i concur, went for the same model when i had to “mac up” for work this year.
the touchbar seems kinda neat, but also eats up significant thermal/battery/cpu resources that seem better spent elsewhere.
i’m a little bummed about the new keyboard. not because of the feel (its weird, but i quickly got used to its low-impact-but-clicky typing approach) - but because it seems very sensitive to dust and wear, and impossible to service .
(i was gonna reply to the thread earlier, to the effect of, “keyboard has been good to me so far…” and then the goddamn “volume down” key myseteriously borked itself, and mysteriously unborked itself a week later. and there seems to be a general variance creeping in - some keys are turning “mushy” or “sticky” and most aren’t. so i’ve added a dust cover but am not optimistic.)
and by obligation i have to add that i also have a thinkpad carbon-x11 and it is basically better in every way - lighter, better battery, much nicer keyboard, much more useful port selection (including the slickest microsd port i’ve ever seen), and, well, cheaper (lenovo has regular 25% and better sales.)
i don’t have a problem with usb-c, i think its an awesome standard and hope it gets more widespread use in peripherals. and i find the apple multi-port adapters kinda convenient - i have an extra power supply at home, and i just make one connection for power, big monitor, audio interface, &c. like having a dock but more flexible.
and - this is an amazing feeling - i can use the same power supply for both laptops when travelling. hallelujah.
but, mac is mac, and base mbp-13 is the best of the current portable options