Most people may not be aware of it, but Epson is more than just a well-known vendor of inkjet printers. In fact, the Japanese company also has its own line of notebooks and PCs that are available for sale only in the Japanese domestic market, and its desktop PC offering has just received a new addition to the family today. How does an ultra-compact NP15 nettop PC sound like for you?
This may come across as a surprise to many, but printers are not the only offerings Epson has for both its consumer and enterprise-level customers. In fact, the company which is now synonymous with its range of printing devices also sells its own line of notebook and desktop PCs, and the only reason their non-printer product lineup is known to none but a few is that these PCs are meant to be sold in only one market; Japan.
However, if you thought that catering to a (relatively) small domestic market such as Japan's means that a well known OEM like Epson could afford to take things easy with its existing desktop and notebook PC product lines, you could not have been further from the truth. Indeed, it appears as though Epson has got no intention of letting its notebook and desktop PC product lines stagnate, and the launch of its new Endeavor NP15 ultra-compact nettop PC is probably the best proof of that.
Of course, the fact that the Endeavor NP15 is being marketed as a nettop PC essentially means that the machine is definitely not going to have the kind of power one needs for serious data crunching or digital multimedia entertainment. Indeed, a quick look at the NP15's hardware specifications reveal some rather standard fare: processor power is provided by the dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor, while a 250GB hard disk serves as the MP15's main storage medium. To top off the package, the NP15 also comes bundled with 2GB of memory and six USB2.0 ports, while the onboard Intel GPU provides little more than the bare minium graphical processing power needed to drive Windows Aero on the bundled Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, along with some basic multimedia content.
However, we should also point out that raw power has never been a key selling point for low-power devices such as netbooks and nettop PCs, and the Endeavor NP15 is no exception. In fact, the NP15's appeal stems from the fact that Epson has managed to cram every single component needed for a working PC into a highly compact casing that measures a mere two centimeters in width. To put things in perspective, Epson is claiming that the NP15 sports dimensions similar to that of an A5-sized filofax, and that a user could easily conceal the device by simply mounting it behind a monitor.
Sounds amazing, does it not? Unfortunately, Epson's PC offerings are only available for sale within its domestic market, so it goes without saying that the NP15 is one PC which most of us will never be able to see in our local computer stores. That being said, if you happen to have a very good Japanese friend who is willing to help you ship out one of these Japan-only products, do make sure to have at least 29,820 yen (approx US$361) available in your bank account, as that is the price that the NP15 is retailing for.
Source: Epson Japan