Monday, April 14, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

Here are three servers that outperform various other brands in their price category. They all have extremely varied features, of course; so the list is for those who are having a difficult time choosing what they need for their businesses or homes. Compare prices, features and utility of three very different models.

Synology DiskStation DS212j

Synology DiskStation DS212j

This NAS is extremely compact, and is about the size of a small shoebox. Do not let the size fool you though, for the driver manages to pack a substantial functionality for its stature. The Synology DiskStation is sold without any hard drives. The device has a dual drive bay which supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD configurations.

This is the perfect server for those looking out specifically with something small in mind. There are other variations of the model that are available as well. The device runs on the DSM (DiskStation Manager) OS, which is very user-friendly. The installation process of the same is also rather simple, as it comes on CD with the NAS.

Even this grade of server has the capability of supporting Windows, Linux and Mac files. Remote file-sharing is an available option. To save you space, you can connect your system to the cloud as well. You can even download updates for the device on the Internet. The DiskStation is very competitively priced and stands at around £150.

Buffalo TeraStation Pro TS PVH12TL/ R6EU

This is one beast of a server. Among the best of the high-end servers available, it is fairly priced at a little over £900. The device uses the Intel Atom CPU with 2 GB of RAM and 1.66 GHz processor speed. This model of CPU is becoming increasingly common due to the excellent quality it brings to the table. Apart from this, the TeraStation is packed with excellent systems allowing it terrifying speeds. Additionally, it supports RAID 0 through 10, and JBOD too.


Coming with a price tag of about £250, the TS 219P has similar in specifications to the Synology server. While the model does not support disks, it can handle a set of drives. The CPU runs at 2 GHz, on Marvell Kirkwood MV62682. The system can also hold 512 MB RAM DDR. Having 3 USB ports, being RAID compatible, and supporting JBOD are simply hygiene factors of the system.

Try these models out at the nearest server rentals before you choose the one that suits your needs.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
The HP Pavilion x360

HP is known around the world for its ability to create high-end user-friendly devices that are durable and well-priced. With changing trends in the tech market, it looks like HP wants in on next generation ultrabooks, tablets and convertible laptops. Do not mistake the brand for a lagger. The Pavilion x360 is a Lenovo Yoga-like convertible laptop targeted at the middle class. The affordable laptop series is packed with a number of top-end features too.

However, it does not end at this one model. The Slate 21 Pro is priced at almost the same amount as the x360, making it difficult to choose between the two. Find out the similarities and differences, or check the models out at the nearest computer rentals to find out which of the two you would pick.

HP Pavilion x360 review

The Pavilion x360 seems to have been inspired by the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga. The convertible laptop takes the best of the Yoga’s design, but is a little less sleek in style. The device weighs about 3 pounds, and is nearly 22 mm thick. It uses Beats Audio Technology to make it attractive to young buyers. Also, it has a rather reassuring price tag of $400. The x360 understandably has lower specifications when compared to more expensive Windows hybrids.

The 8 GB RAM and Intel Celeron processor makes the hybrid fairly user-friendly. While it may not be the most powerful system available in its category, it performs sufficiently well for the average user. Although the x360’s keypad is accessible even while it is in tablet mode, the keys get locked, allowing you to place the device on any surface, and use it as you wish.

Slate 21 Pro quick review

This design is unique, in the sense that you can use the device as a tablet, and as a regular LCD monitor. The 21.5-inch all-in-one Android device switches easily into a monitor which has an HDMI port. Also priced at around $400, the Slate 21 Pro comes fully equipped with a 1920x1080 display, 16 GB storage, 2 GB or RAM, and an impressive Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. You get an attachable keyboard and mouse as part of the package as well. The device has Ethernet, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity options, giving you the freedom to carry it around as an Android all-in-one tablet whenever you are on-the-go.

Monday, April 7, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Sony Vaio Duo 13

Sony launched the Vaio Duo 13 as a part of the revamped lineup of Vaio Ultrabooks in the year ending 2013. The predecessor to this device was the Sony Vaio Duo 11 which had failed to impress potential buyers even though it attempted to combine the best of an Ultrabook and a tablet device to create a dynamic yet comfortable device for use.

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is definitely an improvement over the Vaio Duo 11 as the criticisms against the latter have been taken into due consideration by the company.

Appearance and hardware

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is actually a Windows 8 Hybrid with a well-thought out design and look. Sony is known for coming up with stylish devices and Sony Vaio Duo 13 definitely lives up to that reputation. It is quite an attractive looking ultrabook that measures 13 x .8 x 8.2 inches. Available in two colors of black and white, it weighs around 2 pounds and 14 ounces.

