There are several reasons to rent a laptop: perhaps you already own a desktop computer at home and only need a laptop to take to business meetings or university. Maybe you’re doing a test-run of a laptop to see if a particular model is for you, or maybe you just can’t handle that much commitment to a piece of technology. Whatever your reasons, here are a few things you need to know before diving into the world of laptop rentals.
Do your research
Don’t just research which place you want to rent your laptop from – think about what kind of laptop you need. Figure out what you would use it for most, how portable it needs to be, and how long you would need it for. Someone who uses their laptop to play games would have different needs to someone who uses it to write business pitches, and the difference for each computer is vastly dissimilar.
Here are some things you might want to consider when researching the kind of laptop that is suitable for you:
- the kind of programs it’s capable of running. If you only want to use it for simple things like word processing, you don’t have to shell out more money for more RAM than you will actually be using
- its size. If you need it primarily to carry around with you, go for the smallest possible option. If screen size is a more important factor than portability, then you would need to choose a bigger sized laptop.
- PC or Mac. If you love Apple, this narrows down your search a fair bit. PCs offer a much wider and varied selection, from different brands to different specifications, so finding the right one may take a little longer.
Don’t just say yes to the first offer you come across. Make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck – although you’re only renting, a laptop is still a fairly significant piece of machinery, even more so if you are using it to complete important work. Contact different rental centres and get quotes on laptop rental at each place. Write down the technical specs of each laptop (the size of the hard drive, how much RAM it has, the type of processor, and so forth) and compare all these attributes and prices to find out which one is best for you.
Even after you’ve chosen which laptop you’re going to rent and the place you’re going to rent it from, you’re not ready to sign that rental contract just yet. It’s always important to read through your contract before you sign it to make sure that you know what you’re paying for, and that there aren’t any hidden catches or unexpected fees. Read the fine print, and make sure you’re signing up for what you want. Some rental contracts may force you to buy the laptop after a certain amount of time, so if you’re not in the market to own the laptop, keep this in mind.