I had the second gen mid-range version and it was OK for basic stuff. Once the CPU hits peak temp from Turbo Boosting, which doesn't take much, it'll throttle back and you'll be wishing for more horsepower. I wouldn't bother with VM unless you're running Notepad on Windows 7 or earlier. Sierra eats up most of the 8GB RAM so VM with limited RAM and a Core M that throttles easily would be less than fluid.
I think the saving is over Apple's refurbished price. The cheapest new one is £1,249.00!!
I still love my aging, heavily upgraded 2011 macbook but consider upgrading. However I fear a 1.1ghz CPU would feel sluggish very quick after initial setup. Would this even handle VMware to run a few windows-only apps?
I’d want more than a £60 saving on a refurbished £700+ product