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GDPR – One Month to Go – What to do now

GDPR – One Month to Go – What to do now

.. I get asked this question most of the time…..  But before I can answer this (and firstly Don’t Panic) , perhaps we should dispel some myths:

NEW LAW – not really!  GDPR is an extension of the Data Protection Act 1998 and brings into law some aspects currently considered “best practice” – such as “Privacy by Design” (more on this later).

The GDPR becomes law in the UK (and the rest of the European Economic Area) on 25th May 2018.  The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) hopes that the new Act will be ready at the same time!  Together they will form data protection legislation in the UK and beyond Brexit. read more

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The next developments for the Mac Pro

The next developments for the Mac Pro

Next year could be a big one for Mac users, with the announcement from Apple that we’ll soon be seeing a radical revamp to the Mac Pro. But what is in store and when might we see these big changes? Here’s everything we know so far.

When is it coming?

In April 2017, Apple made a series of announcements regarding the Mac Pro. It’s been a long time coming – the current version of the Mac Pro has been available since December 2013. With new iPhones coming and going, it rather seemed like desktop users were being forgotten so it’s great to hear that Apple have some big developments in store. read more

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GDPR simplified

GDPR simplified

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We’re now less than a year away from General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. This is a new regulation which will harmonise data protection laws for consumers in the EU. And it will apply to all businesses that collect personal data from their customers.

The UK Information Commissioner has warned that some small businesses might still be unaware that a new regime is looming. Back in February, a Direct Marketing Association survey found that only 26% of companies believed their business are unprepared for the GDPR regulation. However, there were only two-thirds who thought they would be fully compliant by 25th May 2018. read more

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Complete our business equipment financing survey

Complete our business equipment financing survey

Take our simple survey which will take 90 seconds and get entry into a draw to win a new 12.9″ iPad Pro..

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We are looking to understand how businesses decide upon how to finance new equipment. What are the factors that affect the choice of whether to buy outright or obtain finance.  From this info we hope to provide a wider range of solutions to business. I

t’s a quick 90 second survey and if you participate you will have a chance to win a new Apple iPad Pro 12.9”. The winner will be advised by 10/11/18. read more

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Meet your Account Managers

Meet your Account Managers

The brothers in 1983 who started HardSoft

HardSoft has been trading for more than 30 years, started by our founders and brothers – Andrew and Philip Morgan – in 1982. Both have always been at the forefront of computer and IT technology and pride themselves on HardSoft’s ability to stay current and move with the ever changing landscape of the industry. Starting designing and selling computer games for the Dragon 32 back in 1983 then selling Amstrad PC’s in the early ’90’s. The HardSoft Sales team shares the ethos of Phil and Andy. Account managers are always up to date with the latest products and offers, so that we can provide you with the best kit for your needs, at the best price. read more

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Need help selecting your next Graphics Card?

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

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

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

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We Buy Any Mac.com

We Buy Any Mac.com

With Hardsoft you can trade in your Mac against a newly leased Mac and get money off the weekly payments. We accept all Apple Macs from 2007 onwards, just send them in to our head office, or drop them off at our Shoreditch Office near Old Street roundabout. Prices can vary between Mac’s depending on a few factors such as the specification of the Mac, such as: HDD size, RAM, Processor, Size of Screen. We cannot, of course, accept Macs that are broken or badly damaged.

When you trade in your Mac you have a few options in terms of what you can trade it in against. As we predominantly lease Macs we can offer you a discount on the price per week of leasing a brand new Apple Mac for your business read more

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Apple Launch the Updated 2017 Range

Apple Launch the Updated 2017 Range

We are excited, and you should be too. The new upgraded Apple Notebooks, iMacs and iPads have just been launched.

Here’s a quick guide to the updates Apple announced this week. For more information check the links to our website below, or give our sales team a call on 020 7111 1643.

