easyeverything oxford st, london. used to be quite enjoyable going there but is now sharing space with some bloody sandwich joint,....result ,.....morons sitting around at the computers chomping away at their food and yakking on their bloody phones to their friends. the sound of chairs being shuffled around and scraping on the floor is also extremely irritating , easyeverything cant even provide plastic caps for the chair feet to prevent it.badly needs sorting out .
In London, EasyInternet advertises itself as the cheapest on-line experience. Don't believe it. Almost everyone charges roughly the same rate (£1 per hour, and some will do 30-minute sessions for 50p. There is no minimum (EasyInternet has a £2 minimum, and it expires in 48 hours), and others have USB connectivity (EasyInternet, though it has some machines spots that appear to have a USB port, does not). Staff is minimal, if present at all. One can be fooled into thinking that one can do more than merely cruise on line without the ability to save information or attach documents. One can't. I foolishly put my £2, then discovered it was good for only 48 hours, and then found that the USB ports don't work. When I asked for my money back, it was refused. Best advice: stay away from this place unless all you want to do is cruise and you will do 2 hours within a 48-hour period. There are many other places that are no more expensive and much better equipped.
Like the other reviewers here, I have on many occasions used EasyInternet for quick and easy access to my email, jobsearch, etc. HOWEVER, I must issue a warning to all potential customers: be certain that the vending machines (where you buy your credit to use the internet) are in order before you put your money in! At the Tottenham Court Rd location I've lost money twice (the 2nd being about 20 minutes ago) and there is no one on site to return your money. Very disappointing.
EasyEverything is another brand rolled out by Richard Branson wanabee Stelios. The man who brought you EasyJet, EasyRentaCar and soon EasyMoney. The cyber cafe chains are dotted around London and the rest of the major cities in Europe. Technically, the cybercafes are excellent, with over a hundred computer terminals, each with a high speed internet connection, flat screen monitor, web cam and additional facilities avaliable at an extra charge such as Microsoft office products and low cost phone calls. The price of surfing is calculated on a variable system, depending on the level of demand. It's Sunday morning and I get over two hours of surfing for my £1. This is where EasyEverything can fall behind its competitors, as while it is good value for money at the moment, later in the day you could get just 14 mins for the same £1. Particularly, unreasonable when just two doors down is the also ultra-modern Virgin Megastore cyber cafe which charges £1 an hour regardless of the time of day. Depending on the time of day, depends which cyber cafe I choose to use. EasyEverything does often represent good value for money though, credit is bought from machines inside, and currently you can purchase £8 worth of credit for £5. Representing a 60% increase. If you are really into surfing, you can also get a day pass for 24 hours unlimited access for £4, which may represent good value depending on what the price is when you start surfing. If you don't have your own computer at home and live nearby a EasyEverything then the £15 unlimited monthly usage may be the option for you. The great thing about the chain is that (for the one I'm in anyway), they are open 24 hours a day, so when there is nothing else to do, like today when everything is still closed, then it is a perfect place to me. EasyEverything is great if you know what you are doing, however it doesn't appear to have a very strong staff force to offer assistanc
e if required. Virgin Megastore does have slightly more staff avaliablity but prove to be of limited helpfulness. Finally, EasyEverything has banners of adverts which sometime offer you the opportunity to get free credit, yesterday I was given 50p credit from one advert which increased my surf time by one and a half hours. Also, I like the feature of stand-by where you can freeze your computer and return, while time still goes from your computer, you can stay on at the same cost charge and not worry about someone taking your computer. There doesn't appear to be any restictions on the usage of real player or media player either. The minimum credit is £1, but you can return whenever you want within a month to use that credit. Enjoy surfing Jonathan
I've had some experiences with internet cafés. Some of the places I've been have had incredibly slow internet connections, and (more importantly) I'd certainly not trust them to do online shopping or banking from. EasyEverything, however, is different. While I've internet access at work and at home, if I need a quick online fix, nothing's quicker than the easyEverything places in London. I've used the one opposite Charing Cross station on The Strand (handy when my old employer's terribly bad internet connection fell over all the time) - but I've also used the one in Tottenham Court Road. And let me tell you, that one's worth its weight in gold. If you're walking up and down Tottenham Court Road trying to get a good price on an MP3 player or something, easyEverything is a great way to get the prices from the online shops, so you've a good reason to beat the stores down on price. If you've not been in one, then the typical setup is that you pay £1 for a differing amount of time (typically 40 minutes, though it can be as long as 2 hours); there's a Nescafé-branded café, selling coffee and sandwiches; and they also offer CD-R burning and printing. But the really neat thing is the security. When you finish on your PC, the thing shuts down and reboots, wiping the hard-drive in the process and returning the machine to normal. If you've been in an internet café just after "The Meddler" has been in, half your online time seems to be taken up in getting the machine to work properly. Not with easyEverything. It also means that any cache files containing your bank account details, or that purchase you made from Amazon, are all removed. easyEverything have also just installed webcams on every machine, as well as providing audio and mic jacks - so you really can use this place to video conference if you like. And there's also a USB connection on every machine availab
le to punters - not quite sure what for, but I'm sure that doesn't stop other people from using it. If I didn't have a ludicrously fast internet connection at home, I'd probably use easyEverything for downloading stuff and putting onto a CDR. Their internet connection is fast, and they have got rid of their reliance on Netscape - thank goodness -meaning everything works properly on every site. All in all, a wonderful, handy, secure cheap, experience.
OK I'll start by admitting that my Internet addiction is getting out of hand. Yesterday when I found myself with 5 hours to kill in London whilst waiting for my passport I knew straight away that I had to go to EasyEverything for an Internet session. Sad really, I could have waited till I got home and surfed for free, after all I've already paid for this months access. Not me though, I couldn't wait I needed to check my DooYoo account for new headgear. ~~~~ The Company ~~~~ EasyEverything is allegedly a chain of the "Worlds Largest Internet Cafes". These palaces of joy are brought to us by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the man who gave use cheap flights (EasyJet), cheap car rental (EasyRentacar) and a nice new online price comparison service (EasyValue.com). This Guru of the business world had seen how popular cyber cafes were but viewed them as a "cottage industry". By applying "supermarket economics" EasyEverything have been able to reduce the costs and provide a high quality service to people who want internet access. This access is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week so you will always find an EasyAnything open. ~~~~ The Cost ~~~~ OK I will start by admitting that I can't tell you the cost of online time at EasyEverything, that’s because its not set in stone. The cost of your Internet time depends on how busy the store is, if the terminals are all full you will be paying more. I purchased a £2 credit which bought me about 35 minutes of access, the staff will tell you roughly how much time you will get if you ask them. In the small hours of the morning you get a lot more online time for your money. The busiest periods are early afternoon (when I went) and early evening. EasyEverything say that the average price paid for internet access is £1 per hour, of course for me it was closer to £4 per hour. The costs are managed by in store software which calculates the price to charg
e by how many users are logged on. ~~~~ Getting Online ~~~~ To get online at EasyAnything you need to buy a credit for a minimum of £2, you can buy as many as you want of course and there may be special offers for bulk purchases. Your £2 buys you a little ticket which is valid for 28 days from the date of purchase. Printed on your ticket is a user ID, which is unique to your ticket. You just find an empty terminal displaying a certain screen (the staff tell you what to look for, after all if a terminal is just empty the user may have nipped to the loo!). At the terminal you click the Continue button, then the Logon button. You are then required to input the user ID from your ticket and set a password for that ticket. There is a leaflet which tells you in six different languages how the logon procedure works and if you are still stumped a member of staff will be happy to help you. You can't miss the staff, who else would be wearing orange? (An apology here to any Dutch readers, I know you will be wearing orange