I finally went with the MacBook Air, with 16 GB of memory and 512 GB of disk space. I also opted for the extra GPU core, although I’m told it doesn’t really make much of a difference. It’s just a nice to have so I can hopefully run this machine for two or three years.
At this point, it’s already over a year old, and it might have been better to wait for the M2 Air, but waiting for new tech is an endless cycle. Assuming something is announced/released in late-2022 or even mid-2022, the chip shortages are expected to continue, and getting my hands on one would have delayed it to early 2023. Why wait a whole year?
I’m due for a new work laptop soon — I should be getting my ping about a replacement sometime this month. I’ll probably get this exact same model. The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros are neat and all, but I really like the size and weight of the MacBook Air. And all “upgrades” that you get with the Pro are either superfluous or would more likely feel like downgrades to me.