I'm not sure if this topic should be in the hardware forum instead.
It's about the time where I need to think about getting a new Macbook. I'm not sure on what to get and what would fit my needs.
I bought my current Macbook Air 11 inch in 2014. At this time, this lovely small computer was ment to only work as a travel computer on the go. For a lot of reasons, the computer quickly end up being my primary computer, which still surprise me today. I bought a computer with only 128 gb of storage but upgraded it to 8 gb of ram.
I'm using my computer for a lot of things, which is the reason for I'm surprised the computer even still works. The computer is running 24/7. Used as a desktop computer when I'm at home, with multiple things hooked up to the computer via a USB hub. It also sometimes acts as a server for testing things. When I'm on the go, I use it just like a normal laptop.
To avoid braking the build in keyboard because of my heavy use of the computer, I have bought the wireless keyboard from Apple which I really enjoy using.
I'm using Windows 10 on a virtual machine, which is the reason for I need the extra ram. It runs quite well. To get more storage, I have bought a 256 gb external SSD drive, which works really great for virtual machines. The only down side is I have to take the harddrive with me if I need to use my virtual machines while on the go, but I can live with that.
Currently, my computer still works quite well. The only critical issue is the battery. When viewing the status of the battery in the system report, it says the battery needs service and needs to be changed. It is so critical that my trackpad has been lifted, and the right click, which I use for gaming, does not always work. I know from previous experience on an other Mac, that it's a matter of time before the battery explodes, which is really not fun... I could pay to get the battery replaced, but I think it's time to buy a new computer instead...
I have some questions about the new Macbook Pros, which I would like to hear your opinions and experiences about:
1. The new touch bar: is there a way to use the f keys in a virtual machine without using the touch bar? I assume the touch bar won't work with NVDA in Windows 10.
2. is it worth choosing a computer with a touch bar only to get the better hardware?
3. I both use USB and thunderbolt. I really don't like that the new computers only have USB C. What adapters would you recommend? It feels kind of bad to buy an extremely expensive new computer, and then buy adapters to use my hardware...
Other suggestions and opinions are very much welcome. I look forward to hear from you...