NEC PowerMate ML7 review

£759
Price when reviewed

NEC offers a three-year on-site, next-business-day warranty, while engineers replacing components will like the tool-less chassis. The case isn’t as easy to get into as either the Dell or IBM, but once open the rack holding the drives swings up to allow access to the CPU and RAM, while the drives themselves are also in sliding racks. There’s a spare bay for an external or internal 3.5in drive, and four spare Serial ATA ports on the motherboard, so adding a second hard disk won’t be a problem.

NEC PowerMate ML7 review

This specification, which beats everything else on test, would still be great value at £100 more, but as it costs only £759 with such a good warranty we simply can’t recommend the Dell above it. The keyboard may be noisy and the case unappealing compared to the svelte IBM, but the monitor is superb and the machine is as future-proofed as you could ask from an office PC. If you can live with the looks and the general absence of security measures, the ML7 is a great investment.

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