MacBook 12-inch – the 12″ notebook gets a graphics bump with faster Radeon graphics and a jump to a Kaby Lake processor. The Apple MacBook 12″ is an incredibly advanced and beautifully designed notebook, featuring an edge to edge keyboard design and new battery technology for longer battery life to help keep you working. Now available with up to 16GB RAM. Find the new Macbook here read more

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Why printer leasing is the way forward

Why printer leasing is the way forward

Printer life expectancy: why leasing is the way to go

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Kyocera A3 with all the options

For graphic design studios and busy offices that require a stable and reliable printer, the initial outlay required for a heavy-duty machine can be thousands of pounds – and that’s without taking toner and maintenance into account.

But it’s not just the starting capital that businesses should be concerned about. The life of the average printer can vary significantly depending on usage; though it has been said that two years tends to be a common age for printers to break down. Imagine paying thousands of pounds for a printer, only for it to break down after two years. Disaster! read more

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If Accountants lease their Computers … then so should you

If Accountants lease their Computers … then so should you

If you were to guess which business type leasing is most popular with for us, would you guess it was Accountants ! 

If you were looking for advice on how to best save your company money, wouldn’t your Accountant be your first port of call ? … if millions of Accountants are leasing their PC’s then why don’t you consider it as an option for your company?

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Comparing the tax savings of Leasing or Purchasing a new Mac

Leasing offers 100% tax relief. Yes that is right, you can offset those lease payments… that is a super saving. Not only are the payments tax deducible, they are monthly or quarterly. You can keep hold of your cash and use it elsewhere. Businesses, especially new ones struggle with cash flow so take the pressure off. If you are a new business, you will not be penalise, HardSoft pride themselves in offering the same great deals to new and established companies. read more

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What our customers are saying about their new MacBook Pro

What our customers are saying about their new MacBook Pro

Many of our customers are receiving their new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro’s now. They have been very patient in waiting. Feedback from customers has been enthusiastic; particularly on the ‘Touch Bar ‘ that clients seem to have embraced.

Paul at Social Media Strategists, Coup Media Ltd said “I especially love the Touch Bar and the way it reacts to the different screens I’m on. The space grey colour is super cool too so overall very happy.”

Allen at Dolphin IT consultants in Colchester stated  “have it side by side with older Macbook and the screen is better. Very sharp…. Do the moving touch barlike the Touch Bar. Waiting for Microsoft Office to support it but handy while typing, or if I have loads of tabs open in Safari….. Good that it charges as well so only need 1 cable connected at home, and can put the Apple charger in my bag.Battery life is bad. Was only doing web browsing/remote desktop access (so nothing taxing) and was down to 20% within 4 hours. Looks like it is a reported problem, and hopefully Apple do something about it read more

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Sharia Law & computer leasing

Sharia Law & computer leasing

Sharia Law is an umbrella term for Islamic religious law, or path to follow. It deals with a variety of social, economic and political matters. In economic terms, to charge interest (the Islamic term for interest is ‘riba’) or to be charged interest, whether you are a company, bank or individual, goes against Sharia law and is therefore strictly forbidden. Adhering to Sharia law means that a lot of financial services in the UK are off-limits.

In 2004, it was recognised that the demand for Sharia-compliant finance was worth around £4 billion. As a result, over the past decade in particular, banks and comSha ria Law, leasing,panies in the UK have been developing ways to ensure their financial agreements, such as the taking out of mortgages, are Sharia compliant. read more

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Strongbox Technology, the new name in high end graphics workstations.

Strongbox Technology, the new name in high end graphics workstations.

The High End graphics market is dominated by the HP Z range and up until recently the Apple Mac Pro. However a lot of our customers don’t like the one size fits all approach of Apple, and find the HP Z range too broad for their specific needs. Step forward Strongbox Technology.

Who are Strongbox Technology? 

Strongbox are a UK computer manufacturer based at Pinewood Studios. Their sole focus is to build very fast workstations, servers and render farms using the thumbnail_Strongbox_X_Series 3latest and best components available worldwide. Unlike Apple and HP, each machine is optimized for specific industry vertical markets including Video Editors, Architects and Music Production. read more

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What you need to know this month…

What you need to know this month…

…Things we know that we think you should know !

