Not hard to see why Apple aren't fans of TheReg with a wildly biased article like this.
I run a Mac m1 with 16gb of RAM and have done fine for a while now. Battery lasts nine hours +. Meanwhile I use my HP Elitebook with 32gb RAM to sterilise my semen, and I gets three hours at most. Both are used for office and general internet use.
Why does 256gb sound crap? Office use will likely use OneDrive. Photos are stored in the cloud. The days of downloading terabytes of illegal mp3s are long over. That leaves only specialist use such as content creators wanting more space, surely?
I've just gone to Currys Windows laptop section, filtered for Microsoft products and had to scroll nearly half way down to find a device with more than 256gb of hard drive space (also, these same devices have 8/16gb RAM). So why are we throwing the book at Apple for matching what appears to be the standard hardware?
Sure, I guess it makes sense not to take stats from the seller at face value. But unless you can provide evidence to the contrary then simply saying "don't trust em!" sounds more like a grudge than it does good reporting.