Monday, September 19, 2016
Laptop Rental for Business Event

When you’re planning a business event, renting computer equipment makes more sense than buying and it’s sometimes an even better option than using your own equipment. Rental laptops are great for hands-on classes, exhibition booths and more and it’s much more economical and convenient than buying new equipment when it’s only needed for a short time.

Here’s how to find the right laptop rental for your business event.

Benefits of Renting

One of the key benefits of renting laptops for your event is that they relieve people from the need to bring their own laptops to the event. A full-service laptop rental company will not only provide the equipment, but will also make sure that it’s installed and working properly for immediate use.

Renting also ensures that you don’t have to bother about setting up the equipment. Technicians from the company will help you troubleshoot any problems you face during the event and you can even request a technician to be present at the venue to tackle any issues that may come up.

Renting Give You Flexibility

Renting laptops for your business event allows you the flexibility to choose from a variety of options. For instance, you can rent top-of-the-line equipment, so that your business appears more tech-savvy and professional at important business events.

Perhaps the most important benefit of renting is that it will cost you a fraction of what it would cost if you had to buy all of the laptops yourself.

Protect Your Own Laptops

Renting laptops, instead of using your own for a one-time event like a business meeting or conference also protects your personal equipment from the risk of damage during transportation and use.

Choosing a Rental Company

It’s important to choose the company you rent the laptops from carefully. Check the company’s reputation and credibility as well as their product and service offerings. Choosing a good rental company will ensure that you can look forward to a successful and stress-free event.

Crunch Some Numbers

The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out how many people you are expecting to attend your event. The sooner the rental company has the approximate number of laptops needed, the better your chances are of getting the same type of laptops for all of your attendees. This is especially important in a classroom setting, as it will be easier to give instructions to your students if they’re all using the same machine.

Technical Needs

Find out from presenters, instructors and exhibitors what they will be using the laptops for. Some of the technical specs needed may include the following:

  • High processing speed
  • Large hard drive
  • Maximum memory
  • Advanced graphics cards
  • External monitors and other peripherals like mice

Additional Software Requirements

Find out what operating system you want to work with and any additional base software that needs to be loaded on each laptop, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, accounting programs and the like. A good rental company will load additional software onto the laptops for you.

If the rental company doesn’t provide the custom software that you require, ask them if they can supply a test machine in advance that you can load with the appropriate software, so they can “ghost” the machine and load the additional software on to all of the machines.

Alternately, you could arrange for the laptops to be sent to your company or event location early, so they can be loaded with the custom software prior to the event.

Tried and Tested

Have someone who will be using the laptops, such as an instructor, presenter or exhibitor, test some of the machines prior to the beginning of your event to make sure they are working properly.

Be sure to find out if the rental company will supply spare laptops, in the event that one or more of the machines don’t work as needed due to a hardware or operating system failure.

Appoint a Trouble-Shooter

Your event should include keeping a computer tech on hand to trouble-shoot any small technical glitches that occur. This person should have the contact information for the rental company in case additional machines need to be delivered. Alternately, you could have a tech person from the rental company on hand during the event.

Leasing Makes Sense

When preparing for a special business event, leasing laptop computers and/or other technical equipment makes sense in a number of important ways. Just be sure to choose a rental company that can meet all of your business conference needs.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Laptop Computer

If you’ve decided to buy a new laptop, there are a few things you should keep in mind. By considering the following points carefully, you can decide which laptop will best suit your needs.

The 10 important things to consider before you buy a new laptop are as follows:

The Budget

The size of your budget is, of course, the first consideration when it comes to making any purchase. Determining what you can afford ahead of time will allow you to work with a sales rep to ensure that you get the best machine for your money.

Style of Laptop 

Knowing what you need the laptop for will determine whether you should get a netbook, ultrabook or something that can replace your desktop. How often you will use the machine, if you will be travelling with it and if it will be the only computer you will have are all important considerations. For instance, if you only need a laptop to use while traveling between client locations and going to the office, then a desktop replacement laptop will do the job for you.

Mac or Windows

The decision to buy a Mac or a Windows notebook might be influenced solely by your budget. If you choose a system different from the one you’re used to, you’ll need to determine how much time you want to devote to learning new programs and/or operating systems you’re not familiar with.


Find out if the laptop provides for a variety of network connections like HDMI, USB 3.0 and/or Bluetooth. Buying a laptop with the widest selection of available networking options will make it easier for you to work with any type of device, such as external hard drives, an extra monitor or different Internet connections.

