Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
PC Monitors

The monitor is one of the most important components of your PC as you are going to stare at it all day, especially if you spend a lot of time on the computer at work or at home. Investing in a is very good screen important, all the more so if you are into graphics, art or designing. Often, when you go to a computer monitor rentals service or a shop to get yourself a PC, the monitor is the last thing on your mind. You can change that with these tips on how to go about choosing the right one.

Resolution and size

Decide if you want a huge screen for your desk or a small one. If you do a lot of design work, maybe you could opt for a 27” one. Sometimes, you may need two small ones. Once you have decided on the size, you should pay attention to the resolution of the screen. Greater the pixels, greater the detail. Gone are the days of the 1080p HD. You could look at 1920x1200 for a wide screen and 3840x2160 for ultra HD.

The higher resolutions will help you stream HD films, Blu-rays and are a boon for video or photography specialists. The same applies to gamers as well. An LCD is at its sharpest display when it has a resolution in the range of 1440x900 for a 19” monitor, 1680x1050 for a 22” screen and 1920x1200 for a 24” monitor. For a 27”, the resolution would be 2560x2440. You should decide on what you want, depending on your needs.

Panels

The widely used panel varieties in monitors are TN or twisted nematic, PVA or patterned vertical alignment and S-PVA which is super PVA, MVA or multi-domain vertical alignment and IPS, which is in-plane switching. Most displays use TN panels as it is among the least expensive types. But in recent times, IPS and MVA monitors are also gaining popularity.

What else to look for

  • Pay attention to how the different colors in a digital photo you are familiar with look on the screen. This ensures that you pick a monitor with good color display.
  • You should also look at the screen from different angles to check if colors change or if the screen becomes dark. Ideally, colors and the brightness levels should not change from any side.
  • Glossy screens can enhance contrast in games and movies, but if you don’t like the high level of reflectiveness, you could opt for matte.
  • If your monitor displays black well, it is a good one. No monitor can display real black, but the closer to black the better, without losing out on details of a picture or scene.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Gaming Laptop

Powerful bulky laptops or desktops that are expensive... that’s the image that comes to mind when you think of gaming on PCs or laptops. There are branded high-end exclusive gaming laptops/PCs or there are laptops/PCs that you can consider for gaming if you are not a heavy-duty gamer. One of the first features you would need in a laptop or a PC if you are planning to rent one from one of the computer rentals in your town is the graphics processing unit or the GPU, which is what separates an ordinary laptop from a gaming one. If the laptop has a dedicated GPU, your games are powered by it by way of its own RAM.

A lot of  graphics cards mean more GPU capacity for gaming, and also many monitors. Using a number of  monitors will help you play many games at the same time, or even chat or surf the internet when you are playing a game.

Memory, screen size

The processor is at the core of any PC/laptop. There are quad core processors that boost the PC/laptop’s ability to power your gaming process. The memory of your system is extremely important, so get your PC empowered with a minimum of 8GB RAM if you are  seriously considering gaming; if you have the budget, go for the 16GB. Amateur gamers who casually play once in a while could opt for a minimum of 4GB.

Faster memory means better performance and more stability. If you want your laptop or PC to be your ideal gaming system, you would need great displays. On the flipside, larger the display, more the weight of the PC/laptop. The system requires a display of at least 11 inches. The screen size can go up to 18 inches or even more. A larger display would mean a great resolution. Also, you need to make sure you have 120 Hz display, thanks to the growing popularity of 3D games. Ensure the monitor has all the right ports such as HDMI or Display Port.

Other aspects

Irrespective of how good everything else is on your computer, you would need solid batteries that last long. So, always make sure your laptop/PC has excellent battery. The other aspect you would need to bear in mind is the quality of audio. Ensure that your PC/laptop should have an audio which has compatibility with stereo I/O of 7.1 or 5.1. You should also have a nice pair of headphones that cancel noise so the hum of the PC/laptop is drowned out. You would need special controllers, a good gaming mouse and keyboard to enjoy the experience.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Things to Consider While Choosing a VPN service for your PC

If you require your data to be protected, the most likely solution you would have been given is to install a VPN. The VPN is a virtual private network and works by providing a channel between the internet and your computer, which provides anonymity online and encryption of data. When you have a VPN, there’s a buffer which is a server that comes with an IP address.

If you are working on a PC or laptop that is not at home, and are using a lot of Wi-Fi at public places, there is just no way for you to know how secure the network is. You could be traveling a lot with a PC/laptop rented from a computer rentals company, and want your data safe. That is when you use the VPN service; there are several such  free services available, although the paid ones are faster.

Things to consider

Some of the VPNs block torrents so if you are planning to use the service for torrents, you should check that first. The VPN should be able to function on all your gadgets and not just the PC. Another aspect to consider is if the service has any limits on bandwidth.

