Find out everything you need to know about RAM, what it does and how much you’ll need with our helpful guide.
RAM stands for Random Access Memory and it acts like the short term memory of your computer. The more RAM you have, the more tasks you can do at once. If your computer is sluggish, it’s more than likely you’re overworking the RAM, particularly if your device is a few years’ old. This is because you’ll multi-task more than you realise by having multiple programs and internet browser tabs open at the same time.
Get a computer with the need for speed
Apps and programs are getting more and more sophisticated, meaning that a computer has to work harder just to do what you want it to. With music and video streaming, plus social media feeds that are constantly updating, you’re asking a lot of your computer, and older machines will struggle.
It’s worth buying a computer with as much RAM as possible, as the trend will only continue. We stock devices that feature 2GB, 4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, 16GB and 32GB of RAM. To future proof your new computer for years to come, it’s worth investing in at least 8GB of RAM, to help you deal with the day to day stuff more comfortably.
Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll be able to do with each RAM option.
2GB and 4GB of RAM
• 2GB of RAM is sufficient for your everyday computing needs such as sending emails, surfing the web and online shopping. • 4GB – 6GB of RAM will let you use services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Having this much RAM means you can watch your favourite shows while also being able to work at the same time.
• 8GB – 12GB of RAM will let you load and run lots of different programmes at the same time, so you can edit your holiday snaps while streaming your favourite tunes. 8GB of RAM is a great option if you want to future proof your computer for years to come, as you’ll have enough power to cope with any digital or online updates. • 16GB and 32GB of RAM will give dedicated gamers the ultimate experience. Letting you enjoy stunning visuals from the very latest releases.
If you’re looking for the pinnacle of stylish, modern computing then the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 2 in 1 laptop is a fantastic solution. Not only does the top-end model feature 16GB RAM to help you do everything you want to with ease, but you’ll enjoy lightning-fast speed and state-of-the-art visuals thanks to the powerful processor and graphics card. Even our AO design team use them for complex webpage designs, video editing at home and streaming video in their down time…and they love it!