Epson have started taking orders for a new ultra-slim notebook named the Endeavor NA601E. Today we take a look at just how slim it really is.
Epson used to be a popular printer and scanner maker, so it’s always strange to see them release new notebooks. Maybe they just got sick of getting printer ink all over their hands whenever they changed a cartridge? Who knows. Anyway, let’s get down to brass tacks and take a look at what this puppy can do.
Available from Epson Direct, the Endeavor has a thickness of 22mm and a screen size of 14”. The machine is marketed as a “business mobile notebook PC” rather than an ‘ultrabook’, but after converting from Yen (¥59,850, to be precise) its price more or less reaches ultrabook prices ($755 USD). The weight of the device is 1.76kg as standard, but its also possible to order a model without an optical disk drive, in which case the weight drops to a lighter 1.65kg. The dimensions of the device are 338x242x22mm.
Its practical use as a business machine really boils down to its portability and usage time on-the-go. We’ve already seen that its small and light enough to fit into an attache case, but what about the battery life? Well, the default battery gives a so-so 7 hours, but it is possible to add an extra battery, boosting the mobile-life of the unit up to 11.6 hours. That’s more like it, Epson.
Lookin' good, Endeavor. Are you on that new juice diet?
Spec wise, the machine carries a Core i5-3317U (1.70 GHz, with embedded graphics), 2GB memory standard (upgradable up to 16GB), Intel HM77 Express chipset, DVD-ROM drive (optional), 1,366×768 dot 14”-wide LCD panel (non-glare).
On the storage front, buyers may choose from the standard HDD 250GB, SSD, or hybrid HDD. Those who opt for the solid state model will be happy to hear that it supports Intel Rapid Start Technology. The model of SSD has not been specified but its support for Rapid Start indicates that it’s probably an Intel device.
Three Ctrl buttons you say? This is madness!
The machine comes with Windows 8 64bit as standard, but those more comfortable with Windows 7 can choose Windows 7 Home/Premium/Professional in 32 or 64 bit. It’s also possible to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro 64bit, if you’re really feeling wacky.
Additional components include a TPM security chip, and optional antitheft features. Interface ports include USB 3.0, USB 2.0×2, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI output, Mini D-Sub15pin, SD card slot, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN, WiMAX, and Bluetooth. Phew!
Epson Direct Store: http://shop.epson.jp/
Product Info: http://shop.epson.jp/pc/na601e/
Source: PC Watch