Thursday, June 12, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

The MacBook Air 2014 had quite a low key launch in the market and doesn’t really have many improvements or alterations to boast about. The computer now has a CPU of 1.4GHz (Intel Core Haswell processors) as compared to the previous configuration of 1.3 GHz. The rest of the features of the laptop remain unchanged, i.e. an Intel HD 5000 graphics, 4GB Ram and a slim aluminium body. What is surprising is that the price range now starts at £749 and the entire range of the Apple MacBook Air models is now under £1,000.

Size: Depending upon what you are looking for-a lighter laptop or some extra screen space, you could go for either the 11 inch or 13 inch MacBook in this range. The amazingly thin 0.3-1.7cm unibody design is common to both the Air models offered by Apple. While the 11 inch machine weighs just about 1.08kg, the 13 inch MacBook Air, measuring 32.5X22.7 inches is 1.55kg in weight.

Apple MacBook Air 2014

Screen Resolution: The MacBook Air screens continue to lack Retina displays. This means they have lower pixel density as compared to the MacBook Pro which comes with a Retina display. The screen resolution of the 13 inch MacBook Air is 1,440 x 900 pixels. This is much lesser than that of the 13 inch MacBook Pro (2,560 by 1,600 pixels). The 11-inch MacBook Air has a 1,366 x 768 resolution.

Purchase Decision

Previously, there was very little difference in the price of the 13 inch Air model (2013) with a screen resolution of 1,440-x-900 pixels and the 13 inch MacBook Pro with a 2,560-by-1,600 'Retina' resolution. In 2013, the cost of a superior Retina screen was only £120 more than the starting price of the 13-inch MacBook Air and it came with several other benefits. However, now there is major price difference of £250.

MacBook Air with the 13-inchscreen is the only model that has an SDXC card slot. This definitely makes it an appealing purchase for professional photographers. Both the models lack a DVD drive. This means a user may have to purchase a separate Apple USB SuperDrive which is an added expense of £65.

There is a backlit keyboard in both the MacBooks along with a huge multi-touch track-pad.

Battery of MacBook Air

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Air claims to have a full working day battery life which essentially means 12 hours and is the same as that of the 13 inch MacBook Air 2013 model. Computer rentals can help you decide which model of MacBook to purchase based on your specific use requirements.

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Monday, June 9, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

A lot of electronic waste is being generated with new technology coming in quickly. Most of the e-waste normally consists of old and bulky computers. However, we can recycle most of the components used in these old machines to make new gadgets. Many companies have even started taking steps towards this direction.

Components that can be recycled

Plastic plays a major role among the main components that can be recycled. It is also a major element used for making new gadgets. Many companies have kick-started their recycling program to use plastic in a better and eco-friendly manner. Other re-usable materials include metals and glass. According to experts, almost 99 percent of the components used in different kinds of electronic gadgets can be recycled. The current practice of carelessly dumping these elements is harming the environment as toxic metals and chemicals enter the food chain of many wild animals.

Companies need to put in more effort

Computers with Recycled Plastic

Computer and mobile manufacturing companies need to put in a more effort by expanding their hardware take-back program all over the world. These companies need to re-use  plastics and metals from the old computers, manufactured by them. However, they must also make sure that their efforts are sustainable so that they can keep following the practice for a long period of time. These efforts will surely turn profitable for such companies as they will be able to save a lot of money while maintaining an eco-friendly image.

Recycling practices can also reduce the production of virgin plastic, which causes major harm to the environment than other kinds of plastics. Companies need to make efforts to reduce the use of such plastic as its incineration produces toxic chemicals.

Another step which can encourage the use of recycled materials renting of computers. People do not need to purchase a computer if they need it just for a short span. Instead, they can go for the ones available for rent and return it when they don’t need it anymore. Computer rental companies generally have partnership with companies when it comes to providing their customers computer on rent. With such practices, there will be less generation of new computers which in turn will keep a tab on the amount of plastic used in the process.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

Are you worried about that old computer resting in your basement? Well, keep it for a little longer and you may get a handsome price for it. Old computers are becoming hot collectible items along with the peripherals. This phenomenon is not just associated with the computers, but with many other devices that contains circuitry manufactured by certain organizations. A few years ago such devices were just used for promotional purpose, but now they have turned into valuable relics.

Vibrant market emerging for old consoles

Many experts are suggesting that in a few more years time, the market for such old electronic devices will become huge and their prices will rise with every passing year. For instance a person might have bought a paper weight manufactured by Fairchild Semiconductor International 15 years ago for $15, the value of which is more than $4000 presently as it contains computer chips that were used in the Apollo moon mission.

