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LIGHTWARE, CASIO JOIN FORCES TO OFFER COMPLETE MOBILE PRESENTATION SOLUTIONAll-in-One Briefcase Presenter Package Packs a Punch at a Light Weight
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Nov. 1, 1999 – Lightware, maker of the Scout family of portable, affordable LCD projectors, is partnering with Casio Business Solutions to offer the first all-in-one mobile presentation solution, giving traveling professionals everything they need within a single executive briefcase. Starting at just $3,995, the Lightware Briefcase Presenter™ features the new under-five pound Scout 2000 or original multimedia Scout, and the Cassiopeia Fiva, Casio's sub-two pound full featured mini-notebook computer, in a lightweight travel case that fits easily under the seat or overhead on an airplane.
Lightware will showcase the Briefcase Presenter solution for the first time at COMDEX in the Casio booth (#L3625) and in advance at Mobile Focus '99, Sunday night at Caesar's Palace.
"Lightware was first to bring ultraportable projection technology into the consumer electronic price range," Mike Oyama, senior director, Casio Business Solutions, said. "We feel that the Cassiopeia Fiva is the perfect companion for either member of the Scout projector family – creating a completely compatible, state of the art, portable presentation solution at an affordable price."
The Scout and Scout 2000 deliver 500 ANSI lumens of sharp, high resolution images and take up less space than a telephone book. The original Scout, released earlier this year, offers S-video connectivity and built in speakers for full multimedia capability through the projector. The new Scout 2000, a streamlined version weighing less than five pounds, utilizes the drivers and outputs of any multimedia laptop to bring presentations to life.
Casio's slim, lightweight Cassiopeia Fiva features a 200 MHz processor, 3.2 gigabyte hard drive, 64 megabytes of RAM, 56K modem, USB port, 800 x 600 TFT display and comes pre-loaded with Windows 98.
"The Cassiopeia Fiva, weighing less than two pounds, is the perfect complement to the Scout family," said Jim Searles, vice president, sales and marketing, Lightware. "By working with Casio to incorporate all the components into a unified system, we've eliminated compatibility concerns. The Lightware Briefcase Presenter™ is guaranteed to ‘plug and project' because we know all of the variables."
The Lightware Briefcase Presenter™ answers the call of sales professionals and other road warrior presenters looking for extreme portability and ease of use functionality. At the same time, IT managers can rest assured they've equipped their sales force with compatible, standardized presentation tools.
The individual components come connected in the bag, allowing the user to just plug and present. The package also includes an external floppy drive, port replicator, 56K modem and PCMCIA slot for easy network connection, allowing for quick loading from various sources. Windows 98 enables last minute changes to any presentation from anywhere.
At $3,995 with the Scout 2000 or $4,395 with the original Scout, the Lightware Briefcase Presenter™ is less than the cost of many single projectors alone. By itself, the Scout 2000 sells for $2,495; $2,995 for the Scout, which in both cases is nearly $2000 below the cost of most of the competition.
The Lightware Briefcase Presenter™ will be offered through direct sales and select dealers.
Lightware, the leader in portable, affordable multimedia projectors, distributes its products through leading resellers of electronics and presentation systems in the U.S., Canada and worldwide. Lightware products can also be purchased directly at www.lightware.com or by calling (800) 211-9001. For product information, contact Lightware, Inc., 9875 SW Sunshine Court, Suite 200, Beaverton, Ore., 97005. Telephone: (800) 211-9001. E-mail: email@example.com.