Thinking out loud here:
I swore that I wasn’t going get one of the new MBPs, but the increased GPU power is really tempting. Now I’m trying to decide if the trade off is worth the sacrifice of battery life (11 hours vs 15 hours for “wireless web browsing”).
In favour of switching:
Much better GPU performance
Much nicer display
(most likely) A Much better camera
In favour of not switching:
Better battery life for the Air
Zero cost to stay with the Air
Air is slightly more portable
My current situation is that I have a 16" i9 with 64GB RAM for my heavy lifting work. Had I known that I would be spending a couple of years working from home, I’d have gotten a desktop instead. It spends every day docked at my desk with 2 external displays. I also have an M1 Air with 16GB RAM that I use for travel (starting up again, with one trip done), work around the house (really hate being at the main desk all day, every day), and will be used for my forays back to in-person work. For media consumption and quick communication as well as light to moderate work, I have an 11" 2018 iPad Pro + Magic Keyboard. The overlap between the iPad and the Air is not complete, but considerable.
Most of my “power” work happens either in VMs on the 16" MBP or on remote servers, but I do muck about in virtual worlds so GPU performance is important.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read my forum-therapy session (I find that often when I’ve expressed something to other people, my own thoughts clarify)