You would want a network that has no limits on bandwidth. Before you get a service, you should also check on their privacy policy; does the VPN retain records of usage? If they keep logs and you are uncomfortable, you should research well before opting for a service. Also, make sure where the servers of the VPN providers are located. If the physical/geographic distance between the server and your PC is huge, the downloads will be slower. It is ideal to choose a service provider closer to your region.

There are four well known VPNs, including point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP), layer 2 tunneling protocol and internet protocol security (L2TP and IPsec), secure sockets layer (SSL) and openVPN.

PPTP: Not a very secure VPN step, but it is a good step from where you can start your VPN exploration.

L2TP and IPsec: Safer than PPTP, but are more complicated when it comes to setting them up.

SSL: VPN method which is more trustworthy and dependable than PPTP, L2TP or IPsec

OpenVPN: An open source system that is secure, free, and has no connection troubles.

If you need a VPN system that is more dependable than all of the above, you could try a VPN router. If you are seeking VPN just to safeguard your internet activity while on a public Wi-Fi, you could subscribe to a VPN service provider. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Understanding Laptop Specifications

Getting yourself a laptop or renting one for specific needs can be quite a time-consuming decision, especially if you don’t know much about specifications. The CPU is at the core of any personal computer, so if you choose one with speed, it means you have programs that run fast, but it could also mean that the battery will have a lower life and that the laptop is expensive.

The hard drive is the laptop’s long-term memory and drive stores and retrieves digital data including photos, files and videos. The solid state drive (SSD) has a speedier performance and lower consumption of power. If you can choose between the two, SSDs offer up to thrice the speed of the mechanical drives.

If, for some reason, you can’t rent an SSD, you can opt for a hard drive of 7,200 rpm over a unit of 5,400 rpm. If you opt for a notebook, you can use a flash cache of 16 GB or 32 GB which, in combination with a hard drive, boosts performance.

The GPU or the graphics processing unit is not just about games, but important for all that you see on the screen. Any video app that you run will function smoothly and have an enhanced look. One of the most important considerations is the battery life. For a 15-inch notebook, the life of the battery should have at least four hours. Those who carry their notebooks for travel would need battery of over six hours, so look for a notebook that lasts you that long. The most durable laptops are ones that have a battery life of 10 to 20 hours.

Good memory

When it comes to RAM, make sure to get a system with a good RAM so any high-end application can run easily; also you can multi-task better with a higher RAM. Eventually, you should choose laptops depending on what you need it for; for instance, if you need a laptop for business, you should a laptop with a solid keyboard, sharp resolution of screen and good design. If you are a creative person, you might need a solid state drive with a HD display.

If you want your laptop to be portable, you may want to carry one with a screen size of 11 to 12 inches. However, if you want a screen that is large for gaming or creative activities, you should get one that is over 15 inches. No matter which laptop you want to rent from one of the computer rental services, consider all the specifications and make an informed choice.

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Monday, July 28, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Simple, Time-saving Computer Tricks

Looking for some information on a web page and using the downwards arrow that scrolls quite slowly? It is a frustrating experience, but you can avoid it by learning some easy tricks that save both time and energy. How about using the space bar key to scroll through the page faster? If you hold down the shift key with the spacebar, you can scroll up the whole screen with one press.

Search faster

If you need to constantly log into an account, try using a password manager, which completes the details for you. It is also secure and you save time spent trying to key in the username and password. If you searching for something online, and have to type in the search engine’s url each time, you could avoid that and just type the search phrase or term into the browser bar. You automatically get results.

Also, when you need to search for something specific you vaguely remember was published in a website/online news site, you add “site:” to the specific domain, for instance, site:nytimes.com MH17.

If there’s a particular word you need to search on a web page or a document, you need to hit Ctril+F to type the word and you will get the results highlighted. If you tend to work in many programs simultaneously, maximising and minimising windows can waste a lot of time. It also lowers your attention spans, so the solution is to get another monitor.

It instantaneously makes it easy for you to get through your tasks. If you looking for monitors or computers for a business conference, you could always rely on computer rentals for the same.

Managing documents, programs, tabs

If you constantly use the same kind of documents, for instance invoices, you can save a document as a template, (for example, invoice template.docx) and reuse the part you want quickly, even as you save the original. If not, you tend to open a previous file of that kind (the invoice, for instance), edit what you want and then save it with a fresh name. But the trouble is you may accidentally retain details of the previous file in that.

Always make full use of the task bar. It is much easier to start a program that has been pinned to the task bar rather than look for it on the desktop or the start menu. If you have as many as ten tabs in your browser and you only need to focus on one thing at a time, all you need to do is click on the specific tab and drag it. It will get converted into a window of its own.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
How to Deal with an Infected Computer?

