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Ricoh Announces Entry into Digital Projection Market

Press Release  |  Oct 4, 2011

Offers new line of portable projectors for business and education

WEST CALDWELL, N.J., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, today announced its recent entry into the high-performance digital projection market with a new line of portable projectors offering low weight, brilliant image quality, and optional advanced, model-specific networking capabilities. Ideal for business people rushing to meetings or road warriors who present every day, the new Ricoh PJ Series builds on Ricoh's half century of manufacturing high-quality business equipment. This track record includes multifunction devices, production printing equipment, and precision optics for other manufacturers' printers and projectors. "Businesses looking for high-quality mobile digital projection systems would be wise to add Ricoh to their shortlists," said Dr. William Cogshall, president of Pacific Media Associates, a market research group specializing in front projectors. "Ricoh is a formidable newcomer to the U.S. projector market. They bring a long and credible background in technology and manufacturing, including excellence in optics. And their well-established, multichannel sales and service approach gives them some important and unique strengths in the market." The Ricoh PJ Series consists of the PJ X3131, PJ WX3231N, PJ WX3131, PJ X3241N and PJ X3241, and range in price from $800 to $1,200 MSRP depending on resolution, networkability and USB options.

The new equipment expands Ricoh's evolving Managed Document Services offering, which helps customers grow their bottom line through improved document management, streamlined workflow and higher productivity. The projectors also foreshadow next year's rollout of more Ricoh business communications solutions, including videoconferencing and short-throw projection systems.

Bright, light and wired

All five PJ Series projectors offer brilliant, high-quality projection. They deliver sharp, engaging images in any kind of light with a minimum brightness rating of at least 2,500 lumens, XGA or WXGA resolution, and 3LCD color clarity. Designed specifically for fast, easy transport and setup, the projectors weigh less than 4.4 pounds and come with their own carrying case. The built-in speaker is capable of filling larger corporate or classroom settings. For permanent installation, the projectors can easily be mounted in ceilings and walls. Advanced networking capabilities integrate the PJ WX3231N and PJ X3241N projectors with local wired and wireless networks to streamline workflow and enhance presentations for greater impact. Users can start their presentations quickly on a shared-use projector, remotely manage settings for multiple projectors, and deliver computer-free presentations via USB devices like thumb drives, document cameras, digital cameras or smart phones. Networking capabilities also enable two-way discussions and brainstorming sessions over the network.

"These systems are ideal for a wide range of boardroom, classroom and training room settings," said Shun Sato, senior vice president, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "Customers can now source their entire fleet of business communications devices – from printers and multifunction products to digital projection systems – from a single company, and receive service and support they have come to rely on."

About Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., the 75-year-old leading provider of advanced office technology and innovative document imaging products, services and software, with fiscal year 2010 sales in excess of $23 billion. Ricoh's fully integrated hardware and customizable services and software help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents. Ricoh Americas Corporation, directly or through its network of authorized dealers, markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. Information about Ricoh's complete range of offerings can be found at © 2011 Ricoh Americas Corporation. All rights reserved. All referenced product names are the trademarks of their respective companies. Ricoh Web Site: