Need help selecting your next Graphics Card?

There are lots of great graphics cards on the market, and some not so great, and sometimes it feel like the odds are stacked against you ever finding the right one but it doesn’t have to be that hard. Especially when you’ve spent thousands of pounds on software and then the software company denies any responsibility as to what spec of PC will work. Often they quote the lowest spec they can which means more people can afford the software.

If you’re a developer, a designer, or a 3D Artist, you will have specialist pieces of software you need for your niche, all of which will need a graphics card that supports your software to the peak of it’s capabilities. It’s all too easy to choose a GPU which you think is going to work, only to find out that it doesn’t and has been a costly mistake. read more


Semi Rugged Vs Rugged Laptops – what’s the difference?

All rugged laptops are built to Military Specifications, which means that regardless of whether it’s semi-rugged or fully rugged you will have a laptop that meets some or all Military Specifications. But what is the difference?

Fully Rugged LaptopsRugged Range

Fully rugged laptops are designed to be able to function in even the harshest and most extreme environments. They can take a real beating and still perform, whether they’re in the desert dust, frozen arctic, or torrential monsoon rains. Each of their components is waterproofed and sealed, preventing moisture, sand, and any other hazardous environmental elements, harming or destroying the computer. read more


Classroom App… are you using it yet?

Following the release of Apple Classroom last year, the issues have been ironed out and updated. It is time for you to start using it in your school! Have you used the Apple Classroom App yet? Do you know what it can even do….

Classroom is everything that we have been asked for in an App, when using iPads in schools. It does all of those things teachers were crying out for. Its main purpose is to help teachers to guide students though their lessons and keep up to date with the progress that they are making. The teacher is able to launch the App that they want to use on every iPad in the classroom; it can be a different App for each student if needed. This means, you can also limit the Apps that students can use.
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Each student is given their own Apple ID. They can then tailor their profile to be their own. For each lesson, the Teacher can assign the Apps for their class. If a student forgets their password, they are reset by the teacher easily, without needing technical support. read more


Why is your Mac running slow and what can you do about it?

Does your Apple Mac seem to be running slow?  They can run slowly for no apparent reason but there is usually some cause as to why your Mac is running below par, so if you think your Mac would lose against a blindfolded snail in a race to launch an app, then read on for our tips on how to tackle the most commons speed issues.

Software Update Loading

It doesn’t really make any difference whether you have a brand spanking new Mac which updates via the App Store, or an older version which goes via Software Update, either way it can cause your Mac to slow down temporarily whilst it launches in the background. You’ll know this is happening because after a minute or so, a Software Update notification will pop read more


What are the Five advantages of leasing?

If you are weighing up the pros and cons of leasing your computer equipment we are here to make things a little easier for you! Here are the top five advantages of renting your IT equipment.

Extended warranty and support

Renting your computer, laptop or tablet from Hardsoft gives you a free three year warranty on your product. This is substantially more cover than you get as standard with Apple’s one year warranty and saves you from having to pay for the additional ‘Apple Care’ package. In addition, if you are renting a Mac and something goes wrong we’ll loan you another one if we need to take yours in for repair. read more


Who wants a truly Portable Display?

Many of us are using our computers to do lots more now, especially if you work in the creative industry. We have more applications on the go at once and whether that’s for business or pleasure, it’s a pain to switch screens constantly to get from one to another. Whether you’re a coder, graphic designer, web developer, digital marketing manager, or even a gamer, having a second display available to use can give you the space to spread out your apps and use them fully without all that irritating switching.ASUS Stand read more


How Do You Keep Your Children Safe Online?

If you’re a parent, keeping your children safe online is becoming a mammoth task. They’re accessing all sorts of things online via a multitude of means, from tablets and smartphones, to YouTube and Snapchat, they’re certainly growing up in a world that is totally different to the one we did! It’s second nature to them though, so there’s no escaping it, we just need to know how to protect them. But how do we do that in the ever changing online universe?

Social Media


Social media is far and away the cause of most issues for young people online today. How old do they have to be to have an account? What pictures are OK to post? Should you monitor them, and how do you do this without intruding on their privacy? Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter all have a minimum age limit of 13 years, so anyone younger than that can have their account deactivated by the network. read more


What’s Apple got planned for the rest of 2017?

At the start of the year, it looked like 2017 was set to be a big year for Apple with developments expected to many of their products. These rumours were confirmed during the recent WWDC keynote, as Apple revealed a host of new updates including iMacs, iPads and Mac notebooks. To keep you up to date with both the new releases and the gossip about what’s yet to come, we’ve rounded up the latest news to summarise what we think Apple has planned for the rest of 2017:


In 2016 we had the launch of the iPhone 7 and 7+ which brought with it the somewhat controversial removal of the headphone jack. However the iPhone 7 actually had minimal design changes, which has led many experts to believe that Apple were holding out for some sort of big 10th anniversary launch- enter the iPhone 8. read more


Using Surface Pro for business

If, like many businesses, your company is accustomed to using laptops to carry out your administrative tasks, you may think there’s no way a tablet could compare. After all, only a laptop could be capable of the range of functions, performance and connectivity your business needs, right?

Not necessarily. Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro tablet, simply called the Surface Pro, is a hybrid enterprise device that combines a number of essential business-specific requirements, and could prove a versatile and cost-effective alternative to the traditional laptop. read more


Apple DEP and MDM Solutions

As an Apple Authorised Seller we are able to centrally register the Macs and iPads we lease to customers with Apple, which helps them with the management of their assets. Apple’s Device Enrolment Programme (DEP) an efficient way to deploy Macs, iPads and other iOS devices which you have leased across a business or school. The DEP allows you to choose to supervise VMware airwatch mdm solution leasing - get a demo from a distance any iOS devices owned by your business but used by your staff, whether they’re office based or work remotely. This higher level of management allows you to add restrictions, such as turning off Game Center and iMessage and blocking certain apps from the device. With the Device Enrollment Program, large-scale deployments of iPad and Mac are seamless. Your devices are configured through a management solution, and users are guided through the activation process with the built-in Setup Assistant. You can streamline setup by specifying that certain steps in Setup Assistant be skipped — such as screens for Apple ID, passcode, or terms of service. read more