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An accountant explains why computer leasing makes financial sense

An accountant explains why computer leasing makes financial sense

At Hardsoft, we have more accountancy firms among our clients than any other type of business. When it comes to the financially-savvy, accountants are a class apart, so who better than an accountant to provide an expert opinion on leasing computer equipment? In order to shed light on what can be a potentially confusing area,
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The essential Mac shortcuts you need to know

The essential Mac shortcuts you need to know

If you are moving from a Windows computer to a Mac for the first time, it’s very likely you are going to come in for some difficulties knowing how to do even the most basic of things. While many people go for Mac computers as an upgrade, it can take some getting used to. While
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Four reasons to rent your new MacBook Pro

Four reasons to rent your new MacBook Pro

There’s no question about whether a MacBook Pro could benefit your business – these incredible machines are more capable than most on the market today, and they offer everything you’d expect from Apple and more. You do have options as to how you go about getting your hands on one (or more), so do you
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How to get the most out of your new MacBook Pro

How to get the most out of your new MacBook Pro

Apple has a knack for designing and building amazing computers, tablets and mobile phones. There are plenty to choose from, depending on what you want to achieve, but you could argue the MacBook Pro is the Californian company’s pinnacle product. The range was first launched in 2006, and has been updated pretty regularly since. The
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How to get the most from your iPad

How to get the most from your iPad

It’s no exaggeration to say that, since being introduced in 2010, Apple’s iPad range has changed the world. Even if you don’t realise it, these sleek yet functional devices are being used to great effect in education, healthcare, retail and pretty much every other sector. Whether you’ve leased or purchased your iPad, and however many
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Why do companies lease?

Why do companies lease?

Buying new equipment is a big investment, so leasing is a great alternative to many companies, both big and small. There are lots of benefits to leasing over buying – you may be trying to conserve capital or just perhaps you prefer the flexibility that leasing offers. Let’s take a look at why companies lease
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How to avoid the hidden costs of leasing

How to avoid the hidden costs of leasing

When you consider the many benefits of leasing over buying, it’s no surprise it’s a popular option for businesses of all sizes. However, some may be put off by the possibility of being charged ‘hidden fees’ – costs and charges that aren’t openly advertised. Not all leasing firms are guilty of this: at HardSoft, we
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The evolution of animation

The evolution of animation

Talk of animation now and most people’s minds will go straight to a multi-million pound Pixar blockbuster, or at least a modern cartoon series like Family Guy or Adventure Time. In reality, though, this art form has a history stretching back more than 100 years, and it’s come a long way in that time. From
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How am I going to finance my next computer?

How am I going to finance my next computer?

It’s impossible to say exactly how the recent EU referendum will affect businesses, but there’s a lot of uncertainty in the air. Company owners across all industries are wondering whether evolving trade regulations and fluctuating exchange rates will affect their bottom lines, and many are understandably fearing the worst. Given the situation, you’d be forgiven
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How to record corporate video on your iPhone

How to record corporate video on your iPhone

Do you remember the first camera phones? It was the early 2000s, well before Apple had entered the mobile market, and the idea of being able to capture images through the back of a mobile was enough to blow minds. Fast forward to 2016 and we have the iPhone 6S – a Swiss army knife
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Why the ZBook is the Aston Martin of laptops

Why the ZBook is the Aston Martin of laptops

It’s not often IT equipment is likened to one of the finest cars ever manufactured, but if we were going to, then we’d have to hail the ZBook the Aston Martin of the laptop world. Not just a laptop, in fact, but a ‘mobile workstation’. HP’s ZBook was launched in 2013 and has proved hugely
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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4: Reviews, tips and tricks

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4: Reviews, tips and tricks

Featured image via Andrew White for Wired. Think of Microsoft’s Surface range and you probably immediately visualise the bright, fun design, the clip on Type Cover keyboard, and the joyful user experience. You may also have preconceptions about the price (ranging from around £400 – £2,200 depending on the model). Since its inception, the range
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5 Ipad Pro accessories that you can’t live without

5 Ipad Pro accessories that you can’t live without

You’ve got hold of the Ipad Pro and probably love it. In fact, how did you manage without it? However, to get the very most out of this incredible device, it helps to have the right tools. To save you time searching, we’ve put together a list of accessories that you really can’t live without.
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Most incredible images drawn on the iPad Pro

Most incredible images drawn on the iPad Pro

For a while, computer generated art was just those hidden 3D optical illusions which many revered but others loathed (I, for one, have still never been able to see any of the hidden images, despite multiple hours spent fixated and frustrated). Naturally, they weren’t for the traditionalists, who – funnily enough – preferred traditional methods
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Apple iPad Pro – what do you think?

Apple iPad Pro – what do you think?

Launched in November 2015 and no doubt turning up in many people’s Christmas stockings (29 per cent of the people we polled said they’d ask Santa for one), Apple’s iPad Pro is billed as an ‘iPad that lets you be more creative and more productive’, with features that add ‘another dimension’ to that all-immersive experience.
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Top five Christmas gifts for creative geeks

Top five Christmas gifts for creative geeks

If you’re not one yourself, geeks can be pretty hard to buy for, so what do you get that creative type in your life this Christmas? Well, have no fear, we’re here to help. Here are the top five Christmas gifts we think any geek will love, whether they’re a designer, animator or developer. iPad
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You know you’re an illustrator when…

You know you’re an illustrator when…

Since you first added pencil to paper as a toddler, you’ve loved drawing and now you are in the envious position of having turned your passion and talent into your career. How many people wish they could say the same? You know you’re an illustrator when… …you forget how bright the sun is because you
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Which Wacom tablet is best for your needs?

Which Wacom tablet is best for your needs?

By now, most creative arts professionals are aware of the benefits of pen tablets. Not only that, most know that these devices are becoming essential pieces of kit in order to do the job properly. The question, then, isn’t why should you use a Wacom tablet (after all, we’ve already covered that here), but which
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What to choose: A desktop PC or a desktop Mac?

What to choose: A desktop PC or a desktop Mac?

With so many machines available today, choosing a PC has become a far more difficult task than it ever was. Once upon a time, computers were all pretty much the same and deciding between them might have been based more on cosmetic features than technological capabilities. Not so in the 21st Century. While the tech
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Hardsoft – Apple rumours round-up

Hardsoft – Apple rumours round-up

It’s only a couple of days until Apple’s big press event, so everyone and their mum is trying to guess what the company’s exciting announcement will be. It’s almost certain that Apple will reveal a new iPhone, but what other surprises does it have up its sleeve? We’ve rounded up all the rumours so you
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