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INDUSTRY NEWS: UK businesses plan to boost productivity in bid to survive the pandemic

'In order to survive the pandemic, organizations need to deliver cost savings and greater profits. This is something they believe can be achieved through increased workforce productivity and the elimination of various legacy business practices.

According to a new report from business technology solutions provider Brother UK, organizations are ready to invest in digital infrastructure to make that happen.'

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IT Solutions for your Business

Transform your future with Cisco small and medium-sized business solutions. As a Cisco Partner, Technical Reality can offer you a wide range of over 700 new and refurbished Cisco products, all available for next day delivery.

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Manage your cash flow >>

Tech-as-a-Service (TaaS) helps any commercial or public sector organisation to maximise their often-limited IT budgets. With no need for large upfront investment in technology solutions, moving the cost of IT from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to an operating expense (OPEX) with all products and services rolled into one affordable monthly invoice.

A Tech-as-a-Service Plan from Technical Reality spreads the cost of hardware, operating systems and services over the useful life of technology and services, with reduced management complexity and support costs.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Why the iPhone 11 is a better buy than the iPhone 12

'The iPhone 12 has been officially announced, and it's one of a series of four new iPhones. But if you're in the market for a new Apple handset, you may be better off ignoring the iPhone 12 and it's siblings altogether and instead picking up 2019's iPhone 11.'

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Laptop Buying Guide

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Our pick for teams on-the-go is the perennial business favourite, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. With its powerful processor, long-lasting power and Rapid Charge function, it gets the job done, and is built to sustain the knocks from life on the road.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Missed the latest Apple Event?

Watch the replay to find out all you need to know about the iPhone 12 launch and much more...

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Cisco Small Business SG350 28-Port Managed Rack-Mountable Switch - REFURBISHED

The 350 Series switch is a managed switch that offers excellent performance, rich features, and ease of use. With support for Layer 2 and 3 features, advanced security, routing, and energy-saving technology, it delivers a solid foundation for business applications today and in the future.

- Powerful capabilities

- Easy set-up and management

- Performance and reliability

A+ Grade refurbished, minimal signs of use, essential accessories included, 3-year warranty.

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The secure way to trade-in 🔒

Whether it’s on-site deinstallation and removal, data erasure or hard drive shredding, or uplift for processing in our fully compliant UK facility, we can support you to keep on top of your end-of use and end-of-life assets and support your company CSR efforts with our trade-in programme.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: People-focused digital transformation: What benefit does it have for your employees?

When it comes to successful digital transformation, a company requires support from everyone; from each member of the senior leadership team down to every contributor. IT teams play a pivotal role.

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Aim Higher with the ASUS ViviBook S14

Processor - Intel Core i7 (10th Gen) / 1.8 GHz (4.9 GHz)

Memory - 8 GB DDR4

Storage - 512 GB SSD + 32 GB SSD

The NanoEdge display provides an immersive viewing experience and enables a more compact footprint, plus its Full HD display offers wide viewing angles and exceptional colour reproduction for truly vivid visuals.

Weighing just 1.4 kg and with an ultra-thin profile, VivoBook S14 can go wherever you go.

Stay connected with Intel Wi-Fi 6, delivering super-fast networking speeds for faster large file transfers and super smooth video chats.

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All The Tech You Need PLUS Great Service & Fast Delivery

We offer high quality IT equipment at competitive prices, prompt delivery and great service, with dedicated account management and credit accounts available (subject to Ts & Cs). We aim to give IT Managers the products and services needed to get the job done.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Google is marking its 22nd birthday with a special Doodle

Google has certainly come a long way since PhD students, Larry Page & Sergey Brin, incorporated the company in September 1998.

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BUY HP LAPTOPS from £230 ex VAT

Browse our range of over 85 HP laptop models to find the right laptop for your business. From the entry-level HP Chromebook, to the ZBook 15 G6 mobile work station, complete with core 17 processor and 1TB SSD, we've got your business needs covered. Want to spread the cost and maximise your budget?

Talk to us about our Tech-as-a-Service plans, which let you access the latest tech with one simple monthly payment.

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Technical Reality - Complete Tech Lifecycle Solutions

Choose from a range of brand-new IT hardware with manufacturer warranties; spread the cost of new equipment with a tech-as-a-service contract; extend the warranty on existing IT equipment; buy from a comprehensive range of high-quality refurbished products, or arrange for the data cleansing and recycling of end-of-life IT equipment.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: 7 secrets of successful remote IT teams

With remote working looking like it's here to stay... 'Don't let geography diminish your IT team's productivity. These simple tips will help you get everybody working collaboratively and effectively wherever they are.'

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Join the circular economy revolution AND save money!