Not all old computer and gadgets are valuable

Old Computers Turning into Collector's Items

However, not all old gadgets are collector's items. It is a little complicated business as the value of a computer depends on whether it has any significant contribution in the history of computers. The value is also dependent on how and when it was produced. The other aspect is the common factor associated with every collectible, which is rarity. Some of the computers manufactured during the 70s and 80s were made in very small numbers and so naturally have more value. If you own an old gadget or device that has been produced on a large scale, a better option would be to recycle it rather than waiting to get a good price out if it. 

The key to an old computer becoming a collectible item is whether it was the first in the series to be manufactured. If not, you don't have to keep it as it is likely to fetch you nothing. If you have an old computer at home, you can check its worth by tracking its price at the auction market. However, if you want to get good money, you will have to keep it in good condition and wait for the time till it turns into something valuable.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Computer Rentals in Montreal

Whenever you think of starting a small business, you will require computers on which your workers can do their work. At first, you may find it difficult to acquire the resources to purchase the computers. In such circumstances, computer rental companies are there to help you out. You will find many computer rental agencies in and around Montreal.

These computer rental companies ensure that small companies stay competitive against medium to large companies. These computers that are available for rent at reasonable price can save you from the trouble of purchasing it as most of the organization need these computers for only a brief period of time.

Some of the major benefits of using a computer rental service are as follows-

It becomes very easy to keep a tab on the budget

You can easily compute your monthly expenditure when you are renting out the computer as there are hardly any fees with respect to it.

Pre-installed software

Most of the computer rental agencies in Montreal provide the customers with all the basic software that they will require for their daily operations.

End of term options

Rental companies in Montreal offer customers with a flexible end of term option. Over a period of time, as the computer become obsolete, you can exchange it with the current model. If you prefer the new one, you continue using it.

Easy delivery

Most of the computer rental firms in Montreal deliver all the computers along with the accessories at the doorstep of the customer and even assemble it for them. Besides that, they also provide the customers with additional equipment such as  printers and scanners.

Computer loaner

These rental companies will provide you with a new computer within 24 hours if there is a need for  repair in any of your computers, so that there will be no interruption in your daily operational activities.

Competitive pricing

Computer rental companies charge reasonable price for all their services which the customers would find it hard to resist. The longer you use the computers, the less the monthly charges that you will have to pay.

Proper installation and testing

Authorized engineers and technical experts carry out testing and installation.

Easy installation of the in-house software

Pre-configured computers can be loaded with customer's in-house software which will be done by the technical staff.

So you can see how favorable it is to rent computers for all kinds of purpose especially in Montreal.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Dell Studio XPS 9100

Today, many small companies as well as individuals are operating their businesses from home. They have allocated a small office space which helps them function reasonably well and they save up on the cost of renting or buying a place. A quintessential element of a home office is a computer or laptop. Computer rentals are becoming very popular these days as they are able to supply latest desktop and laptop computers installed with all the necessary software for businesses to use.

Below are some of the top rated computers to rent for your home office:

1. Dell Studio XPS 9100

For handling top end tasks that can handle all your business operations efficiently, try Dell Studio XPS 9100. Priced at $1099, this is a powerful system with an Intel Core i&-930 processor. It boasts of an 8GB RAM and a hard drive of 1 TB. Another stand out feature of this system is the strong ATI HD5670 graphics card. This is one good looking laptop with a glossy finish and impressive interior and a great consideration for a home office use computer!

2. Gateway SX2840-01

If you are looking for a sleek and trendy medium sized laptop, check out the Gateway SX2840-01, priced at just $559. But the size has nothing to do with performance of this strong contender for home office computers. What you get with the Gateway SX2840-01 is brilliant connectivity and options for upgradability. The processor for this machine is an Intel Core i3-530. It has a 6GB RAM and comes with hard drive of 1TB along with a DVD writer.

3. The Toshiba Satellite T215D

Experience the comfort of portability that usually comes with a netbook with the Toshiba Satellite T215D. It is easy to carry because of its sleek body and yet has all the functional features of mainstream laptop computer. Almost all kinds of business related applications can be run on the Satellite T215D and it weighs just about 3 pounds! Enjoy video playback of HD quality on the Satellite T215D that has an AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor. It also comes with a Radeon HD 4225 graphics chip and a 2GB RAM.

