When it comes to computer specifications and laptop specs, you’ll generally discover that storage is measured in bytes (MB, GB, TB, etc), and broken down into two categories: short term and long term. Short term memory (used primarily on apps) is also known as RAM (or Random Access Memory). The more RAM your laptop has, the more apps you’ll be able to run at once without slowing down your computer’s performance. RAM can range from 2GB all the way to 16GB. Cheaper laptops commonly include 2GB RAM, which makes them good for basic functionality. Of course, if you use your laptop for heavy gaming, 3D apps and other powerful software, you should crank that short term memory dial all the way to 16GB–just expect a higher price point to come along with all that extra temporary storage.