Compared: M2 MacBook Air vs Surface Laptop Go 2

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in Current Mac Hardware edited June 2022
The new Surface Laptop Go 2 is a thin and light Windows notebook at a low cost, and has been positioned by Microsoft to be a competitor to Apple's latest M2 MacBook Air. Here's how the ultra-portable notebooks compare.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 (left), 2022 MacBook Air (right)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 (left), 2022 MacBook Air (right)


Days before Apple introduced its overhauled MacBook Air, Microsoft decided to launch its take on the concept of a thin and powerful notebook. In the follow-up to the 2020 Surface Laptop Go, the Surface Laptop Go 2 is a natural competitor to the MacBook Air, with considerable cost savings.

However, while the price is low for the Surface, the specifications are also a lot more reserved than Apple's latest notebook addition. Indeed, you could argue that with its lowest price of $599, Microsoft's going after the Chromebook market.



Pitting the Surface against the MacBook Air may not be an even fight, but it is worth determining if the difference in price warrants the specification gap between the two devices.

Specifications

SpecificationsMacBook Air (2022, M2)Surface Laptop Go 2
Starting Price$1,199
Compare M2 MacBook Air prices
$599.99
Available at the Microsoft Store
Dimensions (inches)11.97 x 8.46 x 0.4410.95 x 8.12 x 0.62
Weight (pounds)2.72.48
Display13.6-inch Liquid Retina,
Wide Color (P3),
True Tone
12.4-inch PixelSense,
3:2 Aspect Ratio,
10-point multi-touch
Resolution2,560 x 1,6641,536 x 1,024
Brightness500 nits330 nits
ProcessorApple M211th-gen Intel Core i5-1135G7
Graphics8-core GPU,
10-core GPU
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory8GB,
16GB,
24GB
4GB,
8GB
Storage256GB,
512GB,
1TB,
2TB
128GB,
256GB
Battery52.6Wh lithium-polymer,
Up to 15 hours web, 18 hours video
41Wh,
Up to 13.5 hours
Networking802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6,
Bluetooth 5.1
Biometric SecurityTouch IDWindows Hello,
Fingerprint Power Button
Camera1080p FaceTime HD720p HD f/2.0
AudioFour-speaker sound system,
Three-mic array with directional beamforming,
Headphone jack with high-impedance headphone support,
Dolby Atmos support with Spatial Audio
Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium,
Dual far-field studio mics,
Headphone jack
Ports2 x Thunderbolt/USB 4,
3.5mm headphone jack,
MagSafe 3
1 x USB-C,
1 x USB-A,
3.5mm headphone jack,
1 x Surface Connect port

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Physical Specifications

The Surface Laptop Go is, at first blush, reasonably close to the MacBook Pro in many different design areas. Both sport reasonably thin bezels around the display, a slim appearance, and are lightweight.

The two are made using aluminum, though the Surface uses a combination of aluminum and a polycarbonate composite resin with glass fiber and "30% post-consumer recycled content" for the base.

The top-down view of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2
The top-down view of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2


The MacBook Air is a bit bigger at 11.97 inches by 8.46 inches versus 10.95 inches by 8.12 inches for the Surface Laptop Go 2. Though the Surface does use a slight taper that the MacBook Air no longer has, it's still thicker at 0.62 inches than the MacBook Air's 0.44 inches.

The different materials used in its construction and its smaller footprint also translate into a lower weight, at 2.48 pounds for Microsoft and 2.7 pounds for Apple.

The two are in the same ballpark of size, and there's not much advantage in the slight differences in dimension.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Display

The Surface Laptop Go 2 has a 12.4-inch PixelSense display which is a bit unusual due to its use of a 3:2 aspect ratio. Apple has historically maintained a 16:10 aspect ratio for the Air, but the 13.6-inch display is a little taller than usual but not quite as extreme as the Surface's ratio.

The PixelSense display is backlit with LED, just like Apple's Liquid Retina version, but it's not as bright at 330 nits versus 500 nits.

