So, I had a small grant at work, and used it to purchase a baseline core i5 MacBook Pro 13" model, no touchbar. With educaiton pricing, it was $1249. I will use it for some special projects with students, but for now, it is just another machine to play with. My primary Mac is a 2015 model Pro, 16GB ram, 1 TB SSD. This is the entry level new macbook, 8GB ram, 128GB SSD, core i5. Given my needs, it is perfect for it. Side by side I am struck by a couple things: 1) The much maligned keyboard is strange - it has the loudest keys I have ever used, but I seem to type with very few errors. It's nowhere as soft as my Google Pixelbook keyboard (which I rate as one of the best I've ever used), but it is not terrible. 2) The retina display is nice. I know it is supposed to be better than the one on my 2015 model, and using it outside today for a bit, I'd say it is true. But nominal. 3) Side by side, the form factor is just nice. it is light, it is compact. It is what a laptop should be. The difference between it and my 2015 MBP is remarkable. And I love how there is a minimal bezel for the screen. Good use of space. 4) The ports, oh the ports. I'm used to USB-C thanks to having had chromebooks. But a macbook PRO with 2 ports? That is absurd beyond absurd. Thankfully I already have the necessary adapters. And the 61W USB-C charger is just huge. Of course, I know have a 29W USB-C for my iPad Pro, a 45W USB-C for my Pixelbook, and this 61W beat. I ordered a third party 61W charger/USB-A 5 12W combo, which I'll use at home. All in all, this is a fun machine to use, and quite responsive. I doubt I'd like it for heavy duty statistics work, but it has a lot more utility than I thought. It is unclear to me why they still sell the 12" macbook, although I get why the air exists, with a $899 starting point.