The new Mac Pro although fast could be faster. Those using creative software such as Final Cut, Avid and Adobe often request faster hard drives. The Mac Pro offers little options as standard. main issue is the slow 3gb/sec sata connection linked with 7200rpm hard drives. HardSoft Flexible Leasing are now offering a 6Gb expansion card within the Mac Pro that will support two drives internally . This together with the very fast Western Digital Velociraptor drive which is 10000rpm AND 6Gig can really liven up the Mac Pro. Given the substantial cost of the Mac Pro this is quite a minor cost. Only downside is that the maximum drive size is 600GB but there no reason mixing additional 7200rpm/3gig drives into the four bays of the 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.
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.
While the company have yet to share any significant detail about what we could expect, they have promised that they are “working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display.”
We don’t yet know a fixed date for when it’ll launch but when Apple announced these forthcoming changes they did say they are still working on them. However, history shows us that this company doesn’t talk about something if it’s still a long way off so it’s a fair assumption to make that we’ll see something in 2018, maybe around the summer time when they’ll hold their big annual conference.
What’s taken so long?
There has been a big delay in upgrading the Mac Pro and it’s thought to be because Apple want to make a redesign that’ll mean the new Mac Pro can be easily upgraded. For many users the inability to customise usage can be a bug-bear and it’s one which Apple has recognised. They’ll be hoping to provide a new system which caters for a wider variety of needs.
We think it’s likely that the new Mac Pro could be completely different from its predecessors, perhaps with a new design, look and feel to it. Having taken a few years away to come up with something fresh it seems unlikely that a similar looking product will be what they come out with at the end of all of that.
Affording the new model
It seems inevitable that this new Mac Pro will come with a large price-tag, in excess of anything charged for a Mac Pro before. This could price a number of people out of the market, despite the advantages that the new machine will inevitably offer.
Leasing the new Mac Pro could be the right way to go for many people and at Hardsoft we expect to be able to offer this option as soon as the new machines are available. Leasing a Mac Pro means that the cost is spread out, allowing Pro users to spend an affordable monthly cost rather than outlay thousands of pounds at once.
Leasing through Hardsoft also means that you have access to our support team who are available to help you with whatever issue you might have. With new machines this can be a vital support to ensure that you don’t lose valuable working time trying to figure out how to get an application to work!
As and when we know more about the new Mac Pro and Apple’s plan for 2018, we’ll keep you updated.
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
For example, a recent deal one of our sales team put together for a customer saw them trading in their existing Mac and taking a new iMac with 5K Retina – Core i7 (Quad) – 4.0GHz, 2TB Fusion Drive, 16GB RAM, Integrated 27” LED 5K Display, AMD Radeon R9 M395 2GB Graphics, Wireless, Bluetooth, macOS sierra, Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, plus a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar – Core i7 (Quad) – 2.6GHz, 256GB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, Wireless, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt, 15” Retina Display, Radeon Pro 450 (2GB) Graphics, macOS Sierra and Carry Case, all with 3 years collect and return hardware warranty with loan replacement Mac, for £37.85 plus VAT instead of £41.75 per week plus VAT. That’s a saving of £3.90 plus VAT per week. If you add it up over the 3 year lease period this amounts to a large saving for your business!
You can even arrange for us to collect your Apple Mac from any UK address, to save you the hassle of getting it to us yourself. Our free courier service will arrive on a pre-agreed date (which must be within 7 days of you receiving your new Apple Mac from us) at any time between 9am and 5pm at a location of your choice. Don’t worry if you have some sensitive information sitting on your old Mac’s hard drive, we guarantee to wipe the hard drive to MOD standards so you can rest assured that nothing will be left there.
The lease also includes 3 years warranty, insurance and full time support from our trained engineers. As mentioned earlier we trade in all Macs so your options are very broad. If you are looking to trade in your Mac against a new Mac and you want to buy the machine we can offer you a price in exchange for your old Mac Apple depending on the spec and age. We all know that Apple frequently change their products with newer, more powerful models, so being able to trade in your Mac against a new one is an affordable way of keeping up to date with the latest that Apple has to offer.
This is a great and simple way to keep your business up to date, get rid of equipment that you don’t need and, most importantly, save you large amounts of money every month. Take a look at the Trade in you Mac page you find contact forms which you can complete for a valuation of your old Mac or .
Find your machine on the list and if you are interested in our offers please don’t hesitate to call our sales team on 020 7111 1643, they will talk you through the options that are available to your bsuiness or just email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lately our blogs have had a bit of a virus focus. With Crypto virus rearing its ugly head- so many of our customers are suffering We want to help you to protect yourselves against malware. Virus’ are spending and updating so quickly, it is imperative that you keep on top of your protection. Because of this, Hiscox UK are now offering Cyber and data risks insurance, we are interested, are you??
Larger companies with dedicated IT staff and firewalls are much more difficult to target than smaller companies. Hackers are no longer sitting in a dark room tapping away for each hack, they write programmes that can run at the touch of a button. As smaller companies are the ideal target, it is so important that you are covered.
