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EPSON AMERICA LAUNCHES INDUSTRY'S FIRST 3LCD SHORT-THROW, WIDESCREEN PROJECTOR WITH WXGA NATIVE RESOLUTION

The Epson PowerLite 400W is Ideal for Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) and Widescreen Images in the Classroom
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2008 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, has once again expanded the universe of 3LCD presentation technology in schools and businesses with the new Epson PowerLite 400W projector. This new multimedia projector is the first three-chip (3LCD) short-throw product to offer true WXGA native resolution (1280x800) for “future-proof” use with widescreen computers and 16:10 interactive whiteboards.

The PowerLite 400W projector is ideal for wall-mounting and use with an intelligent whiteboard. Its high-offset, short-throw design allows ample space for students and audience members, while drastically reducing shadows from presenters. Furthermore, the projector features a unique widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio with WXGA native resolution, resulting in a 30 percent increase in display area compared to 4:3 aspect ratio, and a 10 percent increase over 16:9. This makes the projector an ideal solution for displaying high definition content and utilizing the full capabilities of latest-generation widescreen computers and new, wider interactive whiteboards.

The PowerLite 400W projector achieves a measured brightness of 1,800 (ISO 2118 standard) lumens for brilliant and vibrant image quality, ideal for use with both interactive whiteboards and screens without excessive glare. It also helps achieve ADA 508 compliance and communication flexibility and low cost of ownership with built-in closed captioning that does not require additional hardware. In addition, the PowerLite 400W projector includes an integrated 10-watt speaker to fill most classrooms with clear, powerful sound. A wall mount option enables quick, efficient and low cost installation. These features, along with many other unique advantages, make the PowerLite 400W projector an easy and affordable solution for just $1,399 MSRP.

More about the PowerLite 400W Projector:

• Network monitoring and control via RJ-45 wired LAN connectivity and included software to check status or control the projector, such as power down, over a network
• Epson 3LCD technology, featuring a three-chip engine that delivers accurate, natural color and more intense, sharper images
• Positioning flexibility with an extremely short-throw distance of only 3.4 feet for an 87 inch 16:10 IWB image, as well as 1.35x zoom ratio along and +/- 15 degree keystone adjustment
• Easy operation with direct power on/off for remote-free power control on installed units
• Energy-efficient E-TORL™ lamp technology delivers more lumens per watt, leading to a significant cost savings over time; the PowerLite 400W projector lamps can last up to 4,000 hours
• Optional wall mount (sold separately), allows for quick, efficient, low cost installation
• HD signal support (720p and 1080i) for maximum visual impact as well as enhancing compatibility with current and future digital video standards.

“The PowerLite 400W addresses future needs and provides the perfect balance of maximum communication and interaction while achieving a low cost of ownership,” said Carrie Brown, projection product manager, Epson America Inc. “It provides more image area and freedom of movement by reducing shadows and better utilizing space. It also enables quick, low cost installation. Both presenters and the audience are sure to benefit from its ease-of-use, flexibility and industry-leading image quality and performance that are inherent throughout our entire line of award-winning projectors.”

Availability and Support
The Epson PowerLite 400W projector will be available the end of Q1 2008 through pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, and distribution. Epson’s PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty (three-years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – two-year Epson PrivateLine? phone support where projector owners can directly access an expedited support telephone line by using a phone card that is included with the product, and a two-year Road Service projector replacement program.

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.

Note: Epson is registered trademark and E-TORL is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. PowerLite is a registered trademark and PrivateLine is a registered service mark of Epson America, Inc. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these trademarks.