I would not find it useful as what I do, doesn't not fit on such a small drive. And the external is problematic. That is, I have to guess you haven't tried this and learned why I would not use such.

My choice would be the larger SSD model.

However, the office is more of a classic laptop model company. For 1K or less we get things like https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01578ZKPO/ Yes there's a new model out but it's not as hard to cart around as old laptops. Some were put off by the gaming in the model name but it turns out that power applies to the apps you listed as well.