HardSoft Computers will be exhibiting at the Sign & Digital UK Show at the NEC Birmingham between 12th and 14th April 2011.Now in its 21st year, Sign & Digital UK really is the industry’s annual showcase. It is the only place in the UK where you will see a wide-reaching range of products on display for the sign making and digital printing industry. If you are in the print & digital industry then come along and see the latest large format printers and plotters by HP, Canon and many more; as well as the range of Apple Mac computers available on the flexible Lease arrangements provided by HardSoft. If you use Adobe CS5 Design software then you need to see the new three times faster Apple MacBook Pro. If you want to book a slot for some dedicated time with a fully qualified Apple consultant at the Show then contact us now. Complimentary tickets for the NEC show are available here from us on a first come first served basis.
Sign & Digital Show 2011
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.
Join HardSoft’s Exclusive ‘Creative Club’
For just £6 per week plus VAT, our members can have access to a pool of kit for short-term hire. That’s the kit you need when you need it for short-term projects. Nothing extra to pay. The kit in the pool will have a daily points value and you receive 350 points annually to use to hire the extra kit you need when you want it. All delivered and collected. It’s short-term computer hire that’s cheap and flexible.
HardSoft’s new Creative Club is an exclusive group for our customers. If you’ve ever worked on a project and wished you had an extra MacBook Pro for a week or created a film and thought how much easier it would have been if you could have hired a 4K Camera and iMac Pro to make editing faster. Or even an iPad Pro just for a weekend to showcase at an exhibition. Maybe you need a Virtual Reality PC with an Oculus Rift headset then the Creative Club is perfect for you!
You choose the kit and how many days you need it and we deliver and collect it.
Up to four times a year, you can choose what kit you need from the list and how long you need it for, then we’ll deliver it to you the working day before your rental period starts and collect the day after the rental period starts (delivery and collection is included in your membership). At present we’ll need seven days notice for an order and you’ll have to book your CC kit via our firstname.lastname@example.org email address, but we’re working on an online booking system and once that’s in place we’ll improve on wait times. Once you have the equipment you can load whatever software you need because there are no restrictions, you can just treat it like it’s your own! Don’t worry about wiping your data before returning at the end of your hire session, we have a safeguarding process in place which will ensure that all data is securely removed and destroyed within 48 hours of it coming back.
What’s in the Creative Club equipment list?
The Creative Club kit list has something for every business. We have the latest kit ready for that next need. All of the computers and equipment will be the latest models and specs, supplied in a ready to use condition – although they are not brand new.
You can choose from:
|Creative Club Available Kit||Daily Points Value|
|iMac Pro- Eight Core||50 per day|
|iPad Pro 12.9″||10 per day|
|iMac 27″, 3.8GHz, 16GB RAM||15 per day|
|MacBook Pro 15″ Touch Bar||20 per day|
|Drobo 5D external storage array||5 per day|
|Sonnett eGFX box with GTX 1070||7 per day|
|Blackmagic 4K Camera||12 per day|
|VR PC, i7, with 27″ Display & Oculus Rift headset||15 per day|
|Surface Pro, i7, with Type Cover||13 per day|
We’ll be reviewing the list of available kit and adding to it as demand dictates, so if you need something specific which isn’t currently on the list get in touch and we’ll get it for you.
What about insurance?
Accidental damage is covered on the Creative Club equipment (no excess to pay) but loss or theft isn’t. You should have provisions within your business insurance to cover this. You can take the equipment out of the UK and Ireland but the accidental damage cover does not extend to travel outside these areas. You should make sure you have cover if you intend to travel further afield.
How do I sign up?
Sounds great, doesn’t it. To confirm pricing- Paid quarterly by direct debit in advance at £78 plus VAT per quarter, plus an initial £30 set up fee. You can have as many member ships at the same time. This is an annual subscription and can’t be cancelled until the end of the 12 month period. Naturally you can renew. All you need to do to sign up is visit the Creative Club webpage and click on ‘add to basket’. It’s a simple as that. If you have any questions that we haven’t covered here, get in touch with our Creative Club team on the email@example.com email and they’ll be happy to help. There is a FAQ PDF available on this short term computer hire option here. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 7111 1643. Leasing computers from HardSoft has always made sense as we have so many USP’s… dicover the Difference with leasing computers and laptops from HardSoft…
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.
