I mean, as with all tech, YMMV. But at this point, I’ve been using the base model for almost a week now for full-time work and it’s not stumbled once.
The entire Microsoft suite running, with Chrome, Apple Music, Messages, Adobe Acrobat. It just flies.
Our old notions of RAM probably have to change a bit with this new SOC format. How much? I’m not sure. Are there things you’ll Want the full 16GB version for? Probably. But I think for most people the 8GB won’t be an issue.