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Which Mac should I buy?

Mac buying guide: How to pick the right computer

Trying to decide which Mac to buy? Our guide has the lowdown on every Mac that Apple has to offer. Find out which Mac is best for you.

Is AppleCare worth it?

Some swear by Apple's extended warranty plan, AppleCare. Others just swear when talking about it. So it is worth the money or not?

Advice from an Apple Tech: When your Mac takes a fall

When your Mac laptop slips out of your hands, or your Mac desktop falls off your desk as you're shuffling things around, here's what to do once the feeling of dread dissipates.

The computer in the living room: setting up a Mac mini media center

You want one box to manage all of your local and online media. Could the Mac mini be that box? Chris Breen says the answer could be yes if you're technically inclined, but maybe not for the whole family.

Fact or fiction: Eight Mac energy-saving techniques tested

You've heard lots of conventional wisdom about how to save energy (and battery life) with your Mac, but how much of it is true? We went to the lab to find out.

Mac troubleshooting: What to do when your computer won't turn on

You press your Mac's power button and...nothing happens. Keep calm and follow Joe Kissell's advice.

How to make a Mac Plus clock

Got an old Mac Plus sitting in a closet? Dust it of and use it as a clock in your living room.

When good Macs go bad: Steps to take when your Mac won't start up

Senior writer Lex Friedman's friend Julian had a MacBook Pro that refused to start up. Here are the steps they took in their attempts to get the Mac working again.

How to beat the line at the Apple Store

No one likes waiting in a long checkout line. Here are a few tips and tricks for making your holiday visit to the Apple Store a little more pleasant.

One way to reduce glare on an iMac

If you remove the iMac's front glass, you can reduce the amount of glare from the screen.

Seven ways to free up drive space

Maybe it's because your media collection is growing, or perhaps you've got a small-but-fast SSD drive. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself reaching the limits of your drive's capacity, these tips will help you clean house and give your data some virtual breathing room.

Enable local Time Machine snapshots on a desktop Mac

Lion introduced local Time Machine snapshots for when your laptop isn't connected to your backup drive. But you can enable those local snapshots on a desktop Mac, too.

Which to choose: iMac or Mac Pro?

You're in a graphics design studio and face a difficult choice--buy a new iMac or Mac Pro. While both are quite capable, it may boil down to one thing--the display.