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Which Computer Is Right for You?

Which Computer Is Right for You?

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When it comes to selecting a new computer, the possibilities can be exciting—and daunting. The following questions will help you determine which desktop computer, laptop, or tablet best suits your needs.

How Will You Use the Computer?
This is the first thing to ask yourself. Consider your computer’s main uses.

• For Play
Desktop computers are better at running programs for 3-D gaming, video and photo editing, and streaming high-definition video. Gamers will want increased RAM and a faster processor, brilliant HD display and graphics, and a dedicated graphics card.

• For Work
For the most part, desktop computers perform better than laptops of equivalent cost and are usually better for work purposes. Make sure the computer you are considering has access to Microsoft Office, as well as ample storage for documents and multiple connectivity options for staying in touch with the office while remaining online, for instance.

• For School
If you are (or are buying for) a student, you will likely want a computer that’s more portable, like a laptop, 2-in-1, or tablet, which allow you to stay connected while on the go. Be aware that tablets don’t provide the same high performance as laptops or 2-in-1s, and are best for simple functions, like checking email, posting to social networks, and watching videos. Consider a tablet if you are looking for a companion device for your laptop or desktop computer.

Other Considerations
Keep in mind: the more you plan to do with your computer, the more computing power you need. Educate yourself with basic knowledge of capabilities like storage size, memory, and speed. Storage is measured in gigabytes (GB), and more is generally better, although 500 GB is sufficient for most users. RAM, or memory, ensures that programs run at optimal speeds and prevents crashing. Although 4 GB is a good baseline RAM, gamers and graphic designers will want 8 GB or 16 GB.

Once you have considered your computer needs, it’s time to match them to your budget. Rent to own allows you to get the computer you need, when you need it. One big benefit of renting a computer at Rent-A-Center is that you can upgrade your machine at any time**. If you find you need more storage or memory, no problem. Change your mind about desktop versus laptop? Again, no problem. And if a new tablet hits the market that you think suits your needs better than the one you have, we can help you out. At Rent-A-Center, you’re never stuck with technology that no longer works for you.


**For model upgrades, simply return the product you are currently renting and open a new agreement for another model. Delivery and set-up are included, and Rent-A-Center services and maintains the merchandise while on rent or in New Jersey, for the duration stated on agreement; set-up does not include connection of gas appliances. You can return your product and freeze your payments. To restart an agreement on a returned product, Rent-A-Center will retain your payment records for two years. Thereafter, simply bring in your last payment receipt for reinstatement. In Vermont, a minimum 18-week rental period applies. 

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