Selecting A Laptop: Everything You Need To Know

Software Requirements

Most software have both minimum and recommended specifications.  If you plan on running a particular application with your rental, try to provide the recommended specifications to our representative.  If you can’t find these specifications, at least be ready to describe the intended use of the laptop.  We can provide a rental for you without this information, but there is no way to guarantee we are picking the best fit for you!  Examples of applications that may require higher end laptops include gaming, CAD, VR, and photo and video editing software.

Recommended specifications often mention several attributes, but don’t always define all of them. Here is a more detailed look at some of these specs:

  • Processor information – model (i3, i5, i7, i9), number of cores, frequency/speed (GHz), and which generation of processor
  • Is a video card needed?  What video card is recommended?
  • Operating System
  • Display resolution
  • RAM, or memory, typically listed in Gigabytes (GB), not the same as storage
  • Storage space, also listed in Gigabytes (GB), not to be confused with memory

Apple or Microsoft

Understand whether you need a Microsoft or an Apple operating system.  This, too, is typically defined in the minimum and recommended specifications for the software you intend on using.  Sometimes very specific operating systems are required, such as Windows 10 Professional, or 64-bit operating system required.  It is important to provide this information, because a program requiring Windows 10 Professional likely will not work on Windows 10 Home.  Many software packages are compatible with most operating systems, and in many cases, selecting Microsoft or Apple can be a personal preference.

 Monitor Selection

Do you have the need for large displays to go along with your rental?  Large monitors can be provided with your laptop rentals, but this may influence the hardware requirements, so it is important to communicate this up front.  Additionally, if large monitors are required, a desktop may be your best-fit solution (which we can help with too!).

 Application Requirements

Do you need any applications, such as Microsoft Office, preloaded on your rental?  We can do anything from installing specific programs in advance, to cloning your rentals using an image you provided.  What does that mean?  You can configure a laptop with the exact programs, settings, and other preferences, and send it to us, and we will use that “image” to setup every laptop on your rental order exactly the same way, so that all of your users will see the same thing.

Flexibility Can Save

Do all laptops on your rental need to be identical?  For events like eSports and gaming tournaments, having a standard hardware configuration levels the playing field.  However, for large quantity orders, it is sometimes the most cost effective option to provide some hardware with better specifications.  For example, if 100 laptops are needed with a minimum of an i3 with 4gb of RAM, and we only have 70 available, it is much more cost effective for us to provide 30 i5’s with 8gb of RAM than it is for us to buy 30 new i3s.  You will not be up-charged if we upgrade you to a higher specification due to inventory constraints, so in most cases this is a good thing as you will receive some higher end laptops for the same price!  However, if you absolutely need all units to be identical, just let us know, and we will make sure that happens.

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