If you're looking to buy new business mobiles consider what you could save on these refurbished iPhone SE handsets. They are not only great value, but reduce your company's environmental impact versus buying new. Over 80 high quality A-Grade refurbished iPhone SE 16GB mobiles in stock. Shipped in a brown box with normal signs of use, including essential accessories and a 1-year warranty.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Apple reveals new iPad Air as alternative to the iPad Pro

Apple has revealed its completely redesigned iPad Air: ‘With its gorgeous new all-screen design, larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, next-generation Touch ID, and a massive boost in performance with A14 Bionic, the new iPad Air brings customers powerful pro features at an even more affordable price.’

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BESTSELLER: Dell OptiPlex 3070 Micro

This best-selling PC offers serious productivity with a space-saving design. Customise your workspace to work faster and smarter with an ultracompact desktop featuring versatile mounting options and 9th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors. Available with Windows 10 Pro — for a smooth, versatile PC experience.

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Does your Hardware Make The Grade?

We offer an extensive range of high quality A-Grade refurbished hardware from leading manufacturers, including refurbished-as-new models and equipment with normal traces of use, designed to meet the demands and budgets of business in all sectors and sizes.

Browse our latest stock online and place your order for next day delivery.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: New Apple Event Announced : 15th September

What can we expect from the Apple event? If the rumours are true, we can look forward to the new iPhone 12, Apple Watch and a range of MacBooks. Catch it live on Apple TV.

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Keeping Teams Connected

Part of the Cisco Small Business Series, the SIP based Cisco SPA502G 1-Line IP Phone addresses the requirements of traditional business users, while building on the advantages of IP telephony.

Features such as easy station moves and shared line appearances (across local and geographically dispersed locations) are just some of the many benefits.

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Supporting the education sector with high quality ICT solutions

With over 50,000 new and refurbished IT hardware products, we can help deliver ICT for temporary buildings, upgrade existing equipment, or get urgently needed consumables to you next day.

Education establishments can apply for a credit account and shop direct through our website, or by calling our Account Management team.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Technology Support Needed For Pupils To Catch Up

Children in England are three months behind in their studies after lockdown, according to a survey of nearly 3,000 heads and teachers by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). In the survey teachers 'called for more and better IT equipment for pupils and staff' to help them catch up after nearly six months away from the classroom.

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It's BACK TO SCHOOL ... but not as we know it.

As pupils and staff head back into classrooms, many for the first time in nearly six months, we know technology and blended learning will be at the heart of helping students make up for lost time. With so many changes it won't just be the kids who are learning to adjust to being back at school.

Whatever you learn this week, we've got you covered. We provide ICT equipment from leading manufacturers at competitive prices, in stock and ready to ship for next day delivery.

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Maximise Budgets and Get Upgrades Sooner with Tech-as-a-Service

Tech-as-a-Service plans help businesses to maximise their often-limited IT budgets. With no need for large upfront investment, moving the cost of IT from capital expenditure to an operating expense with all products and services rolled into one affordable monthly invoice.

A Tech-as-a-Service Plan from Technical Reality can help you save up to 30%. It spreads the cost of hardware, operating systems and services over their useful life, with reduced management complexity and support costs.

Benefits include reducing costs versus ownership, improving cash flow and getting equipment upgrades more often.

Our plans are simple, flexible, and have end-to-end product lifecycle management built-in.

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No, this isn't a glitch in the system, 25 years ago this week Microsoft released its new Windows 95 operating system amid great fanfare, with midnight queues at computer shops.

Since its release in 1985, the operating system has evolved with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and the most recent Windows 10 incarnations now running nearly 78% of desktops PCs (Source: Statista, 2020). 

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Style Meets Substance

Style meets substance with this strikingly modern business display crafted for optimal viewing, productivity, and ergonomics.

This HP EliteDisplay E233 23" Monitor has a 3-sided micro-edge bezel for seamless multi-display tiling and 4-way adjustability so you can comfortably power through your day.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

Screen Size: 58.42 cm (23")

Panel type: IPS w/LED backlight

Native resolution: FHD (1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz)

Brightness: 250 cd/m

Contrast ratio: 1000:1 static; 5000000:1 dynamic

Response rate: 5 ms on/off

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IBM unveils its 'most powerful' processor yet

IBM has announced the launch of its "most powerful and energy-efficient processor" yet, which will be used in data centres by businesses relying on hybrid cloud computing.

The IBM Power10 is the tech giant’s first commercialised 7nm processor. Manufactured by Samsung Electronics, the new data centre chip is said to be capable of handling three times the workload of its predecessor, the IBM Power9, which was launched in 2017.

The Power10 took five years to develop and has been designed to be up to 20 times faster at artificial intelligence (AI) computing tasks than the Power9 chip, significantly improving the efficiency of data centres.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7 for Business - work your way.

