I spent the last 48 hours with serious 'option anxiety' over what new laptop to buy.
I would like a new Macbook Pro - a lot! Even a Macbook Air would do me, but man, the price was just too steep for how much work I'll get from the machine.
In response to the virus-wrought changes to several of my customer's businesses I'm offering to set them up and produce live streams from their premises. Got a few takers so far, but my clunky old Acer notebook is not up to the task of mixing the signal from the Blackmagic encoder to the streaming host.
If the laptop was going to be a mainstay for design work in the field- then I'd go for a Pro - the rest of my 'ecosystem' is mac, but I need a box for limited tasks: mixing various input signals in OSB Studio and outputting to You Tube Live and Skype etc - and running MS Office apps at the same time.
So in I ended up buying a 2-in-1 Dell Inspiron with a bigger (15.6" touch) screen, three times as many ports, (two Thunderbolts Apple, rly?) a card reader, a faster Intel Quad Core processor than the Air and it was less than half the price of a decent Macbook pro. Maybe even lower. The display is only HD - is the down side - rather that those beautiful retinas, but then it's only for 720p streaming anyway.
Windoze here I come again. Time warp.