People these days do most of their work on laptops and desktops, saving important content and managing tasks. The presence of malicious bugs on your system can be quite strenuous, especially due to the concern of all the valuable information that is stored in the drives.

Things to do when your computer becomes infected

  • As soon as your computer detects malicious content, viruses or spy-ware on your system, the first thing that you need to do is to check if it is really the case. A lot of people end up deleting important files as the safety scanner has erroneously called it malware.
  • When trying to deal with the infection on your own, make sure that you are working in the ‘safe mode’. This is because; you will need the help of Internet to deal with the problem.
  • Have some sort of back-up for all the important files and content that you do not want to lose. This is because; sometimes the system needs to be formatted after the cleaning process is done.
  • Run the anti-virus software that you have installed on your system and get rid of the virus as quickly as possible.
  • However, if you are not sure about the removal of the virus or you feel that the damage has spread, the best thing to do is take your system to a professional computer repair shop.
  • The professionals will be able to heal your computer faster and with more precision. They will help you retrieve the files that have been damaged if possible and protect the rest of the content that has not been damaged by the malicious bugs.
  • Do not share any kind of content from your computer with other computers. Viruses and other malicious bugs are intelligent and have the psychology of real life viruses, and attack other devices as well.

You may feel out-of-depth if you have to send your computer to the repair shop for a few days. Things can come to a standstill, especially if you do not have an extra device to work on. This is where computer rentals can come to your rescue. All you have to do is let the providers know about the kind and type of computer you would like to rent. They also usually offer computers on rent for a single day as well as for  months, depending on your requirement.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Macbook Air

Apple MacBook holds center stage with the latest version of Air known to run longer, faster and to cost less at the same time. Showcased at $999 in the US, the 13 inch 2014 release of MacBook Air is a good $100 less than last year’s model.

Features of 2014 MacBook Air

2014 MacBook Air, launched MacBook Air in April, houses a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, improved HD5000 graphics Haswell-generation CPU with the added benefit of 802.11ac WiFi, the latest in future wireless routers. With 4GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM, and 128 GB SSD storage capacity, the 11inch and 13inch Air Books run on OSX 10.9.3 Mavericks operating system.

Sleek design

Set in iconic Apple style, the 2014 - 13 and 11 inch MacBook Air devices sport classic aluminum sleek bodies. As slim as 0.11-0.68 inches, the latest Air designs are thinner and lighter without having compromised on keyboard footprint. The unibody aluminum construction retains a majority of previous Air models released from 2010, till date.

Rigid, durable and dependable, the highlight of 2014 MacBook Air is it’s durability in design, even when subject to somewhat rugged and rough use. Features like the trackpad and backlit keyboard remain the same as 2013 models.

Equipped with multi-touch gestures, the trackpad continues to be the most comfortable, responsive, and user-friendly system available in laptops today. MacBook Air lends a seamless way to switch between personalized desktops, windows and applications with simple three-four finger gestures on the trackpad.

Display features

The 2014 Air trumps its predecessor in terms of higher resolution display in 1,440x900 pixels. The 11.6 inch Air model displays a 16:9 widescreen, unlike the 13inch version. Both models however, incorporate an antiglare coating that increases resolution display, and decreases mirror effect common to most laptops.

However, one of the key improvements in the 2014 Air model is its increased battery life. Several people would buy the 2014 Air solely based on its battery life, which runs to about 16 hours 26 minutes, on offline video playback. An impressive time to beat, the battery life on a 2014 Air models matches that of iPads or tablets. 

Although MacBook Air models released in 2014 are quite similar to the 2013 versions, they out perform their predecessors in battery life, portability and durability. With features on par with the latest iPads, chances more people opt for the convenience of an added keyboard in the 11 inch 2014 Air is high. Well suited for mainstream use, in addition to being incredibly travel friendly, the MacBook Air is also a great computer laptop option.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

If you run your own business in Toronto or are planning to start one, you might be looking at meeting your technological requirements in a cost-effective manner. Every office today requires a basic set up with computers, printers and other related equipment. But this also calls for major investments from the business point of view. The good news is that there are a number of computer rental services in Toronto that could meet your short term technological needs in an efficient and cost-saving way.

These computer rentals offer clients a huge variety of brands for desktop computers or laptops that can be rented for a certain period of time. The plus point is that this equipment will be delivered to any specified location in Canada without any effort from your end. You also get to select your computer equipment from brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Apple etc. which guarantee good performance.