Wherever and however you work, this versatile and lightweight convertible laptop adapts to the way you work. More power and greater versatility team up like never before in Microsoft's classic, ultra-light and versatile 2-in-1 for business.

Features include:

10.5 hours battery life

10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor

12.3” PixelSense™ Display

Ultra-light and thin design

Team up with the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen to get the full experience.

We have a wide range of Microsoft Surface Pro products available to suit your needs and budget. All in stock, including manufacturer warranty and available for next day delivery.

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A-Grade REFURBISHED HP EliteBook 840 G3 i7 for just £507!

Get all the power of the EliteBook 840 i7 with this A-Grade refurbished laptop and SAVE 60% versus a brand new latest generation model.

LIMITED STOCK AVAILABLE

A-Grade refurbished, brown box, normal signs of use, includes Windows 10 Professional fully installed, essential accessories and 1-year warranty.

SPECIFICATION:

RAM: 16GB RAM

Hard Drive: 256GB-SSD

Screen Size: 14"

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Toshiba shuts the lid on laptops after 35 years

Toshiba's first laptop, the T1100, launched in 1985 weighing 4kg and working with 3.5 inch floppy disks. In 2011 Toshiba sold more than 17m PCs but by 2017 this had fallen to 1.9m, according to Reuters. Toshiba has now sold its final stake in the personal computer maker Dynabook, which brings their PC and laptop production to an end.

(Image credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno)

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Want to maximise your budget?

In times of increased uncertainty you can maximise your budget by only upgrading your IT and tech equipment when you need to, rather than when the manufacturer warranty expires. Yet business-critical hardware still needs to be protected to limit any downtime.

Our extended warranty packages cover equipment from all the major manufacturers, including; HP, HPE, IBM, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Cisco, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Juniper and many others, plus you will also benefit from our extensive technical expertise providing ongoing help and support.

Key benefits include:

- Multi-vendor support from one supplier under one support agreement.

- Cost savings compared to manufacturer support services.

- 24x7x365 helpdesk with UK wide vendor certified engineers for rapid response.

- Response times to meet your requirements, from a 4 hour to next business day.

- UK based team.

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Meet the Lenovo V330

This all-in-one desktop computer is the perfect choice for everyday business needs. The latest processors, robust memory, and optional high-speed storage help keep employees productive, while its minimal footprint and low-blue-light 19.5-inch display help keep them comfortable. All this plus its security features to help keep your data safe.

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The best docking experience for large enterprise ThinkPad customers

The innovative side connector, designed exclusively for ThinkPad laptops, provides a driver-free way to connect conveniently and securely to a range of USB accessories and external displays, while rapid charging support and a mirrored power button make it easy to pack and go. Designed for large enterprise environments, ThinkPad Docking Stations support PXE boot, wake on LAN, and MAC address pass-through, simplifying asset management for IT managers. Painstakingly designed extensively tested, ThinkPad Docking Stations provide a seamless docking experience.

For a limited time SAVE £44 on this Lenovo ThinkPad Ultra Docking Station.

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Google employees will work from home until at least Summer 2021

Google is planning to ask employees to work from home until at least next July, according to the Wall Street Journal. Extending working from home for a further year will impact the tech needs of employees and managers.

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Small package, big savings!

Powered by fast processors and plenty of memory, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon packs a lot of punch. The SSD delivers speedy performance to boost your productivity. Built for life's extremes Like all ThinkPad laptops, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is tested against demanding requirements and numerous quality checks ensure it runs, even in extreme conditions. Long battery life With a long battery and rapid charge you can go wherever you need to.

For a limited time SAVE £150 on this Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

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GET THE LATEST TECH WITH ONE MONTHLY PAYMENT

Tech-as-a-Service helps commercial or public sector customers to maximise their often-limited IT budgets. With no need for large upfront investment in technology solutions, moving the cost of IT from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to an operating expense (OPEX) with all products and services rolled into one affordable invoice.

A Tech-as-a-Service Plan from Technical Reality can help you save up to 30% and spreads the cost of hardware, operating systems and services over their useful life, with reduced management complexity and support costs.

Benefits include reducing costs versus ownership, improving cash flow and getting equipment upgrades more often. Our plans are simple, flexible, and have end-to-end product lifecycle management built in.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Help your business get the most out of Microsoft Teams

Since lockdown began many businesses were forced to start working, and communicating, remotely. One platform firms turned to was online collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams. To ensure business could work more effectively, Microsoft have released 15 updates since the middle of March. That's double the releases versus the previous four months. Updates include meeting and team size increases, improvements in meeting layouts, and channel analytics functionality.

