I hear you... It's expensive AF, and this time around I went above my psychological limit. But assuming this will also get >20,000 hours of use out of it, it's a pretty reasonable investment. It had already boosted my productivity significantly and I just really enjoy that I can use it as a portable speaker.That’s one of the reasons I went the MBP route when I bought my last one. I never had good luck with the Airs. But this MBP is almost 5 years old and still works like a charm. It’s probably overkill for my basic needs but at least it doesn’t lag and the battery isn’t horrible yet. I’ll keep it until it’s on its deathbed. I’m not sure what I’ll do next because the new Pros are expensive. Not sure I wanna pay what they’re charging now.