Whilst there’s no sign of a new Mac Pro on the horizon (it’s current guise is from 2013) we do now have a 128GB option for the Mac Pro available for this. The option is made by the clever PCP for computerschaps at OWC, so is above and beyond what Apple offer. At £ 9.90 extra per week plus VAT it’s not cheap but technically that’s about the same price as the Apple Store price for 64GB RAM!

If you aren’t looking for such high end an alternative to a Mac Pro could be the 2015 iMacs launched late last year with i7-4GHz 6th gen CPU’s offer competitive pricing and speeds (the new i7 is technically faster than then Xeon in the Mac Pro for some tasks)……….. Plus we now have an OWC offering to get the iMac to 64GB of RAM at £4.90 per week extra plus we offer the OWC Helios 2 Spec Sheet offering Dual Slot PCIe expansion via Thunderbolt 2 at £3.60 per week. read more

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What is the NEW Apple iPad Pro 9.7″ ?

What is the NEW Apple iPad Pro 9.7″ ?

The New Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch, whats new?

The iPad Pro 9.7-Inch is the newest addition to the Apple family! Smaller than the original 12.7-Inch iPad Pro, this latest iPad Pro is easier to handle- and perfect for those who are always on the move. As you’d expect the newbie on the block follows the same sleek exterior design as any Apple product, but taking a peek into the interior it’s definitely something new…

Essentially, its the successor the iPad Air 2 and is naturally faster but features the ability to use the Apple Pencil and write onto the screen as well as type with a the new Apple Smart keyboard. read more

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The HardSoft KT-32 iPad Charge and Sync Trolley

The HardSoft KT-32 iPad Charge and Sync Trolley

The new KT-32 charging cabinet has been developed in conjunction with Schools to create a mobile, secure and sleek solution. Due to the compact size and robust casters, it has fluid movement which can be applied by one person. It holds up to 32 iPads or 16 PC Laptops. This is ideal for storage of a class set of iPads.

Available as either Charge only unit or a Charge and Sync version using technology from Cambrionix, who supply to all Apple Stores.KT-32 Charge & Store trolleys will allow you to charge all of your iPads at the same time. Ideal for charging over night to use in your workplace setting all day the next day. The KT-32 Charge & Sync Trolley, can charge your iPads as well as enable you to sync them simultaneously. Using the Apple Configurator sync application you can download and update software and apps quickly and efficiently. This function also enables the IT Manager to control which apps are downloaded and reset them to their preferred settings each time they are plugged in. For schools, this is invaluable to keep control over the apps in a more challenging scenario. read more

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Virus Similarities- Computer or Biological?

Virus Similarities- Computer or Biological?

Virus, a word that that nobody likes to hear, but from time to time we all hear it….Nobody wants a computer virus but we all get one now and again, whether it be something that slows your PC or renders your PC absolutely useless, let’s just say they’re not pretty.

Ever wondered just how similar a computer virus is to a biological one? Here I will be listing five similarities that computer viruses have to biological viruses, they really are quite similar! Computer viruses can leave you on the phone crying to your virus protection tech support or maybe even us…Enjoy! read more

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QNAP Revolutionizing the world of Data Transfer/storage

QNAP Revolutionizing the world of Data Transfer/storage

Quality Network Appliance Provider, or QNAP for short have released a revolutionary NAS storage product called the TVS-871T  that is capable of transferring and storing data at astonishing speeds on up to 3 devices simultaneously, whilst also being expandable to up to 6 of these units. It is then able to hold a combined total of an incredible 448TB of data thanks to Thunderbolt 2 Daisy Chaining. With its exceptionally low price compared to other products already on the market you wont have to blow your budget to be able to transfer and utilise large files and video. read more

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Can I get Windows 10 free ?

Can I get Windows 10 free ?

Following the hiccup of Windows 8 then Windows 10 puts Microsoft back in the game…. Initial reaction is very positive and Microsoft have a free offer to get hold of it. So how do you get it ?

If you have a Mac running Parallels Desktop software then unfortunately the Parallels software needs upgrading. The new version is now Parallels Desktop 11 which is fully compatible. This is now available and also supports El Capitan.  We are offering this upgrade to 11 at £39 plus VAT and will include the links etc to upgrade from Windows 7/8 to 10. Please email us on info@hardsoft.co.uk and we will let you know further details as it becomes available. read more

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What you love about your Mac

What you love about your Mac

A few months ago, we ran a nationwide poll on Apple Mac ownership. We wanted to know not only what people use their devices for, but also to establish exactly why the products are so popular.

