Hey y'all, I'm considering taking the plunge on the 2017 13", nTB. I'm curious about upgrades and so forth, and I know there are a billion posts in these regards, so I appreciate anyone who takes the time in my unique case. I really have no idea what I'm getting into. I currently use a Windows 7 desktop that I hobbled together on a shoestring in 2010, and I'm mostly interested in trying something new. There are a lot of attractive options in the Mac OS ecosystem that seem like they could extremely benefit my workflow, and Windows 10 left a distinctly bad taste in my mouth with all of its innate bloat. I'd greatly appreciate some help sussing out my needs, so I can hit that sweet spot of $ spent/resources used. This computer is going to be primarily geared toward my business, which involves freelance & creative work. Maybe it'd help if I provided some details on my usage. * All the standard stuff -- web-browsing, email, etc. * Affinity Designer, Photo & their upcoming Publisher app (I can't effing wait to say good-bye to Adobe). I use these programs a lot, and usually will have them open at the same time. (Currently using InDesign in lieu of Publisher) * Conference calls & screen-sharing with clients. * Large conference calls & webinars. * Podcast recording & editing. * Some video editing. Nothing too crazy. Mostly for YouTube videos and *maybe* some short videos with high resolution, TBD. * *Lots* of writing. * Playing some *very* casual indie games during breaks. I'll be running a rather unimpressive DVI display when I'm working at home. I have some reservations based on the keyboard, which seems to have had some issues. Temporarily putting design issues aside for a moment, I'm curious if anyone has done a lot of typing on the newer models -- such as writing books. I'd like to hear from anyone who types extensively for long periods of time, and what the ergonomic experience has been like. I've done quite a bit of research, probably more than is good for my psychological health, TBH! And I'm feeling conflicted. I wouldn't consider myself to be a "power" user, but I am intending to use the machine in meeting professional goals. I've read some conflicting information about RAM, and how 16GB is overkill for most people. I've also read that Mac OS is very well-optimized, so long as the user doesn't have a billion programs running at once, and they keep Google Chrome in check (or don't use it at all). My currently dated PC has forced me to stay disciplined in only keeping open the applications that need to be, which I consider to be a healthy habit in general. I'm thinking of going with the stripped-down model -- 8gb RAM, i5 Processor but upgrading to 512 GB storage. It seems unlikely that I'll need the processor, but do you think I really need the 16GB RAM based off this usage? It feels unlikely, but I'm really not entirely certain. I am typically a frugal person by nature, and prefer not to spend money on resources that I will not use. That said, I recognize the paradox presented in the interest of what is often considered an over-priced machine. I'm more interested in the usability, well-made applications & lighter weight of the operating system over the aesthetics of the machine's design, and to me there is value in working with tools that are comfortable & intuitive. I really do appreciate any advice y'all have to offer!