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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.

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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.

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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?'"

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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. Read more

 

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.

All in stock & ready for delivery tomorrow!

Click here to browse 30,000 new and refurbished tech hardware products 

 

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