My MBP died and I need to replace my laptop. I cant afford a good system now but should be able to in the spring. My best laid plan was to buy an ipad for $400 now, use it as an interim device and then upgrade later. Ive been meaning to buy a tablet of some sort so if this is possible that would be great. At this point Im not married to Mac. Currently everything I have is Mac but I am open to change. What I would like right now is a tablet to run iTunes, browse the web, accept data from an external hard drive and word process. Maybe the occasional power point but would understand if it was slow. Being able to attach an external optical drive would also be nice. I believe MS 8.1 can achieve this. Is this correct ? If an ipad will do this job I would like that but I do not have the technical skill/patience to break Mac blocks. I understand the new Mac OS will only allow you to load data from a camera through a USB adapter. Is that correct ? I have the intact hard drive from my previous MacBook. I would like to slave it to another system at some point but I back it up from time to time on the external so that can wait. In the spring I plan to get a MacBook air or a Surface 3. How much of my plan is reasonable and what should be altered ? Thanks for the input of everyone.