Category: laptops

Semi Rugged Vs Rugged Laptops – what’s the difference?

All rugged laptops are built to Military Specifications, which means that regardless of whether it’s semi-rugged or fully rugged you will have a laptop that meets some or all Military Specifications. But what is the difference?

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Fully rugged laptops are designed to be able to function in even the harshest and most extreme environments. They can take a real beating and still perform, whether they’re in the desert dust, frozen arctic, or torrential monsoon rains. Each of their components is waterproofed and sealed, preventing moisture, sand, and any other hazardous environmental elements, harming or destroying the computer. read more


Why Lease Your School’s IT Equipment?

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.School-iPad-Product-Pro10.5
  • 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. read more


Hints to prolong Laptop Battery life

Laptop batteries are getting better. The Lenovo Carbon X1 and HP EliteBook x360 can get to 16 hours and the Carbon X1 can charge to 80 per cent within an hour. Apple MacBooks quote ‘all day battery’ BUT these laptops are not cheap. For your average Laptop though you’ll be lucky to get just a few hours, so you need to manipulate the settings.

The display is, for the most part, the biggest drain on your battery. If you want to be specific, it’s actually powering the backlight which illuminates the pixels on your display that drains the battery. In which case, it would seem obvious that the best way to prolong your battery life is to simply lower the brightness on your display. You can usually do this using your keyboard on Windows 10 laptops and Apple Macbooks, but there are other ways you can do this to automate it. read more


The new Surface Book with Performance Base is here… was it worth the wait?

The new Microsoft Surface Book has finally emerged.We have been waiting patiently, but there are now alternatives.

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The Surface Book with Performance Base is their new I7 laptop, with detachable screen, nVidia graphics, and a PEN

The Surface Book Performance Base is a 13.5 inch laptop with a removable screen (for those of you with your head in a hole and missed the last Surface Book). The Surface Book Performance Base isn’t so much as a new product as it is three updated models of the late 2015 version. Each of the Surface Book models incorporates the same Intel “Skylake” Core i7-based Clipboard tablet module but with a new keyboard base which supports a speedier Nividia Geforce GPU. The new higher prices also reflect the update ! With prices at £23.40 per week on a 3 year business lease it’s not cheap though does have 16GB RAM ,512GB Flash. read more