It's also not as high-resolution, at 1,536 by 1,024 pixels versus 2,560 by 1,664 for the MacBook Air. That translates to pixel densities of 224ppi for the MacBook Pro and a mere 148ppi for the Surface.

Microsoft's big advantage is you can touch the Surface Laptop Go 2's display.
Microsoft's big advantage is you can touch the Surface Laptop Go 2's display.


One thing in Microsoft's favor is that the screen is touch-enabled complete with 10-point multitouch. Apple still resists adding touch capabilities to its MacBook lineup.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Processor and Graphics

Microsoft has included an Intel processor in its Surface Laptop Go 2, with all configurations using the same Core i5-1135G7 chip. That's an 11th-generation quad-core processor with eight threads and a max turbo speed of 4.2GHz.

That chip is paired with either 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR4x memory, as well as using its own onboard Intel Iris Xe Graphics.

Apple's M2 has an eight-core CPU, pairing four efficiency cores with four performance cores, a 16-core Neural Engine and a Media Engine for hardware-accelerated handling of video encodes and decodes. Two options of the Apple Silicon chip are available on the MacBook Air, with one sporting an 8-core Apple-designed GPU and the other using a 10-core GPU.

Then there's Apple's Unified Memory, which applies to the CPU and the GPU. The base model is 8GB, the same as the upper configurations of the Surface, as well as higher 16GB and 24GB capacities.

As to how much of a performance difference there is, we need to turn to Geekbench. Initial results say the M2 can produce a single-core score of 1,919, with a multi-core score of 8,928.

By contrast, the Intel Core i5-1135G7 can only manage 1,239 for the single-core test and 4,147 for the multi-core.

It's expected that the Surface Laptop Go 2 would be beaten by Apple's latest chip, given the price, but not with so much of a lead.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Camera

Apple updated its FaceTime HD camera in the MacBook Air to a 1080p version, switching up from the 720p version used before. It benefits from the advanced image signal processor included in the M2 for improved picture quality.

While the MacBook Air includes a notch for the webcam, there's no such display intrusions in the Surface Laptop Go 2.
While the MacBook Air includes a notch for the webcam, there's no such display intrusions in the Surface Laptop Go 2.


Microsoft includes a 720p webcam, which doesn't inspire confidence. However, it includes Windows Hello support, so it can be used for facial recognition when logging into Windows 11.

Microsoft also manages to hide its webcam in the bezel. Apple, meanwhile, included a cut-out notch in the display for its camera system.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Connectivity

Apple hasn't historically offered the widest selection of ports on the MacBook Air, and the 2022 edition isn't that much different from the previous one. You have a pair of Thunderbolt/USB 4 connections and a 3.5mm headphone jack, but this time you also have MagSafe 3 for charging.

Microsoft offers four ports, one each of USB-C, USB-A, a headphone jack, and a Surface Connect port.

On the wireless side, both can connect to Wi-Fi 6 networks and older standards. The Surface does have a small leg-up with Bluetooth by using Bluetooth 5.1 against Apple's continued use of Bluetooth 5.0.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Power

Apple packs a 52.6Wh lithium-polymer battery into its MacBook Air, which is quite a lot given its slim frame. The Surface uses a smaller capacity battery, at 41Wh.

As for how much time you can use the battery, the MacBook Air is claimed to last for up to 15 hours of wireless web access or up to 18 hours of video playback from the Apple TV app.

You could play games on the Surface Laptop Go 2, but probably not all day.
You could play games on the Surface Laptop Go 2, but probably not all day.


Microsoft says the Surface can last up to 13.5 hours of "typical device usage." This isn't really descriptive at all, but it probably doesn't cover high-intensity applications such as games.

Microsoft includes a 39W power supply in the box with the Surface. Apple adds a 30W USB-C Power Adapter by default, though it gets upgraded to a 35W Dual USB-C Port Adapter if you go for the 10-core GP and 512GB of storage or higher. A 67W USB-C Power Adapter is also offered.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Audio

The Surface Laptop Go uses a set of "Omnisonic speakers" with Dolby Audio Premium. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, in case you want to use wired personal audio accessories.

