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