Consult with Lloyd for any kind of computer purchase, RAID setup, backup strategy, Photoshop optimization, etc.
B&H Photo has graciously agreed to send a loaner 16" MacBook Pro 32GB/1TB/32GPU for review/testing, which will arrive when it becomes available, perhaps in a month or so. Get Apple MacBook Pro M1X/M1Pro at B&H Photo.
Photographers looking for the best possible performance in a laptop should be looking at the 16-inch model of the Apple MacBook Pro M1 Max. Several things might not be obvious that are worth being aware of:
If you invest $4K to $6K in a laptop, you might want to use it for up to 5 years, and this model is not boing to be slow by any metric even in 5 years, even if there are faster ones. So you might want to maximize its lifespan by making sure it can be repaired.