Getting a short-term, business-to-business laptop rental can be a really great deal if you find yourself in need of a temporary solution. Renting a laptop may seem like an odd concept but I assure you that it is not without its merits. Laptop rentals are wildly popular with business professionals that are attending, presenting at or setting up a booth at an event or are traveling for an important business meeting or conference. Laptop rentals allow you to have all the benefits of a top-of-the-line laptop without having to buy one!
Laptop Rentals are lightweight, portable, sleek, and powerful which makes them perfect for a wide array of situations, like training classes, projects or presentations. Some people rent a single laptop for use during a business presentation whereas others rent 1,000 laptops for large training seminars or classes. I've even seen people rent a laptop to assist with tax season when an extra laptop can come in real handy.
Any laptop rental you need can be customized to your exact specifications. Rentacomputer.com offers laptops with various amounts of processing power depending on your needs. If you need a quick and robust processor, then an Intel Core i7 processor will do the trick. If you only need to run a light and simple application then you may only need Core 2 Duo or Core i3 processor. If you're not sure what you need then one of Rentacomputer's Tech Travel Agents can help you decide which processor is right for your needs!
Your laptop rental can also come with a variety of memory capacities as well. If you need a lot of processing power then you may need a laptop with 8GB of RAM or more. The more RAM the laptop has the faster it will perform. However, if you are only using your laptop for simple tasks, like word processing, then a 2GB or 4GB rental should do you just fine.
But how much does a laptop rental cost? Well, that depends entirely on what you need. A traditional laptop rental from Rentacomputer.com typically costs $99 per day. However, there are a lot of different factors that can determine what your final cost is actually going to be. One factor is the type of laptop you need. A standard Windows Laptop Rental is usually $99. A MacBook Pro Rental is a bit more expensive at $175 and a high-end MacBook Air Rental will run you $220. But that's not all. There are 6 main factors that determine your laptop rental price: Lead Time, Specifications, Length of Time, Quantity Needed, Delivery Location, and Availability (learn more about that here).
If you are in need of a temporary laptop, whether it be for a convention, trade show, event, conference, meeting, training session or a temporary replacement for your personal laptop then a laptop rental is a pretty smart bet! Rentacomputer.com offers local delivery and installation anywhere in the United States and their professional Tech Travel Agents will work with you every step of the way to ensure that what you're getting is exactly what you want and need!
By Andy Wendt
1. Reserve your technology as early as possible.
We all know that a big component of stress is last minute planning. So do yourself a favor and don't put off that call to your Tech Travel Agent to get your quote and or reservation started. It's way easier than you think, so just do it! The sooner you book your event rental needs the sooner you can get onto your next project, even if that project is simply to get out of the office and get started on the weekend!
2. If you don't know exactly what type of hardware you need, ask, don't guess.
Not being technically savvy does not need to cause you stress. Simply explain your project to your Tech Travel Agent and let them suggest, or investigate further, to determine the most cost effective rental hardware solution for your event. Communication really does matter, so tell your story and don't hesitate
to ask for advice. It's what a Tech Travel Agent does, so let them.
3. Plan to have your order set up and tested at least two days in advance.
No instructor wants to walk into a classroom full of employees and start off the class by asking.. Does everyone have shortcut to our new HR software on their desktop? So whenever the situation permits, have your equipment delivered at least two days in advance to allow your staff, or instructors, time to familiarize themselves with the equipment, to make sure everything is in working order, and make any "last minute" adjustments way in advance of the event start date.
4. If you have a large quantity order, ask about the policy for spare equipment.
When placing a larger order for any technology, ask about having one or more spare systems left onsite in case of an emergency. Let's face it, bad things can happen to good people. Know that and ask what your Tech Travel Agent can do to help by adding in some spares.
5. Only trust your technology rental to an established national firm.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, knowing the technology for your event is being delivered and set up by a trusted national rental firm is invaluable when it comes to eliminating stress! So when you talk to your Tech Travel Agent ask if they do business nationwide. Ask if your equipment will be delivered and serviced locally. Trust your gut when it comes to the basics, such as: Does their website look like something your 15 year old nephew would design? (No offense to 15 year olds) When you call do you always get a real person or just a voice mail? Is the quote itemized with a detailed description of each product so you know exactly what you are paying for? Does the rental firm you’re considering have an established social presence with the number of followers/fans you imagine a national firm would have? Do their social sites have continuous updates stretching back years? In general, remember "If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's a duck". Since we all know doing business with ducks is stressful.. just don't do it! You deserve the best service and support on your technology rental so be sure you trust a technology rental provider before you reserve your equipment!
About The Author: Andy Wendt is the Vice President of Rentacomputer.com where he began in 1989 as a technician. In the early days, Andy was constantly in the field working directly with Rentacomputer.com's customers. By the mid 90's, Andy accepted a position as Service Manager and worked to develop the great customer service standards our tech staff has become known for. As the company grew, Andy worked to train branch managers and staff while he was being trained in Accounting, Sales, and Marketing. Today, Andy is still involved in a mix of operational areas but with a focus on sales and marketing.
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The most frequently asked question in the world of computer rentals is undoubtedly "How much does it cost to rent a computer?" Well, the answer isn't as simple as many people may think because the cost of your rental depends on four distinct variables: time, space, spec and availability. Computer rental prices vary depending on the length of your rental period, where you need the rental, the specification of the rental and the availability of the rental.
With Rentacomputer.com, your computer rental rates vary depending on how long you want the rental, whether it be monthly, weekly or daily. Typically, a Pentium 4 desktop computer will start at approximately $99 per week in most markets for a weekly rental. However, based upon the computer specification, availability, and location, prices can be 20% to 40% higher or lower.
Delivery locations could have an impact on cost as well. Getting a delivery to a convention center is naturally going to be more expensive than delivering to a business address. Why is this, you may ask? Well, business addresses normally have specific parking areas for delivery trucks as well as easy access to the delivery or installation room. Convention centers, on the other hand, require a lot of hard work and effort from the rental company and the company receiving the equipment. Making a delivery to a convention center usually takes a lot longer for the delivery person than it would at a business.
We all know that when we go into a store to buy a computer, not all the prices are the same, they vary depending on a lot of factors. The same goes for computer rentals. Most computer rentals consist of an Intel Pentium 4 computer running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Apple Mac OSX. Standard RAM is generally 2GB with a 6GB or larger hard drive. Higher specifications than that, like a higher graphics card, cost more to rent.
One issue that comes into effect when it comes to computer rentals is the issue of supply and demand. The number of competitors in a given market area as well as total computer rental units can have a huge effect on the supply of a computer rental. The best way to get a computer rental is to have a Tech Travel Agent book your technology rental needs. That way you will have a guarantee that you will always get the equipment you need. By using a Tech Travel Agent, you don't have to rely solely on a single vendor because Tech Travel Agents can get equipment from any retailer in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
If your company generally employs temporary employees, then a computer rental is perfect. Why buy a computer for somebody who isn't going to be working for you long term? A computer rental is also perfect if your company tends to go to different trade shows or conferences. Companies that do this realize that lower costs and no maintenance are a great way to save some money.
Overall, a computer rental is a great way to get high-quality computers without having to make a permanent purchase. If you have any questions on computer rental pricing then visit Rentacomputer.com today.