Getting the most out of any tool can be a challenge. Stay up to date with the latest info on new features with these regularly updated release notes.

(Image credit: Microsoft)

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Need to deploy and manage multiple servers at your company's growing number of branch offices?

This great value A-Grade REFURBISHED HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8 Server delivers best-in-class performance, availability, maximum expandability and simplified management for remote branch offices of large enterprises, growing businesses and data centres.

SPECIFICATION:

Condition: A Grade Refurbished, brown box, normal signs of use, essential accessories.

Height (Rack Units): 5U Server

Scalability: 2-way

Processor: 1 x Intel Xeon E5-2620V2 / 2.1 GHz (2.6 GHz) (6-core)

Cache Memory: 15 MB L3 Cache

Cache Per Processor: 15 MB

RAM: 8 GB (installed) / 384 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - PC3-12800

Storage Controller: RAID (SATA 3Gb/s / SAS 6Gb/s) - PCIe 3.0 x8 (Smart Array P420i with 512MB FBWC)

Server Storage Bays: Hot-swap 2.5"

Optical Storage: DVD-Writer

Graphics Controller: Matrox G200

Networking: GigE

Manufacturer Warranty: 1-year

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Apple warns users not to close MacBooks with a camera cover on

‘If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances,’

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Need to get new laptops for your team but want to manage your hardware costs?

Save up to 60% with our wide range of high quality refurbished laptops from HP, all with 1 year warranty as standard. Our refurbished range covers laptops, desktops, workstations, servers, switches, monitors and much more. Offering you the same reliability and performance as equivalent new products, but without the price tag.

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Managing the tech end-of-life process

When it’s time to purchase critical new IT equipment, managing the heavily regulated end-of-life process for electrical waste can become a full-time job.

Our expert tech recycling team can fully manage the process, including asset recovery, data erasure and destruction, e-waste recycling and online asset tracking. Fully compliant WEEE documentation, as well as asset and destruction reports, are provided with all disposals.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Fujitsu announces permanent work-from-home plan

As businesses around the world embrace flexible working like never before, Fujitsu have announced staff will be able to work flexible hours, and working from home will be standard wherever possible.

The firm said it "will introduce a new way of working that promises a more empowering, productive, and creative experience for employees that will boost innovation and deliver new value to its customers and society".

Under the plan employees will "begin to primarily work on a remote-basis to achieve a working style that allows them to flexibly use their time according to the contents of their work, business roles, and lifestyle".

(Image credit: Getty Images)

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Everything you need in a modern business display

Crafted for optimal viewing, productivity, and ergonomics. The HP EliteDisplay E233 23" Monitor has a 3-sided micro-edge bezel for seamless multi-display tiling and 4-way adjustability so you can comfortably power through your day.

Key Specifications:

Screen Size : 58.42 cm (23")

Panel type : IPS w/LED backlight

Native resolution : FHD (1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz)

Brightness : 250 cd/m

Contrast ratio : 1000:1 static; 5000000:1 dynamic

Response rate : 5 ms on/off

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ALL THE TECH YOU NEED

With over 50,000 new & refurbished IT hardware products, including computers, servers, networking, storage and peripherals in stock and available for next day delivery, why wait?

ORDER TODAY FOR DELIVERY TOMORROW

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Apple says goodbye to Intel

'In the biggest transition for the Apple Mac computer brand since the move from the Power PC processor to Intel chips - unveiled at WWDC 2005 by Steve Jobs - the Mac was now going to move to "our own Apple Silicon."

There was no mention of ARM, the UK-based but now Japanese-owned firm whose chip designs now dominate the world of mobile computing. But it is clear that soon Macs - just like iPhones and iPads - will be powered by processors based on ARM designs.'

(Image credit: Getty Images)

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Refurbished HP ELITEBOOK 840 - Just £399 ex VAT

Impressively thin and light, the HP EliteBook 840 empowers users to create, connect, and collaborate, using enterprise-class performance technology that helps keep you productive in and out of the office. It's ideal for mobile professionals needing business rugged notebooks with enhanced system and graphic performance in a managed-IT environment.

A-GRADE REFURBISHED QUALITY

All our A-Grade refurbished equipment undergoes rigorous quality testing to meet our high standards, and comes with 1-year warranty as standard, for your peace of mind.

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Tech recycling made simple

With stringent regulation, an increasing replacement rate, and the innovative nature of tech hardware, IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) is an important element of the IT Manager role. Without effective support in this key area, businesses face legal-, financial- and reputational risk, as well as added complexity and lost value.

With the support of our expert team, we make managing tech recycling simple, including public sector organisations and large corporates. Providing asset recovery, data destruction, e-waste recycling and process management services, throughout the chain of custody, we can work to any scale, nationwide.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Zoom finally extends end-to-end encryption to all users

If you've been concerned about security and privacy with remote teams using Zoom, you'll be pleased to hear Zoom has confirmed it will give all users of its video calling platform end-to-end encryption, starting with a beta test next month.

