is it worth buying the newest macbook?
To give context, I am currently a sophomore in college working term time at a small hedge fund that my friends & I began over the summer, and consequently, spend a relatively decent amount of time on excel on a regular basis. I also frequently travel down to see my girlfriend (6-hour bus commute) and often work on the road.
That said, my existing setup is comprised of two computers: a 2018 MacBook pro (that I use for all daily consumption: classes, news, youtube, facetime, iMessage, etc), and an old Surface Pro (that I link to a monitor) for excel and work.
I've been thinking about upgrading to the newest Macbook Pro: I love the changes they've made to it, especially the M1 chip. I love the keyboard too, the overall design is super sexy, and the inter-Apple functionality is great. I've also heard that the new Macbook is way faster than previous ones, and the fan rarely goes off so it stays cool. Simultaneously, though, I also want to have a mobile laptop with excel shortcuts for when I'm traveling. My Surface Pro is quite bulky and heavy so I always avoid bringing it with me when I go places - I end up working on models with clunky Macbook shortcuts, which not only disturbs my workflow but also makes it weird when I transition back to my normal setup.
I'm just curious to hear everyone's opinions on this - does it make sense for me to invest in the newest Macbook Pro and buy a ~mid-tier windows computer with excel shortcuts, or would most people recommend I just buy a high-quality windows laptop that I use for both my work and daily computer?
I'm sorry if this seems somewhat arbitrary/silly - I've just been pretty conflicted, and my parents keep telling me to hurry up and decide so I can take advantage of Black Friday deals.