Three-quarters of our respondents said they would lease or buy another Mac as and when the time came to upgrade (for the full survey results, check out our revealing blog) – so what exactly is it that you all love so much?

“I have used Macs for decades. I prefer the user experience”

Why did people choose a Mac?

We asked what it was that made you choose a Mac over any other brand. Respondents who use their Mac for work (20 per cent of those polled) said the software was their primary consideration, which is probably no great surprise. Those who used them predominantly for gaming were split equally between design, software and the decreased likelihood of viruses. read more

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Why you SHOULD lease your Apple equipment from HardSoft…

Why you SHOULD lease your Apple equipment from HardSoft…

With over 30 years’ experience, here at HardSoft we pride ourselves on being specialists in the leasing of all things computer. We truly believe that leasing is the best way to keep your business MacbookAirPromo2consistently up-to-date on the technology front whilst simultaneously keeping your finances in check. Essentially, leasing with HardSoft means you can spread out your IT costs and reserve capital but still have the latest desk or laptops in your office!

HardSoft are an Apple Authorised Reseller and specialise in the leasing of Apple products as a result. Not only is Apple superior in terms of quality, performance and productivity, the products also surpass all other brands on the style front, helping your office to look polished and professional as opposed to cluttered and ugly. read more

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7 pieces of must-have tech for the office

7 pieces of must-have tech for the office

In the 1990s, the average office was a rather beige place. Computers came in various shades of cream, and the most interactive bit of kit was the dot matrix printer in the corner.

These days, you can’t move for weird boxes and gadgets in the workplace, and it’s not always easy to tell the difference between the video projector and the coffee machine.

Looking to future-proof your place of work? Here are seven gadgets you’ll simply have to have.

1. The treadmill desk

If you spend a bit too much time sitting on your behind, the Trek Desk could trim up your wobbly bits to a tee. It looks like a modern torture device, but this workstation-treadmill claims to let you walk as you work without sweating. And with two cup holders, there’s plenty of space for your isotonic energy drink (and/or calorific Starbucks gingerbread latte – your mileage may vary). read more

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How much is it to rent a laptop?

How much is it to rent a laptop?

When weighing up renting vs buying, cost is a primary concern. Businesses need to know that they’re getting the kit they need at the most affordable price, and that includes the potential for resale value.

So how do prices compare?

We thought we would take a look at typical laptop rental prices, as priced in October 2014. All of these prices are exclusive of VAT and are leased on a three-year basis, with 36 equal payments across that term. Other flexible leasing options are available.

You may not realise that with a HardSoft FlexiLease you also exclusively get a fully inclusive 3 year warranty so will never have any repairs bills and, like your phone, you can upgrade the equipment every couple of years. read more

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London branch office now open

London branch office now open

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HardSoft in N1 7SL

After a short absence due to a delay in securing the purchase of our own permanent office space in London… we are excited to be back and operating in London.. and back as the only Authorised Apple Reseller in the Old Street/Shoreditch area.

Our branch office is situated in the heart of the capital. This gives us the opportunity to offer an improved technical and sales support to new and existing clients in the City. Our new London office is just off City Road,  2 minute walk from Old Street Roundabout, and yards from the infamous pub the Wenlock Arms. At Unit 14, 7 Wenlock Road,  we will be offering facilities to all our local Islington/Shoreditch/Hoxton based clients such as: read more

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Four of the best cafes to work from in London

Four of the best cafes to work from in London

Hardsoft Coffee CupWorking from a café sounds so appealing. Rock up when you like, take full advantage of the Wi-Fi, and enjoy a never-ending flow of fresh Joe.

At least, that’s the theory.

Some cafes are not conducive to work, and that flashing cursor never seems to move once you’re set up at a table. Finding your perfect work space is a very individual thing.