(Image credit: Zoom)

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Laptop? Tablet? Work your way with an innovative 2 in 1

Wherever and however you work, this versatile and lightweight convertible laptop adapts to the ways you work.

1. Dual far-field Studio Mics
Be heard loud and clear whether in conference calls or using voice dictation in Office apps* with enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics.
2. Front-facing 5.0 megapixel camera
Show your best side on video calls in Microsoft Teams.*
3. USB-C™ and USB-A ports
Connect to displays, docking stations and more, and charge accessories.
4. Innovative, built-in Kickstand
Open the Kickstand for a full laptop experience, lower it to the perfect angle for writing and drawing with Surface Pen, and fold it closed when you need a tablet (pen/keyboard available separately).

Other Key Features:
- 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
- 12" Display
- 8 GB RAM / 256 GB Storage
- Get back to work faster with Instant On

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Firms prepare for new world of hybrid remote and in-office workforce

The return to the office after mass home-working looks like a long road indeed, in a recent survey by Xerox they concluded that while employees may not be going back to the office all at once, or even in the same capacity as before, the need for organisations to support a hybrid workforce would be here for the foreseeable future.

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Keeping in touch doesn't have to cost the earth.

The Cisco IP Phone 8841 delivers voice communications that's highly secure and easy to use. It offers wideband audio and a large, widescreen, high-resolution colour display for menus and content.

The 8841 is ideal for knowledge workers, administrative staff, and managers in mid-sized to large businesses. As a refurbished and low-power device, it is highly cost-effective and good for the environment.

Over 100 fully refurbished Cisco IP 8841 phones in stock and ready for next day delivery.

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Make your budget go further with high quality refurbished IT equipment.

Buying refurbished products has a number of benefits for organisations. Firstly, you can save 40-60% when buying refurbished, instead of the newest model, freeing up budget for other priorities. Secondly, by actively choosing refurbished products, you can reduce your environmental impact.

We offer an extensive range of refurbished hardware from leading manufacturers, including refurbished-as-new models and equipment with normal traces of use, designed to meet the demands and budgets of business in all sectors and sizes.

Each refurbished hardware product undergoes rigorous quality testing to reach our high standards. We are so confident with the quality of our refurbished hardware that all items come with warranty as standard.

Our refurbished range covers laptops, desktops, workstations, servers, switches, monitors and much more. Offering you the same reliability and performance as equivalent new products, but without the price tag.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: If it ain't broke

Tech innovation may move at warp speed, with new models, specifications and software updates launched every week, but according to this article from the BBC, some gadgets manage to keep going, long after they've been marked as obsolete.

(Image credit: Ricky Boleto)

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Delivering all the tech you need.

IT Managers need a range of suppliers to meet the demands their businesses place on them. Product range, competitive pricing, speed of delivery and great customer service are among the key factors in selecting who to work with.

Whether you’re looking for a new IT hardware partner, or a flexible way to procure equipment outside your existing contracts, Technical Reality is here to support you: - Over 50,000 new products from leading manufacturers

- A wide range of top quality refurbished equipment

- Extended warranty packages

- Tech-as-a-Service (TaaS) leasing contracts

Fully managed tech recycling service

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Delivering You IT Hardware ... Wherever You Need To Work

Whether it's continuing to meet customer needs while working from home, managing your team remotely, or exploring new business models to keep afloat, tackling the challenges of doing business today requires thinking, and working, outside the box. Having the right equipment at your finger tips can make all the difference. With over 50,000 new and refurbished IT hardware products in stock and ready for next day delivery, we can deliver, wherever you need to work.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Apple Changes How MacBooks Charge To Make Them Live Longer

'Apple has rolled out a new Mac update that changes the way its computers charge. The company says the new technology will allow those batteries – and therefore the computers they are in – to last longer. Over time, many batteries such as those in MacBooks chemically age. As they do, the amount of charge they can hold drops, until they eventually become so short their life is over. The new feature aims to slow down the rate at which that ageing process happens. It does so by watching how hot it gets and when it tends to be charged.' Andrew Griffin - The Independent Great news for extending the life of MacBooks, but make sure to adjust your settings if you absolutely need a full charge.

