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New 5.7-Pound Epson PowerLite(R) 76c Projector Delivers 2,000 ANSI Lumens, XGA Resolution and Rich Feature Set at Incredible Price Point

Press Release  |  Sep 13, 2005

Ultraportable 3LCD Projector Offers Powerful Performance and Increased Flexibility for Presenting Virtually Anywhere

LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Enhancing its Value Series line of projectors, Epson America Inc. today announced the introduction of the Epson PowerLite 76c. Featuring up to 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness with XGA native resolution (1,024 x 768) in a compact 5.7-pound design, the PowerLite 76c delivers superior 3LCD performance and quality at a remarkable value of $1,099 (estimated street price). This light and bright ultraportable projector makes outstanding presentations seamless in virtually any setting.

Driven by Epson's 3LCD technology, a three-chip engine design that projects continuous color and vibrant images, the PowerLite 76c displays a wide color gamut with excellent brightness and edge-to-edge consistency. The projector's XGA resolution displays images with precise color and detail. In addition, the PowerLite 76c comes with a new Instant Off(TM) feature for immediate shutdown of the projector. Epson has also equipped the PowerLite 76c with new lamp technology, E-TORL (Epson Twin Optimized Reflection Lamp), to deliver a superior level of brightness in a compact form factor. E-TORL efficiently gathers and projects light to reduce light leakage and diffraction.

"The PowerLite 76c represents a milestone in the evolution of value projectors," said Aaron Marinari, senior product manager, Epson America. "Beyond the fact that it gives customers XGA resolution and 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness for $1,099, it stands apart with outstanding 3LCD image quality and a wide range of unique, user-friendly features, like Instant Off, that make presenting a hassle-free, productive and more enjoyable experience."

Fast and Simple Set-Up for Hassle-Free Presenting
To get presentations up and running quickly and smoothly, the PowerLite 76c takes only four seconds between pressing the power button and projection of the start-up screen. And, with Epson's exclusive Instant Off feature, no cool down time is necessary. Users can simply press the power button and unplug the power cable immediately at the end of their presentation.

For added control, the PowerLite 76c features a "Source Search" button which automatically identifies and displays the connected inputs and changes instantly between sources. A 1.2x optical zoom lens enables users to easily adjust the display size to project large images from relatively short throw distances, resulting in a wide range of set-up possibilities. The unit's 30- degree keystone correction ensures a high-quality display, even in less-than- ideal environments. Depending on the presenting environment, the PowerLite 76c allows users to choose a 1,500 ANSI lumens "Low Brightness" mode to increase lamp life.

The included remote control enables PowerPoint(TM) and Keynote(TM) presentation slides to be advanced and manipulated without using a PC. The projector also offers several useful features for ceiling-mount projection, including top-side access for easy lamp replacement, front-side access for air-filter replacement, easy switch to ceiling-mount mode (inverted picture) via the remote control, and direct power-on that is activated automatically when a room's power source is switched on.

Security for Presenting Anywhere
To give owners added confidence in taking their projector on the road and making presentations in public places, Epson has built in sophisticated security measures. The PowerLite 76c features a four-digit password that is entered using the remote control. If an incorrect password is entered multiple times, the projector powers off, making a stolen projector unusable. In addition, the operation lock feature de-activates the buttons on the projector to prevent unauthorized use or tampering.

About Epson 3LCD -- "A Better Way to See"
Epson 3LCD technology utilizes one LCD chip for each of the three component colors (red, green and blue) to form a continuous image with smooth, rapid motion video. It does not use a moving color wheel and offers accurate color registration, assuring detailed video and data images that are crisp and free of any rainbow effect. Epson 3LCD produces the best possible viewing experience with detailed and accurate colors.

Availability and Warranty
The Epson PowerLite 76c will be available through authorized pro audio/visual, national distribution, catalog, and direct PC dealers in October 2005. Epson's PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty that includes three elite technical support services -- two-year Epson PrivateLine(TM) availability, 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 Instant Off is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. PowerLite and PrivateLine are registered trademarks and Presenters Online is a service mark of Epson America Inc.

Source: Epson America Inc.