Re: Same boat
Something something Commander Vimes economics *
I just had to trawl my email archives...
My wife's laptop was purchased 5 years ago (ok, it's about four weeks short of five years). I have, in the intervening time period, upgraded the storage (a not quite standard stick SSD), and for a couple of quid got a PCIe card to take the old one which is now sitting as nice fast app storage for an unRaid server.
It was ~£1k five years ago, and shows no signs of ageing badly at all - still runs the current version of macOS, and handles day to day needs flawlessly. I don't imagine it will need replacing for a good while yet, but the Air does have me interested.
My one real complaint is that they don't still have MagSafe. That is one of the best solutions to laptop power delivery ever, an I don't really want to have a USB-c magnet sticking out. OTOH it will likely only ever be charged overnight, so it possibly makes no difference at all.
Given that it's only a 30W charger - I'm slightly surprised it doesn't have a pair of wireless charging pads on the base... That could be rather interesting on a desk.
Even accounting for the SSD upgrade and a couple of cases that's ~£200/year (and falling). Not particularly expensive for a daily working machine.
My daughter as a Surface Pro (albeit a few generations old and second hand), another very well put together bit of hardware. But that's *more* expensive!
In fact an i5/8GB/128GB Surface Pro is about as much as the new Air (after discounts, including a keyboard, excluding Micros~1 265) - to get the same RAM/Storage it's £300 more.
In fact they charge £300 for the move from 128GB to 256GB storage, and £600 to go to 512 and £350 more to go to 1TB - their memory doubling is over £200 each time as well.
If the CPU power holds up to even half of their claims then it will be a worthy successor for the wife's machine when it needs it.
In fact if the CPU is sufficiently capable I could be tempted to replace the Mac mini (late 2012) that is starting to show it's age as a desktop - but would still make a good little server somewhere.
* Commander Sam Vines of the Ankh-Morpork watch:
"Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.
But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet."