Sub £400 Laptops Including NEC i-Select M5410 WiFi £389.99
Sub £400 Laptops Including NEC i-Select M5410 WiFi £389.99

Sub £400 Laptops Including NEC i-Select M5410 WiFi £389.99

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Think4 have an excellent range of sub £400 laptops, which are great value for money!

One example of these is the NEC i-Select M5410 WiFi Laptop, with 1.6GHz Pentium M 725 processor, 15" TFT display 1024 x 768 [XGA], 512Mb RAM: 60Gb Hard Drive, DVD ReWriter and Windows XP Home Edition. All this for £389.99 and £4.99 for delivery to add.

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Something like that would be really handy if you fancy a laptop for going back to university this semester Ray. With mine, I can plug it into the net points in the library, so I never have to hunt for a free computer! Our library gets very busy round lunch time, so something like this would be handy.

[SIZE=2]:thumbsup: I,ve been checking this out and this laptop appears on the surface to be a superb purchase. However could some of the forum laptop experts check it out and confirm.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]It appears to me that NEC have a new range and this might be some of the last stock of this model bought in bulk by think4.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]The specs appear to outshine the recent inspiron 1300 deals from the front page, my main concern is the brands limited availability accross the net also very few reviews and virtually no reviews from professional review sources.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]I smell a bargain but the world of laptops is a minefield and to get a good deal you probably need to be looking and comparing for weeks, which is why I call for the expert Hot UK Deals team to investigate.[/SIZE]


Looks like a bargain to me, here are some extended specs, note that not all apply to this offered laptop.
Extended warranty looks to be available, though i'm unsure as to who it would be through, Nec/Think4?

Type: Intel® Pentium® M Processor 725
(1.6GHz) and above
L2 Cache: 2MB for Intel® Pentium® M
Power Management: Enhanced Intel Speedstep®
Operating System: Microsoft®Windows® XP
Microsoft®Windows® XP Home
Bus Architecture: 32 bits
Chipset: Northbridge: Intel® 915 GM
Southbridge: Intel® ICH6-M
Processor Bus Speed:533MHz
BIOS: Phoenix
DMI compliant: Yes, SMBIOS 2.3 support
Type: DDR 333 SDRAM (PC 2700)
Memory Max: 2048MB DDR (2x1024MB)
Memory Slots: 2 SO-DIMM
Screen (Size/type): 15" XGA TFT
(Supershine available)
Max Resolution: 1024x768
Video Controller: Intel® GMA 900
Video Memory: Up to 128MB shared
HDD: 40/60/80/100GB PATA
(2.5" 9.5 mm)
HDD interface: ATA100
HDD Speed: 4200 rpm
DVD/CD-RW: Read: 24x CD, 8x DVD
Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW
Dual Layer DVD
Writer: Read: 24x CD, 8x DVD
(DVD+R/+RW/+R9) Write: 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW,
2.4x DVD+R9
Primary Battery: 8x cells Ni-Mh (4000 mAh)
Battery life: 3.5 hours
AC Adaptor: Input: 100-240V,50/60Hz AC
Output: 19V, 3.42A (65W)
Audio Controller: Audio Codec Conexant CX20468
Integrated Speaker: 2 Stereo Speakers
USB Ports: 4x (left x2 / back x2)
Audio Jack ports: Audio out / Mic in
Modem RJ-11 port: 1x
LAN RJ 45 port: 1x
VGA port: 1x
Pointing device: Touchpad with scroll button
Keyboard: 86 keys - standard layout with
Euro currency key
Modem: 56K Data/Fax (V92), MDC
LAN: 10/100 Mbase-T Lan
Wireless LAN: Intel® Mini-PCI 802.11 b/g
Size (WxDxH): 330x268x65mm
Weight: 2.8 Kg
Operating Comstraints:+5°c to +35°c
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer XP
Communication: Microsoft Outlook Express XP
DVD Software: Power Cinema 4.0
DVD Writer Software: RecordNow7
Antivirus: Managed Anti-virus VirusScan®
ASaP (90 days)
Others: Microsoft Works 8.0
Microsoft Office 2003 (optional)
BIOS Password: Yes
Security cable slot: Yes
Standard Warranty: 1 year pick-up & return on site
Extended Warranty: 3, 4 or 5 years pick-up & return on
site (D+5) - optional
3, 4 or 5 years on site (D+1)
- optional*
Protection Solution: 3 years, theft and damage
- optional
3 years theft only (03 pack)
- optional*
*not applicable in all countries, please contact your local
reseller for more information
Regulatory Compliance:CE Mark and CB certificate
Euro Keyboard: Localised

Others seem to be selling this at £100 - £150 more which suggests that this could be an end of line sale, but it looks a nice piece of kit. Any views on whether NEC are a good laptop make ?

Here is a review on another NEC laptop just for an indication of build quality etc. It has a boradly similar spec but rather better graphics than the one actually on offer. Looks good but not outstanding.

See also this on a similar model
Your Comments/Opinions

For the last couple of years I have been ordering NEC desktop PCs for use at work, we have aquired 7 since 2002 and we have had no problems with them at all. These are all budget machines, but the build quality seems much better than Dell machines for the same price. Because of the reliability of the NEC desktops I decided to buy an NEC i-select M5210 CEL M370 notebook. I ordered it with 256mb and have since added an extra 512mb of kingston memory which has made a massive improvement to the performance. So far i am really impressed with the NEC i-select M5210, the build quility is really good, I installed Ubuntu linux instead of windows because I intend to use the machine to test my web applications. I think that anyone looking for a budget notebook should seriously consider getting an i-select M5210.

Original Poster

Thanks for the extra info guys

[SIZE=2]NEC products I've bought before have been reliable and well built. I would think by brand name, they would be a suitable alternative to Dell, HP or Toshiba for instance.[/SIZE]


Excellent deal ray .. i dont yet have a laptop and this is sooo tempting :thumbsup: +


Excellent deal ray .. i dont yet have a laptop and this is sooo tempting … Excellent deal ray .. i dont yet have a laptop and this is sooo tempting :thumbsup: +

You need to get one, so you can deal-hunt from outside Cat!!!

Voted + as well. Good one Ray.

Original Poster

Excellent price from Think4.Com

Thanks are for them and for submitting the deal through the right channels!

But please do all vote on as many deals as you can, as it sorts out the very best from the rest

Are NEC not Mitsibushi anyway?

Original Poster


Are NEC not Mitsibushi anyway?

Yes Mitsubishi are part of NEC

The 512MB ram, is this 1 or 2 sticks of 256?

is this dvd dual layer?

Following on from delboy is this DVD+/- or just +?

Original Poster


Following on from delboy is this DVD+/- or just +?

Good spot, looks like it's just DVD+R/DVD+RW

Original Poster


is this dvd dual layer?

It is dual layer however

Original Poster


The 512MB ram, is this 1 or 2 sticks of 256?

I think most laptop memory is loaded in pairs. For some reason they like to fill both slots [often the onlly two].

Thanks for the listing Ray - very much appreciated. To answer the above questions the NEC optical drive is indeed dual layer. As for the RAM, we believe it is a single 1 x 512Mb chip rather than 2 x 256Mb modules.

just physically opened one up and I can now confirm it's definitely 1 x 512Mb chip.
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