All laptops now include wireless connectivity options. Also look for the number of USB ports the computer has and where they’re located. There should also be an Ethernet or RJ-45 port so that when a wireless connection is not available, you can still access the internet.

Manufacturer’s Reputation

Reading reviews of the different laptop models available will help you to see which brands may have issues and which ones are rated well. Also investigate how service-related issues such as warranties and repairs have been handled. Knowing about other customer’s experiences will give you an idea of what you can expect from a particular company, if you decide to buy from them.

Software Included

Some programs get installed when you install the operating system. If you don’t need or want some of these “extras”, you can uninstall them later. Programs such as Microsoft Office and anti-virus programs are trial versions only. If you want to continue using them, you’ll have to pay for the full versions.

External Devices

Whenever possible, try out the different laptop keyboards. You may need to buy an external mouse and/or keyboard because the touchpad and keyboards on some laptops aren’t very comfortable to use for long periods of time. Also, it’s not a bad idea to have an external hard drive available.


Before you buy a laptop, read and compare warranties so you understand what kind of repair service you’re entitled to and what you will be covered for. Most laptop warranties cover hardware problems that weren’t caused by the owner. These include:

  • Defective keyboards
  • Monitor problems
  • Issues with the modem or other internal components

A laptop warranty will usually cover parts and labour and will detail what actions by you that will void it.

What Isn't Covered Under Warranty

The following things are not covered by a laptop warranty:

  • Damage to or loss of data
  • Any problems associated with software, whether bundled or installed by you
  • Theft
  • Damage or breakage caused by owner

When comparing laptop warranties, find out what the term of the warranty is. Choose a manufacturer’s warranty that lasts for more than a year, as long as it doesn’t cost more. An extended warranty is a way to extend the original term and most often adds to the purchase price of your laptop.


Retail service plans are offered by the retail outlet that you purchase the laptop from. They are different from warranties as they can be purchased for different time periods, i.e., one, two or three years and may cover more or different circumstances. These retail plans usually offer the best value.

Repair Solutions

Find out if any repairs that may be needed will be handled onsite or if your laptop will be sent away to be fixed. If it will have to be sent away, find out how long you could be without it. The laptop warranty will state how repairs will be completed and whether new, used or refurbished parts will be used. A new laptop that will be repaired with new parts is always best.

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Monday, April 18, 2016
6th Generation Intel Core i7

Launched in August 2015, the 6th Generation Intel Core series serves as the “tock” in manufacturer Intel’s Tick-Tock manufacturing strategy, where they first release a smaller version of an existing microarchitecture, dubbed the “tick,” followed later by the “tock” – which is a new microarchitecture with substantial changes and improvements. The Skylake is notable for being released mere months after Intel’s Broadwell, which was already successful in its own right, and with Skylake using the same 14nm microarchitecture, it’s a “tock” that seems largely unnecessary at first glance.

The Target Market for Skylake

One thing to keep in mind about Intel’s past few generations of processors is that they have already beaten the competitor in all aspects save for the pricing category and in the SoC (system on a chip) market, which has been cornered by AMD based on the viability of APUs that deliver performance that beats Intel’s on-chip GPUs as well as some entry-level videocards.


Skylake marks a change in Intel’s treatment of the enthusiast market, particularly overclockers. As opposed to launching locked processors before releasing unlocked “-K” iterations, the first entry in the 6th generation of i7 processors is the unlocked Core i7-6700K, clearly signifying that Intel had overclockers in mind this time around.

If the K prefix isn’t obvious enough that this Skylake i7 is meant to be pushed to its limits, the retail packaging is noticeably thinner since the processor is shipped without an Intel stock cooler, requiring users to purchase a third party cooler. It may seem like a strange choice at first, but it makes sense when you consider the target market. Overclockers rarely have a use for the stock coolers Intel provides, as it’s not adequate when pushing the processor to its limits. The good thing is that the hole mounting for the new socket LGA1151 is similar to the previous generation’s, so existing heatsinks will be usable.

Massive Performance Improvements

Intel has released internal comparisons between the new Skylake i7 and several high end i7s from the Haswell, Broadwell, and Ivy Bridge microarchitectures and the performance improvements are significant enough to warrant an upgrade. According to the comparisons, the top end Skylake i7 is roughly 10 percent faster than the i7-470K, 20 percent faster than the i7-4770K, and around 30 percent faster than an i7-3770K. The older CPUs are still viable and can handle anything that’s out on the market, but the improvements are significant enough that Skylake can be a worthwhile upgrade. It becomes a must for people who are just getting their first PCs or those upgrading from a low-end model.

