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New Epson PowerLite 82c and 62c Projectors Provide Ideal Combination of Brightness, Lightweight Designs and Room-Filling Audio to Satisfy Virtually Any Classroom's Demands

New 3LCD Models Feature Bright 2,000 ANSI Lumens Output, Room-Filling Audio, InstantOff(TM), Broad Connectivity and More
LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson is launching two 3LCD ultraportable multimedia projectors that are optimized for classroom educators and boardroom presenters with the launch of the Epson PowerLite 82c and PowerLite 62c. Both projectors feature up to 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, broad connectivity options, classroom-filling audio, quick and easy four-second start up and Epson's exclusive "Instant Off" feature. The PowerLite 82c features XGA (1,024 x 768) native resolution and is priced at $1,299, while the PowerLite 62c offers SVGA (800 x 600) native resolution for $1,199 (both are estimated street prices).

"These new models build off our most successful education-focused projectors to date [the PowerLite 81p and 61p] and incorporate all of the same core benefits but add more," said Aaron Marinari, senior product manager, Epson America. "The PowerLite 82c and 62c not only provide new technologies for faster and easier setup and shut-downs but also raise the bar on the industry with their compact designs. These units weigh only 5.9 pounds, which also makes them considerably lighter than competing projectors in this price category."

Fast, Easy Setup and Epson's Exclusive InstantOff
The PowerLite 82c and 62c offer several easy-to-use setup features that help presenters get up and running quickly. Powering on the projector requires only four seconds of warming up before a picture appears on the screen and a 1.2x optical zoom lens allows the display size to be adjusted to project large images from relatively short throw distances. Setup is further simplified with 30-degree automatic keystone correction, which corrects within one second.

In the past, projector users have had to worry about waiting to unplug their projectors after the cool down period. To alleviate this concern, Epson created a proprietary feature called Instant Off. Once the user presses the power button to turn it off, there is no need for additional cooling time, so the projector immediately shuts down and can be unplugged and packed up for the next class or meeting without the noise or delays often associated with cool-down cycles. The projectors also feature a new lamp technology called E-TORL (Epson Twin Optimized Reflection Lamp) -- a unique, lower-watt lamp solution that consumes less electricity, produces less heat, yet still maintains competitive levels of brightness.

The Epson PowerLite 82c and 62c offer four video input connections including two individual "computer" inputs. This wide selection of inputs enables users to connect, and easily switch between, several different source devices such as PCs, video players and audio. Additionally, the projectors' "Auto Source Selection" feature allows presenters to get their content up and running quicker and easier, alleviating stresses commonly associated with setup time.

About Epson 3LCD -- "A Better Way to See"
Epson 3LCD technology utilizes one LCD chip each for red, green and blue to form a continuous image with smooth, rapid-motion video that is free of artifacts. It is a solid-state technology that works without a moving color wheel, resulting in accurate color registration, detailed video and data images that are crisp and rainbow-free. Epson 3LCD technology produces optimal viewing experiences for business applications, educational environments, and home entertainment.

Availability and Warranty
The Epson PowerLite 82c and 62c will begin shipping in late-October for $1,299 and $1,199 (respective estimated street prices) through authorized pro audio/visual, national distribution, catalog and direct PC dealers. 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 by using a phone card that is included with the product.

Brighter Futures(TM) -- Epson's Education Program
Epson's Brighter Futures is a unique sales and support program that is available specifically for schools. The program is designed to help educators select and implement the most ideal products for their schools' needs in addition to reducing costs and maximizing their technology budgets. The program offers special pricing, extended warranties, dedicated education account managers and toll-free technical support across Epson's full line of projectors.

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 transaction 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.