Originally £69 per week on our three year flexible lease contract this is now £64 plus VAT per week and includes a Mac Mini Server with Drobo back up plus 5 X Apple iMacs, with cabling and installation. The reduction in price is in part due to the ease of installation with the advent of Snow Leopard Server. HardSoft have been offering Leasing on IT Networks for over fifteen years predominantly around Microsoft Small Business server 2008. Last year HardSoft introduced the first Apple Mac network following the release of Snow Leopard Server from Apple. This is now a true alternative to a Microsoft network. Though more expensive on a like for like basis the true cost of ownership becomes apparent in the long term ease of use and reliability. HardSoft can include any of the Apple Macs and the Server could be an Xserve instead.
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.
Need a new laptop? You might be weighing up the differences between buying and leasing and wondering what’s best for you.
Leasing is a great way to get the kit you need now and spread the cost out over a period of time. It can be ideal for businesses and their cash flow as less money is initially laid out for equipment. Businesses need to ensure they’re getting the most affordable price for thir kit, so how much does it cost to lease a laptop and what are the benefits?
We have looked at some of the most popular laptops, as priced in April 2018. All of our costs exclude VAT and based on a lease over a three-year period. There are other leasing options available such as Hardsoft Flexi-Lease, which enables you to renew your kit after two years.
|Model||Price (per week plus VAT)|
|MacBook Air (13”)||£6.70|
|MacBook Pro (13”)||£8.80|
|MacBook Pro (13” with touch bar)||£12.40|
|MacBook Pro (15”)||£13.15|
|MacBook Pro (15” with touch bar)||£16.30|
|Dell XPS 13-9370 (13”)||£11.70|
|HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop||£13.95|
These costs are extremely affordable against their overall prices and give businesses the freedom to have quality equipment without having to spend large sums of money all at once. This can be beneficial for all businesses – especially for SMEs. For the cost of a few coffees per week, you could have an excellent piece of kit that can help you grow your business.
When starting a business, many laptops may not be affordable, but rather than sacrificing the quality of your equipment, it’s worth considering leasing options. You can apply for the flexi-lease as a start-up business and this will then give you the opportunity to upgrade your equipment after two years once your business is more established.
What are the benefits of leasing a laptop?
- You can have the equipment you want right now! No need to save or interrupt your business cash flow.
- Full warranty is included throughout the lease period.
- At the end of the lease, you can either keep the computer for a fee depending on your lease choice, or upgrade.
- We can install necessary software your business may need such as Microsoft Office.
- The more machines you order, the cheaper the overall cost.
- There is no initial deposit.
- Start-up businesses can apply for our flexi-lease option. We have helped thousands of start-ups get the quality equipment they need.
- If your Mac needs repairs, we can provide a loan Mac so your business doesn’t need to be out of action.
- Throughout the duration of your lease, you will have telephone technical support if you have any queries.
Take a look at our range of Apple Notebooks and PC Laptops to find the right equipment for your business. If you have any questions about our leasing options, please get in touch – our friendly team would be happy to discuss your options.
No design kit is complete without Wacom
This year Wacom has launched a new or updated range of products. The new Intuos Pro Paper and an updated Intuos Pro are already available and the Cintiq Pro is expected to arrive later this year! Leasing your Wacom makes sense because it makes access to the latest products much easier, without impacting on your cash flow. Here we take a look at the Wacom range and help you find the right one to lease.
Wacom Intuos Pro
This is a great option if you work in creative applications. Perfect for precision work and offering improved resolution and sensitivity than the original Intuos, as well as tilt recognition and ExpressKeys. The new Intuos Pro comes with the new Pro Pen 2, is x4 more accurate than the previous generation of Pro Pen and with 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity it offers a more natural and responsive drawing experience. Just 8mm thick, it is thinner and more compact than its predecessors while keeping the same size active area. Both models come with a Touch Ring, 8 customisable ExpressKeys and on-pen slider switches so that you can have your favourite shortcuts right at your fingertips.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro
This piece of kit is a game changer. It combines your graphics tablet and laptop into one! It offers you a mobile solution that is just what you need if you’re out and about all the time. With full full versions of your chosen creative software and up to 4K resolution with 96% RGB colour performance, as well as the brand-new Wacom Pro Pen 2.Available in both 13 and 16 versions with both running on Windows 10. The 13 has a 13.3” screen, 6 ExpressKeys, and three configuration options to choose from. The 16 provides a larger workspace, up to a 15.6” display and 8 ExpressKeys.
Wacom Cintiq Creative Pen Display
This brings together pen and touch input with a high res display, the Cintiq Creative Pen Display is perfect for those who work with illustrations or 3D design because you are able to paint directly onto the screen. You can also customise it to the perfect way of working for you, with the adjustable stand position, ExpressKeys and TouchRings which can be tailored to your preferences.
Intuos Paper Edition
The Intuos Paper Edition is the Wacom for you if you still like to work on paper. It combines an Intuos Pro tablet with a Paper Clip, which attaches to the top of your tablet and tracks pen strokes made with your Wacom Finetip Pen, which is included. The Clip saves each stroke of your Finetip Pen in an editable file, which you can open in your creative software. You can even have the digital version made up of Photoshop layers by tapping a button on the table to start a new layer as you draw. There are a few size options, such as the desktop version with a 21.5″ full HD display is the Cintiq 22HD, and the more portable option of the Cintiq 13HD. There is also the Cintiq 27QHD, which is at the top of the Wacom tree.
