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Laptop Buying Guide
Picking the right Laptop
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.
The most common and popular size. Useful for school, work, gaming, and general use.
Ideal if your laptop stays on a desk. Great for gaming and workstation use.
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 – Personal 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.
When shopping for a laptop, you’ll also want to consider the physical features of the laptop other than
size. Things like touchscreens, 360 convertible screens, gaming features, and more are great to consider
when you’re searching.
Microsoft 365 – Personal Edition
Everyone needs the basics on their laptop — Word, Powerpoint, Excel and more. We offer
Microsoft 365 – Personal Edition Bundles for our Windows laptops, so you’ll be able to use
the software you need for school, work, or anything in between.
360 convertible laptops offer better battery life and let you fold them to use as a tablet
whenever you need. They’re a more versatile option for school or business use.
Multitouch enabled laptops give you the ability to interact with content using your fingers.
This feature is often available on both Chromebooks and Windows laptops.
Gaming-specific laptops have slightly different physical features than their standard
counterparts. They often have backlight keyboards, more tactile keystrokes, and better
Total defense internet security
A new computer is a big investment — you want to protect it from viruses so it’ll last for
years down the road. Total Defense Internet Security gives you peace of mind with internet
security and anti-virus protection. All of our laptops include a Total Defense Internet
Security package from Aaron’s, which includes 12 months of service from the time you
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
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
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