If you're used to Windows then it's going to be uncomfortable to transition. I'd personally get one of those nice laptops that let you remove the screen so it can become like an iPad whenever you want.
That's actually a very good idea. I do get discounts from office for HP stuff and I know they make it. I am just not big on Apple stuff. Don't own anything "i". My phone is Samsung galaxy (android) and I am pretty happy with that. But recently I went to buy an alarm radio clock that can be used for multi-purpose and I liked one item, but unfortunately, it can only charge iPhones, pads, pods etc.
Here's a cool one like. Because of it's duality, they say it has split personality. lol
And here's a picture of the alarm clock I want to buy but debating at the moment. I wonder if it's a bit much.