If you’d like to find out more about leasing a Wacom, or any other graphics tablet, get in touch with our knowledgeable sales team who can talk you through your options. Call 020 7111 1643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can have a new Surface Book 2 on trial FREE for 48 hours!
A brand new Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch will be couriered to your office for 48 hours. Use it as you please, in the comfort of your own office, and download whatever software you like to see exactly how good it could be for you – don’t worry, when we collect it after 48 hours we’ll make sure it’s wiped securely so none of your data will be left behind.
This is a great opportunity for any business to trial the Surface Book 2 in your own daily working conditions. With HardSoft taking care of all the delivery and collection logistics – 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. NB: A credit card pre-authorisation will be required.
The Surface Book 2 features 8th Gen i7 processors to handle even the largest editing. A 15-inch PixelSense 3:2 ratio high resolution 3K display complements its sharp NVIDIA GeForce graphics. With up to 17 hours video playback and an even lighter and more durable magnesium casing, you won’t be rushing to charge it.
Our survey said…
We recently surveyed customers who had taken delivery of a 15″ Surface Book 2 and 83% of them stated that they were impressed with the Surface Book 2 – and perhaps more surprisingly not a single customer surveyed said that they weren’t impressed. Almost all of our participants cited the combination of both the PixelSense Display & Hardware Performance as the reasons why they love the Surface Book 2:
“Powerful performance with a large screen, and still very portable thanks to the detachable touchscreen & pen there is also so much more functionality present in the design than I ever had with a MacBook.”
“Touchscreen, it’s quick startup and the graphics capabilities.”
“The Power, High-Resolution screen and it’s Design.”
“The speed of the device and its screen!”
“Touchscreen, it’s convertible into a tablet and I can use the Surface pen directly on the screen.”
So what are you waiting for? Get in touch and request your FREE TRIAL today.
HardSoft is an authorised Microsoft Stockist offering unique leasing opportunities for business leasing on Microsoft products. All computers come with our comprehensive 3-year warranty and technical support. The Surface Book 2 is available to lease from HardSoft from just £13.40 per week, contact our dedicated sales team via email, web chat, or call 020 7111 1643.
When you think of IT and computer companies, we bet you think of a business filled with geeks, don’t you? Well the HardSoft team aren’t particularly geeky when it comes to computers – but they are pretty geeky when it comes to other stuff, so we thought it would be fun to do a geek-o-meter to show you just how geeky we can be. By the way, not all staff chose to complete our quick survey, so there may be even more geeks out there!
“Being a geek means never having to play it cool about how much you like something.” – Simon Pegg
Cameron in Tech
Cameron is our Chief Geek! He runs a multi-national online gaming community that has 60 members from as far as Australia and runs organised gaming events FOUR times a week. Also paints table top miniatures AND
attends a club every Tuesday that other players who share the hobby and play table top games with the miniatures. AND plays Magic the Gathering competitively. How geeky is that?
Ryan in Sales
Ryan is Deputy Chief Geek. He loves to LARP aka Live Action Role Playing (yes, we had to Google it too!) He also loves cinema, binge watching Netflix and going to see live music.
Oliver in Web Development
Oliver is pretty geeky. He plays Magic the Gathering and League of Legends (more Googling required!) and also writes poetry. He toured Europe playing Magic the Gathering for money.
Luke in Tech
Luke is fairly geeky. He loves gaming, 3D game design and 3D printing. He also loves SpaceX and Nasa, as well as the Marvel and Star Wars TV series and films.
Andrew is a boss
Andrew is up there and has a VR room at home. Stages outdoor movie screenings in the summer with a great Bar and loves a ‘Secret Cinema’.
Steve in Sales
Steve is mostly a regular guy but does play the same card game as Cameron and Oliver, Magic the Gathering, and is going to Amsterdam to play next month.
Jamie in Sales
In Jamie’s own words, he “flits between geek and old man”. He’s partial to a bit of VR gaming and LEGO, Oddly watches Bake Off and Snooker on TV.
“Be nice to nerds. Chances are, you’ll end up working for one.” – Bill Gates
Sharon in Digital Marketing
Sharon is probably our most geeky lady in the team. She loves the X-Men, especially the original cartoons, and all things Marvel. She is also a big fan of The Walking Dead TV series and has just attended her second Walker Stalker Convention in London – she doesn’t go as far as cosplay though. That would be a step too far for her!
Ben in Tech
Ben is more a petrol head than a geek. He loves playing around with and building cars, with varying degrees of success. He used to do fast track cars but now does drift track cars.
Phil is another boss
In the grand geekiness scheme of things, Phil is pretty normal. He runs Marathons and can get involved with an Escape Room, making him vaguely geeky.
Janet runs Admin
Janet isn’t really geeky at all, but she can’t cut up a banana in an odd number of pieces and will cut another piece into two just to make the total an even number!
Scarlett in Sales
Scarlett says she isn’t geeky at all. She did do a charity sky dive last year, which makes her a little crazy at least.
Michael in Sales
Michael is listed as the least geeky in the team, and the world needs some normality… he loves cooking, beer and football. He’s just one of the lads.