Thursday, January 30, 2014
Apple Computers

In the past few years, there has been a major change from the type of operating systems used by major firms across the globe. For a long time, companies and businesses relied on Windows for their operating systems as it was light years ahead of the technology that was present at that time.

Even though Macintosh computers were in the market at the same time as Windows, people still preferred the latter over the former. However, the last five years has shown a dramatic change in the type of computers that companies are using for their offices. Here are some of the reasons why you should rent an Apple computer from a computer rental company.

Simplistic design

The design of most of Apple’s products is remarkable. There are many computer companies in the world today, but not many of them can match up to the simplistic design of a Mac desktop or laptop. In terms of colour schemes used, Apple computers generally use white and black for all their products with the adoption of silver, grey and gold for their latest products.

The way the laptop or desktop looks at first, will give you the impression that an artist has crafted each piece. Whenever you look at an Apple computer, you will instantly fall in love with it.

Operating system

Windows has been on top of the throne in terms of being an effective operating system for the greater part of five decades. However, the recent past has shown that many people are turning towards Apple’s operating system iOS. Most of the programs that are used on a Mac have no problems or bugs and run smoothly for long periods of time.

Companies prefer the layout and user interface of a Mac as it is cleaner and more easy to use in comparison to a Windows product. The operating system is not just for show as well. The rate at which Apple computers process information is marvellous and as of now, it is second to none.

Brand value

When you say the name Apple, everybody thinks of Steve Jobs instead of the fruit first. This is the legacy that the ex-CEO of the company has left in the minds of his customers. The value that the company has in its brand is only second to Microsoft. Customers around the world know that an Apple product will deliver whatever promises it makes and is one of the reasons why it has the largest customer base in the world.

Monday, September 16, 2013
Produce Music on Your Computer

Music is something that is common to everyone in the world. It has the ability to unite people, help them feel happy and get them jumping on their feet. There are many music artists around the globe, creating music from instruments, utensils, and even computers. Electronic music is a concept that was introduced about two decades ago in nightclubs and dance bars. At that time, it was really hard to create music as the programs that were being used had a hefty price tag and were not common to the general public.

Also, in order to create electronic music, you would require a computer that could handle the software and a bunch of other musical equipments which made this venture a dream more than a career. But as the years rolled by, computers have become a household item, where nearly every other person has access to a laptop or a computer. This has prompted many fans of electronic music to purchase music production software in order to create their own tracks and songs.

Why music artists rent computers

Many DJ's and music producers use computers such as the Mac or PC to create their own unique sounds. It is a tedious process and it becomes a little more difficult if you do not have the right equipment at your disposal. One of the main requirements for producing music is that you must have a music studio of some sort. The minimum requirement is a good computer and a midi controller. Plug-ins, DVD burners, and hard drives are all secondary, if you have enough money to shell out. The total investment in order to produce music will cost about $5,000-$10,000 for the basic setup which includes the computer, music software programs, and sound equipment such as speakers.

This is why many electronic artists prefer to rent their equipment as they will not have to spend too much money on acquiring all the individual pieces. Electronic artists turn to computer rental companies in order to get the best computers that can handle music production software that are on the market at a fixed cost per month. Another reason why artists choose computer rental companies is because they will not have to worry about software and hardware updates. These companies ensure that they give the latest editions when they are renting out their PCs or Laptops as this is one of the services they provide to get more customers.

Which computers are suited for music production?

There are many computers that are available on the market, each with different system configurations and specifications. Music production software generally requires a very fast computer as it is essential in creating high quality songs and tracks. These programs also need to have a fast processor as it takes up a lot of short-term memory space (also known as RAM). There are only two main types of computers that you can use for music production – Macs and PCs.

Many music artists choose Mac desktops because they are fast, reliable, and are safeguarded against malware and viruses. This is highly beneficial as it protects the projects that are created on these computers from getting corrupted or damaged. Other music artists choose PCs as they are comfortable using the Windows operating system. Although PCs are more prone to viruses and malware, there are anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that protect the computer from getting corrupted.

The minimum system requirements for major music production software such as Abletone Live, FL Studio, and Sony Acid Pro for the PC is that it has to be a Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate Edition and it is also compatible with Windows 8 as well. The computer must have a system RAM of at least 2GB, and for enhanced performance a computer with a 4GB RAM or higher is recommended. The additional requirements include and Avid Audio Interface and Peripherals, one or more hard disk drives for audio and playback, at least 20 GB of free space on the start-up drive and a CPU cooler as the computer tends to get heated a lot with such programs.

You should also make sure that the PC has an anti-virus program set up on the system before you rent it out for use. The best anti-virus program that is recommended for the PC is the Kaspersky Internet Security Suite, so make sure that your computer rental company can provide this. Otherwise, the ESET NOD32 Home or business security, McAfee or CA security suite are all good alternatives.