A standout feature of the Vaio Duo 13 is the hinge mechanism that allows conversion from a tablet to an ultrabook. The screen actually slides up revealing the QWERTY keyboard and docs at about 120 degrees. An added accessory to the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is the N-trig active pen.

A significant improvement seen in the Vaio Duo 13 is that the battery life has been escalated to a potential 10 hours as opposed to the measly 4 hours battery life of the Sony Vaio Duo 11. This can largely be attributed to Intel’s new Haswell processor, as it is far more energy-efficient. The Sony Vaio Duo 13 does not come with a VGA port but an HDMI to VGA adaptor. It also includes a Ethernet to Wi-Fi adaptor.


There are two cameras in the Sony Vaio Duo 13- a two  megapixel front-facing camera as well as an eight megapixel rear. The lens of the front facing camera is placed at a suitable angle for a video chat.

Ports and Buttons

The ports included in the Sony Vaio Duo 13 are:

  • Audio Jack (3.5mm)
  • Input for charging
  • Two USB Ports (Full-sized 3.0 ports)
  • Combo SD/HD Duo card slot
  • Full sized HDMI

There is also an NFC (Near Field Communication) radio which is a cool feature to be added to the ultrabook.

The display of the Sony Vaio Duo 13 is 1080 x 1920 Triluminos IPS. Sony has managed to achieve quite a powerful screen for a hybrid device. The colors literally pop out as the screen is so bright and sharp.

Friday, April 4, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Audio Visual Systems

It is very important to have an audio-visual system to make events lively. Whether it is a party, performance or a show, an audio-visual system can help you in retaining the attention of your audience.

However, there are certain aspects that discourage people from buying a sound system, for example its price. An audio-visual system normally comes with speakers, screen, a mixer and other equipments which eventually, cost a lot. Nevertheless, there is a simple solution to this problem- renting an audio-visual system from a rental company.

Services provided by audio-visual rental companies

As a customer, you have to take note of certain things. You must check the number and types of services offered by your audio-visual system provider. These rental companies offer a lot of equipment at their showroom, so you can make you pick according to your needs and budget.  

The rental companies not only provide the audio-visual equipment to the customers, but also ensure that all the equipment is delivered to the required place in time. In most cases, the rental company will also provide you with a technician who will stay at the event to make sure that all the equipment work well and are connected properly. The technician will also give you a run-through of how the equipment works and how it should be handled.


The best part about renting an audio-visual system is that it is highly cost-effective. If you intend to purchase the equipment, you may have to invest a lot. Once the event gets over, the equipment may be of  no use to you. So, instead of buying the audio-visual system, it is best to rent the equipment from an audio-visual system rental company.

The company will charge you based on the length of the event and the type of equipment that is rented. Different rental charges are applicable based on the systems used. This cost will however, be just a fraction of the total amount, if you were to purchase it. Imagine the amount of money you can save on a long term by renting audio-visual equipment instead of purchasing it and turning it into a dead asset.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Sony Desktop Computer

Over a period of time, Sony Inc. has grown from strength to strength by giving its customers some of the best technological products. Be it laptops or smartphones, the company has a wide range of products to offer. One of the products is the Sony desktop computer.

These elegant-designed computers are among the fastest and visually aesthetic desktops in the world right now. This is one of the main reasons why companies are choosing Sony computers over other desktops available in the market. Here are some reasons why renting a Sony computer is the best choice for you.

Immaculate design

The first thing you are likely to notice about the Sony desktop computer is the eye-catching design. The latest models of Sony have the processing unit built into the screen, which ensures that you have a lot of vacant desk space as the computer hardly takes any.

So, you do not have to worry about the messy cables around the computer, apart from the power and USB cables. You also get a lot of color options to choose from. The design of these computers is very simple too without any unnecessary details.

Quick operating system

It runs on the Windows Operating System, commonly found in almost all the other major computer brands. It is quite convenient and quick. Once you start using the computer, you will realize that the system is surprisingly quick .

The lag time is almost negligible when you open various applications and the it is convenient to work with even on large programs like Adobe Photo-shop or CAD. It is also quite simple to maneuver through the system.

Reasonable price

Unlike certain other computer brands, Sony doesn't charge a lot for its desktop computers as its target customers range from those who want to start a small businesses, to those who want only the best of the technology.

However, if you are still a little apprehensive about buying it, you can rent out the computer at a very small fraction of the total cost and still benefit from its service. Both individuals and businesses can save a lot of money by renting a Sony computer from a rental company.

