Epson's Mac Mini Doppelganger Packs Core 2 Duo

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Mac Mini rip offs are a dime a dozen, so it's rare when we find one that's a worthy contender and it's even rarer when we find one that's made by a printer company. Yet Epson's Endeavor ST100 manages to stand up to Apple's Mini and despite being bigger, can even teach it a thing or two. For starters, the ST100 packs a faster Core 2 Duo CPU, while the Mini is still stuck on Core Duo. Price-wise, the $500 dollar ST100 is cheaper than the entry level Mini (which starts at $599). For the DIY crowd, the ST100 is also easy to open/upgrade thanks to two latches found on the rear. Otherwise, both computers are fairly similar with a 2GB memory capacity, dual-layer DVD burner, 160GB HDD, and integrated graphics. At the moment, the ST100 is only available in Japan, but it's one PC we wouldn't mind having on our desk.

Click through for some extra shots of the ST100, including a shot with the case removed.

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Epson Endeavor ST100 [via Akihabara News]

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I'm sure the $500 is from the Celeron special — it's the only possible explanation.

Also note that all base configurations come with only 256MB of RAM, a 40GB HD, CDRW/DVDROM optical and two USB ports (Mini has four). Anything else above and beyond is a build-to-order option with a fatter price tag.

In addition to what permissionmag priced out:

1.66GHz Core Solo is ¥70,350 ($596)

1.66GHz Core 2 Duo is ¥81,900 ($794)

2.0GHz Core 2 Duo is ¥102,900 ($872)

2.16GHz Core 2 Duo is ¥123,900 ($1,050)

There is nothing in their lineup comparably priced to a Mac Mini at the same equipped performance levels.

The $599 Mac Mini is a 1.66GHz Core Duo with 512MB of RAM, a 60GB HD, Gigabit Ethernet, plus Bluetooth, WiFi & a FireWire port the Epson can't even get as an option.

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