Hi everyone! You may notice that I have started several threads similar to this one, but I will say that I prefer to get updated advice as my situation evolves. For those who don't know, I'm currently in 11th grade in the state of Maryland in the USA. My parents and I are awaiting a grant to get me some assistive technology through a program called Maryland Promise. We originally applied for a Surface Pro 3 back in June of this year, but that was denied because we did not provide enough proof from my school that this technology would help me. Right before school started (on August 17, 2015), we re-applied for the grant for a retina MacBook, which we are still waiting to hear an official yes or no on (as of October 4, 2015.) Separately, we have the opportunity to potentially make this grant go through faster by going with a different computer. My dad and I were at Best Buy the other day looking at laptops, and asked a sales rep about the Dell XPS 13. It's an open box unit, but by negotiating with the manager we were able to get the price down from $1300 to $999. Finally, the iPad has become an option recently. The boss of my case manager from Maryland Promise has the ability to approve grants of up to $1000. This has me seriously considering the iPad Air 2 as my next computer, not just because it could be approved ASAP, but also because I believe it could handle what I need.(?) Like I said earlier, I'm an 11th grade student. I need a device for both home and school. I need a device that will at least last me through the end of high school. I have a visual impairment, so a high-resolution (retina) display is a must for the clarity. I need something thin and light, easy to toss in a backpack, but easy to carry in hand as well. I have an iPhone 4s right now, but I am prepared to try Windows Phone if I get the Dell XPS 13. I also should mention that the school IT department gave me an iPad to use for schoolwork, and I love the form factor, but the software restrictions from MDM are too great for me to use that as my device. Is the iPad Air 2 a good choice as a main device for me, given the situation I've described above? Would it be better to wait indefinitely for the retina MacBook that may or may not come to be mine? Sorry for the really long post, but I really appreciate if you stuck around and read it.