Global estimates are that a device linked to a business will fall victim to a Ransomware attack every 40 seconds. Fighting off malicious attacks has become bread and butter for businesses in the 21st century, last year the number of Ransomware attacks on businesses tripled for Mac and Windows users alike.
But be not afeared! Companies like Sophos and Avast are on hand battling these malicious attacks with their own brands of software specifically designed to: identify, isolate and stop a whole variety of attacks, including Ransomware. Over the last few months, Anti-Ransomware specific software has finally been developed for Mac users where none had been seen before!
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a piece of background software often hidden in Malware and installed via unverified E-mail attachments, Websites and Application downloads. It will, if unknowingly installed, infect your devices and deny you access to your data and device via an encryption. When you have no control over your device or network and any of the sensitive data on it, the hacker will then contact you and demand a ransom for its release. “60% of all Malware payloads delivered in 2017 were Ransomware”.
Ransomware shuts down day to day operations and puts your company at risk of data loss, embarrassment and (especially with new GDPR regulations) potentially catastrophic legal liabilities.
Ransomware is a GDPR nightmare.
From the 25th of May unverified access to your companies held data by a Ransomware Hacker will have to be reported to the ICO as a data breach and due to fast approaching GDPR regulations could cost your business up to 4% of its annual turnover in fines if you can’t prove you had, at the time, implemented sufficient safeguards to protect customer data. Believe me when I say that Ransomware is far better prevented than cured, especially after May 25th.
Sophos intercept X (Now available for Mac’s @ only £1.15 per week)
We only use the best security software available here at HardSoft, we use Sophos in conjunction with several other installed Anti-Virus & security software to ensure that we are safe from any kind of attack. That’s why you can rest assured knowing that our recommendation comes from personal experience and isn’t made lightly.
Sophos intercept X is a solution created to specifically target and combat Malware attacks and their payloads before they even reach your network. Guided by cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence with deep learning capabilities. Sophos intercept X organically grows alongside your business and effectively maps attacks as they happen in real time. Preventing identified attacks occurring, existing exploits becoming epidemics and advising what the user(s) should do to stop it happening again.
If an attack does take place then Sophos will be able to remove the threatening files and restore your device to its previous working order, stopping hackers taking control of your business for even a second.
The real USP, however, is that intercept X produces a flowchart after an unsuccessful attack has taken place. Identifying the flaw in your system that was exploited and giving you and your business both the information and opportunities to further temper their online armour, addressing and sealing any previously exploitable elements that were present in your network.
Available with any of our lease plans on both PC and Mac, Sophos really is the best and most comprehensive software for tackling Ransomware available on the market.
Avast Security Pro (Available for both Mac and Windows @ £0.95 per week)
Avast offers a similar level of protection against Ransomware to Sophos, without the comprehensive deep learning capabilities and the displayed threat identification information.
However, we felt it a shame to leave it out because it’s received consistent praise and very positive reviews online, as it’s more affordable than Sophos it’s an attractive addition to many of our leased Mac products.
Avast once installed, will help ensure your data remains safe and won’t hinder your hardware’s performance having been voted by AV-Comparatives to have had the least impact of any other tested security software on a computer’s performance and speed.
More affordable than Sophos and readily available as an addition to any Mac leased with HardSoft, Avast Pro protection is certainly fit for purpose.
What can you do?
The vast majority of Malware & Ransomware incidents are entirely preventable and are caused by unwittingly; opening, downloading or installing the suspected software. In conjunction with a suitable form of security software installed on the network the key to preventing online attacks is company-wide online awareness.
These simple steps, if followed, will successfully prevent the vast majority of attacks on your business from ever even taking place.
- Only download software from its official source.
- Only open E-mail attachments from trusted/known sources.
- Make sure the official source of your software has a good reputation.
- Keep your operating systems and applications up to date.
- Stay safe when connected to any new or unknown Wi-Fi networks.
- Have a solid backup strategy to keep your data safe.
- Make sure your firewall is always up to date and turned on.
- Install updates as regularly as possible.
Sophos and Avast are the first on the scene and provide a level of security & protection for Mac users that we haven’t seen before, all of our lease options can be configured to include Sophos or Avast and there’s a free trial available for prospective users try it out, and take the first step to ensuring your business is never taken hostage. Call our sales team to find out more on 0207 1111 643 or speak to us online!