Not a Simple Upgrade

Unfortunately, the massive improvements provided by the 6th Generation Intel Core i7 comes with a catch. A 6th Gen Intel Core i7 is not the simplest of upgrades, even if you count the fact that you can reuse your old Core I cooler. In fact, the cooler is the simplest part.

For starters, you may need a new motherboard. The new LGA 1151 socket is incompatible with the LGA 1150 motherboards used by Haswell and Broadwell. Why did Intel require a change in motherboard? It’s because of another part that may need replacing: the RAM. Skylake supports DDR4 and requires a very different power delivery as opposed to its predecessors.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who upgraded to the high end Haswell-E platform in 2014, you may already have DDR4 memory on hand. If not, you’ll have to buy new ones. Skylake supports DDR3, but chances are it’s not the one you have right now. The DDR3 dimms that Skylake uses are called DDR3L, and they differ from the old ones because they are a lower voltage variant. These types of memory are rarely used that many motherboard vendors don’t even support them for their desktop boards.

Is the Upgrade Worth It?

There is a reason why Intel is targeting enthusiasts and gamers for the 6th generation of the Intel Core i7 processor: both of those market segments are known for focusing on performance and features above all else, and that’s what the Skylake processors offer.  It’s basically the usual recommendation of finding out what your needs are and just how much you are willing to spend to get it. Skylake costs a premium, but you will be getting your money’s worth and then some.

In a way, Intel is currently a victim of their past success. The previous generations of their high end processors are such great performers that Skylake isn’t really a cost-efficient or even practical upgrade, regardless of the improvements. However, if you don’t have a high end PC yet or just want the best performance and efficiency that money can buy, it would be foolish not to go for the Skylake.

Monday, June 15, 2015
Acer’s Budget Ultraportable TravelMate B

If ultraportables have seemed elusively out of reach, Acer’s new machine the TravelMate B also going by the model number TMB115-MP-C23C, may offer some respite.

Affordable touch-screen ultraportable

Acer’s ultraportable is a laptop that comes at a highly competitive and very affordable $379. This may seem a tad higher than others in the budget segment, but keep in mind that the TravelMateB is a touch-enabled device that comes loaded with Windows 8.1. The TravelMate B has a 10 point touch screen system which is almost unheard of at this price point. The touch screen adds a bit to its price tag, with cheaper alternatives in non-touchscreen variants available from the likes of HP.  An added bonus is the two-year warranty that Acer offers for this laptop, compared to the usual one year that is the norm.

Its polycarbonate frame in black matte is a diminutive 0.83 x 11.5 x 8.5 inches (height/width/depth) and comes with a 11.6-inch screen that’s big enough to get the job done. Don’t expect any wonders from its LCD screen that comes in a 1366 x 768 resolution and you won’t be disappointed. Easy to travel with, it weighs in at 2.89 pounds.

Flexibility and connectivity

It comes equipped with multiple ports making it a handy device for daily use at work or home. Users will find the flexibility of having two USB 2.0 ports, as well as USB 3.0 port and an SD card slot along with an HDMI port and Ethernet port a big plus. Add to that the thoughtfully included HDMI to VGA adapter and you have a machine that is handy to hook up to an older style monitor as well. The WiFi is enabled to work on 5GHz networks as well as 2.4GHz networks, while the wireless connectivity comes from Bluetooth 4.0.

Packing some decent processing power

The TravelMate B comes with the processing power of the quad-core Intel Celeron N2940.  And while it doesn’t top the charts, it isn’t a straggler either, coming in at a healthy midway ranking on most tests. The integrated Intel HD graphics and its 1.83 GHz processor don’t pack enough of a punch to let you do any serious gaming, but it does fine on regular processing, browsing and Photoshop usage tests.

The TravelMate B has better memory and more storage capacity than most others in the budget segment with 4GB RAM and 500GB storage capacity.

A battery that keeps giving

The big thing the ultraportable from Acer has going for it, is the healthy 7 hours plus battery life. It may not quite compare to the nine hours a new MacBook 12 inch, but then again, it is so much more affordable.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
MSI GT 80 Titan SLI

Hard core gamers have longed for the comfort and rigidity of a mechanical keyboard since a long time. But not anymore! MSI has started a new era of first gaming beasts with a lesser-known feature for gaming laptops like mechanical keyboard. Pack it with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor and two NVidia GeForce GPUs in SLI and the much-needed ability to upgrade your hardware later, and you’ve built yourself a perfect replacement to desktop that you always deserved.

