Laptop Buying Guide
Choosing a laptop can be tough. You have to think about what size screen you need and what you’ll be using it for, and how you're going to protect your laptop. Whether you need a Chromebook, a laptop for gaming, or a jack-of-all-trades Windows PC, we’re here to help you make the right decision!
Choosing the Right Size
Before you choose your laptop, make sure you think about size. Smaller laptops are great for an on-the-go lifestyle. Larger laptops are great for gaming, long battery life, and productivity, but are better suited for at-home use. Here are the size ranges we offer for easy comparison:
Strikes a balance between portability and functionality. These are often under 4lbs.See Detail >
The most common and popular size. Useful for school, work, gaming, and general use.See Detail >
Ideal if your laptop stays on a desk. Great for gaming and workstation use.See Detail >
Choosing the Right Platform
Will you use your laptop for school or work? Are you a hardcore gamer? Every operating system is better suited to a different task. With the right advice, you’ll be able to find the right one for you. We offer Chromebooks and Windows laptops online, and a few other brands are available in-store.
If you’re looking for an operating system that’s flexible enough to do it all, Windows could be your go-to. It’s flexible enough for work, gaming, and pretty much anything else. You can edit documents online, or work in files on your desktop. Most gaming laptops run on Windows, so it’s better suited to gaming than other platforms. Windows does not have additional anti-virus software, but we offer Total Defense Internet Security with our Windows laptops.
- Great for school, work, gaming, and more
- Total Defense Internet Security and Microsoft 365 Home Edition bundles available
Google's Chrome OS is simple and secure, but it can be a bit more limiting than other platforms like Windows. With a Chromebook, you’ll get an app menu and desktop — but you’ll mainly use the Chrome browser. Chromebooks are perfect for checking email, social networking, and working in Google Docs. They’re also a more functional alternative to a tablet.
- Built-in virus and malware protection
- Simple and affordable
- Great value for students
Learn the Tech Lingo
When shopping for a laptop, it’s easy to get confused if you don’t know the tech-talk. Here’s a quick and easy guide to laptop specs and their meanings.
Your CPU (central processing unit) is basically the brain behind your computer. How fast it is will determine how well your laptop performs. The CPU’s clock speed is the number of times it can cycle per second, which is measured in GHz (gigahertz). High-end gaming laptops will have a higher clock speed (more Ghz) than a standard PC. If you’re an experienced PC user, you’ll need a higher processor speed to maintain the performance you’re used to. If your laptop will be for general use, you don’t need a high-performance processor. We offer laptops with great processor brands such as AMD and Intel at Aaron’s.
Your laptop’s RAM is a sort of “workbench” between the CPU and hard drive. It’s used for information that’s needed to keep your programs working while you use them. More RAM is generally better, and you’ll want at least 4GB at a minimum. 8GB is the sweet spot for most people. We offer laptops with 4GB or 8GB of RAM. More RAM generally means a higher price for the laptop.
Your computer stores long-term files and programs in a hard drive or an SSD (solid state drive). SSD allows for immediate recall and use of documents and programs. Hard drive memory requires a bit more time to retrieve and open documents but allows you to store more data for a lower cost. Your drive’s storage space is measured in GB (gigabytes), and it’s generally better to get as much as you can. You’ll want somewhere around 500GB at a minimum, but 1TB is also available.
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Reasons to Shop
Leasing to own with Aaron’s makes it easy to own the products you want without needing credit.
Pick a time that works best for you, and we’ll deliver your products right to your door for free!
Don’t worry about having to fix a product that isn’t working the way it should – defective merchandise is covered while you’re leasing from us!
We provide flexible lease ownership plans designed to fit your budget – with absolutely no hidden fees.