If you’re like me, when you hear the name Epson, you’re more likely to think of something like your old printer, notÂ a watch, right? Â Well, guess what, weary cubicle dweller? Â Epson wants you to get fit now! Â They’ve just introduced a GPS-enabled digital watch thatis supposedly the lightest on the market (once it comes out later this year, that is).
So, why might you consider this over something like a Garmin? Â According to the PR, this watch is not only lighter (50 grams), but should offer much better battery life – up to 12 hours on a single charge. Â Now, for most watches, that doesn’t sound like much. Â But if you’re going to communicate with satellites, that’s going to drain the juice. Â How long are you running for, anyways?
Somehow, they’ve even managed to keep the case size down, even with the GPS module – it’s only 13mm thick. Â And, should you want to go for a run in the rain (or even a swim) with the watch, you’re covered. Â This Epson model offers 50m water resistance (apparently others in the segment can only stand up to a light splash of sweat).
So, how did Epson suddenly get watch-making chops? Â From looking at their website, it looks like they’re actually owned by the Seiko Epson Corporation. Â Whether that’s the same Seiko we know and love, I’m not sure – but it certainly would explain some things. Â So, if you’re in the market for something to track your runs, you may want to stack this against the more familiar options in the segment.