If you need to get a few hours of graft in next time you’re in the city, where’s best to park up with your laptop? Here are our favourite spots to work in London: read more

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The Apple iMac with 5K Retina display…our initial thoughts

The Apple iMac with 5K Retina display…our initial thoughts

Thursday 16th October in the year of 2014, saw a revolutionary release by Apple…..The announcement and release of the brand new 27inch Apple iMac with Retina 5K display. Boasting a resolution of 5120×2880 (going over and above 4K at 3840×2160) and IPS technology, the display on the iMac with Retina 5K display is absolutely stunning, especially when displaying high-resolution photos and video. So, the question being asked is… is this the BEST machine on the market at the moment ? read more

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Is it better to lease or buy a computer?

Is it better to lease or buy a computer?

leasing technology, lease, hardware purchasingThere are so many makes, models, styles and sizes of computer, with seemingly constant upgrades coming onto the market. Rapid technological changes and innovations mean that a model could become obsolete in a relatively short space of time. With the prospect of regular upgrades a reality for users, many are turning to leasing, ensuring they are equipped with the best possible technology.

But which is better, leasing or buying? The former means users keep up with the latest technology, but don’t own their device outright. Meanwhile buying outright means the computer is the user’s to do what they want with. read more

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HardSoft ‘Business Bundles’ explained

HardSoft ‘Business Bundles’ explained

Just to detail these Offers…..

The Mac Business Bundle- includes a Warranty Upgrade – to include Loan Mac whilst yours is repaired for a total of three years; Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac (the Business edition that includes Outlook) , Unlimited Cloud Backup Upgrade and AVG Anti-Virus for Mac ………

all for just £1.40 per week extra on a three year flexible business lease…. bannerAdvert

For Windows PC Users …….. then the PC Business Bundle is available  this includes a Warranty Upgrade – to include a Loan PC whilst yours is repaired; Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Business (this includes Word,Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook) , Cloud Backup Upgrade to 2TB & AVG Anti-Virus 2015 with 3 years updates ……… read more

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Why your business needs an iPad…

Why your business needs an iPad…

iPads have always been a great accessory for personal use and they are becoming ever more popular in schools. But what about business users? Apple themselves give little information on their website about how businesses can best utilise the ipad air leasingiPad and there are surprisingly few articles online from independent websites. So, as a leaser of iPads, here at HardSoft we thought we would put together a post that does just that.

Perhaps the best thing about using iPads within your business is having use of the App Store at your disposal. Many business-focused apps are FREE or relatively cheap – it’s all about finding the app to help you transform your business and its productivity! There are too many 1,000s out there to list but they range from helping you with document management to aiding the creation of invoices to time tracking. If there is a task you want doing its more than likely there will be an app that can do it for you! read more

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At least 8 Reasons to adopt Microsoft Office 365

At least 8 Reasons to adopt Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is three years old now yet very few users are adopting it and prefer to stick with the ‘boxed’ versions of Office 2013 for PC or Office 2011 for Mac. After this rocky start, with some recent tweaks Microsoft Office 365 looks set to be one of Microsoft’s most important products ever.

It’s taken us a while to be convinced here as its been seen as an on-line version with constant subscription costs. But the new revision is great and a true successor to Office 2013 ‘supplied in a box’. Gone is the need to solely use the online versions of applications, which required broadband speeds most small business’ could only dream of, and in comes a great collaboration tool that comes with of all the newest  favourites like Word, Excel and Access- all loaded locally on your hard drive but with the ability to share your documents with others and your own other devices. read more

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Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

The HardSoft business has grown every year for many years and its time to move offices again – this time its going to be a bolder step as we are moving our main office AND our Shoreditch branch office both into new locations in the same month.

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The new riverside location in Tech City

The Head Office moves a few miles down the road into the centre of the Hertfordshire town of Sawbridgeworth. And the Shoreditch office moves from Cheshire Street off Brick Lane a little further north to a new office development on the picturesque Regents Canal in London N1. Just by Shoreditch Park this is in Branch Place. read more

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Bring your Estate Agency into the 21st Century…Lease your IT

Bring your Estate Agency into the 21st Century…Lease your IT

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iMacs start at £7.95 per week with Windows 7

The HardSoft Flexi-Lease is an ideal way for independent Estate Agents to spread the cost of their IT hardware and software over a 2 or 3 year term, without using capital to fund the latest technology. HardSoft are a  ‘One-Stop-Shop’ – to supply the equipment, offer flexible finance packages and warranty and support throughout the full 3 year term.

