Sunday, February 14, 2016

When is Royal Mail no longer cheapest ?

When does Royal Mail stop being the cheapest to send a package ?


Answer :
If it's bigger than Royal Mail 'large letter'
Then it becomes a 'parcel' (probably 'small parcel')

For parcels :
Myhermes may be 10p cheaper
 
When does Royal Mail 'large letter' become a 'parcel' ?

Answer :
if  bigger than 2.5cm deep     (I point this out as it's the main disqualifier for my packages)
see below for full 'maximums'

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Myhermes cheaper on Parcel2go website

Recommended : Parcel2Go
Update : Dec 2015
There is no longer a price difference between myhermes and myhermes via parcel2go for lighter parcels. By using the myhermes site direct you get free £25 compensation whereas you don't via inpost.

About : Cheap(est) ways to send parcels in the UK 

My current advice (Dec 2015) :
If thinking of using myhermes either direct or via inpost for a lighter parcel, use the myhermes site.

Parcel2Go :
I'm very impressed by this site. Their site, and if you have an account their tracking process etc is excellent.  

InPostDirect :  
This is a service Parcel2Go seem to be behind where you can leave parcels at nearby lockers 24/7, rather than handing in to a parcelshop like MyHermes. But they don't seem to give any free compensation cover or free notification of item delivered. For heavier bigger parcels they may be cheapest.   

Update Nov 2015 : MyHermes via P2G does not include any compensation
As someone said on the comments, buying myhermes via P2G does not include any compensation if lost etc. Usually couriers give maybe £25-£30 compensation free. So something to think about (e.g. expensive item lost, no compensation ; cheap item lost, maybe doesn't matter)   

Parcel2Go : Always worth checking
MyHermes :Buy from them direct for lighter parcels rather than parcel2go
InPostDirect : Like them a lot apart from : no free delivered notification, no compensation cover, currently nowhere near cheapest for lighter parcels, but may be cheapest for heavier parcels .

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

List of UK residential tariffs by phone companies

This seems a good list of all(?) the various residential home phone suppliers in the UK, including override companies

link : telecom-tariffs.co.uk

Sunday, August 31, 2014

from Argos stores : Lenovo H500S Desktop PC Tower : novice review

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Lenovo H500S Desktop PC Tower from Argos (UK)
Price at time : £199

Quick verdict : 
Verdict : Good buy
Great computer for internet surfing and watching online videos. Fast start up and everything opens quick. Webpages load quick and so do videos without buffering when watching. A great value buy.

Downside :
No inbuilt WIFI ?
No inbuilt bluetooth ?  
Seems to be no HDMI slot (for those concerned, not me)  Wish there were more USB slots on the front panel but not a big issue.

Spec (on this computer I bought. August 2014, using Belarc Advisor to check spec) :

Computer Model : LENOVO 10157 Lenovo H500s
Processor chip : 2.40 gigahertz Intel Pentium J2900
RAM installed : 4GB
Operating System : Windows 8.1
500GB Hard Drive
DVD drive
Intel HD Graphics

USB inputs : 6 inputs (2 at front, 4 at back including one for power supply)

USB 3 : one slot (seems to be top one at the back)
Bluetooth enabled but you need a dongle
Front panel includes card reader
HDMI slot : doesn't seem to be
Power supply : Independent Transformer which plugs into a USB slot

Noise : Almost silent.

Comment :
This is a great computer for general home surfing (using a cable to the router) including watching streamed video. It starts up quick and seems quick off the mark to each task. Webpages open quick including the likes of the Daily Mail front page which is quite full with images and shockwave ads etc. Using it to stream videos, sites such as youtube, BBC player etc loaded quick with usually no buffering while watching videos. Even using a video editor it kept up to speed, which my previous computers of the same price range could not (last computer was 2 years old). The hard disk doesn't seem to get 'confused' like on my older computers. I would say this is the first computer that has met my expectations, me being someone who has always bought 'entry level' computers. I would prefer if there were more USB slots at the front but I use an extension cable and put in a USB multi-connector anyhow. It has a DVD drive but I doubt I will use it. I have seen it listed as having an HDMI slot but I can't see such a slot. It does have a card reader at the front. The power supply is a separate transformer which then plugs into a USB port. I guess this means you have 5 USB ports left. It does not have a WIFI router installed but it works fine with any router cable connected. It's bluetooth enabled but you need a dongle.

Verdict :
Great value buy for most general home users

Updates :
Oct 2014 : Still a great buy after 2 months use

Monday, May 19, 2014

Poundworld : Multi Purpose Plastic Cover

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Multi Purpose Plastic Cover
Size : 122cm x183cm approx

Protects against rain, frost and dust
Great for protecting garden furniture, barbecues, cars and motorcylces

Bought this in Poundworld. A durable plastic cover Should be some use.