The great features

With amazing gaming performance, upgradable chassis and fantastic mechanical keyboard, this is surely a tough opponent for every gaming rig out there. Here is what MSI GT Titan SLI has to offer:


MSI understands that an imposing but graceful design is perfect for such a gaming beast. This explains the extremely elegant black aluminum lid, brushed lightly. The red MSI Gaming Series emblem at the back along with the MSI logo simply adds class to the package.

It greets you with an amazing red back lit keyboard. Buttons for power and fan speed are placed above the track pad, to the right of the keyboard. Its carriage (rear and under) is made of black aluminum alloy, and the whole system design gives you the feeling of handling a muscle machine.


Keyboards with mechanical switches are far more durable than the ones with membrane switches and the Titan SLI keyboard has been tested to last 50 million keystrokes. It also provides a much stronger feedback than other gaming laptops in the market.


The MSI GT 80 Titan SLI sports a 18.4-inch screen which is vivid, with crisp detail and expansive viewing angles. While a 4K display would have been truly awesome, the laptop's 1920 x 1080 panel is efficient enough to deal with anything you throw at it.

MSI GT 80 Titan SLI

Graphics and gaming

MSI has equipped their new gaming beast with not one but two Nvidia GeForce GTX 890 GPUs that deliver face-melting performance. You can run nearly any game on 'Ultra' graphics settings and it'll never make you feel a single glitch.

The touchpad and numpad combo

Pressing an illuminated Num button on the top-left nook of the touchpad changes it into a digital numpad. The two discrete mouse buttons provide powerful feedback, with a pleasant audible click that absolutely complements the mechanical keyboard.

The not-so-great features

  • Even though the laptop's 1920 x 1080 panel is amazing and crisp, a 4k display would have just made this a perfect gaming masterpiece
  • The laptop has a poor battery performance, even for a gaming laptop.
  • While the pair of Dynaudio speakers does sound fine, MSI could have used more bass to power the speaker.

The verdict

MSI's GT 80 Titan SLI has it all. It delivers amazingly fast performance every time you turn it on. All this, and it also sports a mechanical keyboard that delivers both superior precision and outstanding feedback.

GT 80 Titan SLI – Starting price: $3,399

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Acer C910 Chromebook

The release of the Broadwell microarchitecture in September 2014 raised expectations of laptops and desktops getting the new fifth generation Intel i5 processors that claims to be the best silicone chip till date. Acer has not yet released any laptops with this new processor, but it has revamped an older model, the Acer C910 Chromebook with the Intel i5 Broadwell CPU. This beefed Chromebook is slated to be released in April 2015.

Has Broadwell made a big difference to performance of the Acer Chromebook?

The Acer C910 Chromebook is the only laptop with chrome OS, other than the Google Chromebook, to feature Broadwell microarchitecture as of now. This is a step up for the laptop from the earlier Core i3 and Celeron processor options that it was initially introduced with. This new processor is capable of speeds up to 2.2GHz, which is quite a jump from the earlier processors featured on this mode which clocked at about 1.6GHz. This automatically makes this laptop work faster and more seamlessly than its predecessors and, with the large display, is a sure winner.

What new to expect in the new Chromebook

The Acer C910 Chromebook is the only 15.6 inch Chromebook in the market today. And this upgrade surely makes it more desirable. Many Chromebook users were complaining that the larger size and heavier body makes it less mobile than earlier Chromebooks, but that is something that does not really affect real usage, since most use these systems only at home or office, simply moving around within the space. 

Some amazing features of this laptop that you should know about:

  • Intel i5 5200U processor
  • First Chromebook with a 15.6 Inch full HD IPS display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB SSD storage
  • Body can withstand up to 132 pounds/60 kilos of force and 18 inches of drop without damage
  • Largest touchpad in any Chromebook
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life in a single charge

One big drawback of this laptop, though, is it weight. At close to 5lbs, it is not build for being carried out, if that is what you are looking for in your next laptop. 

Given the sturdy build quality, this laptop is perfect to be used in public spaces and in schools, where there is every chance of it being dropped or handled roughly on a regular basis. Acer believes that this laptop can withstand more impact than almost any other laptop in the market today.

If you are looking at a laptop to be carried around, then this is might not be your top choice. But if that is not a priority, then this Chromebook might surprise you with its speed and performance, and let you enjoy the large screen and great sound while you watch your favorite videos and movies.

