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Epson Launches 4,000-ANSI Lumens, Networkable
XGA ``Portable Series'' Projector with Epson PowerLite 7900p

Press Release  |  Sep 28, 2004

Easy Remote Maintenance and Intense Brightness
Provide Ideal Balance of Control and Power
Ideal for Universities and Business Centers

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 28, 2004-- Epson America Inc., the world leader in high-performance 3LCD projectors, is unveiling an XGA (1,024 x 768 resolution) "Portable Series" projector with the EPSON PowerLite(R) 7900p. By combining the benefits of an easy, out-of-the-box network monitoring/control system, a 700:1 contrast ratio, easy setup and up to 4,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, this projector is designed especially to meet the needs of large classrooms, auditoriums and business meeting rooms.

"The PowerLite 7900p provides both remarkable power and performance," said Aaron Marinari, senior product manager, Epson America. "The fact that this projector gives you amazingly detailed 3LCD image quality with up to 4,000 ANSI lumens of brightness is by itself incredible. But when you factor in easy-to-use monitoring and control capabilities, it really becomes obvious for both end users and IT managers to want to incorporate this type of product into their organizations' systems."

Advanced Networking

The PowerLite 7900p features Epson's Easy Management networking capabilities with unique command and control options. The projector has a built-in Ethernet port with cross-platform compatibility that allows it to plug into virtually any existing platform. Centralized monitoring enables projector operators/managers to save time by simultaneously viewing the status of all Epson network projectors over their LAN including input sources, power on/off and lamp life conditions. Built-in remote access also gives users virtual control of the projectors from remote locations over a network with the ability to troubleshoot and monitor them (even using e-mail notification), and without having to pay for additional license seating fees.

The PowerLite 7900p weighs in at 12.3 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 up to 40-degree keystone corrections to compensate for small or odd-shaped rooms, and Wall Shot(TM) that provides automatic color corrections even when projecting onto colored surfaces.

Depending on the environment, users can choose between two levels of brightness on these projectors, and can extend the lamp life for more cost-effective operation -- up to 3,000 hours in Low Brightness mode or up to 2,000 hours in High Brightness mode. This feature not only allows for more visual control, but also reduced fan noise (36db in High Brightness, and 33db in Low). The likelihood of theft is also reduced with a password-protected feature on the PowerLite 7900p that disables the projectors to unauthorized users.

The back of the projector includes a wide selection of inputs including, D-sub15, BNC, DVI, S-Video, video and monitor out. In addition to the 1.35x zoom lens that comes standard with the projector, there are also several optional lenses available to meet a variety of set-up applications. The projector 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 7900p sells for $4,399 (suggested retail price) and is currently shipping 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 PrivateLine(TM), two-year Road Service Program and two-year International Warranty. Through the PrivateLine, projector owners can directly access an expedited support telephone line (typically in about one minute) by using a phone card that is included with the product.

About Epson

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 a registered trademark and QuickCorner and WallShot are trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. PowerLite is a registered trademark and PrivateLine and Presenters Online are service marks of Epson America Inc.