Q: I'm a photographer. I want to replace my 4-year-old Toshiba laptop. It works great but is too big and heavy. I use it when I'm away from home to check e-mails, save some photo images, do some Internet research and, most important, save my PowerPoint slide shows. I'm trying to decide between a smaller laptop/notebook or an iPad. Any suggestions?

— Eli Vega

A: In my experience, an iPad can't replace a laptop. There are too many limitations, such as awkward multitasking and the inability to save and access files from different programs at a single location. If portability is a top priority, I would spend a little more money and purchase an ultrabook such as the Acer Aspire S7 or the latest generation of MacBook Airs that feature Intel's Haswell processor, which offers longer battery life.