How to Shop for a Laptop

For computer power on the go, a laptop is the machine you want. Laptops are known for portability and convenience, but deciding what model and features are right for you requires a little bit of research.

To make things easy, here are four things to consider when shopping for a laptop:

Step 1: Select a Model
Will the computer primarily be used for work, play, or school? The answer will help you determine the best model for your needs. There are traditional laptops and 2-in-1 laptops, which give you the performance of a laptop and the convenience of a tablet.

At Rent-A-Center, you can find traditional and 2-in-1 laptops from some of the world’s most popular computer brands, such as HP, Dell, and ASUS.

Step 2: Consider Power
There are three parts of the computer that impact power and speed.

  • Memory, which is also known as the processor or hard drive. The more memory, the faster the computer will be. Most people need 4 gigabytes of memory.
  • Processor cores. Multiple processor cores enable data to be processed simultaneously, which means your computer will operate faster, even if you’re streaming movies or creating presentations.
  • RPM: The higher the RPM, the faster the hard drive can access data. Select a laptop with at least a 5400 RPM hard drive.

Step 3: Consider Functionality
Each computer feature adds specific functionality, so consider models that include things like a USB port (to interact with other electronics, such as a smartphone); HDMI output (to connect to a TV); SD slot (for a memory card); and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Step 4: Consider Budget
When you purchase a rent-to-own computer, you can get exactly what you need, whenever you need it.  And with manageable, set payments, you’re sure to stay on budget.

At RAC, you can upgrade at any point during your lease term. So if you find you want a newer, faster, or different laptop, just let us know, and we’ll help you make the switch.

When it comes to shopping for a laptop, there’s no place better than RAC. Shop online or stop by your nearest store today for powerful rent-to-own laptops from the brands you know and trust.