Epson just launched their new Endeavor Na14S 10.1-inch Ultrabook in Japan. It’s an ultra portable mini laptop sporting a LED-backlit 1024 x 600 10.1-inch display and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 processor. Comparable to new models such as Toshiba Satellite Z830 Ultrabook and of course our fave, Dell XPS 13 (the company’s first-ever Ultrabook model), Epson’s mini laptop is set to conquer the global market as well.
The advent of very cheap digital minilab printing has greatly affected the popularity of Epson printers. The Japanese company has therefore decided to diversify their business to lessen their dependence on printer and inkjet sales.
The Endeavor Na14S uses the Intel NM10 Express chipset and ships with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and has a 64GB of SSD hard drive storage. Yes, this mini laptop spurned the competition and isn’t shipping with the older 2.5-inch hard disks because Epson is positioning this product as a rugged, all-around mobile computing gadget. SSD drives (for example, OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive) are always safer and faster than regular spinning hard disks.
While it is almost the same size of a netbook and the new HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook, the Epson Endeavor actually managed to come with an internal DVD Super MultiDrive! You can read and burn DVD discs on it which netbook owners can only dream of. The rather small 64GB of hard drive space of the Endeavor Na14S can be expanded further via the 3-in-1 card reader and three USB 2.0 ports.
Both Bluetooth and WiFi are supported by this mini laptop. Epson also gave the Endeavor Na14S a VGA-out port just in case you aren’t satisfied with the small display. This device can play full 1080p HD videos easily thanks to the integrated Intel GMA HD video accelerator. The model being sold in Japan now comes with an excellent 4400 mAh Lithium Ion battery that lets this laptop run for up to 6 hours before needing a recharge.
What do you think? Will Epson’s premium brand name popularity help it sell laptops too? Epson inkjet printers such as Epson NX420 AIO Inkjet Printer are rated the best so we can expect top quality for the Epson Na14S Ultrabook, too. It is now available in Japan for 32,580 Yen or around US$420 when it is released in the US of America, Canada and probably in the UK with slight price differences due to shipping of the products from its origin country.