Monday, October 27, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Toshiba Satellite Radius

When it comes to convertible laptops, Toshiba has registered a steady growth in popularity over the last year even after facing stiff competition from various other brands. However, the Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W-B5224 is easily the best in the premium range of 2-in-1 devices.

Design and features

Just like most of the other convertible-hybrid laptop the Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W-B5224 also comes with a total of five different modes. You will get the premium feel with this device as it has a combination of Aluminum and Satin-Gold finish. With dimensions of 0.75 by 15.0 by 9.7 inches and weighing five pounds it is much lighter than its closest competitors. The 15.6 inch In-Plane Switching display has an amazing resolution of 1,920-by-1,080 p. You will get excellent picture quality with this system with sharp details and wide viewing angles.

The system also boasts of high quality built-in Harman speakers on top of its keyboard. As expected from a premium laptop, it has three USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, an SD card slot and a standard headset jack. It has a 1 TB hard drive that makes it a little slow. Toshiba also gives its customers some very useful pre-installed software and it naturally comes with a standard warranty of one year.

Performance

The Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W-B5224 boasts of an Intel Core i7-4510U processor which is tailor-made for mobile devices like convertible laptops and ultra-books. The 8 GB RAM gives you an overall performance that is far better than its closest competitors. The system outperformed all its competitors in the various multimedia performance tests. The Intel HD Graphics 4400 combined with the Core i7 processor boosts the performance of the system drastically. However, the integrated graphics doesn't work very well, thus not making it the ideal machine for gaming.

Pros and cons of the system

The Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W-B5224 hardly has any disadvantages except for the fact that it is too large to be used as a tablet. When it comes to the advantages, the list is very long, but the spacious hard drive, the amazing convertible design and the long battery life has to be mentioned.

With its sleek design and superior performance, the Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W-B5224 is without a doubt the best convertible-hybrid systems and the touch and tablet functionality makes it hard to beat. You will get this system at your nearest computer rental center.

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Make your Computer Quieter

Are you annoyed by the constant hum of your computer and wish you could cut out the noise? First, you need to understand where that noise is coming from. The principal source of noise comes from the motors, and the spinning parts like the CPU fan, the cooling fan, power supply fan and your hard drive. Because modern-day computers are being equipped with faster graphic boards, hard drives and processors, they generate more heat and require cooling. The cooling in turn gives way to the noise.

Replace the fan

One of the solutions to quieting your computer is to get the case fan and CPU fan replaced with quieter ones. The pre-installed ones tend to be noisier, so get an expert to install a big fan so that greater amount of air will be moved at a slower speed, as a result reducing noise. Fans that can adjust the speed depending on the heat are also available.

Clean the computer

Sometimes, the culprit could be a dusty computer. There could be a lot of dust build-up in the heat sinks and the fans, which will make the system hotter and as a consequence noisier. So, use some compressed air and clean your system. If you are not sure about how to dismantle and clean the system, you could get the help of an expert.

The hard drive could be the culprit

The hard drive on your computer could be really noisy, and identifying this noise when the computer is booting is quite easy. Alternatively, you could disconnect the drive and switch on the computer. If there’s no noise, the culprit is surely the hard drive. You could either replace the hard drive or cover it with a removable casing which can make it quieter.

Other causes

Often, the placement of the computer could make all the difference. Have you tried moving it around to see where the noise is lowest? The step is definitely worth trying, and if it works, you can save a lot of trouble. If the system has been placed on a surface such as a floor that is really hard, the vibrations of the computer could cause extra noise. You could put a layer of padding to muffle the noise. Another cause could be as simple as a loose screw on one of the fans or components. Your hardware expert could check this aspect quickly and resolve your problem.

When you are renting a computer from the computer rentals firm, find out if the PC is a loud one before choosing it, if noise is going to be a factor that bothers you.

Monday, October 20, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Graphics Card

It is very important to have a decent graphics card in your computer. If you have an older desktop computer which you need to upgrade to Windows 7, it is about time that you upgraded the graphics card as well. A good graphics card shares the CPU load and makes your system perform better. Also, it helps users optimize the properties of display to ensure they experience the system in a better manner.

