And, the life time of Apple products tend to be superior.
I was looking at a ChromeBook a while ago. I dont think I would have used it more than 2 years, and ended up with a MacBook Air instead, that I think will last for 5-6 years, at least.
The ergonomics of Apple laptops are great (to me). The display is good, and the touchpad is centered at the computer - not aligned with the space bar. It seems System76 also has a touch pad aligned to the left. I dont get it.
I would really consider to get non Apple-laptops, if I was confident about
- build quality
- ergonomics (display, keyboard and trackpad quality)
- runs Ubuntu or Debian with no hazzle
- "Windows tax" situation
Getting into a store with consumer laptops usually makes me want none of them, even if I got them for free.