4. HP Envy 17

Weighing close to 7.5 pounds, this machine is a powerhouse with its magnesium and aluminum exterior. It has a quad core processor- Intel Core i7-720QM and a 6GB RAM. Get impressed by its ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics chip!

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Things to Consider when Choosing a Computer for Rental

Renting a computer is always a more cost-effective option when you know that you will need the computer for only a short period of time. However, before deciding on a computer rental company, you must check certain things with regard to its services and the computers it provides. Keep in mind that even small details can amount to major setbacks. It is vital that you get the most out of the rental service available. Here is a list of four things you must consider when selecting a computer for rent.

Computers need to be protected by an authentic and reliable antivirus software

The first thing you must check with the rental company is if all their computers are protected by latest antivirus software. If their computers are not protected, you must avoid using their services, as it will only hamper the smooth operation of your business. You can find that out by checking whether the systems are getting updated on a daily basis.

Without virus protection, you may suffer from your files being corrupted, setting you back on your work unnecessarily. Also, if the software on the system is damaged as an outcome of a downloaded virus, you may be the one liable to the damage caused. Ensure that your system is secure before renting it out, so that you do not have to face any such problems.

Ensure that the computer rental company has a good reputation

It is very important that you ask about the particular computer rental service. Get in touch with people who have already gone through the same rental, or read testimonials available on the company's website.  Check with them about how satisfied they are with the company.

Check the configuration

Another important factor you must consider is the configuration the company provides for their computers. Ensure that specifications meet your demands based on the functionality you require the computer rental for.

Good repair service

There is always the remote possibility that the computer you rent for your business breaks down. To solve such an issue at the earliest, you must find out whether the rental company provides repairing services for damaged or dysfunctional systems.

Keep these four things in mind before renting a computer for your business. If you face any serious issues, contact your the rental service to resolve the problems at the earliest.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
The Computer Rental Process

Your business may need to rent computers on short term or long term basis. For all such purposes, you need to understand the process of renting computers from reliable rental companies.

For several kinds of businesses, renting computers is a much more feasible option. Computer rentals can serve various business needs such as:

  • Helping your staff in designing a new contract project.
  • Aiding online training processes for employees where they might need to access a certain software program.
  • Providing the equipment needed for corporate participation in certain events such as trade shows.
  • Minimizing risk in technology investment when the future requirements of the business are not clearly defines or predictable.
  • Experimenting and trying out different equipment prior to making a final purchase.

All computer rental companies provide you with a ‘rental plan’ addressing your various kinds of needs and business objectives. There are options to rent PCs on a ‘per day’, ‘per week’ or even a monthly basis. Good rental companies make sure that they have variety of plans that address the unique needs of different businesses.

Computer rentals made easy

So you have decided to rent computers to meet your various business needs, it is now time to approach a reliable rental company. Go online and research on the various options available and consult somebody who has already rented computers from a credible company and can give you appropriate feedback.

Once you narrow down on a good company, choose the PCs you require for your work and place an order with the rental agent. Your order will then be processed and the PCs/laptops or notebooks will be delivered to the location you have specified to the company at a suitable time.

Most companies assist with you any kind of help that you need with respect to the rented equipment throughout your rental term. You could get it touch with them simply over the phone and they could also send a technician for help if the need arises. In case there is a major glitch in the rented equipment that cannot be fixed, the company will replace the equipment with a new one.

The aim of all rental companies is to enable your business to run smoothly without any disruptions. Today, apart from just computers, you also have the option to rent other related equipment such as projectors, LCD monitors, computer accessories and even PC tablets for your various business needs.

Monday, May 5, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Lenovo Laptops

When opting for computer rentals, make sure you have all the information you need about the latest models available in the market that suit your needs. Top computer companies such as Lenovo, HP, Dell, Toshiba  are making dynamic progress by introducing high performance models that deliver the best results with brilliant efficiency. We bring to you reviews of some of these top class laptops and computers to help you make a decision.

Latest Laptops to look out for

1. Pocket-Friendly Laptops by Lenovo (B50, G50)

Looking for a budget laptop? Lenovo has the answer for you! The company introduces two extremely pocket-friendly notebooks that come with a loads of features. The price range starts from just $399. Equipped with Intel’s dynamic fourth generation processors, the Lenovo B50 and G50 come with a storage of 1TB each. The screen is a good 15 inches accompanied by the Lenovo AccuType keyboard for comfortable typing.
The notebooks are available in both Windows 7 and Windows 8 formats. The B50 model is more suitable for business related use and has a touch screen display which can be for   a 1920 x 1080 panelor  a 1366 x 768 panel.