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KEEP ON RUNNING...with the Google Pixel 4

Quick gestures uses radar to sense motion, helping you control your Pixel 4 when you're running low on time, or running on the treadmill, all without touching your phone. MULTI-TASK LIKE A PRO Simpler integration with your favourite apps means you can control your phone with just your voice, so you can do more of what you want. FACE UNLOCK Simply look at your Pixel 4 to securely unlock it, make payments, and get into apps in a flash. Wherever you're headed, these time-saving functions make this Google Pixel 4 the perfect phone for working on the go.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Tile™ Teams with Intel to Make PC Laptops and Notebooks Findable

Tile, the world’s leading smart location company, is collaborating with Intel Corporation to bring Tile’s finding power to PC original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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Get the power of a laptop with the portability of a tablet

Connect from wherever you need to work with this compact 2-in-1. This lightweight business laptop and tablet from Microsoft empowers employees to get the job done with the full power of Windows 10.

SPECIFICATION

Operating System: Win 10 Pro

Processor: Intel Core m3 (8th Gen) 8100Y / 1.1 GHz (3.4 GHz) / 4 MB

Cache Memory: 8 GB Storage: 128 GB SSD

Display: 10.5" touchscreen 1920 x 1080 / Full HD

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615

Integrated Webcam: Yes

Battery: Up to 10 hours

Dockable: Yes

Colour: Silver

Weight: 544 g

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Universities' move online 'must be done the right way'

As the education sector gets to grips with remote teaching, the BBC reports on how universities can tackle the challenges.

Kathryn Skelton, chief transformation officer at FutureLearn, an online learning platform owned by the Open University, says "Educators need to take a step back and ask not 'how can I replicate what I do in the classroom', but 'how can I redesign this learning experience to take advantage of a whole wealth of technology that can deliver a full learning experience - not just the delivery of information?'"

(Image credit: Harry Ashworth)

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Make yourself at home

Deploy a compact, stylish PC built to fit your modern workspace and deliver affordable, reliable performance. The HP ProDesk 400 Desktop Mini also includes integrated manageability and security features for your growing business.

SPECIFICATION:

Product Type: Personal computer - mini desktop

Localisation: Language: English / Region: United Kingdom

Processor: Intel Core i3 (9th Gen) 9100T / 3.1 GHz (3.7 GHz) (Quad-Core)

Cache Memory: 6 MB

RAM: 8 GB (installed) / 64 GB (max) - DDR4 SDRAM

Hard Drive: 1 x SSD 256 GB - PCI Express 3.0 - M.2 2280 - NVM Express (NVMe)

Graphics Controller: Intel UHD Graphics 630 Dynamic Video

OS Provided: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Edition

Dimensions (WxDxH): 17.7 cm x 17.5 cm x 3.42 cm

Weight: 1.25 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year

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Prolong the life of your IT equipment with Extended Warranty solutions

In times of increased uncertainty organisations know it makes good business sense to upgrade their IT and tech equipment only when they need to. When the manufacturer warranty expires, there is often no need to upgrade the IT equipment right away. Yet business-critical hardware needs to be protected to limit any downtime. As part of our Tech Lifecycle Solutions, Technical Reality provides comprehensive extended warranty packages to protect equipment until it’s time to renew. Giving full peace of mind in case of any equipment failures, we offer a range of Service Level Agreements (SLAs), guaranteeing the delivery of measured service levels to meet your organisation’s specific needs. Our extended warranty packages cover equipment from all the major manufacturers, including; HP, HPE, IBM, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Cisco, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Juniper and many others, plus you will also benefit from our extensive technical expertise providing ongoing help and support.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: The tech industry's winners and losers in lockdown 

Check out the BBC's run down of the tech industry's winners and losers in lockdown. The coronavirus pandemic has been bad news for business. But even as some technology companies have been squeezed tight, others have actually seen a boost. Some were in the right place at the right time - while others have seen the real-world trade they rely on shut down completely.

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Are you looking to build a customised solution for your office?

The HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus delivers an affordable compact yet powerful entry level server, which you can customise for on-premises, or for hybrid cloud possibilities. The latest Intel® Xeon® E and Pentium® processors deliver compute performance, as well as security and remote management, into the server with HPE iLO Silicon Root of Trust. Along with other enhancements such as 4X 1GbE onboard NICs and USB 3.2 Type A Gen2, you will be surprised that there is nothing Micro about the HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus. In stock and available for next day delivery.

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Looking for the latest technology, without the capital investment?

Tech-as-a-Service (TaaS), one of our tech lifecycle solutions, supports businesses, charities and education institutions to access a comprehensive range of IT hardware solutions with a simple monthly payment. No capital outlay and periodic upgrades help you manage cashflow and keep up with changing technology.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: How technology is changing education

Technology has impacted just about every aspect of life today. Education, of course, is no exception. Not only are vast amounts of information available online, but opportunities for formal learning are also available online. With many options for students, parents and teachers to engage with one another in and outside of the classroom, there’s no denying technology has come to be a powerful tool that can truly transform education in a myriad ways. With the global reach of the world wide web and the proliferation of smart devices connecting to it, the age of modern education has truly arrived.