What is Cyber and data risks insurance? This is a specialised insurance aimed at small to medium sized businesses (SME’s) offering support and resolutions to malware problems. If you are the target of a virus or data breech, Hiscox are able to come in and help you to control the fallout.
Who would need it? If you fall in to the following categories, Cyber and data risks insurance could benefit you.
- Computers are used in the day to day running of your company
- If your business has it’s own website
- Your company stores and handles sensitive cline data such as address’ and telephone numbers
- Payments are made to your business via the internet.
If your company is hacked or subject to a virus you could be in danger of data loss, data being stolen for malicious reasons, computers out of action, spreading the virus to your clients and taking your website out of action. All of this will impact your business costing you legally, regulatory, and damaging your reputation.
How Hiscox could help… Should the worst occur, this is how Hiscox can be on hand to help you.
- Hiscox will assist with financial compensation for any lost business and business interruption.
- Breach costs, offering support in the event of a data breach including forensic investigations, legal advice, notifying your customers and any regulators that you are affiliated with. They will also be available to credit monitor all affected clients and customers.
- Dealing with Ransomware costs. Specialist risk managers will be employed to negotiate and cover the cost of the ransom.
- Repair costs. For all servers, data and programs affected by hackers.
- A team of experts will be on hand to help you fight the virus and recover lost data. Technicians who are highly trained to combat the virus.
- Exclusive access to a worldwide legal team.
- Hiscox eRiskHub– Unlimited access to all sorts of resources and tools to keep your protection up to date, understand what your exposure is and have a response plan ready.
- 24/7 Crisis containment available. Protect your reputation! The accountant online has recently reported that 83% of consumers are concerned about who has hold of their data and that (53%) say they would be “discouraged” to use a business again if a breach came to light. Having this speciality insurance will only serve to reinforce your reputation. Mistakes are easily made! If you are subject to an attack, Hiscox has the PR to contain and ensure your clients still have confidence in you. They can handle all of the public relations, whilst you continue to run your business.
Many SME’s are aware of the threat of cyber attacks, but do not do enough to cover against them. Sadly, even if your company is fully covered and up to date with their anti- virus protection, they can still be targeted. With virus’ developing and changing so quickly, your protection may not have anticipated the next development.
One of the key benefits of leasing, is the continued support offered to our customers. This month you can Cloud Backup has been included in to our freebies. Data stored in the cloud is safer than data stored on a server. For more information on Ransomware, check out our latest blog. Our highly trained technical staff are available for help and support on 0207 111 1643 or email@example.com. For a quote to lease a Mac or any Apple leasing, contact our helpful sales team HERE.
As Apple Authorised Resellers HardSoft are pleased to say that we have a variety of Apple Certified refurbished iPads in stock – available to lease at 20% cheaper than their normal price. This is like leasing five iPads but only paying for four !
To give you an example on pricing our most popular iPad product, the 32GB iPad Air, can be leased at just £3.95 per week. From a small business perspective, you could equip 5 employees with the latest iPad Air for less than £20 per week. Other iPad Air and Mini retinas are available so feel free to contact us for other specs.
These iPads also come with 3 Years Apple Warranty and 3 years insurance for accidental damage plus a ruggedised carry case – the latter will help to prevent anything from going wrong and the former will give you peace of mind if it does. This really is the perfect iPad leasing package and is now even better at a reduced price.
We understand that you might be a bit confused by the term “refurbished”. Let us explain what we mean by this in a little more detail. Refurbished iPads are refurbished by Apple directly and are of full UK specification. The packaging even follows Apple’s stringent rules. They are fully tested (including burn testing), given new front glass and rear casing and a replacement battery and repackaged with all additional extras that a new iPad comes with such as cables etc., installed with the original iOS or with a newer version in some cases and given a unique serial number. t. Take a look at the surrounding images to get an idea of how indistinguishable from brand new these products really are!
Tablet computers now outsell Laptops and iPads are fast becoming a great asset for small and large businesses alike. Having the App Store at your disposal is a huge plus on its own. A quick search will find you 1000s of Apps to help you with time and document management. What’s more, Microsoft Office 365 is also now compatible with iPad so you can use it for word processing, presentations and more! iPads are also built for portability and are therefore great for businesses and employees constantly on the move. They also act as good communication devices and last but certainly not least, are durable and safe to use.
In short then, there are many benefits to leasing an Apple Certified Refurbished product. You can save on cost without having to sacrifice on functionality or appearance. Moreover, you are covered with 3 Years Warranty if something does go wrong with the iPad. If you do experience any issues with the iPad, it can be taken to both HardSoft or an Apple Store.
Apple do warn on their website that refurbished stock is limited and goes quickly when put online for sale. Leasing from HardSoft prevents your business from missing out but also acts as a cheaper and much more flexible option.
If you are interested in purchasing refurbished iPads for your office, email firstname.lastname@example.org or give Phil a ring on 0207 111 1643.