I like my google pixel and my slate. These machines have a ton of RAM and plenty of CPU. But as I started looking into nightmare system scenarios hacking became one of the elements to review. I think my laptops are over powered even for the work I do.
How do you use your laptop? I edit files, ssh into remote systems, search, read, write documents and emails. Since I write a lot of reports that are quite large I spend a lot of time in spreadsheets. (I see that as an opportunity to make the experience better). But all in all that i7 processor is overkill. If a hacker takes over I’ll never know it because the system has headroom to spare.
If I had a smaller machine I might otherwise detect the abuse.