M1 Mbook Air vs Pro: much difference?

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M1 Mbook Air vs Pro: much difference?

I have sold my iPad Pro (just couldn't get used to the UI and didn't like the limitations of the files app etc), and am now shopping the M1 MacBook Air and Pro. In Canada they are priced at $400 apart for the base configuration ($1299 vs $1699). I've used Apple's "Compare" tool, and the main difference seem to be:

- 400 nits vs 500 nits screen

- better Audio features on Pro

- touchbar

If none of the features are very relevant to me, is there really any other significant difference between them? I'll be using it for photo editing, some video editing (1080 and 4k), but all at a hobbyist level; not for professional/heavy use. I'll be getting the 16gb/512gb config.

Also, can anyone recommend a good, fast USB-C hub that has an SD card slot and HDMI? There's tons on Amazon I know but the one I had was very slow when transferring images from an external hdd and when reading my sd cards. Thanks in advance

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