We have a very capable and experienced Mac Workshop at HardSoft HQ. This means we can engineer any Apple Mac with a third party upgrade. We are now able to offer 1TB hard drive for Apple MacBook Pros. This is currently only a 5400 rpm drive and adds circa £1.25 per week over the standard 500gb units. This option is not on our website so pleaes contact us for details.
1TB option for MacBook Pro
Andrew loves computers and the way the market is evolving to a 'pay as you go' model against the old methodology of CapEx spending. A background of sourcing lease financing for Start Up businesses means he is perfectly place to provide insightful commentary on computing for new businesses.
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.
Let’s introduce you to the HardSoft Sales Team
Steve says his HardSoft sentence, so far, is 12 Years. His favourite aspect of working at HardSoft is being part of its evolution over the years. When he first started we were selling Pentiums and the fax machine was King, from orders to proposals with our lease funders, all the answers came out of it. Now we sell a huge amount of products and “The Cloud” is the new King!
When he’s not at HardSoft Steve plays rugby for Epping Upper Clapton Rugby Club, as well as badminton on a Monday evening with one of our founders Phil. Steve says “he is much better than me, but please don’t tell him.” Oops, sorry Steve! He is also a Game of Thrones and Star Wars geek. Happily married since 2011, Steve has a little boy who is now two. Oh and he has a brown Labrador named Baxter. Steve’s most proud achievement (apart from those two) is being a London 2012 Olympic Games Maker at Hampton Court Palace, standing on the finish line (opposite Princess Anne) as Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins won Bronze and Gold respectively. Interogate Steve with a Phone appointment. Book a 15 minute session. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan has worked at HardSoft for 9 years and says he’s hoping for a gold watch next year, despite being around 30 years off of retirement age! He was lured in by what he describes as “an exceptional level of office banter” and decided to stay, and here he still is.
Ryan loves a cup of tea, and outside work loves films, and a good Netflix binge. According to Ryan he dislikes everything else – which we’re sure will please his lovely girlfriend to hear!
When we asked Ryan to share a fact that no one would know about him, he told us he dresses like a wizard at the weekend. No, we have no idea either, and we didn’t like to ask any more! Book a phone call with Ryan here or email email@example.com
Michael has been with HardSoft for 8 years, he says the best part of working here is that because it’s a family run SME business you feel a part of that family and it’s a very collaborative place to work.
Michael enjoys a good chat and talks a lot – no bad thing for someone in sales! – and he does believe he has the gift of the gab. He considers himself to be absolutely hilarious and the office comedian – his colleagues may beg to differ!
Away from work, Michael played cricket at county level up until the ago of 18 and still enjoys playing cricket to a good standard on Saturdays for his local cricket club in Harlow. When he’s not playing cricket, he enjoys eating cheese and drinking good red wine. You can get in touch with Michael here or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie is coming up to his 3rd year at HardSoft, after jumping at the opportunity to leave 3am shifts at Stansted Airport. He started out his HardSoft career as an assistant to the sales team, with a focus on learning and developing skills, website management and of course, he was the go to Tea Maker..
Fast forward a couple of years and Jamie is now a fully-fledged member of the sales team, dealing with new and existing customers on a daily basis. He enjoys working at HardSoft thanks to the fantastic atmosphere to work in, and the great social life, with nights out, boat parties and the annual Christmas trip to look forward to!
Outside of work, Jamie enjoy watching TV & Films, from Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off, to Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead – and pretty much everything else in between. Jamie says that other than nights out with his mates or enjoying a good meal out, he leads a fairly boring life – and he’s the youngest one here, that can’t be right! IOf you want to discuss things then book a telephone appointment. Or call Jamie on 020 7111 1643 Ext: 407 or email@example.com
Scarlett is the newest member of the sales team, having only been with us for 5 months. She has a previous sales background working in the City and is leading a new focus to improve our customer service even further. Scarlett grew up in Sawbridgeworth and lives not far from the office.
