Epson introduced a new lightweight laptop to their Endeavor line-up
today with the A4 sized NA701. Weighing in at less than 4-pounds (without slot-loading DVD-ROM drive) this 0.9/1.5-inch wedge maxes out with the 2.16GHz Core Duo T2600 we're all familiar with by now, a 14.1-inch, 1,400 x 1,050 pixel display, 1.5GB DDR2 memory, 100GB SATA disk, 4.2 hour battery, and an nVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics card with 128MB dedicated VRAM to feed Vista's Premium UI hog it'll run, someday. It also slams in the usual array of connectivity and expansion including WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, Firewire, 4 x USB 2.0, a 3-in-1 memory card reader, and a couple of PCMCIA slots. Pretty much everything you'll need for day to day, run-o-the-mill portable computing. Expected to drop June 20th in Japan with prices starting at about ¥119,700 (about $1,040) if you don't mind XGA resolution, a 1.46GHz Celeron M 410 proc, 40GB disk and integrated Intel graphics – just remember, no Vista Premium
for you budget boy.