One of the biggest industries that has been hit by the economic downturn in recent years is, of course, Estate Agents. With property prices falling, which in turn means not making as much profit, sure a HardSoft Flexi-Lease is an ideal way for Estate Agents to obtain brand new ‘sexy’ equipment for their office. HardSoft also make every Mac super compatible with Windows 7 Professional now shipping as well at no extra cost. read more

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True successor to the Apple Thunderbolt display from LG

True successor to the Apple Thunderbolt display from LG

The Apple 27inch Thunderbolt Display is three years old this July. All other Apple products have been upgraded and superceeded but this screen has been at  the top of its field during its three year reign and Apple seem reluctant to alter the formula. That dominance, and it is still a very popular display,  will come to a very rapid end this July with its first real competitor from LG.

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ThunderBolt 2 – 34″ from LG

The LG 34UM95 has a very dull title but is a 34 inch display with a resolution of 3440 X 1440 and features Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. The Apple 27″ Display is just Thunderbolt 1 and is just 2560 x 1440 . The LG is nearly a 4k resolution display and is classed as the worlds first QHD display at 34″. read more

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Ten reasons that Mac is the best choice for your business…

Ten years ago, you would never have considered choosing anything other than Microsoft Windows for your business, but now wherever you look in a brand new office, chances are that you are going to see Mac after Mac after Mac.  Microsoft haven’t done themselves any favours with the highly unpopular Windows 8 and its launch has done more for Apple than anything Apple could have done themselves.

Apple has made a huge dent in Microsoft’s market and people around the world love their iPads, but why should you extend your love for Apple products past the smartphone in your pocket and the tablet in your hand and into your Desktop Computermac vs PC…… read more

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The Apple MacBook Air 11″ – an iPad replacement?

The Apple MacBook Air 11″ – an iPad replacement?

In recent weeks, Apple announced slight revisions to the new Apple MacBook Air. Processor upgrades were key to the new MacBook Air with Apple taking both 11” and 13” models up to the latest 4th Generation processors. The MacBook Air now also macbook air vs ipadhas up to 12 hour battery life AND most importantly of all, the price has reduced by £100. This price reduction has mixed up the choice between Air and iPad Air as the price difference is now hard to jutify.

The history of the Apple MacBook Air is that it has always been a thin and lightweight alternative to the MacBook Pro and aimed at customer who are on the move a lot but still require a good spec machine to work on whilst out of the office on trains and planes etc. Starting at just 1.08kg and incredibly thin at 1.7cm, the MacBook Air certainly fulfils its purpose. Also, running of flash storage the MacBook Air response time is amazing along with the wake up time. Flash storage is roughly 9 time faster than a standard 5400rpm SATA hard drive. Finally, the MacBook Air (along with every new Mac) comes with iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Pages, Keynote and Numbers as standard. So you are ready to go as soon as you take the Mac out of the box. HardSoft, of course, offer the MacBook Air on our unique Flexi-Lease with the 11” starting at just £6.70 + VAT per week and the 13” increasing slightly to £7.55 + VAT per week. Leasing includes three years warranty as well. Both prices are for the base spec on both machines, however, popular upgrades are: read more

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How Cloud Telephony can help you and your Business…

How Cloud Telephony can help you and your Business…

Cloud based technology is becoming more widespread, with the popularity of hosted email, data storage and software applications – “The Cloud” has firmly entered the realms of the small business. Now telephony has also migrated into the cloud and HardSoft have put together a package with our partners RingCentral.

