There have been so many threads on the topic of replacing a laptop with an iPad. I wanted to ask the question in a somewhat different context. This question relates to my daughter who recently graduated from college and has a job with a consulting group. There will be significant travel. The Compnay will provide a laptop for all of her work related needs, and I suspect she will be toting it around to all of the client sites. I also suspect her work will include business sensitive information, so I would strongly discourage her from using her own personal computer (2012 MBA) for anything work related.....keep the two worlds completely separate. Her MBA still works ok, but it is getting time to replace. So, the question is "does it make sense for her to own a personal computer.". Again, her work stuff will be done on the company laptop.....and she doesn't own that computer.....that's company property. The more I think about it, the less sense it makes for her to buy a new computer. She really needs something light and portable to take along on business travel, so she can keep up with personal stuff. She is already lugging around a company laptop. For personal computing needs, what would be the limitation of just buying a basic iPad for $300? It should be plenty adequate for: Email and messaging Calendar and reminders Photos and video Writing letters and notes (Pages and Notes) Keeping a simple budget and lists (Numbers) PDF review and scanning Banking and tracking accounts (Mint) Netflix IBooks Music Browsing the web It seems like she needs a portable device with great battery life. I would hate to see her carry two laptops around on all of these business trips. I can't really figure out why she needs to even own a traditional computer. Let me know what you think.