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
LCD Monitor

Due to the huge dependence on computers these days, people are now finding ways to enhance their overall computer experience. One of these ways include renting out LCD monitors for their CPUs and desktops from computer rental companies. There are many reasons why people are choosing LCD monitors over CRT monitors. Here is a brief overview of LCD monitors and why they are beneficial for individuals and businesses.


LCD or Liquid-Crystal Display monitors are flat panel, electronic displays that uses the light modulating properties of crystals to create high quality visuals. LCDs are commonly used to display arbitrary images which can be hidden or displayed such as digits, 7-segment displays and preset words. These images are made up of a large number of tiny pixels that come  together to create a visual element. LCDs are commonly used in televisions, displays and computer monitors.


The first benefit is that LCD monitors use less energy in comparison to the standard CRT monitors. Due to its low power consumption, LCD monitors are used for battery-powered equipment such as laptops, CPUs and televisions. Most LCD monitors are now built to look smaller and thinner while weighing half as much in comparison to CRT monitors.

This makes it easier for the user to mount the LCD on to a wall or on a desk top with little or no hassle. The liquid-crystals in the monitor produces clear images, which puts less strain on the eyes. Texts and images are displayed much clearly when compared to other monitors.

Popular LCD monitors available for rent

There are a number of LCD monitors made these days with many high-end brands such as Samsung, Apple and HP creating a bulk of them. The HP Pavilion 27xi is one of the most popular LCD monitors used by both businesses and individuals. Its In-Plane Switching and color-rich technology allows the user to view images and texts in high-definition without any distortion or blurs.

The maximum resolution the user can obtain from this monitor is an astonishing 1920x1080, which is not even seen in many television sets these days. Acer's V173 is a sleek, 17-inch LCD monitor that can display images in a 1280x1024 resolution. This particular LCD monitor consumes less energy and takes up only 100V. Its flat panel allows the users to view crystal-clear images without any issues such as blurring or flickering.

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Monday, March 17, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Video Equipment

Many times we need certain video equipment like projectors and laptops for events like seminars, conferences and trade shows among others. Instead of buying these equipment, it is much better to rent them for a short period of time and return them back when they are no longer required.

Renting these devices is an inexpensive and convenient choice that is offered by certain computer rental companies. Here are some of the major benefits of renting video equipment from a computer rental company

Choice of opting for the latest models

Most of the time, the latest models of laptops and PCs won't be available for purchase. However, there is a good chance that these latest devices will be there for the taking if you approach rental service agencies. These agencies provide a comprehensive set of choices and you can test these devices before making a decision on renting them.

Inexpensive and cost effective

These companies offer the customers with a number of choices and those who have a tight budget are likely to have their problem solved with this option. These companies also sometimes offer a discount when you need a lot of devices; in such cases, you can opt for the package that suits your needs.

Technical support available for the usage of the device especially during the time of breakdown

If by any chance you face problems in handling the devices, you will get the required technical support from these rental companies. A lot of renting agencies also offer 24/7 helpline service.

Delivery of the equipment to the place of venue

More often than not, these rental companies will deliver the equipment wherever needed and you do not have to worry about moving these fragile devices. Good transportation service is needed especially in case of transferring equipment like plasma screen and large bass speakers and all this is taken care of by these rental companies.

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

Many people are clueless about the kind of equipment they will need for their event. However, the rental companies can show you the right way. You just have to tell them some basic information like the size of the audience and the type of venue for which you need the equipment.

You may not get these benefits if you decide to buy these equipment and you may even have to handle the transportation on your own.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

Whenever you plan to start a small business, invariably you will need computers on which your employees can work. Initially, you may find it hard to get the resources to buy the computers. In such case, computer rental companies can help you.

You will find many computer rental agencies in and around the region of Vancouver, British Columbia. These computer rental companies help small companies stay competitive. The computers that are available for rent can save you from the trouble of purchasing them as most businesses need computers only for a short period of time.

Benefits of renting computers

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

It becomes easy to handle the budget

You can easily calculate your monthly expenses over the entire period of your rent as there is no extra fee associated with renting of computers.

End of term options

The rental companies in Vancouver offer you with a negotiable end of term options to select from. Over time, as the computer becomes outdated, you can exchange the old one with the latest model. If you prefer the new one, you can keep on using it.

Pre-installed software

Most of the computer rental agencies in Vancouver provide the customers with all the important software that they will need for their daily office operations.