Monday, April 6, 2015
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro

Gaming laptops are no longer simply desktop replacements. The latest gaming device from Acer - the Aspire V15 Nitro - is sleek enough and can be easily placed in any book bag, yet it is packed with power to enable you to enjoy your games on it.

Design review of the V 15 Nitro

The Aspire V 15 Nitro measures 0.9x15.3x10.1 inches and weighs 5.29 pounds. It has a plastic framework in black and a rough texture on the top. The hinge comes in metal and is quite sturdy. This metal also forms the internal framework of the device. You will find “Aspire V Nitro" stamped across the hinge. Overall, the quite a decent design as far as a gaming laptop is concerned.

Just as the lid, the touchpad and the palm rest have a similar matte-black finish. However, backlight of the keyboard is a bright red which lights up the key edges and the lettering. There is quite a good feeling working on the chiclet-style keyboard as you type; however even though the slightly flat keycaps work, one might miss the curved key surfaces when comparing it to the Lenovo Y50 Touch.

You will get access to all gesture controls required in Windows 8 with a huge click pad, but it is not exactly ideal as far gaming is concerned. A separate mouse is designed for gaming is recommended.

The laptop rental comes with a 15.6 inch screen display along with a 1,920x1, 080 resolution. The Aspire V 15 Nitro’s screen display allows you to save a lot of money and you don’t really sacrifice on the gaming experience. In fact the audio is surprisingly good and comes with four in-built speakers and surround sound (Dolby Digital Home Theater). The quality of the sound is also quite clear with minimum warp even at a high volume.

Features of the Aspire V 15 Nitro

The laptop is equipped with a 128GB SSD which enables quicker boosting and enhanced performance. In addition to this, there is also a 1TB storage hard drive in the device.

Boutique vendors typically customize a gaming device and avoid installing any unwanted programs and apps. But the Aspire V 15 Nitro is loaded up in the same manner as the other Acer consumer models. The start screen will have several apps including eBook, Amazon Kindle, Netflix, Flipboard, eBay, Evernote Touch and many more.

The system has the GeForce Experience backed by Nvidia that offers one single dashboard for updating and installing drivers. There are numerous baked-in features such as ShadowPlay (recording/sharing video), GameStream as well as Battery Boost.

Check out all the features of this gaming laptop by Acer at a computer rental near you!

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Monday, March 30, 2015
HP EliteBook Folio 1020

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is said to be the lightest and slimmest business notebook available. The price for HP EliteBooks range from $1,199 to $1,499. It is built to be very secure inside and at the same time it is amazingly sleek externally. The highlights of the product are its 12.5-inch quad HD display, innovative touchpad and a fingerprint reader. If not for a few shortcomings, this would have been the best product in the market in its class.

The design

The laptop measures 0.63 by 12.2 by 8.27 inches and weighs only 2.68 pounds. It is evidently a little smaller than the MacBook Air, which measures 13 inches. The resemblance and similarity of design between the MacBook Air and HP EliteBook is suspiciously striking. The latter has an additional fingerprint reader and the chassis has both aluminum and magnesium alloy. Owing to the Intel Core M processor, the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 has a fanless design that is comparable to the CPU used in Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. These are features that Apple fails to offer.

On the left, The EliteBook 1020 has a USB 2.0, microSD and a Kensington lock and HDMI. On the right side, a DC-in, a headphone jack, HP's proprietary docking connector and an extra USB 2.0 port is added.

The 720p webcam will be suited for use in office conference calls. The pictures taken with it is not of a great quality.


The EliteBook 1020 has a very strong chassis made with very rigid adherence to the MIL-STD-810G standards. This makes it more resistant to temperature extremes, dust and drops. It is just as secure on the inside. The HP Client Security app serves as a safe keeping hub for the EliteBook. You can use it to access drives, ports and store online passwords.

It also has Absolute Data Protect that lasts for four years. It will allow you to track your PC in case it goes missing. You can also remote lock and delete data. HP's Sure Start technology also makes sure that you can restore the BIOS in 30 seconds in case of a malware attack. You can also make sure that your files are secure with the fingerprint reader placed just under the right hand side of the keyboard.


  • Slim and light weight design
  • Strong and fanless chassis
  • Ultraportable design with added security features
  • MIL-Spec construction
  • Touch screen
  • The Intel Core M CPU is very energy-efficient
  • Compatible with the UltraSlim Dock


  • Short battery life as compared to the others in its class
  • The Intel Core M CPU is not of the same standards as that of Intel Core i5 processor.
  • The display is reflective and has low brightness
  • A short one year warranty
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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Dell Chromebook 11

For those looking for a new laptop but do not want to spend big, the Dell Chromebook 11 (Intel Core i3) might just be the right one for you. With quite a sturdy construction, superior performance and an excellent battery life Dell Chromebook 11 (Intel Core i3) is great machine that is a bit expensive, but packs in a solid performance.

