At Rent4Keeps, we have a premium range of laptop and notebook available for rental. From Apple MacBook, Samsung, Sony, Asus or any other quality brand, all your laptop rental needs are covered at an affordable rate.
The first choice you’ll need to make when looking to hire or buy a laptop is which operating system you are after. The three most common are Windows, Apple OS X and Chrome OS. Each operating system has their pros and cons, and it is important to first decide what you are using it for.
This operating system is the most widely used for laptops and desktops computers. Windows is the longest running operating system and has undergone many developments; arriving at the latest version, Windows 10. The system is known for being familiar and easy to navigate – particularly for users of previous Windows versions. Windows has a vast array of applications for your convenience.
Designed by Apple to work primarily with Apple software, OS X has also been developed in many versions, including Yosemite and El Capitan. OS X is not as widely used as Windows, however, comes with a distinctive minimalistic, modern and clean look. It has fast started up times and superior mobile device integration which may appeal to consumers.
Google Chrome’s operating system is fast, efficient and simple – suitable for busy people who regularly need quick access to their files from different machines. Its battery life and built-in virus protections make it a reliable choice. The main limitation is that it solely uses web applications such as Google Docs, meaning you can’t run programs you may have been using on another operating system such as Apple OS X or Windows.
Many laptops fall into the “2 in 1” category, meaning they will have a detachable screen which can, therefore, be used as a tablet. By offering this functionality, they ultimately combine portability with the capability to ensure you can work and play at home and away. If you don’t think this is a vital feature for you, there is generally greater value and performance for your money with a traditional laptop.
The CPU (Core Processing Unit) is essentially the brains of your computer and controls just about every function. As a rule of thumb, the better the processor is, the better your laptop will perform. Having said this, depending on your intended use of the laptop, even low range to standard processors may be more than enough for you. Intel and their series of multi-core processors are found in the majority of modern MacBook and Windows laptops. They range from the top line Core i9 (only available in premium laptops for excessive power demands), Core i7 (designed for professional power users: graphic designers, video editors and serious gamers) to Core i5 (mid-range), Core i3 (entry level) and Core M (for ultra slim devices).
Random Access Memory (RAM) should be another feature to look out for when hiring a laptop. Having more RAM will allow for more applications to be run at the same time. This also allows for more files to be instantly accessible by the system at any one time. This comes in handy for tasks involving video and photo content editing. Aim for a minimum of 4GB, but ideally, look for 8GB for most general laptop users. 16GB is usually suitable for high-end users.
Laptops come in a variety of sizes, usually ranging from 10 to just over 17 inches. The screen size you choose will depend on your personal preference and its intended use. If you require a large, visual workspace – such as for gaming or editing, a 15-17 inch screen is suitable. For most general users, 13-inch screens will suffice.
The higher your laptop’s screen resolution, the better its display quality will be. Screen resolutions are measured in pixels, horizontal X vertical.
HD (1366 x 768): Standard in most laptops, ideal for all basic tasks
Full HD (1920 x 1080: Crystal clear for those preferring a crisp image when watching TV or films.
Quad HD (2560 x 1440): Incredible clarity, suitable for professional photo and video editors.
4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160): Highest resolution available – perfect for gamers, graphics pros and movie fans wanting the best quality.
These laptops allow you to navigate applications the same way you would on a tablet or smartphone. A great option if you frequently present or show ideas on your screen, but they always practical.
Some other features to look out for before hiring or purchasing a laptop include:
Storage – dependent on if you need space for videos, photos, music etc.
Battery Life – Ultraportable laptops tend to have the best battery, while others that need more complex software have shorter battery life. This also depends on the processor.
rent4keeps is here to assist with your laptop rental and will be able to help you find the best laptop to suit your needs. Apply online today or call us on 1300 76 30 20.