Easy delivery

The computer rental firms deliver all the computers at the doorstep of the customer and even assemble the parts for them. Apart from this they can also provide the customers with the basic peripheral equipments like printers and scanners, on request.

Competitive pricing

The computer rental companies charge very competitive price for all their services which can come out as an affordable option for the customers . The longer you use the systems, the lesser will be your monthly charge for them.

Computer loaner

The rental companies can provide you with a new computer within 24 hours if there is a need for  repair, so there is minimum interruption in your daily operation.

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 of the rental service provider .

Proper installation and testing

Testing and installation is carried out by authorized engineers and technical experts.

So you can see how convenient it is to rent computers for personal as well as commercial use in Vancouver.

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Monday, March 10, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Epson Home Cinema

To start with, all three of these projectors provide excellent quality and are popular among thousands of buyers worldwide. Also, each projector suits a different consumer. The comparison made here is purely based on the specifications and the price value of the product. The list seeks to aid those who do not know yet which kind of projector would benefit them the most.

The Epson Home Cinema 8350

The Home Cinema 8350 by Epson is priced extremely competitively, as it has top-class specifications for much less than the other two. However, this is the most basic of the three projectors mentioned. It has a good resolution of 1920x1080 HD.

The general brightness is also fair, at 2000 lumens. Of all the spec differences in the products, the contrast ratio is perhaps the most dispersed.

The 50,000:1 ratio is far less than the counterparts. However, you cannot expect to have an extremely high quality lens at a low price. The lens does have a manual focus and zoom.

The 2.1x zoom is relatively high for the projector’s capacity. It is one of the most practical projectors in the market. If you use your projector sparingly, it is advisable to purchase the Home Cinema 8350 as it gives you great quality and output for about $1,000 lower than high-end projectors.

The Panasonic PT AE8000U

Panasonic has always come out with some of the best hardware devices for home use. The PT AE8000U is no different. This projector too has an HD 1920x1080 resolution, ensuring the best viewership among most projectors. The light output is 2,400 lumens, enough to view various details on screen clearly.

The contrast ration is definitely much higher than the 8350, but that comes at a fair price. The ratio is 500,000:1; ten times better than the Home Cinema projector.

The Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB

This model is perhaps the neatest in terms of design. However, it is not very aggressively priced. $2,600 for a projector can be quite a hefty amount. The specifications are brilliant, though, and this should make up for the large price tag.

You could try the design at any projector or computer rentals and see the 2,400 lumens output and the 600,000: 1 contrast ratio of the well-designed system. The device also includes 3-D glasses.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T Series Laptops

The T series of Lenovo/IBM’s ThinkPad is known to be slim, light, and extremely durable. Additionally, the devices run at optimum levels and seldom give users any concerns to worry about. The laptop range consists of two primary models as of now – the T430s and the T430u.

Both laptops are extremely powerful and provide similar features. However, if you are a laptop enthusiast, you will know that small differences actually add up to become quite significant in terms of price value and performance.

The T430s ThinkPad

Lenovo’s T430s is quite a beast in terms of performance. It is competitively priced for the quality assurance you get. The laptop uses a third Generation Intel i7 Core processor, ensuring lightning fast speed; as well as an NVIDIA NVS graphics card 5200M fully geared with Optimus technology. The combination of a powerful processor and a high-end graphics card makes it a brilliant multi-purpose laptop.

It can be used for work, gaming, designing, and almost any other basic function. Other specifications include a 16 GB DDR3 memory, a 500 GB Hard Disk Drive (180 GB SSD). Although the performance is top-notch, Lenovo still promises a fair 7.5 hours battery-life, something most laptops in its range cannot offer.

The 14-inch High Definition display, along with anti-glare technology is acceptable. The laptop is also generally quite thin, starting at just under two kilos in weight, and 0.83 inches height.

The T430u ThinkPad

This laptop is more for medium and small business. The ultrabook has a 14-inch display, and performs basic functions required by offices. The T430u also performs very well, and is extremely durable, making it quite sought after by small and large companies alike. The specifications of the laptop are a third Generation Intel i5 Core processor, which is a fair amount of processor speed for a work laptop; and an NVIDIA GeForce 620M GT graphics card with Optimus technology.

This is enough to show superior performance in an office environment where the laptop will not always be used to its full potential. Other specs include a noteworthy one TB HDD (128 GB SSD), and a battery life of a little over seven hours. The T430u also weighs just under two kgs, and has a thickness of 0.83 inches too.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to try out either of the laptops before you purchase them by simply checking them out at the computer rentals store.

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