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Epson Launches Two New Ultra-Brite, Networkable XGA Projectors With EPSON PowerLite 7800p And EPSON PowerLite 8300i

New PowerLite 8300i Hits 5,200 ANSI Lumens and 1,200:1 Contrast Ratio

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 2003--Epson America Inc., the world leader in high-performance projectors, today announced two new XGA (1,024 x 768 resolution) projectors with the EPSON PowerLite(R) 7800p and EPSON PowerLite 8300i. By incorporating newer and larger LCD panels (1.4-inch LCDs on the PowerLite 8300i and 1-inch on the PowerLite 7800p) with virtually no light leakage, both projectors are able to achieve brightness levels and contrast ratios above and beyond those of their predecessor models (the PowerLite 7700p and PowerLite 8200i). Each projector also offers out-of-box networking capabilities as well as simple setup and installation options.

A new feature called EasyManagement(TM) enables IS personnel to monitor, maintain and control either projector from a remote location using Epson's utility programs or their Web browser. Both projectors offer built-in RJ-45 Ethernet ports that when connected to a network, give the user(s) the ability to carry out important functions such as checking the power status or lamp hours, in addition to powering the projector on/off. Furthermore, an email notification system is also available to alert network users about vital issues related to the projectors' temperature, fan and lamp.

The new PowerLite 8300i is now Epson's brightest-ever projector at 5,200 ANSI lumens and 1,200 contrast ratio, while the PowerLite 7800p achieves 3,500 ANSI lumens with a 700:1 contrast ratio. In addition to increased power and even higher visual intensity, both of these projectors feature a new assortment of advanced, but easy-to-use features designed for simple installation, flexibility, enhanced security and efficient operation.

"The digital projector market continues to evolve in many ways and networking is playing a larger role for businesses these days," said Jodi Maugham, product manager, Epson. "These two projectors address that trend, giving IT administrators the flexibility and control they need to effectively manage projectors from a variety of locations, along with powerful display technology that will add dramatic visual impact to any presentation."

The PowerLite 7800p weighs in at 12.1 pounds while the PowerLite 8300i is 24.7 pounds, allowing for portability from one large room to another and a variety of options for permanent installation. Setup is simplified with features such as Quick Corner(TM) -- a new onscreen interface enabling users to make keystone corrections to compensate for small or odd-shaped rooms, and Wall Shot(TM) (only on the PowerLite 7800p) that provides automatic color corrections even when projecting onto colored surfaces. The PowerLite 8300i even offers electrically powered adjustments for lens shift, zoom and focus.

Depending on the environment, users can choose between two levels of brightness on these projectors -- either 5,200 or 3,000 ANSI lumens on the PowerLite 8300i, and either 3,500 or 2,500 ANSI lumens on the PowerLite 7800p. This feature not only allows for more visual control, but also reduced fan noise. The likelihood of theft is also reduced with a password-protected feature on the PowerLite 7800p that disables the projectors to unauthorized users.

The backs of the projectors include a wide selection of inputs including, D-sub15, BNC, DVI, S-Video, video and monitor out. In addition to the power lens that comes standard with both models, there are also several optional lenses available to meet a variety of applications. A full-featured remote control is also featured with each projector with USB mouse capability, while a hard-wired remote control adapter is available as an optional accessory. The projectors can also be stacked for added brightness and image-sensitive applications and users can create up to five custom setting presets for frequently used setup preferences and conditions.

Price, Availability and Support
The PowerLite 8300i will be available in late-April for $9,999 (estimated street price) through authorized pro audio/visual dealers. The PowerLite 7800p will also be available in late-April for $4,899 (estimated street price) through pro audio/visual, national distribution, catalog and direct PC dealers, and select PC retailers throughout the country.

Epson's PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty that includes three elite technical support services -- two-year Epson Private Line(TM), two-year Road Service Program and two-year International Warranty. Through the Private Line, projector owners can directly access an exclusive expedited support telephone line (typically in about one minute) by using a phone card that is included with the product. In the event that a projector should need to be repaired, Epson's Road Service Program can replace the product usually within 24 hours in the United States and Canada. International Warranty makes repair service available in 45 countries worldwide. These services are available for the two-year duration of the warranty coverage.

Presenters can also find valuable information by visiting Epson's Presenters Online(SM) Web site (www.presentersonline.com) for immediate access to presentation tips, tools and techniques, innovative templates, useful clip art, and links to services especially suited for today's busy road warrior. For more information on Epson's current projector product line, customers can call 1-800/442-1977 or visit the company's Web site at http://www.epson.com.

About Epson
Epson also 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 a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions 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 a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. PowerLite, Quick Corner, Wall Shot and PrivateLine are registered trademarks, and Presenters Online is a service mark of Epson America Inc.