Cloud based business telephone systems can keep pace with the modernisation that businesses require. No longer are businesses tied to the limitations of specific individual numbers. Cloud hosting allows your calls to be ring centralmanaged a simple online interface. A single number can reach anyone, anywhere, something that a traditional PBX can only dream of. read more

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Goodbye to Windows XP…

Goodbye to Windows XP…

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Update now before its too late

The world’s most popular operating system is having a shake-up and removing support for its oldest and possibly most popular interface, after 12 years of gracing the computer screens of hundreds of loyal Windows users.

Windows XP is facing its end of life, which means that those hundreds of Windows users who rely on its user-friendly interface need to face the facts that their operating system, and possibly their computer, is out of date. Don’t want to face this change, unfortunately, if you want your computer to stay protected, you don’t have a choice. read more

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Apple Learning Lab for Schools

The truth is that most technology is out of date within minutes of you buying it, so much so that not only businesses and individuals struggle to stay ahead, but schools do too.ipad leasing for schools

This is why leasing technological equipment from HardSoft is the best solution for your school, and we have teamed up with Apple to make this leasing experience hassle free and convenient for your school, students and their learning.

Established since 1983, HardSoft Computers is an official Apple Approved reseller and is recommended by the Department of Education. We offer an operating lease of equipment for schools that ticks all of the boxes required by the government, and more! read more

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new Mac Pro -the first customer reviews

No you don’t have to wait until April for delivery. The new Mac Pro is available and ready for shipping from HardSoft – right here, right now. In fact we’ve already delivered a considerable number of six-core and 12-core unitsmac pro financing and early feedback is positive, suggesting it is everything that Apple claims it to be – built for creativity on an epic scale. 

The new Apple Mac Pro is available on a flexible lease through HardSoft and starts at £21.60 + VAT per week over 3 years.

When asked about the speed, all customers having recently taken delivery of the Mac Pro rated it with top marks, backed up with comments like extremely fast – no lag whatsoever – boots and loads programs almost instantaneously. read more

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ICT Leasing solutions to Schools

With the rate of IT development as well as changes in the ways we educate our children, we all know that having the right computer equipment in schools is not only important, but it can also be very costly. At  HardSoft we lease or buyempathise with you, but not only do we feel your worry, we also have a solution that will help you to provide your school, and your students, with the equipment that they need for a quality education.

HardSoft specialises in fully compliant ICT Leasing for the education sector, and your Apple iPad offering is one of our most popular yet. We have custom-made this service especially, you are given the opportunity to lease equipment directly from us, and see it as a rolling investment. Not only will you benefit from the use of the computer equipment during the lease, should you decide to renew the lease you will benefit from it even more. read more

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Reasons to get a Mac rather than a PC

Reasons to get a Mac rather than a PC

they maybe more expensive but there are numerous reasons that your next computer should be an Apple Mac…and a few negatives !get a mac rather than a pc

1. Value for Money A Mac might never be the cheapest option when choosing a computer system but then neither is a Ferrari, Mercedes, or a BMW when it comes to selecting your new car. But does that stop these motors from whooshing out the door? No; far from it. They are sought and bought by millions of discerning customers – people just like you. Why? They are desirable, beautifully engineered, packed with the latest technology, efficient, fast, powerful, cool, sleek and sexy. So, when you want the Rolls Royce of computers, you choose a Mac – for all the same reasons. It’s that simple. The bottom line isn’t then all about the cost but more to do with what you get for your money. Unlike a PC your Mac will still be worth several hundred pounds after years of service.  read more

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Promise Pegasus2 – The first Thunderbolt 2 storage

Promise Pegasus2 – The first Thunderbolt 2 storage

The latest storage solution from Promise, Pegasus 2, certainly lives up to the company’s known ability to provide state-of-the-art equipment for members of the creative industry. What’s more, the Pegasus 2 is now available topegasus2 storage thunderbolt 2 lease from HardSoft on a flexible business lease basis.

