a window sill.

The new MacBook Pros make the Dell XPS 15 look totally outclassed

The Dell XPS 15 is a very good laptop for creating on the go. But the Apple MacBook Pro 14 is simply in another class entirely.
HP Spectre Foldable PC front view showing desktop mode.

I reviewed 40 laptops in 2023. Here are the 5 that stood out

I reviewed a ton of laptops in 2023, and a handful stood out. Whether you're looking for value, innovation, or performance, one of these five laptops will suffice.