2. MacBook Pro- 13 inch Display

The MacBook Pro 13-Inch comes with a Retina display.  It is a strong combination of excellent performance and durability along with top-class screen display. The price range for the MacBook Pro starts at $1,299. The display is an unbelievable 2560 x 1600 panel with striking colors that seem to come out of an artist’s painting! It has an Intel Core i5 processor and weighs just about 3.46 pounds. Need more battery? This model by Apple comes with a brilliant battery life of 9.5 hours.

3. Lenovo ThinkPad X240

The stand-out feature of this computer machine is battery life which claims to go beyond a 20 hours time period.  So in case you have a long flight to catch, just carry your Lenovo ThinkPad X240 with you. This laptop is quite light weighing about 3.6 pounds with a 12.5 inch screen display. It comes with a 1080 pixel touch screen (optional), a TrackPoint pointing stick and extremely swift performance!

4. Dell XPS 12

The Dell XPS 12 provides its users with an excellent 1080p display. Whats more is that it can flip backward on its axis transforming the laptop into a portable Windows tablet! You also get a user-friendly keyboard along with a huge touchpad and a battery life of more than 9 hours. You truly have a winner here!

Friday, May 2, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Computer Notebook Rentals

Many times we urgently require the services of notebook computers for various purposes like events, seminars, conferences and trade shows. In such circumstances, instead of purchasing these laptops, it is much better option to rent it for a brief period of time and return it back when it has served its purpose as once these events get over, the notebooks become useless.

Renting the notebooks is a cheap and favorable choice. You can find the rental companies in many places. Here are some of the major advantages of renting these computer notebooks.

Choice of opting from the latest models

Majority of the time the latest models of these notebooks is unlikely to be available for purchase. However, there is a good chance that these devices will be there for the taking if you go to the rental companies. These agencies provide a broad set of choices and you can run these notebooks before making up your mind on renting it.

Cost effective

The rental companies offer their customers with a number of choices and those who have a tight budget will possibly have their problem solved. These companies sometimes offer a discount when you need a lot of machines.

Technical support especially during the time of breakdown

If by any chance you face problems in handling the notebooks, you will get the necessary technical support from the rental companies. Many renting agencies offer 24/7 helpline service.

Delivery of the equipments to the place of venue

The rental companies will also deliver the notebooks where it is needed and you do not have to be concerned about moving these devices. The transportation services will be needed especially when moving a number of notebooks.

Expert advice when it comes to choosing the right notebooks for your special needs

Many people have no idea about the kind of notebooks they will need for their event. However, the rental companies can show you the right way when it comes to choosing the right notebooks.

Apart from this, you will also get a fully legal, certified pre-installed Microsoft operating system and software which you will need in any case. Even the pre-configured notebooks can be loaded with customers' in house software.

These benefits will not be there if you decide to buy these equipments and you will have to handle everything on your own.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Android Tablet

Over the past five years, there has been a rise in the number of electronic tablets bought by consumers around the world. Due to its ease of use and multi-tasking features, tablets are now a common household item. For many customers, there is confusion between which tablets to choose – an Android tablet or an iPad. Here are a few reasons why it is a great idea to rent an Android tablet from a computer rental company.

Pricing

In the current market, the price of an Android tablet is very low in comparison to its Apple counterpart. This makes the rental price even lower and customers could rent an Android tablet for as low as $100 a month. The best part about its pricing is that although it is relatively low, Android tablets do not compromise on quality. This means you will be able to get a very good Android tablet at a great price.

Variety

Many people nowadays are conscious about the brands they buy. Whether it is an Apple, Samsung or LG, customers love to have their brand create a product that is readily available. For Android tablets, customers have a wide range of brands to choose from. Samsung, LG, HP, Sony, Google and Asus are the top brands in the market that sell Android tablets. This allows you to have a variety in choice as to which brand you would like to pick as all the aforementioned brands make the best tablets in the market.

External storage

One of the drawback of having an iPad is that you cannot use it as an external storage device without syncing the data to iTunes. However, all Android tablets can be used as an external storage device. This means you can copy data on to your tablet and transfer it to another device very easily.

Centralized control

All Android tablets are powered by Google. Many people nowadays prefer to use Google for its search engine, email and maps. As Google creates these products, they are automatically installed in each and every Android tablet. This makes it easier to manage your Google account on one device.

Extra storage

One of the best features about Android tablets is that most of them have expandable external memory. All you need is an SD card and you can increase your storage space from 8 GB to 32 GB.

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