Features and design

The look of the Dell Chromebook 11 (Intel Core i3) is not much different from its predecessor. With a height of eight inches and a width of 12 inches and the same plastic body and charcoal color; there haven’t been many changes to this new Chromebook as far appearance is concerned. But it’s a good thing, as the design looks good. With a weight of about 2.84 pounds it is light enough to carry around in a bag. Its 11-inch display comes with a resolution of 1366 by 768, which some users might find disappointing, but is adequate for the screen size.

One of the strengths of the new Chromebook 11 is its port selection. You get a slot for the SD card, two USB ports (3.0) and one HDMI port. It also comes with good Wi-Fi support. The keyboard is designed with Chrome in mind, but some users might find the size of the tile keyboard a bit small. But the keys have adequate spacing between them for comfortable typing.

With Chromebook 11 (Intel Core i3) you get 16 GB SSD for your documents, apps and other downloads. Along with this you also get cloud storage worth 100 GB from Google, which is free for two years.


The big update on this new Chromebook 11 is its processor. It has an Intel Core (1.7 GHz, i3-4005U) processor. This is a big upgrade from the Intel Celeron in the earlier models. The processor upgrade makes a significant improvement in the way the new Chromebook 11 performs. With Intel Core you can easily open more than 20 tabs at a time along with several streaming services and the system won’t slow down.

The earlier models of Chromebooks don’t perform that well once more than 10 tabs are open at the same time. The processor upgrade also improves the video chat functions of the new Chromebook 11 and the boot time is also better at just 5 seconds.

But it is the longer battery life that is something to rev about here. Even with many applications running and improved performance the battery of the Dell Chromebook 11 (Intel Core i3) lasts for about nine hours. The processor upgrade has certainly translated into a steeper price for the Dell Chromebook 11 (Intel Core i3), which is at $379 approximately. But the improved performance and a robust battery life are the extra benefits.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Trendy Mini PCs

It was long time back that smaller desktop computers became extremely popular. That was the time of media center PCs and home-theater fans would connect the TV to small computers for streaming videos or recording on-air programs. Today, there has been a dramatic transition towards game consoles, smart TVs and Apple’s Mac Mini is perhaps the only small-sized desktop in the picture.

HP’s new range

HP believes that the market can still do with a small desktop powered by Windows, whether on an office desk or the living room. The latest collection of products launched by HP includes the HP Stream notebook (11.6 inches), two tablets - HP Slate6 VoiceTab II, HP Stream 8 and the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop. The HP Stream has an 11.6 inches High Definition display and 32GB flash memory (eMMC). It is equipped with the Intel Celeron processor and comes in a slim design with a Horizon blue color palette.

The HP Stream is a tablet that is powered by Intel and is cloud-connected. It has Office 365 (one year) installed in it along with Microsoft OneDrive storage (1 TB for 1 year) in addition to the Windows 8.1 operating system. The HP Pavilion Mini Desktop stands 2.06 inches tall and weighs just about 630 gram. It is literally palm sized!

Even Intel i3 core processors can be supported by this system. The starting price of the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop is Rs. 26,990 which includes 4GB RAM, Intel Pentium 3558U and an HDD of 500 GB. The HP Stream (without keyboard, monitor mouse) has a starting price of Rs. 19,990. The starting price of the HP Stream 8 Tablet is Rs. 16,990 and that of HP Slate 6 VoiceTab II is Rs. 15,990.

Big storage for HP's new Pavilion Mini desktop

The latest Pavilion Mini by HP is less expensive than the Mac Mini with a smaller footprint. It also has one distinct feature which is missing in the Mac Mini-It can access the internal elements in case additional RAM is required.

The HP Pavilion Mini is decent enough for necessary office tasks and everyday surfing. It has an Intel Pentium processor; however an Intel Core i3 CPU can also be installed for better speed. There is 4GB RAM in both of them and they can offer support to up to 16GB (if added later).

You might find some glitches or slowdowns in the working of the Pavilion, especially when compared to the Mac Mini. But it is still value for money and comes with a mouse and wireless keyboard, not available in Apple. Check out a laptop rental to experience working on the latest range of HP mini PCs.