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Need to print, scan or copy from home?

Whether for a home office or home school, this HP colour laserjet multi-function printer (MFP) offers high-quality colour for all your printing, copying and scanning needs, helping you be more productive. Save time with Smart Tasks in HP Smart app, and print and scan from your phone. Get security essentials to help maintain privacy and control.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

- Printer | Copier | Scanner | Fax

- Up to 16 ppm black and colour

- Save time with Smart Task shortcuts in HP Smart App

- HP Auto-On/Auto-Off Technology

- Dual band Wi-Fi®, built-in fast Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB

- Flatbed scanner handles up to 21.6 x 29.7 cm paper

- 35-sheet automatic document feeder

- Two-line LCD display with numeric keypad

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INDUSTRY NEWS: DELL The Workers' Experience Report

To shed light on today’s digital-era workforce and its needs, Dell EMC commissioned a study into the requirements of users, patterns of work, and the desires and frustrations of workers in their quest to maximise their ability to contribute to their organisations.

Report Key Findings:

• Worker motivation and engagement are keys to productivity.

• Substandard or inappropriate technology impedes workforce effectiveness.

• Every worker’s technology needs are different.

• Security is important, but must not thwart workers’ ability to access data and applications.

• It is essential to provide each worker with a complete technology ecosystem.

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Looking for more flexibility?

With this 2-in-1 convertible Dell Latitude 7390, featuring superior 13" display, Intel® Core™ 8th Gen Processor & exceptional battery life, the search is over.

SPECIFICATION:

Product Type: Notebook - flip design

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Processor: Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) 8350U / 1.7 GHz (3.6 GHz) / 6 MB Cache

Memory: 8 GB Storage: 256 GB SSD

Display: 13.3" touchscreen 1920 x 1080 / Full HD

Input Device: Digitizer, digital pen

Dimensions (WxDxH): 30.51 cm x 21.1 cm x 1.903 cm

Weight: 1.42 kg

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Time for a laptop upgrade?

We have a wide selection of laptops available, including this Lenovo ThinkPad L390 laptop. Available to buy today, or from £19 per month with a Tech-as-a-Service (TaaS) plan.

SPECIFICATION:

Operating System: Windows 10

Processor: Intel Core i5 (8th Gen)

Memory: 8 GB

Storage: 256 GB SSD

Display: 13.3" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 / Full HD

Battery: Up to 14.61 hours

Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip + Fingerprint Reader

Dimensions (WxDxH): 32.18 cm x 22.42 cm x 1.88 cm

Weight: 1.46 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year

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INDUSTRY NEWS: How to engage at every age: maximising productivity across a multi-generation workforce

In a period which sees at least five generations of workers all operating within the employee landscape, how can businesses ensure productivity, collaboration and engagement?

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Looking for a new laptop for your business?

This Google Pixelbook Go with 13.3" display, Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD storage is an ultra-thin, lightweight laptop with up to 12 hours of battery life.

SPECIFICATION:

Product Type: Chromebook

Operating System: Chrome OS

Processor: Intel Core i5

Memory: 8 GB

Storage: 128 GB SSD

Display: 13.3" touchscreen 1920 x 1080 / Full HD

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics

Battery: Up to 12 hours

Dimensions (WxDxH): 31.1 cm x 20.63 cm x 1.34 cm

Weight: 1.061 kg

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Get Your Desk Set Up to Work Comfortably

In this week's blog, we shared nine ways to work from home more effectively. In #3: 'Get your desk set up to work comfortably', we took a look at the ergonomics behind setting up a comfortable desk space at home. To avoid eye-strain and shoulder pain, a separate height adjustable monitor is recommended. It should be adjusted so the top is positioned at your eye level, and be about arm’s length away from you. It should also be positioned to avoid glare on the screen from lighting or sunshine. A few simple adjustments can make all the difference to your health and productivity. This Dell UltraSharp 25" LED Monitor is height adjustable and can be pivoted, and tilted, to find the perfect position.

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BLOG: Nine Ways to Work From Home More Effectively

With more people than ever working from home, in our latest blog we share nine ways to ensure you can work effectively and safely. From creating a separate space and taking regular breaks, to getting the right tech to help you work safely, follow our nine steps and get the most of your time working from home.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Working from Home ONS Trends

Working from home has steadily grown over the last 5 years, but in 2019 just 5% of people worked mainly from home. Almost overnight Coronavirus has forced businesses to adopt the practice for large numbers of staff, up-skilling and equipping teams with the necessary tech to work effectively from home.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Support Covid-19 research with your mobile phone

Harness the power of your company mobile phones to support Covid-19 research by put them to work overnight helping vital research into Covid-19 for Imperial College London.

