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Epson America Expands Its Top-Selling Line of Business/Education Projectors With Two New Models: Epson PowerLite 822p and 77c

Press Release  |  May 1, 2007

Epson, the Global Leader in Projection Technology, Brings 3LCD Quality, Powerful Performance and Added Versatility to Educators, Corporate Users and On-the-Go Presenters

LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 1, 2007 – Epson America, Inc. has expanded its offerings for the education and corporate markets with the announcement of two new multimedia projectors: the Epson® PowerLite® 822p and 77c. Both models are engineered by Epson, the number-one selling brand of front projectors worldwide[1], to deliver more vibrant, brilliant-looking images through the use of the latest generation of High Aperture Epson 3LCD (three-chip) imaging technology and XGA resolution. However, each projector also has other unique features that make them more specialized for certain types of presenters and environments.

The PowerLite 822p is optimized for education/classroom settings and features a seven-watt speaker, a built-in closed captioning decoder, and brightness level up to 2,600 ANSI lumens. Meanwhile, the PowerLite 77c achieves up to 2,200 ANSI lumens of brightness and offers XGA resolution at value even the smallest business can afford. The PowerLite 822p is priced at $1,099 and the 77c at $749 (estimated street prices).

"Whether you're presenting a critical lecture to students or arming your sales team to exceed this quarter's forecast, success is oftentimes dependent upon how well you can deliver presentations that engage and captivate your audience," said Daniel Oey, group product manager, Epson America, Inc. "Featuring a powerful combination of brightness, performance and versatility, the PowerLite 822p and 77c enable presenters to deliver the best possible presentation experience regardless of the environment."

Key Features of the PowerLite 822p
The PowerLite 822p makes it easy to deliver brilliant presentations to any classroom or office setting with 2,600 lumens of brightness, XGA resolution and a range of easy-to-use features:

· Built-in Closed Captioning – Features a built-in closed captioning decoder for hearing impaired students; offers schools and organizations a low-cost solution for meeting part of their ADA508 requirements without having to purchase and install external decoders

· 7-Watt Speaker – Provides distinctly clear sound with enough volume to fill an entire classroom; helps to capture and maintain the attention of students; saves costs by eliminating the need to purchase and mount additional speakers

· Network Monitoring and Control – Offers RJ-45 wired LAN connectivity for remote monitoring and control via a school's IT network, regardless of the physical location of the projector

· Supports HDTV – Enables educators to show high-definition materials to captivate the attention of students; supports HDTV (720p, 1080i)

· Flexible Positioning – Features a 1.2x power zoom lens that can project a large and clear image from either long or short throw distances

· Remote-Free Control – Enables remote-free control of installed projectors with convenient direct power on/off controls designed to work with the room's power source

Key Features of the PowerLite 77c
Designed for versatility, the Epson PowerLite 77c offers 2,200 lumens, XGA resolution, and a range of features that enable professionals to deliver high-quality multimedia presentations:

· Supports HDTV – Flexible enough to use for business during the day and to take home and watch television in high-definition; supports HDTV (720p, 1080i)

· A/V Mute Slide – Provides greater control over presentations with the ability to instantly turn off sound and images

· Flexible Positioning – Features a 1.2x power zoom lens that can project a large and clear image from either long or short throw distances

· Security for Presenting Anywhere – A four-digit password provides added security for taking the projector on the road or making presentations in public places; the projector powers off if an incorrect password is entered multiple times, making a stolen projector unusable

Epson Cost of Ownership Advantages
The PowerLite 822p and 77c feature Epson's E-TORL™ lamp technology which allows these projectors to achieve more efficient lumens (brightness) per watt and relatively lower overall power consumption than many of their respective competitive models. Based upon the projector's efficient wattage and relatively low power consumption, schools and businesses may save on energy costs. This technology also allows the lamp on both projectors to last up to 4,000 hours for added cost savings.

Epson 3LCD Technology Benefits
Epson's new PowerLite projectors use the latest generation of High Aperture Epson 3LCD technology, featuring a three-chip engine that delivers natural color and more intense, sharper images. The solid-state optical engine works without a moving color wheel, producing precise color reproduction with full time color, and detailed video and data images that are crisp and rainbow-free.

Brighter Futures™ – Epson's Education Program
Epson's Brighter Futures™ program is a unique sales and support initiative that is available specifically for schools. The program is designed to help educators select and implement the most ideal products for their needs to help reduce long-term costs and maximize technology budgets. The program offers special pricing, warranty protection extended to three years, dedicated education account managers and toll-free technical support across Epson's full line of projectors.

Availability and Support
The Epson PowerLite 822p and 77c will be available through national retailers, pro audio/visual dealers, mail order and PC resellers in May 2007. Epson's PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes three elite technical support services – two-year Epson PrivateLine™ availability, two-year Road Service Program and two-year International Warranty. Through the PrivateLine, projector owners can directly access an expedited support telephone line by using a phone card that is included with the product.

About Epson America, Inc.
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transactions terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

[1] Based upon worldwide front projection market share estimates from Pacific Media Associates for the last two consecutive years.