Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Put on a Show at Your Convention Booth with Plasma Display Rentals

HDTV RentalYou may have thought about renting a desktop PC or a laptop for your next convention, trade show or conference, but have you ever considered a Plasma Screen Rental? Whether you have or haven't, Rentacomputer.com has a wide selection of HDTVs, LCDs and Plasma screens that are perfect for that short term technology rental.

A Plasma TV Rental is a very popular rental item for a trade show booth. Some people like to make elaborate PowerPoint presentations and these look excellent on the show floor when displayed on a flat panel HDTV or standing plasma display. A Plasma TV Rental provides you with "in your face" marketing for anybody and everybody that happens to pass by your booth.

One thing you will have to consider is whether to rent a plasma or an LCD. The main difference between the two is that LCD screens can suffer from motion blur. However, in most models, especially at 120Hz or 240Hz, this isn't a problem.

In addition to that, plasma screens can display blacks more accurately. However, they do suffer from "burned in" images. In most cases plasma screens are better for televisions larger than 50", though if you are looking for a smaller television, your best bet is to go with an LCD screen.

Another thing to consider is whether to go for full 1080p HD or the cheaper 720p. This is becoming less of an issue today as 720p TVs are progressively being phased out. However, nearly two-thirds of all HDTVs now come with a 108-p HD resolution thanks to less pixels on the screen. However, this isn't really noticeable, especially with TVs that are smaller than 40".

This is just a fraction of the information one should consider before looking into a specific Plasma TV Rental. Thankfully, Rentacomputer.com has highly trained Tech Travel Agents that can answer any and all of your questions as well as set you up with your ideal Plasma TV Rental.

So the next time you think you may need or want a Plasma Screen or HDTV at your next trade show booth, consider the experts at Rentacomputer.com. With over 20 years in the technology rental business, you know you are going with a company you can count on.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Why Laptops are Still Important

In the ever changing, ever advancing world of technology it seems that various devices become outdated faster and faster. Smartphones are now owned by a majority of cell phone users, tablets are growing at an explosive rate, and many TVs are now basically computers. With the rapid change that has hit the technological world, one question has begun to emerge. Is a laptop still important?

This may seem like a dumb question, but there is a feeling that we are entering into what one tech giant has called the "Post-PC Era". With the rise in popular mobile computing platforms such as smartphones and tablets, the question as to whether or not traditional computers, such as the laptop, are still important remains to be seen. I, however, believe that the answer to this question is a resounding yes. Here are a few reasons why.

# 1: Laptops are more powerful.
While new and more powerful tablets are being released almost daily, the iPad mini and 4th generation iPad announced yesterday for example, they cannot yet compare to the power and performance a laptop can produce. This is particularly evident in applications that use a lot of processing power such as video production, photo editing, audio engineering, and so forth. Laptops also run full fledged operating systems such as Windows 7 and Mac OS X that allow people to do so much more than simply using the interface provided by an "app". While the applications on tablets are improving and are continually growing, they are still not "up to par" with a full-fledged computer.

# 2: Laptops have a physical keyboard and trackpad.
Yes, touch screens are great and are the way of the future, but there is something to be said for a traditional keyboard and the use of a trackpad to interact with a computer. Both are interfaces that have been around for years and are continually improving. Typing on a keyboard is much easier than trying to type on a full-sized tablet touchscreen, and will also keep the display clean of fingerprints. A trackpad also allows for a precise selection on the screen, more so than even a finger can provide.

# 3: Laptops are still a better value.
While tablets are starting to split into many different categories ranging from 7-inch $200 tablets to 10-inch $800 tablets, they are still not the same "bang for your buck" as a laptop. There are many laptops that can be found for half  the price of a top of the line tablet that do twice as much. Laptops not only allow you to browse the web, the main activity on a tablet, but they also allow you to use programs not available on a tablet, at least not yet. Programs such as Microsoft Office, Apple's Aperture, and many other advanced programs are made for a traditional computer.

In the end, it remains to be seen if the world continues to use laptops like they have in the past, or if tablets will become the dominant mobile product. While I believe that laptops are still a vital necessity, the ever advancing technology in tablets could shift the scales toward this relatively new, and very exciting product category.