So what is the Pegasus 2? Essentially, Pegasus 2 is a super-fast, flexible and portable storage solution, coming in various storage specifications, aimed for use by creative professionals. Let us explore its best features a little further… read more

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The HP Z range offers Graphics power for the professional

The HP Z range offers Graphics power for the professional

HardSoft have been blogging and advertising the HP Z Range for a while now; and we still believe that they are hugely underrated. The Z range is the rband for HP’s top end PC’s which are often referred to as Workstations. They differ from a PC as they have awesome graphics performamce. Being a HP Preferred Partner, HardSoft are in an ideal position to supply you with a brand new high end HP Graphics Workstation or the new ZBook range of Moblie Workstation. Of course, this will be provided on our unique Flexible Lease package and will include a full 3 year warranty and telephone technical support. read more

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Why the Hardsoft warranty beats Apple care – hands down

Why the Hardsoft warranty beats Apple care – hands down

When you buy any computer, it’s essential to have a warranty in place. While Apple computers are known for reliability, problems do arise; even the most dedicated Apple followers recognise that a warranty is a good idea. However, many people don’t realise that there’s more than one warranty out there.

If you buy a Mac new from an Apple retail store, you’ll be offered Apple Care, which is Apple’s own protection plan. It has numerous benefits, including in-warranty repairs for hardware faults (not including accidental damage). read more

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Flexible computer leasing and how it could work for your business

Have you ever invested in a new computer for your business, only to realise before the warranty is even up that it’s out of date and that in order for your business to function to its full capabilities, you need to invest in further leasing computersequipment? We’ve all been there, it seems as if technology goes out of date almost as soon as you’ve set it up in your office and trained your staff on how to use it.

We at HardSoft are sympathetic to your plight, which is why our flexible leasing solutions allows your business to keep up to date with the fast moving world of technology. Whether it be PC or Mac that you require, HardSoft are able to meet your needs. For example, a Windows PC like the HP ProDesk 400 starts at just £7.25 + VAT per week with a 22” monitor, Keyboard and Mouse and Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Business edition. If you are an Apple Mac User, then as an Apple Authorised Reseller, HardSoft can supply your business with Apple Macs also. With both the 21.5” and 27” iMacs available and starting at just £10.30 + VAT per week, you could modernise your business without forking out a lump sum today ! read more

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Ever thought about part exchange on your old Mac ?

Ever thought about part exchange on your old Mac ?

We know what a pain it can be when the time comes to upgrade your computer and you just don’t know what to do with the old one. Do you try to flog it on eBay? Smash up its hard drive before taking it to the tip? Or do you give it to a friend or relative to see how long it’ll last them?

Thanks to Hard Soft, you don’t have to do any of those things, and in fact when you lease your new Apple Mac from us, we will take your old equipment off your hands, and even give you a reduction on the price of your new technology when you lease a new Apple Mac for your business. HardSoft are one of a handful of fully Approved Apple stockist. read more

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Lease now, take delivery now but pay in 2015

At HardSoft we pride ourselves on being able to offer you a truly flexible lease agreement. That’s why we call it a Flexi-Lease ! You get immediate use of the latest computers without the expensive up-front costs. Then, after two short hardsoft leasing offeryears you get the opportunity to renew your current agreement,  enter a new lease and take advantage of any updates whilst still keeping the old equipment if you so wish. The benefits don’t stop there either…

Now you can defer your first lease payment until January 2015 ! read more

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The Mac Pro led 4K Display invasion

The Mac Pro led 4K Display invasion

With Apple’s release of the long awaited new 2013 Mac Pro today , third party peripheral manufacturers are gearing up to release their own mac pro 4k displays to leasecomplimentary 4k displays and Thunderbolt 2 accessories…and all can be included within a competitive flexible lease that can make the somewhat expensive 2013 Mac Pro very affordable.

Apple have claimed the Mac Pro will run three simultaneous 4K displays allowing you in their words to “work pixel-for-pixel in 4K without slowing down, thanks to dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs and the latest Xeon E5 processors in Mac Pro — a merger that delivers the breathtaking capability to run three streams of 4K video at once”. The Mac Pro will be a behemoth in the video editing arena. And with Apple making loud noises about the Mac Pro, but zero noises about a new display it is becoming more and more likely that if you want to run 4k displays on the Mac Pro’s release a third party screen is what you will be using. Apple are using a Sharp IGZO 4k display on their website in all their images and is on the Apple Store to buy. This basically means Apple aren’t offering a 4K display themselves- contrary to the rumours. read more

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