For Mac computers that use Logic Pro, the minimum system requirement is that it has to be an Avid-qualified Apple computer, a 32/64-bit Mac OS X 10.6.7 or higher and it has to have a system RAM of at least 2GB and 4GB for enhanced performance. It is important for you to check the system specifications of the computer that you are going to rent. It must be at par with the system requirements for the program or higher in order to produce good music.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Microsoft Faces Uphill Task in Improving PC Sales

With sales of computers falling steadily in the recent years, Microsoft faces an uphill task of publicizing its Windows 8 devices, while competing with other established players such as Apple. Microsoft had a lot of hopes in improving PC sales with the release of Windows 8, but the worldwide fall in sales of personal computers have continued to show low returns for Microsoft.

Tablets and smart phone devices have penetrated the market for electronic devices to the extent that their sales far outnumber those of PCs. The downward trend of PC sales has continued with a 14% decline during the first quarter of 2013. Microsoft is planning to spend more than $10 billion in research and development of cloud computing and mobility.

Microsoft Windows is turning out to be a zero revenue growth business for Microsoft. As such, it has become necessary for Microsoft to release products that capture the imagination of users and help increase device sales for the company.

On the other end of the spectrum, Apple is continuing its strong market presence with steady sales of its Mac OS based devices. According to latest reports, Apple is planning to upgrade all the major Mac devices such as Mac Air and MacBook Pro with software upgrades and to lower price tags.

As the competition heats up with other players like Lenovo, Acer, and ASUS joining the fray, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Microsoft to gain the stronghold once again, which it held for close to two decades. You can try any Windows 8 powered device by renting it through computer rental services, to check the OS for yourself and decide about its merits.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

iPad Rentals for Education

We've mentioned a time or two the appeal of tablets in education, and it seems that students and their parents have seen it too.

There's new figures suggesting that tablets--specifically Apple's iPad--are 'cannabalizing' PC sales in the K-12 market.  In other words, iPad sales are outpacing those of PCs, reportedly for the first time in history.

This conclusion was reached by popular tech site, Apple Insider, who sited the steady Mac sales at around 520,000 units in the midst of declining PC sales from 1.90 million to 1.64 million, writing: "...we believe the inescapable conslusion is that the iPad is beginning to cannibalize a material portion of PC sales in this market."

Last quarter, Apple broke its own record selling 20 million iPads after hitting 11.8 million in 1Q. So the devices are not only exceeding PC sales, but Macs as well.

Apple Insider further notes that twice as many iPads have been sold over Macs to students and schools.

For those school districts who have not fully invested in the tablets for permanent use, but only use them when it is of an imminent benefit for special projects or needs, opting for iPad rentals has continued to be an attractive option among educators.

To learn more, request a quote and a dedicated representative will provide you with further information.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Android Tablet Rental

It’s back to school season, and teachers and administrators may have planned incorporating new technology into the classroom. Devices like the tablet has slowly made its way into education with interactive apps in addition to its e-reading capabilities. They're used all the way from elementary schools to universities, and have even been found to be exceptionally beneficial for special education purposes.

While Apple’s iPad has certainly made the strongest impression among educational users, there are Android tablet rentals educators can also consider – some of which are a bit more budget-friendly.

If the e-reading feature is your primary interest, consider the Amazon Kindle Fire or Barnes & Noble Nook Color, or Nook Tablet. Browse the web, or read in full color with a clear display in a compact 7-inch package.

If you are looking for more comprehensive features and a greater select of apps, consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab or Acer Iconia Tab. The Galaxy Tab is available either in the 7-inch model or the standard, feature-rich 10-inch.When renting the tablets, you have the option to customize the devices as you’d like – with 3G connectivity if it is necessary, or even with specific apps already downloaded and ready to use.

To learn more about renting Android tablets for educational use, fill out the quote form on this page and a dedicated representative will show you how your needs can be met, providing a quote with no-obligation for purchase.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Apps for your iPad Rental

We rent iPads in bulk for a variety of uses at trade shows, and when we say we provide everything you need with your rentals, we mean it. That also includes loading the iPads with your apps.

Whether you need iWork when you need a word processor, number crunching and presentation tool for business use, or if you have a keynote speaker who would like to keep the audience engaged with ARS (audience response software) – we will have the tablets loaded and ready to use upon delivery.

But these aren’t your only two options. We’ve also provided iPad rentals with cloud storage apps like SugarSync, and even guest registration apps like Check In Easy. If your organization has its own app preference, our technical team will sync each iPad in your rental to include the programs you need.

When it comes to the hardware itself, you have the choice of renting from any generation of Apple’s iPad to suit your specific needs or budget. Whenever the tech giant releases another edition, we’ll have it available for rent. What’s more – we also offer the option of connectivity. You can choose from Wi-Fi only models, or you can opt for 3G/4G LTE models – we’ll set up the data plan into your rental.