Apple includes a four-speaker sound system in its MacBook Air, complete with Dolby Atmos support with Spatial Audio. The headphone jack is also better in that it contains high-impedance headphone support that should benefit audiophiles.

The Surface uses dual far-field studio mics to get audio in, while the MacBook Air uses a three-mic array with directional beamforming.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Storage

Microsoft offers users two storage options: a 128GB SSD or a 256GB SSD. It does describe the storage as "removable" but adds that it is only removable by an authorized technician.

As the appetite for storage has grown over time, 256GB may not be enough for many users in 2022, and ideally, there should be a 512GB or higher option on Microsoft's side.

Apple offers 256GB in its base model, with alternative configurations for 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Unlike Microsoft, Apple doesn't hint that its non-removable storage can be taken out at all.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Other Features

Both notebooks include fingerprint-based biometric security. Apple uses a Touch ID sensor on the keyboard, while Microsoft uses one built onto the power button.

The Surface Laptop Go 2's power button also doubles as a fingerprint reader.
The Surface Laptop Go 2's power button also doubles as a fingerprint reader.


Apple offers the MacBook Air in four colors: Silver, Starlight, Space Gray, and Midnight.

Microsoft stocks the Surface Laptop Go 2 in four colors: Sage, Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 vs M2 MacBook Air - Pricing

Microsoft's base configuration of the Surface Laptop Go 2 costs $599.99, including 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. A version upgrading to 8GB of memory costs $699.99, while 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage costs $799.99.

The MacBook Air starts at $1,199 with the 8-core GPU, 8GB of Unified Memory, and 256GB of SSD storage. Upgrading to the 10-core GPU adds $100 to the price.

Upgrading the MacBook Air memory to 16GB is an extra $200, and a further $200 more to reach 24GB. Going from 256GB of storage to 512GB costs an extra $200, with 1TB an additional $200 and 2TB for $400 on top of that.

The most expensive MacBook Air can be acquired for $2,499, excluding power adapter upgrades.

Cheap and cheerful, but not a powerhouse

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 is certainly a great value notebook for what it offers. If you want a decent quality notebook that runs Windows 11, it's hard not to compete against what Microsoft has presented here.

However, price and a touchscreen are practically the only benefits of going for the Surface Laptop Go 2 over the MacBook Air. Apple's notebook is the more capable device on paper, with the penalty of being twice the cost of Microsoft's offering.

Platform-agnostic customers may look at the two and turn to the Surface Laptop Go 2 if they want a simple notebook to get light tasks done. If they have the budget for an M2 MacBook Air and a family that will use the purchase, it may even be tempting to go for two of the Surface Laptops.

It's certainly the cheaper option for consumers. But with the lower-resolution display, the lower performance, and the woeful memory and storage, potential owners must also know they are buying something that isn't as good as the M2 MacBook Air in many respects.

You can do better than the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2. You just have to be prepared to spend a bit more for the privilege.

Where to buy

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go 2 is available now at the Microsoft Store, as well as at B&H Photo and Amazon.

Apple's M2 MacBook Air, meanwhile, starts at $1,199 and goes on sale in July 2022. Be sure to bookmark our roundup of the best M2 MacBook Air deals and our Mac Price Guide for the latest discounts on Apple's new hardware.

Read on AppleInsider

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 17
    Another option is the M1 MacBook Air, which still runs circles around the Microsoft laptop in every respect and sells for $200 less than the M2 version.
    williamlondonforegoneconclusioniOS_Guy80bageljoeyMisterKitwaveparticleradarthekatwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 17
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    Red stripped Ferrari
    VS. Red stripped tricycle

    This should be intense!
    williamlondontjwolfiOS_Guy80macxpressMisterKitradarthekatwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 17
    mariowincomariowinco Posts: 112member
    Microsoft includes a four-speaker sound system in its MacBook Air, complete with Dolby Atmos support with Spatial Audio. The headphone jack is also better in that it contains high-impedance headphone 

    Typo here 
    williamlondonhselburnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 17
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,873member
    Nice apples to oranges comparison...
    williamlondonwaveparticle
  • Reply 5 of 17
    seanjseanj Posts: 319member
    One runs a decent quality operating system.
    The other is infected with Windows.