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Cash flow looking tight? Worried about the cost of purchasing new tech hardware?

Get this Apple MacBook Pro from just £77 per month with one of our Tech-as-a-Service (TaaS) plans.

SPECIFICATION: 

Operating System: macOS Catalina 10.15

Processor: Intel Core i9 (9th Gen)

Memory: 16 GB Storage: 1 TB SSD

Display: 16" LED backlight 3072 x 1920

Battery: Up to 11 hours

Colour: Space grey

Dimensions (WxDxH): 35.79 cm x 24.59 cm x 1.62 cm

Weight: 2 kg

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All the tech you need

Get the latest tech hardware with over 30,000 new IT hardware products, incl. laptops, desktops, servers, switches, networking, storage, AV, mobile tech and peripherals. All in stock & ready for next day delivery!

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INDUTRY NEWS: Is your contact centre technology homeworker-friendly?

Along with putting the right technology in place, there is a lot for IT Managers to consider when making a contact centre remote.

Here's a run down of questions worth asking:

- Is our recruitment and onboarding software optimised for homeworking?

- Are peoples’ home offices compliant?

- Does their technology meets specifications?

- Do our customer communication channels/systems have the capability to support homeworkers?

- Do we have the ability to effectively train remote workers?

- Will our quality and performance monitoring software work in a homeworking model?

- Does our security framework support homeworking environments?

- Can we provide secure access to business mission-critical applications?

- Are our homeworking solutions compliant with ISO27001, PCI-DSS and GDPR regulations?

- Do our planning and scheduling tools fully support flexible working, where homeworkers can self-select hours and work split shifts?

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Laptops at Great Prices!

The HP ProBook 450 G6, with its Core i5 processor, 15.6" screen, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD hard drive, is ideal for remote working.

Browse our complete range of HP laptops today. All in stock & ready for next day delivery. Click here or call us to secure stock.

  

Still looking for home office solutions?

Get this Lenovo V330-20ICB All-in-One Desktop. LIMITED STOCK - call us for availability.

Specification: Processor: Intel Core i3 (8th Gen) 8100 / 3.6 GHz (Quad-Core) Cache Memory: 6 MB RAM: 4 GB (installed) / 32 GB (max) Storage Controller Hard Drive: 1 TB - SATA 6Gb/s - 7200 rpm Optical Storage: DVD-Writer Monitor: 19.5" - LED OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Edition

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Everything you need to know about the iOS 13 update

With new Dark Mode, QuickPath keyboard, enhanced photo editing and reminders getting an over haul, check out all the new and upgraded features on iOS 13.

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Want to get the latest technology for your business?

Businesses need to protect themselves from the potential issues of holding onto outdated technology, which can pose a higher security risk where organisations become exposed to vulnerabilities. Where the cost of new technology has traditionally been a barrier for many businesses, this is mitigated as companies join the movement towards a services-based, pay-as-you-go model for their IT needs. Read more about our Tech-as-a-Service (TaaS) offering in our latest blog here.

 

Equipping your teams at home?

This Dell Technologies 19" LED Monitor is reliable and affordable with essential features to meets home office demands. With high quality HD display, plug and view connectivity, mounting options, forward and backwards tilting, convenient controls, environmentally friendly materials and energy saving features this is a great solution for team members working from home. Click here or call us to secure stock.

 

INDUSTRY NEWS: Covid-19: NCSC issues secure remote working guidance

With hundreds of thousands likely to be working remotely for some time, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued best practice guidance to enable security teams to support them.

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Need to work from home?

With many businesses asking employees to work from home for the foreseeable future, firms are looking to purchase quality IT hardware equipment to faciliate this new way of working. From laptops, screens, telephones, headsets and peripherals, we can get you everything you need to enable you and your teams to work from home.

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Delivering the best tech hardware and service...

We have improved our customer service offer which means we will deliver the best hardware and service, from our experienced team, for you, our customer. We still have solid partnerships with leading suppliers to provide the latest hardware and accessories for your business. We will always be committed to the best customer care and support, on and offline.


Technical Reality Relaunches...

It's been a busy few weeks for the Technical Reality team and we're delighted to share our new branding and design. But it's not just our logo that's changed. We've re-positioned our business offer to make sure our customers enjoy the very best service available with the best products and level of support. We'll be sharing more details over the next few days so check back for more details. Take a look around our new site. 

 

Videogaming & the Moonlanding

There's been such a buzz around the moonlanding anniversary this week supported by numerous articles and reports. One that has grabbed our attention, however, is how the event shaped early video games, written by The Guardian's Keith Stuart.

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Learn how programmer Steve Russell was working on one of the first game experiences of its kind.