To learn more about renting iPads loaded with your apps, just fill out a quote request and we’ll get you a quote. Our team is ready to meet your temporary tablet needs.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tablet Rentals for Marketing

From iPads to Galaxy Tabs, experiential or field marketers are taking tablets and maximizing the technology to its greatest business potential. What’s more – rentals make it that much easier for these groups to have the latest tablet models when they need it most. There’s no need for a full investment in hardware, just pay for the use when necessary.

Because of the conveniences of portable computing that tablets bring to business, these devices have become a regular tool seen at trade shows and other events.

With an iPad, or other Android or Windows-based tablet in-hand, users can interact with potential clients while on-the-fly presenting demonstrations or presentations with marketing material always readily available in these devices weighing just over one pound. They also serve as a file holder and data collector when used to log survey responses, or register event guests.

Some marketers keep the tablets stationary in a secure display (which we also provide with our rentals upon request) to draw in crowd members and start interaction. If the venue doesn’t provide sufficient wireless coverage to maintain the functionality of your tablet use, simply opt for our 3G or 4G LTE option.

To learn more about renting tablets to optimize your marketing efforts, just fill out a quote form.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Kiosk and Security Displays for iPad rentals

If you’re planning to use iPads at your next trade show as an interactive tool for potential customers at the event, we can provide you with both.

You may have come to us knowing that we supply all three generations of Apple’s iPad in WiFi – only and with 3G/4G LTE capabilities, but we also provide accompanying necessities like kiosk stands and security cases to accompany your iPad rental.

Kiosks


An addition both stylish and functional, our kiosk stands securely display the iPads at the entrance of the event, at the trade show booth – wherever serves your purposes best. Perhaps you are using the apps for guest registration, event or company information, or even an interactive game or presentation; the iPads are clearly visible and easily accessible in the kiosk stands.

Security Cases

Others seeking a solution that is a bit more understated but equally as secure can opt for a security case. These clear enclosures lock with a key provided to you, further tethered to your display surface with a slot for a security cable to loop through. A part of the tablet’s appeal is its size and weight, but it also makes it an easy target for theft. This option allows you to not only prevent someone from stealing the iPad, but also prevents dings and scratches from regular use.

Rent iPads with a Kiosk Stand or Security Case

To learn more about renting iPads with accompanying kiosk stands or security cases, simply fill out the quote form on this page to have someone contact you with more information.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Square Card Reader for iPad Rentals

When you rent iPads for an event, your company may have the opportunity to conduct business on-site. If you are heading to such a gathering where potential customers will be in attendance, consider adding the Square Card Reader and application for easy cash and credit card transactions while away from the office or storefront.

The Square Card Reader does not require a contract with the users – in fact, it doesn’t even require monthly fees or a merchant account. The funds you acquired through your sales will simply be deposited into your account the next day – it’s that simple. We’ll set it up for you, the service fee is just 2.75 percent per swipe for Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover.

More about ‘Square’

Your iPad rentals will be delivered to you with the Square app already installed and ready to use. Simply plug in the card reader and you are set up for business. The app will collect tips, calculate tax, and even provide electronic receipts to the customer via text or email. Square will also track sales for later analyses.

What’s more – the Square app meets industry-standard security practices, making it a safe choice for your business and those it serves.

Rent iPads with Square for Off-Site Payment Processing

Serving locations through Canada and beyond, our iPad rental services extend beyond the tablets themselves and into applications, accessories and displays. When your business has a need for this technology, just give us a call and see how we can meet your requirements.

To learn more about these services, just fill out the quote request form  and a representative will contact you shortly.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Many new technologies have been making waves in the business world. iPad is one of them. This small device can be helpful to companies in many ways. You can opt for iPad rentals as they are inexpensive and you can rent as many as you want based on your requirements. Also, if it for a one time use, renting the device is a better idea. Here is some information on how it can be used for your benefits at trade shows.

  • You can use rental iPads with projectors in your booth to make attractive presentations. This allows for presentation of the content in high definition. . They are an inexpensive and effective advertising tool.
  • You can use iPads for product demonstrations on the go. As there is no need of constant electricity, iPads can be carried around the booth. The quality of the screen is high, making the screen look larger than its original dimensions.
  • You can present your sales literature and other marketing messages in digital format with iPads. Instead of spending money on handouts, iPads can be used to display the related information. Also, you can involve your attendees in your booth by using these devices, as they are interactive with touch screen features.
  • Giving printed materials to your prospects, you might not be able to get immediate results. Instead, use iPads to mail the marketing material and demos to the prospects as soon as you meet them. You can also create iPad kiosk to facilitate prospective clients to watch promotional videos and go through the detailed information.

Besides for these benefits, you can opt for iPad rentals for more. The different apps on these devices make it possible to carry out a survey. They can also be useful in lead generation.

 

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