Keep on living.
You are seeking hardware vlan and Mikrotik does support vlan in software.
So no need to jump of the cliff.
I probably would complain less if I didn't find crapload of issues with NAT and connection tracking when using software VLANs and bridges when connection goes through router more than once. So it's not just about performance but about working or not.
Apparently NAT decisions are taken only the first time connection enters device so if you want to push traffic through inline L2 IDS/IPS after it enters router, it won't perform masquerade on egress properly. Because MikroTik takes decision when it notices connection for the first time - on bridge. Where out-interface is not actual uplink.