Regardless of your preference for laptops or tablets, you can rent both at rentacomputer.com.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Laptop Rules for Airport Travelers

Carrying a laptop through an airport should never have to be a hassle. But sadly, for most people it is. With the increase in TSA security measures, taking your expensive laptop through the airport can be downright horrible. However, if you follow some very easy and simple rules, you should have no trouble at all getting your laptop onto the plane and won't have to worry about it being lost, confiscated or damaged.

Rule #1: Make Sure You Have the Proper Security Measures in Place
An airport is one of the most popular locations for laptop thieves. No matter how well you guard your laptop, there is always a chance that it will get stolen. So, the best course of action to take here is to have a solid plan if this unfortunate event happens. Make sure to back up all of your files and have some security measures in place on your laptop to ensure that thieves cannot access your personal files. When backing up your files, it is recommended that you use an external hard drive. External hard drives are quick, easy and only run you around $100.

Rule #2: Don’t Argue with Security About Your Laptop
Airport security is allowed to confiscate your laptop at any time, no questions asked. If they ask you for your laptop, then all you can do is politely hand it over to them with no arguments. If you put a up a fight, you could lose more than your laptop, specifically, your seat on your flight. In most countries there is no need to worry about airport security taking your laptop. Unless there is a valid reason you should have no problem with security and your laptop.

Rule #3: Going Through Security Checkpoints
Whenever you go through a security checkpoint in an airport, be sure to remove your laptop from its case and put it in a bin by itself. Some laptop bags are now being allowed at airports. If you are using a checkpoint-friendly laptop bag, then you may not be asked to remove your laptop from its case. However, if you are asked by security to remove your laptop then revert back to Rule #2 and don’t argue! After this, the next thing you need to do is remember to pick up your laptop. Surprisingly enough, forgetting to retrieve your laptop is a very common occurrence at airports. The best way to make sure it doesn't happen is to attach a label to your laptop with your name and phone number on it.

Rule #4: Take Your Laptop onto the Plane
You may be tempted to check your laptop in with the rest of your luggage, but this is a big no no because chances are you will never see it again. If you are going to check it in with the rest of your luggage, then be sure to at least put it into another bag. You shouldn't check it in with your luggage in its own bag because people will be highly tempted to steal it. Your best option is to personally carry it on board with you. Nearly every airline will allow you to carry your laptop on with you. You will be told to keep it turned off until takeoff, but after that, you are free to do whatever you want. A new option that some airlines now offer is the availability of WiFi. You will usually incur a fee of around $10. But if you don’t want to take your laptop on board with you, then at least put it in a regular luggage bag, hidden from prying eyes.

 Follow these four simple rules and you should have no problem taking your laptop on any flight you take. You could avoid all of these hassles, however, by renting a laptop from Rentacomputer.com. Rentacomputer.com can have your laptop rental ready and waiting for you at your destination, allowing you to skip all the hassles of taking a laptop through airport security and making sure that nothing happens to your laptop by allowing you to leave it at home.
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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Add a Sense of Technological Prowess to Your Meeting with an Electronic Copyboard

Rentacomputer.com offers a plethora of technological rentals that are perfect for whatever need you may have. One interesting rental provided by Rentacomputer.com is an Electronic Copyboard Rental.

Electronic Copyboards are excellent presentation tools. These devices look exactly like your typical dry-erase whiteboard and function in much the same way, with a twist. Thanks to extremely useful features, Electronic Copyboards allow you to print out what is drawn on the board, allowing you to write down thoughts or ideas, save them and share them via fax, email or printer.

A lot of copyboards come with a lot of other unique features as well. For example, some copyboards come with USB and PC connectivity capabilities. This allows you to download your copyboard presentation to the computer and save or send it to other people.

Electronic Copyboards come in black & white and can even be printed on thermal paper or plain paper. Color copyboards are also available and some copyboards are even projector capable, allowing you to project an image onto the copyboard and save it along with any additional drawings or writing you made on the device.

Electronic Copyboards are perfect for business meetings or presentations and a rental is perfect for that one time use or short term need. So the next time you think an Electronic Copyboard will come in handy, consider an Electronic Copyboard Rental from Rentacomputer.com. With a company that has over 20 years in the technology rental industry, you know you are going with a name you can count on.
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