Graphics cards also provide several functions related to video, such as TV output, DVD playback and video capture. If you have rented a computer from one of the computer rentals firm, find out what kind of graphics card that has been installed in the system. Most PCs have integrated graphics in the place of video cards. The graphics processors are installed with the motherboard of your PC. The power of integrated graphics is constantly being enhanced, but a separate video card continues to have a lot of power.

Look for your video card

If you want to find out what GPU (graphics processing unit) or video card is present in your computer, you would need to check the manufacturer specs or look for the same in the Control Panel of your system. Under the Control Panel, you would need to look under ‘Appearance and Personalization’. Once you are there, click the ‘Adjust Screen Resolution’ option, go to ‘Advanced Settings’ and then click on ‘Adapter’ where the information about the video card of your system will be available.

If you intend on upgradation of your desktop, it is important that you also consider replacing the video card as part of the process. It is often said that a boost in RAM helps the system, which is a great idea, but boosting the power of graphics is a sure way to improve the computer’s performance.

Before upgrading

Find out from your computer rentals expert or your hardware consultant as to whether your computer has the appropriate slot for the graphics card you want to upgrade the system with. In fact, it is best to ask the experts about what kind of card you should choose for the kind of work you do.

The RAM is not a very important; the most important consideration should be the bandwidth of the graphics card. It is also important to match the graphics card with the processor of your system. Once you are sure about the various factors, get your expert to install the card.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
CTL Educational Chromebook

Chromebooks are an ideal fit in the classroom environment. It is very easy to set up these budget devices with educational applications. In addition to this, all Chromebooks together can be taken care of by the management tools offered by Google Chrome. Since all data management and other operations are cloud based and are synced to the Google account of the user, it is also possible for several students to use one single device.

The latest CTL Educational Chromebook gives the tiny Chrome-based system a student friendly makeover. It offers new features that enable participation in various educational activities at a price that is way cheaper than certain textbooks.

Design review

The latest CTL Educational Chromebook-NL6 is designed to be used in the rough and tough classroom setting. The body of the laptop is built from hard plastic which makes it perfect to be stored in backpacks. It can withstand rough use by school students. The various ports and hinges of the laptop are unbreakable under different kinds of stresses.

A bumper made out of rubber wraps around the frame of the laptop. This essentially provides protection against any drops or the laptop hitting against anything hard. The keyboard is built to resist any damage against water spilling. So, any parent who is not confident about their child being able to take care of an expensive technological device, the NL6 is a perfect inexpensive option.

The CTL Educational Chromebook is also convenient to carry around as it comes equipped with an in-built handle and a sleek design (0.88X11.8X8.4 inches). It is also very light and weighs approximately 3.04 pounds. It looks very much like 2Go Convertible NL4 Classmate PC, given the plastic framework and classroom-friendly design. But it lacks the rotating touch screen feature.

Display

A 1366X768 basic resolution is offered by the 11.6-inch display of the Chromebook. The screen provides reasonable amount of brightness and also has an anti-glare film which makes it good enough to carry for outdoor class trips.

There is a webcam (1MP) above the display. But the camera is not fixed as on the other Chromebooks; it has a rotational feature. The quality of the pictures is pretty average but the Chromebook offers one distinct feature of the magnifying “microscope” which is attached around the webcam lens. Computer rentals are a great place to look for the latest laptops to meet your child’s educational requirements.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

Majority of the Chromebooks available in the market are small in size and quite inexpensive. But an older model from Samsung or the latest one from HP remain the best options. There are very few people who would be willing to go for the highly expensive Pixel, even though it is a brilliant flagship device for the ecosystem. Also with HP fixing the AC adapter problems in its Chromebook, we have another good choice.

Below is a list of some of the best Chromebooks that you could buy today:

Google Chromebook Pixel

1. Google Chromebook Pixel

The Chromebook Pixel by Google is essentially an idea. It is the tech giant’s vision of premium laptop for future world citizens. Its price starts from $1299 and it is a strongly built device that runs solely on the Chrome browser.

The exterior body of this laptop is made of aluminum and it weighs around 3.35 pounds. The stand-out feature of the Chromebook Pixel is its big high-resolution display screen. The screen is bright, covered with glass panel and has a resolution of 2660 X 1700 pixels. The screen quality is so good that the pixels are simply not visible. This means the pictures have brilliant details and the text is very fine.