Technical Support

Toronto

Clients are also provided with full staff support with respect to technical issues. This includes the entire equipment installation process and the download of customized software. The support staff also offers configuration support along with dismantling the equipment when it is no longer needed for use. The computers are usually available for rent on a daily, weekly, monthly or even a yearly basis. Computer rentals in Toronto are very common as they are simple, cost saving and yet extremely efficient ways to get a technological aid for your running your business. Their benefits for different types of staff training programs, client meetings and presentations and short term projects are especially notable.

Other Benefits

As mentioned earlier, Toronto has a number of computer rentals that provide affordable, reliable and good quality branded computer technology to meet different types of business needs. You could be a sole entrepreneur looking for a personal laptop or a large company looking to rent equipment for corporate travel purposes, all your needs can be met at these computer rental services.

They will also offer adequate consultation if required. Also, they have access to the biggest stock of computer equipment, ranging from desktops, laptops, workstations to notebooks. In fact a whole range of presentation equipment is also available at these computer rentals-printers, screens, displays and other miscellaneous equipment.

If your firm is planning on holding a conference anywhere in Canada, the staff from the computer rental company can help arrange network communication setups that will give your staff access to all kinds of information shared in the entire conference space.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Computer Rental Services in Toronto

If you  are based out of  Toronto and carry out your own business or if you are part of a professional team in a company, you may like to consider computer rental services in order to meet your short and long term technological requirements. This means you would get high quality computer equipments for rent accompanied by consistent customer support services.

There are a number of good computer rentals in Toronto that provide a large  range of computers and related equipments from top brand such as Apple, HP, Dell, IBM and Toshiba. These rental services usually allows you to select the computer or any other equipment from their huge inventory. Choose the ones which best suits your business needs with regards to technological support.

Staff assistance is also  provided if the client is not sure about his or her specific technological needs or the right computer to pick for the particular business tasks. They not only help you pick the appropriate equipment but also guide you about various applications that you could get installed in your computer,  offering personalized solutions to every customer.

Rental packages and benefits

The fact that computer rentals are so popular can be accredited to the fact that it is a cost–saving solution. This is especially beneficial for businesses and individuals who have to meet technology needs for a short  period of time. All budgets are considered by these computer rentals whether one is looking to rent an LCD monitor for a professional show or simply a personal computer for an office space. There are value-for-money plans to incorporate different needs of customers.

Toronto-Business development hub

Toronto has often been acknowledged for its extensive growth in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. Businesses are fast expanding from this city to all across the globe and this naturally calls for networking and use of information technology. So,computer rentals are becoming extremely popular in the city to meet the various demands of entrepreneurs and professionals.

The students at the University of Toronto make frequent use of these affordable computer rentals for executing their class projects. A lot of companies in the city of Toronto also meet their staff training requirements by making use of computer rentals. There are options to check out the newest range of computers and laptops and this helps you to make an informed buying decision. You can also look at the lightweight computer variety if you are planning to take a business trip.

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 picks up from the design and build of the bigger IdeaPad Yoga 2 and is the latest convertible laptop offering by the company. The screen resting on a hinge can swing around in four different ways and it also comes with a convenient easy-to-use keyboard. Add to this, a long lasting battery and you have a pretty decent system working for you.

Design

As far as hybrid convertible laptops are concerned, The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is priced modestly. The design options include a dark silver or light silver exterior as well as Clementine orange. The matte silver finishing on the keyboard is noteworthy and is a good contrast to the dark-colored keys of the comfortable keyboard. The keys are convex in shape to make them easier to use when typing.

The single piece touch-pad is slightly smaller in size but responds well to multiple touch commands. The full-sized QWERTY keyboard  disappoints slightly with its small arrow keys.

The screen is  pretty solid which makes it quite easy to use when the laptop mode is on in the system. The system does not come with pre-installed  applications . Some of the installed apps include Accuweather.com, Evernote Touch, eBay, Kindle, Microsoft Office (Trial) and Zinio. Some Lenovo applications are also available for use such as Lenovo Companion, Yoga Camera Man among others.

Performance review

Lenovo Yoga 2 (11 inch )

The Yoga 2 11 has an Intel Pentium N3520 processor and a memory of 4GB. In contrast to the other hybrid laptops,  lot of high-level multimedia tasks can’t be carried out on the Yoga 2 11. However, you can do the usual photo and video editing if required.

The battery life of the Yoga 2 11 extends up to a good 6 hours 53 minutes. This almost gets you through your entire day and is much more than what is offered by the Satellite NB1 by Toshiba.

If you’re looking to buy an ultra-book class of laptops from the Lenovo family, but don’t require all the ultra-book functions and want to avoid the luxury cost, then you could definitely go for the Lenovo Yoga 2 11. But it is good to keep other less costly options such as the HP Pavilion in mind which has a trendier look and the same internal configuration and functions. Go for the computer rental option to check out the various features of this new laptop by Lenovo.

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