After several years of having old hardware, I upgraded by Apple hardware last week - I bought an iPad Pro (128MG) and a Macbook Pro (8GB Ram, 256 GB). I was replacing an iPad Mini and a Macbook Pro from 2011 (4GB Ram, 128GB). Since then, I've really enjoyed the iPad pro but literally have not set up the Macbook pro. I use my Macbook as essentially a port for my iPhone an iPad, a window to log in remotely to work occasionally (Windows work machine), to store and organize files, for some work while traveling, etc. The iPad pro is used for content consumption, doing personal stuff (finances, errands, etc), downloading work documents, etc. I also installed some work software on the iPad. The issue is that I spent about $3,000 on this new hardware and I feel like I can get away with spending $2,000. The iPad ins't the issue, the Macbook is. I need a Macbook with a good screen, USB ports, decent storage and decent performance that can last 5 years. Do I need a $1,499 Macbook Pro or can I get away with say a refurbished Air with 8GB ram?