    One will easily last a decade and receive operating system updates that will improve it for most of those years.
    The other will be crocked but the next release of Windows or some other whimsical requirement that Microsoft imposes.
    edited June 2022 Beatswatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 17
    CheeseFreezeCheeseFreeze Posts: 1,300member
    Apple has huge margins on those machines when you compare to MS.
  • Reply 7 of 17
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,920member
    I am interested comparison between M2 based Macbook and M2 Macbook Air. I think Macbook Air will easily take over, replace Macbook for low cost GOTO Mac laptop for many MAC lovers.
    Beatswatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 17
    Paul_BPaul_B Posts: 82member
    Honestly, once the microprocessor gets to Four (4) nano meters which is the smallest it can get by the rules of Physics, EVERY computer will be the same.  "My calculator is faster than yours" - said no one.  We are currently at Seven (7) nm.  The rest is just false marketing.  It will be the ecosystem that will change the tide, and who has a device in their pocket which Microsoft manufactures?  Apple will win, but they better be working on three dimensional microprocessors. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 17
    irelandireland Posts: 17,799member
    SD Card and HDMI makes both these computers much more practical. Some projectors need USB-C and some need HDMI—a teacher or a conference speaker should not need a MBP to plug in a projector without a dongle. Some of us don't want the heft, thickness nor power of MBP, but want port variety. By all means MBP can add additional USB4 ports. SD Card and HDMI should be standard across all Macs, and especially so when it comes to laptops. Given the ID of the new MBA both ports would fit. I would suggest Apple reconsider. Make Macs useful again. And reconsider display sizes: 12.9" and 14.2" MBA (14.2" and 16.2" MBP).
    edited June 2022
  • Reply 10 of 17
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    Paul_B said:
    Honestly, once the microprocessor gets to Four (4) nano meters which is the smallest it can get by the rules of Physics, EVERY computer will be the same.  "My calculator is faster than yours" - said no one.  We are currently at Seven (7) nm.  The rest is just false marketing.  It will be the ecosystem that will change the tide, and who has a device in their pocket which Microsoft manufactures?  Apple will win, but they better be working on three dimensional microprocessors. 
    You realise there's more to microprocessor design than the space between the transistors, right?
    radarthekat
  • Reply 11 of 17
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,920member
    crowley said:
    Paul_B said:
    Honestly, once the microprocessor gets to Four (4) nano meters which is the smallest it can get by the rules of Physics, EVERY computer will be the same.  "My calculator is faster than yours" - said no one.  We are currently at Seven (7) nm.  The rest is just false marketing.  It will be the ecosystem that will change the tide, and who has a device in their pocket which Microsoft manufactures?  Apple will win, but they better be working on three dimensional microprocessors. 
    You realise there's more to microprocessor design than the space between the transistors, right?
    TSMC announces 2nm chip production will start by 2025.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 17
    tobiantobian Posts: 152member
    “One thing in Microsoft's favor is that the screen is touch-enabled complete with 10-point multitouch. Apple still resists adding touch capabilities to its MacBook lineup.”

    What favor? Even AppleInsider posted many articles stating that touch-controlled notebook display is not a good idea. Yes, of because it’s not!
    thtBeatswatto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 17
    thttht Posts: 5,550member
    tobian said:
    “One thing in Microsoft's favor is that the screen is touch-enabled complete with 10-point multitouch. Apple still resists adding touch capabilities to its MacBook lineup.”

    What favor? Even AppleInsider posted many articles stating that touch-controlled notebook display is not a good idea. Yes, of because it’s not!
    Yup. The Surface Laptop Go isn’t even a 2-in-1, where you could rotate the display 360° and use it as a tablet. It’s just a laptop. A touch display is not a “big advantage” on a laptop. 