She is attempting to follow Slimming World, which isn’t easy when you work for HardSoft, where food is discussed from 8.30am through to 5.30pm with everyone asking “what’s for breakfast/lunch?” and “is it time for tea and cake?”. Although we’ve only ever known her to be a platinum blonde, Scarlett has changed my hair colour several times in the past and been everything from red, turquoise, purple, brown, and back to platinum. Away from the office, Scarlett has recently raised a lot of money for a local charity by doing a charity skydive, which she says “was the best experience in my life, AMAZING!”. You can get in touch with Scarlett on 020 7111 1643 Ext: 408 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our knowledgeable sales team are here to help you find the best deal possible for your business. Take a look at our website at www.hardsoftcomputers.co.uk and see what products you would like to lease from HardSoft, then give the sales team a call on any of the numbers listed above, or the general Head Office number 020 7111 1643.
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.
What’s more, your three year warranty is inclusive of parts and labour costs so you don’t need to worry about being stung with a big bill should something go wrong with your equipment.
If there are any day to day issues we also offer ongoing telephone support. Our Apple certified engineers can offer remote fixes and there’s no limit to how many times you can call us. If you prefer you can also contact us via email or start a web chat right here on our website.
Inclusive accident cover for iPads
The great thing about tablets is their portability but with that comes the added risk of accidental damage when you are out and about. At Hardsoft we want to ensure that you don’t have to worry about something happening to your iPad, so we include accidental damage cover as standard with this product, as well as the standard three year warranty at no extra cost.
Change with the technology
Apple is renowned for continual improvement and while this is great for the customer who wants to constantly have new innovations, it can mean that your technology can feel outdated very quickly. If you’ve made the decision to purchase your equipment outright, and spent hundreds of pounds doing so, it’s understandable that you might be less than keen to buy something new again just a couple of years later. However, if you are leasing your equipment, you can upgrade just 24 months after the start of your rental term.
You’ll gain more tax relief from claiming the rental costs of your IT equipment through Hardsoft than you will from buying equipment outright and then claiming capital allowance. Using the example of either leasing or buying a Mac, the below image shows that you can claim almost 200% more tax relief over three years through renting your equipment than you can by buying it.
While modern portable systems pack a nice punch and feature high-end graphics solutions sometimes it’s just not enough, as Apple users know only too well. That’s where external graphics cards come into play and for all the creatives out there something exciting is happening – Sonnet has announced the release of their eGFX Breakaway Box! The eGFX Breakaway Box supports any Thunderbolt compatible PCIe card, with 40 Gbps of bandwidth and a full PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, there’s plenty of power to share giving you the flexibility to add whatever you want to boost your capability without any degradation of speed – which was an issue for the previous Sonnet box.
The Sonnet eGFX bundled with the AMD Radeon RX 580 is VR ready for new OSX High Sierra. This is the recommended spec as per the Developer Kit for AR/VR at this summers WWDC. Though Apple didn’t mention the word Sonnet by name at WWDC it was apparent from their images that this was the chosen solution. Cost is £5.50 per week when added onto your lease for a new Mac from HardSoft.
Everyone who loves Apple knows that being unable to increase your capacity can be frustrating, and in the past any attempt to add to it externally has often come at the cost of the speed of your device. But with the arrival of the latest eGFX Breakaway box you can now be free from the constraints of your in-built system and go crazy with your creativity, especially as everyone moves towards VR (Virtual Reality), or AR (Augmented Reality) as our friends at Apple like to call it.
The Breakaway Box supports every other Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card, regardless of the card’s length or width—its single x16 PCIe 3.0 slot easily accommodates full-length cards such as the RED Rocket-X or AVID Pro Tools|HDX.
The Breakaway box connects through a single 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port and whilst using a single port removes the daisy-chained setup options, it does offer the connected graphics card it’s full bandwidth. Delivering the full PCIe 3.0 x16 speeds with 2750MB/s available bandwidth. it allows you to take full advantage of the external graphics cards. It is in fact over double the performance of a Thunderbolt 2 generation.
Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box -350watt by itself at £2.80 per week in the UK to lease over three years or €3.25 to EU customers. All plus VAT
Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box -350watt- with AMD Radeon RX 580- 8GB (Part of Apple Developers kit for VR) at £5.50 per week on a three year business lease and €6.40 to EU/Irish customers.
Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box -550watt- with Geforce GTX 1080Ti -11GB at £9.70 to add to a Mac lease or €11.25 to EU and Irish leasing business customers
You can lease the Sonnet eGFX 350 with the Geforce GTX 1080TI at £9.70 per week plus VAT on a bundle offer with a three year Flexi Lease. The Geforce GTX 1080ti features 11GB of GDDR5 ram and has a blistering CPU speed of 1582GHz. It has three mini display ports and we can offer adapters for your screens. The ‘350’ version means the card can be no more powerful than 350 watts. Other Sonnet peripherals for the Mac are available to lease and prices are based on a three year lease and includes three years warranty .
If you need an even better Graphics card for your Mac then we can offer alternatives but we would need to match your choice of card and may need the 550 watt version on the eGFX box. This offers 550 watts of power to the graphics card. This box is more expensive than the 350watt version. The eGFX Breakaway Box 350 has 8-pin plus one 6-pin auxiliary power connector and supports graphics card needing 300 W or less. It provides 15W of upstream power. The eGFX Breakaway Box 550 has DUAL 8 pin power connectors supporting up to 375W of juice, and provides 87 Watts of power upstream. It could actually charge your MacBook.
So who is excited about this new arrival and the possibilities it opens up? We certainly are! If you’d like to find out more about the eGFX Breakaway Box and how it can help improve your life, get in touch with our great sales team on email@example.com or call 020 7111 1643. HardSoft offer flexible leasing of high end Mac systems to creative users and are Apple Authorise. The Sonnet eGFX fits perfectly into our portfolio and yet again the high pricing of Apple based products means leasing becomes the obvious choice to lease these.
Updated 22/8- Comments from HardSoft Technician installing the Sonnet Breakaway box with GT1070…..Scott Dickason said
Physical setup was fairly simple but there are some scripts and terminal commands required via the online manual (not listed in the boxed manual) and do require a number of restarts + upgrading the Mac to the latest version of MacOS Sierra.Initially there was some distortion on the screen but it seems to have disappeared after altering the display settings as per the manual and rebooting. Have run a couple of YouTube videos on multiple screens for a couple of hours and there does not seem to be any issues.
If you are considering buying IT equipment, such as tablets or laptops, for your school, you’ll be looking for the best deal for your funds. You may be surprised to learn that leasing is actually cheaper than buying and there are more advantages to leasing too. Such as:
- It frees up your capital – when you lease your IT you don’t have to use your capital funds as a lump sum to purchase them, or upgrading at a later date. Being able to spread the cost enables you to use your funds elsewhere and payments can be deferred to suit your needs.
- It comes with technical support – you will have access to our technical support team throughout the period of your lease. Our technicians are trained to an extremely high standard with expert authorisation and knowledge on both Apple and PC platforms. We are available to assist you with synchronising and maintaining your devices from the moment they are delivered.
- Free training is available – if you or your staff require training on your Apple iPads or laptops, or need some advice on the best apps to use in education, one of our qualified trainers will come to your school and deliver a program of training – FREE of charge – which will be tailored to your needs. This can cover iPad basics, right through to specifics of education related apps, Once your trainer has visited you, they will continue to work closely with you in order to ensure your iPads are fully utilised in the classrooms.
- Accidental Damage Insurance – each lease to a school has specialist comprehensive insurance cover. This means that any Apple iPad or Windows device you have which is accidentally damaged, will be fixed or replaced at no cost to your school. It costs around £150 to repair the screen of an iPad which has been dropped, but with our insurance you are covered and will NO excess to pay.
- You get a full 3 year warranty as standard – all Apple iPads that you lease will come with a 3 year warranty so that you’re covered. Should you have an issue with an iPad, we will swap it for a replacement to ensure you have the minimum of down time at no additional cost to your budget.
- Renewal and Upgrade at the end of lease – at the end of our normal 3 year lease term we will provide you with the option to return the iPads you have and cancel the original lease, provided that you take out a new lease on the latest iPads. You can keep the original iPads if you choose to do so, however there is a small fee payable in order to do this.
Here at HardSoft we offer operating leases to schools which are recommended by the Department for Education. When you choose to lease from HardSoft you will be benefiting from the experience an expertise of an IT company with 30 years of trading and dealing in finance.
- Organise paperwork
- Supply your equipment
- Install the equipment and train staff as necessary
- Provide expert technical support for the duration of the lease
- Manage any incidents of broken, damaged or lost equipment
If you think that leasing IT equipment would make sense for your school, give our Head Office education team a call on 020 7111 1643, they will be happy to advise and arrange a quotation for you tailored to your requirements.