HP Chromebook 14

2. HP Chromebook 14

The Chromebook 14 is quite affordable with a price of $300. It boasts of a 14-inch display and cannot absolutely be mistaken for the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, which was launched in the beginning of this year.

The Chromebook 14 is available in three great color options including peach coral, ocean turquoise and snow white. The exterior surface and the display edge are mostly covered by the color. The plastic feels soft and nice, even though it could easily show greasy fingerprints. The system weighs slightly more than 4 pounds with the AC adapter weighing an additional 0.7 pounds.

Samsung Chromebook Series 3

3. Samsung Chromebook Series 3

Even though the Samsung Series 3 appears to be a laptop, it is not. It has a mobile processor and very limited internal storage capacity. It basically runs on the Chrome browser only (not Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X). You could think of it as more of a superior smartphone or tablet than a Chromebook.

So if you’re looking to multitask and not just surf the internet or produce cloud-based data, you should definitely not consider this one.

You could contact your computer rental service to get a hands-on experience of all these devices.

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Monday, October 6, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

Different kinds of mice serve different purposes. For instance, ‘Desktop mice’ are designed for standard everyday use. They have the typical left and right buttons and a scroll wheel in the center. Travel mice on the other hand are meant for on-the-road use and are generally quite small, so that they can easily fit inside your laptop bag’s pocket and connect instantly without the use of wires. Similarly there are ‘Gaming mice’ which are a totally different category with customized controls and buttons. Below is a list of some of the best mice that you could choose from for your specific needs:

Corsair Vengeance M65

1. Corsair Vengeance M65

The Corsair Vengeance M65 has a very futuristic design and is extremely comfortable to handle and use with its large scroll wheel placed at the center. The surface of the M65 is made from a soft kind of plastic which does not seem to collect any visible build-up of oil even after extended use.

On the other hand the rest and holding space for your pinky and thumb have a slightly more rugged texture for a good grip. There is a strong metal and rubber tracking wheel which rests on the middle of the right and left click buttons. It has a decent track wheel and has an LED light which glows underneath it. This lends both style and comfort to the overall look of the mouse.

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

2. Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

Gamers are known to be choosy about their gaming equipment. And they have a good enough reason because the tiniest detail can destroy or make their game. It could be an inappropriate design, uncomfortable rest and similar other factors.

The Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming mouse has a comfortable design and comes with several thumb buttons which offer customized control. Tech experts believe that the placement of the buttons is perfect for advanced DPI switching. It is also an energy efficient device as the battery life could be stretched to a number of days, not just a few hours.

CM Storm Recon

3. CM Storm Recon

CM Storm Recon fits into the budget of almost all gamers and is a powerful yet comfortable mouse that comes in an ambidextrous design. It has plenty of decent features to boast about and looks good with its matte finish and a solid rubber grip.

Computer rentals are a great way to check out different kinds of mice and get the most suitable one from the different categories.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Business Desktop Computer

If you are looking to purchase a desktop for business purposes, check for a system that has an Intel Core i3 as a CPU or an APU from the AMD A4 Series. It is ideal to get a minimum of 4GB memory installed with 300GB of space on the hard drive. In case you want a desktop that has an SSD (solid state drive), you should know that it would be a bit more expensive.

Finally, think about buying a computer that has an optimal drive. Optimal drives may not be very important for conventional-use laptops, but all small as well as medium sized companies will benefit from this feature.

Below is a review of some of the best business computers lined up for 2014.

HP Z220 CMT Workstation

You may not think of workstations as the most attractive looking computers, however, they could be extremely helpful in getting your work completed in an efficient and timely manner. The HP Z220 CMT Workstation is equipped to accomplish both the objectives with its hardcore processing feature. It makes use of a solid-state drive to enable quick SRT caching and also has great expansion card prospects.

Its price - $2,000 - is extremely attractive, making it an excellent option for professionals who wish for efficient performance with regards to daily tasks on a one-processor workstation.

Apple iMac 27-inch

Even though it might just be a bumping up of speed, the recent addition of the Intel Core i5 quad-core processor (4th generation) and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M Kepler has taken the Apple iMac (27 inch) to the next level.