especially as its Konnigbad next week) Once you have logged on you just surf as usual. ~~~~ How Long Have I Got Left? ~~~~ This is not a major worry as the bottom of the screen always displays how many minutes are left on your ticket, together with how much money is left on your ticket. If you are there in the middle of the night one of these tickets must last for hours but you don't have to worry about using all your credit. When you logged on you set a password for your ticket, simply log off and you can return and use the same ticket anytime within 28 days of your purchase. This sounds like a great concept to me, people who regularly use EasyAnything can take advantage of special offers for buying multiple tickets and then pop in and out throughout the month. ~~~~ The Hardware ~~~~ When you are logged onto the net you are sitting in front of a keyboard and mouse with a flat screen mounted in front o
f you. There are also sockets for headphones and every terminal has a webcam, so you can take pictures and send them to your friends. The keyboards are standard Windows keyboards and the mice are nice ergonomic scrolling mice. Because EasyAnything are bulk businesses (the smallest seats 200 and the largest 500) they can afford state of the art equipment and have fibre optic cable installed to maintain high speed connections. I can honestly say I have never had an internet connection anywhere near as fast as the one I found here, I whizzed through everything I looked at in speeds I have only ever dreamed of. They even replace the mouse mats monthly! ~~~~ More Orange! ~~~~ The sight of so much orange, logon screens, staff uniforms, mouse mats can get a little tedious. Just to remind you how wonderful orange is, you get popups on your screen! I hate popups as much as the next person, especially here on DooYoo but somehow I didn't get too annoyed with the popups in EasyEverything. One appeared on my screen approximately ever 5 minutes, mainly they were reminders to keep your belongings between your feet (not so easy when you've just been shopping believe me!). I also got a useful popup for Hotmail users (which I was using) to tell you to wait for the screen to load fully with all the underlines before moving on as otherwise it can crash the machine. Lastly I got a couple of popups reminding me I was nearing the end of my credit. I have no idea why I found these less annoying than usual but I did. ~~~~ Food & Drink ~~~~ Its good to know they have covered all the angles. Imagine if you were in EasyEverything in the small hours to get some cheap online time, you would want a cup of coffee wouldn't you. Who wants to keep logging off and back on again just to go and get refreshment, not me. That’s no problem because there is a little phone next to your screen. Just pick it up to ask for assistance or to order food a
nd drink. Your refreshments are brought to your terminal very quickly. As I only had 35 minutes access I didn't get the chance to try this out but the guy sitting next to me did and his coffee was there with impressive speed. There was also a staff member wandering round with a basket selling sandwiches and very yummy looking doughnuts. ~~~~ Extras ~~~~ As well as surfing the Internet EasyEverything offer a handy range of extra services, at an extra cost of course. They offer in-house printing services and also sell disks and CD's so customers can upload and download data. Services like this must be very handy if you don't have internet access at home. ~~~~ Locations ~~~~ There are currently 21 EasyEverything cybercafes located around Europe and one in New York. Because of their size they are all located in areas where they will attract vast numbers of customers, so you are not likely to see them in a local town like Basildon. Expansion plans are considerable as they offer a franchise deal for this service. Such a deal has just been signed in Greece with a mobile phone retail. For details of store locations and more visit the EasyEverything website at http://www.easyeverything.co.uk. ~~~~ The Bottom Line ~~~~ EasyEverything really do offer a fantastic service to us sad 'net addicts. Their statistics show that they are used by a lot of people like me who are temporarily separated from their Internet access. I would definitely use them again, just to experience their terrific connection speeds. I found the cost to be reasonable and the service excellent, I am sure they will go from strength to strengh.
I visited the Easyeverything cafe on two occasions since I could not make it to an Internet Exchange store. The stores are well laid out and equipped, the only problem is it can be difficult to keep track of how much you're spending online. The staff can seem preoccupied with each other rather than the customers too. I would prefer a better flat rate access. There are better stores in and around London you can use for Internet access, easyeverything would be at the bottom of my list.
