I keep an Intel Mac Mini on my desk because I’ve worked with a few old codebases that couldn’t compile on my M1 laptop. (And it works well for a Channels server.) I just updated to the last Intel Mini – I ordered one on clearance when they were discontinued.
Realizing, though, that it also might work well as a simple setup for focused work with my bigscreen. Just a few key apps, like Obsidian, and I’m good to go.