AT LONG last, personal computers can be rented in Hong Kong, and not just by large organisations leasing the machines en masse. United States-based computer maker Packard Bell, and British giant Thorn EMI, have joined forces to allow the former's PCs to be rented under the latter's Super Easiown rental scheme - much the same way as video cassette recorders can be borrowed for a deposit. According to Packard Bell, the scheme, which is a new concept in Hong Kong, is similar to ones already operated successfully by the two companies in Europe and New Zealand. 'We believe there are lots of market demands in Hong Kong. Many customers have been asking for PC rental services for some time as it allows them tremendous flexibility and numerous other advantages,' Packard Bell managing director Paul Yap said. Thorn EMI managing director Tony Cheung said businesses taking advantage of the rental scheme could expand without heavy capital investment, maintenance and depreciation charges, and also face tax benefits. 'Unlike other financial services, our rental or leasing scheme offers customers the entire flexibility in adjusting the payment period and amount,' Mr Cheung said. 'They also have the right to transfer, or even terminate the contract at a certain point of time.' Under the scheme, a 486DX2/66 or Pentium desktop PC could be rented for $570 a month, he said, adding that credit approval was relatively easy. PCs rented or leased under the scheme are covered by Packard Bell's five-year limited warranty that covers parts and on-site labour service for three years, and just parts only for two further years.