This newly configured Apple iMac comes at a much lower cost as compared to the earlier iMacs and it looks great too. The design is amazingly sleek and the display boasts of a low-glare feature. The processor, along with the graphic cards feature definitely receives a top class review.

Dell Optiplex 9010 AIO

Dell is here with the brand new Optiplex 9010 AIO. It is deemed as the all-in-one business desktop computer with a touch screen and is suitable for both big and small offices. As compared to workstations which are more graphic-oriented, it may be slightly lacking, yet with its Core i7 processor, it is a very powerful machine. It is also quick in operations owing to its solid-state drive and is easily affordable by small businesses as well.

Computer rentals can offer you a wide variety of choices for business desktop computers. So why not rent your perfect business PC today!

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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.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
PC RAM Requirements

RAM is the next most crucial factor after the CPU that determines the performance of your computer. Adding additional RAM can sometimes be more useful rather than getting a new CPU.

Different RAM Requirements

If you notice your computer system operating slowly or constantly accessing the hard drive, it is a sign that you require more RAM. For those using Windows XP, Microsoft recommends a 128 MB minimum RAM. You could encounter several application-related problems when using a 64MB RAM. So, for the most favorable performance, with regards to the typical PC applications, 256MB is usually suitable. When operating Windows 95/98, 32MB of minimum RAM is required; the computer will perform even better with 64MB. As far as Windows NT/2000 is concerned, software experts recommend 64MB of RAM. You can add 128MB or even more for better performance.
Linux users can easily work with merely 4MB, but those planning to get X-Windows and engage in more hardcore work will need 64MB of RAM. A 128MB minimum RAM is needed for Mac OS X operators.

The RAM requirement mentioned for the systems above takes into consideration typical usage. This means operations such as using the Internet, office applications, word processing as well as simple entertainment activities.

However, if you are a professional who undertakes work such as computer-aided design, hardcore data processing, 3-D animation, you would mostly require greater RAM. In addition to this, if your computer acts as a kind of server, you will require more RAM.

How RAM is sold and installed

Generally, RAM is available for sale in multiples of 16 megabytes - 16, 32, 64, 128 and so on. 1024MB of RAM equals 1GB. For instance, if your system currently has a RAM of 64MB and you require minimum 100MB more, you will be adding a 64MB module to it. RAM installation is a fairly simple process. Just do some research and get an idea about the following basic facts:

  • The amount of RAM you already have
  • The amount of additional RAM you want to get
  • Form factor
  • The type of RAM required for your purpose
  • Different tools needed for installation
  • RAM Warranty offered
  • Where the RAM is installed

If you rent computers for your office or any other personal requirement, computer rentals can give you the exact amount of RAM suitable for your purpose.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Desktop PC Processor

The processor is among the most important aspects to consider if you are planning to buy a desktop computer. When you look at a desktop processor, you should consider the following factors:

Multi-core units

At least two or a higher number of separate processors are brought together into a single unit. Such a unit boosts the processing unit’s performance and the workload your desktop PC can handle. The units, called multi-core processors, may have anywhere between two and six separate units. If you are using a desktop for programs that eat up a lot of memory, you will need a high-end processor. Single-core processors can be used for low-end programs.

Find out about the ability of the unit to handle heat. Processors emit huge amounts of heat, so make sure the units have systems in place to manage the emitted heat. The system should include a heat sink and maybe a fan-cooler in combination. A processor that has a poor or missing heat sink can lock up the computer, or force errors.

How does the processor work in your PC?

All CPUs perform four actions wherein the processor gets instructions from the memory of a program. If the memory comes in at a slow rate, the microprocessors help quicken the process. Then the processor splits up the information received according to its relevance to each of its parts. Following this procedure, all processor parts get together to perform tasks assigned to individual parts. Finally, the results of the set of instructions first received are written into the memory of the program.

Processor speed

The speed of processors refers to the instructions that it can execute every second; this number is sized up in GH or gigahertz. Clock speed or rate is the term used to define how many clock cycles your CPU can complete every second. Clock speeds alone are not useful when you need to compare CPUs that belong to the same family. Other factors like the core of the CPU and memory cache that your CPU can work with also play a crucial role.

When you rent a desktop PC from a computer rental service, make sure that it has a good processing unit, and check for all the aspects mentioned above if you want your computer to run at optimal levels.

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