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.
As Easy as Change, Continue, or Cancel.
We’re often asked about the flexibility of leasing, and potential customers are often under the impression that leasing is inflexible and they will be tied into long contracts whilst their equipment becomes obsolete and old. We always tell them that leasing IT equipment is as simple as getting your mobile phone contract, they work in just the same way.
Here at HardSoft, we are the pioneers of the ‘Flexi-Lease’, so the clue is in the name. This scheme for businesses is simple and incredibly flexible, we call it Change, Continue, Cancel. All of our customers are offered guaranteed ownership of their equipment at the end of their lease term for just £1, but they can also choose to continue with a new lease once they reach the halfway point of their lease, upgrading their equipment at the same time, allowing them to have the latest and most up to date kit.
Change – technology advances at such a rapid rate that in the three short years of your lease, you can often find yourself working on an outdated device which doesn’t do everything you need it to. If this is the case, you can return the equipment and start a new lease with the latest models and be back at the cutting edge again. Taking advantage of the extras included in a HardSoft lease, such as technical support and warranty.
Continue – the beauty of the Flexi-Lease means that you can always change your mind. Once you’ve reached the halfway point of your lease you can change your equipment at any time. This means that if your business is growing and expanding and you need more equipment for additional staff, you can add to your lease with the most up to date equipment available. Leasing also means that you don’t have to pay outright for the additional kit, leaving your precious cash flow intact for more pressing things.
Cancel – you might find that after 3 years you’re still happy with your equipment, and regardless of there being more up to date and sleeker looking versions available, you’re happy to stick with what you have. If this is the case, you can purchase the device for just £1.00 and take ownership so it’s all yours to keep.
Real Customer examples explaining this leasing flexibility
The best way for us to tell you how flexible our leases are is to give you some examples of our customers taking advantage of flexible leasing in the past few weeks.
Customer A had a 27″ iMac and was paying £89.70 per month. They decided to keep the iMac and also change to a new 27″ iMac with 5K Retina with a new monthly payment of £94.50.
Customer B had two 13″ MacBook Pro Retina’s, paying £104.00 per month, and decided to keep them and add two new 13″ MacBook Pros with Touch Bar for a new monthly payment of £118.00.
Customer C had an 11″ MacBook Air and a 21.5″ iMac, paying £68.03 per month, and then cancelled the original lease returning the existing equipment and part-exchanging it for a new iMac 21.5″ and a new 13″ MacBook Air, with a new monthly payment of £75.50. All customers were able to secure new up to date equipment and keep their payments at roughly the same amount each month.
Each HardSoft Flexi-Lease is covered by three years free warranty and telephone technical support. This warranty is inclusive of all parts and labour. If your machine is faulty we offer, at no extra cost, a ‘Collect and Return’ service; whereby our courier will be sent in the next day after reporting a fault and will return this to us for repair. Also included is telephone support and we offer a remote diagnosis and fault repair service. For more information about our flexible leases, get in touch with our sales team on 020 7111 1643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an iMac Pro delivered to your office, FREE!
Available for a limited time only: Have the fastest Apple all-in-one ever released, delivered and installed in your office for 48 hours. To use as you please, in the comfort of your own office to see what all the fuss is about and how the iMac Pro’s unmatched calibre can streamline and enhance your working day.
This really is a unique opportunity for any business to trial, in your own working conditions, the latest tech Apple has to offer. With HardSoft taking care of all the logistics: delivery, installation and collection – free of charge, at a date to suit you. This offer is subject to limited availability and is only available for office(s) in London or the home counties, subject to the completion and approval of our application form please e-mail: Andrew@hardsoft.co.uk to take part or for more information.A credit card pre-authorisation will be required.
It’s also delivered personally by an Apple Certified engineer who will assist with set up and configuration.
The iMac Pro is an all-in-one machine designed with professional consumers in mind. Impactful, thoughtful and full of character. It has managed to single-handedly prove Apple’s mettle in the performance market with consistently outstanding consumer and technical reviews.
What our clients are saying about their iMac Pro…
Ian Allardyce is the Owner/Director of Really Nice Content Ltd. a Video Production company. Ian shot his feature-length film “Ulaanbaatar” an indie-music drama last summer, in Mongolia He is using the iMac Pro for :“It’s a really beautiful machine and is so much clearer than my MacBook. The 5k screen will be perfect for all the colour grading work I’ve got coming up on my new film. I rendered some footage which would have taken my old MacBook 30+ minutes with the fans on full, my iMac Pro had it finished in 3 and it didn’t make a sound.”
Martin ‘Biggles’ Phillips is production manager at TV & Film Production company Red90. Working as a cameraman and editor for 30 years Martin is impressed with the speed of the iMac Pro:“The amount of time we save when we are editing is the most surprising, Scott has been working away and got more done working from the iMac Pro than he would have ever before on our old iMac’s. They have really helped increase productivity and lower our turnaround times they are sort of paying for themselves with the time they save.”
Based on the tremendous success of the iMac range, the iMac Pro fixes the old problems and delivers a new benchmark to users of previously unmatched levels of speed and quality. HardSoft is an authorised UK Apple Stockist offering unique leasing opportunities for business leasing on Apple as well as PC products. All computers leased always come with our comprehensive 3-year warranty and technical support. The iMac Pro is available to lease today from only £32 a week, find out more here or contact our dedicated sales-team online or over the phone on 0207 1111 643.
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: email@example.com