    Arguably it would be big advantage on a 2-in-1 or a detachable, but on a laptop, I’m not sure it’s even an intangible. 

    It’s a not so great comparison and not many people will be cross shopping the two. A MBA and Surface Pro/Laptop (not the Go version) are much more natural competitors, and only the Surface Pro is a good option for touch input with it’s tablet mode. 

    Like others have said, perhaps someone would cross shop a discounted M1 MBA at $900, a discounted Surface Pro/Laptop and an optioned up Surface Laptop Go. However, if a buyer is OS agnostic and only can spend $800, there’s going to be a lot of options that are not MS or Apple. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 17
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    The fingerprint reader on the iPad/Wannabe MacBook thing must be horrendous. My friend had a Windows virus-machine laptop and the fingerprint reader would fail so many times he would give up and say “dammit! Let me remember the password”. He was one of those people who would forget passwords and most of the time it was more practical to just type in his guesses.

    He always bought Windows virus-machines because Apple was “too expensive” yet he would have to replace his Mac wannabe every 6 months.

    Paul_B said:
    Honestly, once the microprocessor gets to Four (4) nano meters which is the smallest it can get by the rules of Physics, EVERY computer will be the same.  "My calculator is faster than yours" - said no one.  We are currently at Seven (7) nm.  The rest is just false marketing.  It will be the ecosystem that will change the tide, and who has a device in their pocket which Microsoft manufactures?  Apple will win, but they better be working on three dimensional microprocessors. 
    And Bill Gates said we would never need more than 640K RAM. (Joke, the quote is unconfirmed).

    There is no end with computation. At least not in the next 1000 years. 
    edited June 2022 radarthekatwatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 17
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,899administrator
    tht said:
    tobian said:
    “One thing in Microsoft's favor is that the screen is touch-enabled complete with 10-point multitouch. Apple still resists adding touch capabilities to its MacBook lineup.”

    What favor? Even AppleInsider posted many articles stating that touch-controlled notebook display is not a good idea. Yes, of because it’s not!
    Yup. The Surface Laptop Go isn’t even a 2-in-1, where you could rotate the display 360° and use it as a tablet. It’s just a laptop. A touch display is not a “big advantage” on a laptop. 

    Arguably it would be big advantage on a 2-in-1 or a detachable, but on a laptop, I’m not sure it’s even an intangible. 

    It’s a not so great comparison and not many people will be cross shopping the two. A MBA and Surface Pro/Laptop (not the Go version) are much more natural competitors, and only the Surface Pro is a good option for touch input with it’s tablet mode. 

    Like others have said, perhaps someone would cross shop a discounted M1 MBA at $900, a discounted Surface Pro/Laptop and an optioned up Surface Laptop Go. However, if a buyer is OS agnostic and only can spend $800, there’s going to be a lot of options that are not MS or Apple. 
    These compares are our #1 most requested pieces, even before computers ship. This particular combination is in the top-five requested of all-time.

    For other folks wanting more, it's coming. As with the rest of them, the piece will get added to as we have both computers in-house.
    edited June 2022 tobianradarthekatwatto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 17
    thttht Posts: 5,550member
    tht said:
    tobian said:
    “One thing in Microsoft's favor is that the screen is touch-enabled complete with 10-point multitouch. Apple still resists adding touch capabilities to its MacBook lineup.”

    What favor? Even AppleInsider posted many articles stating that touch-controlled notebook display is not a good idea. Yes, of because it’s not!
    Yup. The Surface Laptop Go isn’t even a 2-in-1, where you could rotate the display 360° and use it as a tablet. It’s just a laptop. A touch display is not a “big advantage” on a laptop. 

    Arguably it would be big advantage on a 2-in-1 or a detachable, but on a laptop, I’m not sure it’s even an intangible. 

    It’s a not so great comparison and not many people will be cross shopping the two. A MBA and Surface Pro/Laptop (not the Go version) are much more natural competitors, and only the Surface Pro is a good option for touch input with it’s tablet mode. 

    Like others have said, perhaps someone would cross shop a discounted M1 MBA at $900, a discounted Surface Pro/Laptop and an optioned up Surface Laptop Go. However, if a buyer is OS agnostic and only can spend $800, there’s going to be a lot of options that are not MS or Apple. 
    These compares are our #1 most requested pieces, even before computers ship. This particular combination is in the top-five requested of all-time.

    For other folks wanting more, it's coming. As with the rest of them, the piece will get added to as we have both computers in-house.
    Yes, we know that people request these types of comparisons. I didn't mean to say it's not a great article. I definitely meant to say that it is not a great comparison, and nothing stops AI from saying it either, or that few people would really be cross-shopping the two.

    If you made a comparison between a $1400 Surface Laptop and a $700 Surface Laptop Go, it would be virtually identical to a M1/M2 MBA versus Surface Laptop Go comparison. All the same plusses and minuses will be there, with only a few differences here and there. These days, the big job first is really identifying what a buyer will use a computer for, and what potential growth in computer usage a buyer will have. After, hardware could really be decided. Another thing to consider is to try to knock down shock of upfront costs and amp up the benefits of long term benefits.

    Now that I'm old, it seems stupid to save a few dollars upfront and risk frustration after a few years of ownership. Often times, people are only saving what is $1/day to have a device that will give you frustration a couple of years down the line. So, double the baseline RAM and storage at least from any device category is my minimum these days. OEMs know it too, as RAM and storage are the most expensive options these days.
    radarthekatwatto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 17
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,899administrator
    tht said:
    tht said:
    tobian said:
    “One thing in Microsoft's favor is that the screen is touch-enabled complete with 10-point multitouch. Apple still resists adding touch capabilities to its MacBook lineup.”

    What favor? Even AppleInsider posted many articles stating that touch-controlled notebook display is not a good idea. Yes, of because it’s not!
    Yup. The Surface Laptop Go isn’t even a 2-in-1, where you could rotate the display 360° and use it as a tablet. It’s just a laptop. A touch display is not a “big advantage” on a laptop. 

    Arguably it would be big advantage on a 2-in-1 or a detachable, but on a laptop, I’m not sure it’s even an intangible. 

    It’s a not so great comparison and not many people will be cross shopping the two. A MBA and Surface Pro/Laptop (not the Go version) are much more natural competitors, and only the Surface Pro is a good option for touch input with it’s tablet mode. 

    Like others have said, perhaps someone would cross shop a discounted M1 MBA at $900, a discounted Surface Pro/Laptop and an optioned up Surface Laptop Go. However, if a buyer is OS agnostic and only can spend $800, there’s going to be a lot of options that are not MS or Apple. 
    These compares are our #1 most requested pieces, even before computers ship. This particular combination is in the top-five requested of all-time.

    For other folks wanting more, it's coming. As with the rest of them, the piece will get added to as we have both computers in-house.
    Yes, we know that people request these types of comparisons. I didn't mean to say it's not a great article. I definitely meant to say that it is not a great comparison, and nothing stops AI from saying it either, or that few people would really be cross-shopping the two.

    If you made a comparison between a $1400 Surface Laptop and a $700 Surface Laptop Go, it would be virtually identical to a M1/M2 MBA versus Surface Laptop Go comparison. All the same plusses and minuses will be there, with only a few differences here and there. These days, the big job first is really identifying what a buyer will use a computer for, and what potential growth in computer usage a buyer will have. After, hardware could really be decided. Another thing to consider is to try to knock down shock of upfront costs and amp up the benefits of long term benefits.

    Now that I'm old, it seems stupid to save a few dollars upfront and risk frustration after a few years of ownership. Often times, people are only saving what is $1/day to have a device that will give you frustration a couple of years down the line. So, double the baseline RAM and storage at least from any device category is my minimum these days. OEMs know it too, as RAM and storage are the most expensive options these days.
    My response wasn't so much directed at you, fwiw. You just had the misfortune of being quoted :D

    The compare will be updated with opinions after the hardware is in-hand.
    edited June 2022 watto_cobra
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