In February, I visited London, and had heard about the "Easy Everything" chain of large, cheap Internet cafes run by Stelios (who also owns budget airline EasyJet), so I couldn't wait to see one of them. Well, unfortunately, I didn;'t hjave time to use one of these net cafes as we were only in London for three days, but I saw the one in Trafalger Square and it lokked great! It was HUGE, with literally loads of PCs, and there were big posters proudly stating that the cost was just £1 for an hour of surfing! This is an absolute bargain, considering that most other net cafes cost in the region of £5 an hour! Also, it looked really ultra-modern, as these cafes have only been open for less than 1 year, and so the PCs all had lovely clear flat-panel moitors.
The only place in London where you can get cheap internet access. And when I mean cheap I mean, on average, £1 per hour, and at night you can even buy up to 6 hours surfing time with £1. The prices are not deffinate because it all depends on how busy the store is. For example, between 12-15.00 the cost of internet access maybe £1 for 30 minutes. The best thing to do is look at the bottom of the screen and it tells you how many minutes is worth £1. In most times for £1 you will probably between 45-1hr which is still cheaper than other internet stores around London. There are five stores all situated in Central London(the main tourist areas) and each store has an average of 400 PC terminals, you won't be short of finding a computer. It's deffinatly the place for internet access.
I had never visited an internet cafe before a couple of days ago. Then, whilst I was in London I needed to check my email and went to an easyEverything. In the past I could not really see the point in internet cafes, I could surf at home free of charge in the evenings and the prices quoted were expensive. My opinion of them has completely changed however. The easyEverything is another company brought to you by Stelios - the man who gave us easyjet. This heritage shows up instantly - you buy a voucer fom the front desk from values starting at one pound. This voucher has a userid printed on it, which you then type in to a free machine. The system then asks you for a password to prevent others from using your voucher. Once this is done you log on. The thing is that the length of time you can be logged on for is dependant on how busy the place is. So no free computers means that it is expensive, no one else there means that you can surf for as little as about £1 for 4 hours. This is great as it brings the cost of checking your mail when away from home right down to reasonable levels. Another good thing is that if you log of before you have used all you money up then it is still tied to the voucher and is valid for 28 days, so you can come back latter if the place is filling up and surfing is becomming to expensive. I am not sure if you can use the vouchers in a different easyEverything but I imagine you can. The computers you get to use appear quite fast and you are looking at what I think is a 15" flat screen monitor, which is OK. The software installed is quite good with all the messanger programs, real player etc. plus there are headphone jacks so you can listen to music. Apparently they will also do things like burn a CD for you. One gripe that I do have is that the store I was in (Trafalgar) did not have its own food service, you had to go to a little stall at the front of the shop. But apparently in the other ones you just send them
an email with your order and they will bring your food and drinks round to you. In all this is a great service, particularly if you go when it is not too busy and so it is quite cheap.
Easy Everything is the best net cafe I've come across, more emphasis on easy access to the net than the coffee which is a good thing. For £1 you get 15 minutes, that's the basic rate but you can obviously buy more time. The shop is huge with lots of terminals so there's always gonna be a computer free. I've been to the Oxford Street EZ but there's one in Ken.High Street and Vic.Stn to name a few, with cafes opening in Dublin, Barcelona and Paris later this year. Stelios saves the day again!!!!
Being an avid user of easyeverything stores, I rate them very highly in terms of locality, value for money and speed of connection. Internet access costs at easyeverything appear to be extremely competitive - with access time per £1 spent varying depending on the time of day. On average in peak time you get between 60 and 80 for your £1. At night that time increases drastically. The stores are open 24 hours a day and appear to busy right through the night! Stylish Flat screen monitors and fast access PCs with earphone sockets are laid out in rows with hundreds per store. Some stores now also include cafe areas but none I have visited have toilets - this is by far the biggest disadvantage. Resetting your PC when something goes wrong can also take quite some time. Overall, a cheap and cheerful way to use the internet which despite a few irritations is most definitely recommended.