With all the “hub-bub” about Surface Pros and MacBook Airs replacing standard laptops, I set out to get to the bottom of the laptop situation. Are they fading into the sunset or are laptop rentals still viable technology options? I believe that laptops are still a great choice but the type of laptop you need depends on what you are doing with it.
Here are the 7 questions you need to ask yourself, your company executives and most of all the users before engaging in a contract to rent a laptop.
7 Questions to Answer When Renting a Laptop
- What type of laptop do you need to rent?
Laptops are positioned in four categories:
- General purpose laptops run a wide array of applications and are geared toward the masses. Good examples are an Apple MacBook or Dell Latitude.
- Ultrabooks are a new category of computers that seeks to fill the gap between lightweight laptops and tablets. They are thin and lightweight offering long battery life, fast storage and Solid State Drives (SSDs). Examples are a HP Elitebook or ThinkPad Carbon.
- Ultraportables weigh less than 4 pounds and when closed are 1.5" thin or thinner. They are perfect for someone that needs to access information on the fly – while sitting, standing or walking – like Macbook Air rental.
- Durable designs are hallmarks of business laptops. These laptops can also have one or more of the following features: SSDs which hold up to accidental drops, a webcam for videoconferencing, USB ports for using external devices, a biometric fingerprint reader for security and/or a built-in 3G modem for cellular broadband. Examples of these types of laptops include a Lenovo ThinkPad T420 or Toshiba Tecra.
- What operating system do you require?
There are two operating systems available for laptops: OS X for Mac rentals and Windows for all other laptop rentals.
- What processor speed do you need?
Most laptops range in speed from 1.4 to 4.0 GHz. What is a GHz and what does it mean to you? 1 gigahertz (GHz) represents 1 billion cycles per second which ultimately represents the speed of the laptop and how many instructions per second the microprocessor can execute. This means the higher the number, the more throughputs you have on the laptop thus translating into application speed.
- How much RAM do you require?
RAM is an acronym for Random Access Memory which is a type of computer memory that allows any byte of memory to be accessed without touching the preceding bytes. RAM can range from 2 to 16 gigabytes (GB). The higher the number, the more intense the application can be and still retain adequate access speed.
- What about storage?
Laptop storage can range from 32 GB to 1.24 terabytes (TB). You will want a lot of storage if you are running multiple applications on these rental units and/or the applications are storage intensive (such as web based or video apps). Text and native apps require less storage and are better suited for ultraportable laptops.
- How large of screen do you require?
Laptop screens range from 12 to 15.6 inches.
- Do you require long battery life?
This is important if you are using these devices in an “outlet-free” zone. In addition, if you are considering renting laptops in quantities, it is not desirable to have hundreds of power cords you are required to keep track of. Battery life on laptops can range from 2.5 to almost 16 hours, depending on the laptop and the intensity of the apps. Generally speaking, the higher GHz, RAM and storage capacity, the lower the battery life of that laptop model.
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Call Hartford Technology Rental today at 888-520-5667 to learn more about our laptop offerings or request a quote online. Be sure to ask us about our bulk laptop rental option and save money in the process!