It is interesting that you and I have quite different priorities but our conclusions are very similar. I work almost exclusively with hand tools but if I were to aquire machine tools they would certainly be for use at the start of projects to dimension materials. That is the part of the process that I regard as relatively boring hard work and I am inherently lazy.Writing from the perspective of a former hobbyist now part-time professional my machine tool priorities are always about the ability to quickly and fairly accurately dimension materials.
I do this as a hobby. Obviously I have limited time available for woodwork but that is not what might tempt me towards power tools. For you, machines saving time is most important. For me the attraction of machines would be to save effort and maximise interest. The time it takes me to make something is rarely a consideration for me. I don't often make a thing because I need that thing, I make it to enjoy making it, so taking longer to make it is not a problem.However in today's world time is limited. Hobbyists usually have other things to do for a living and professionals need to earn a living in an industrialized era.