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Epson Adds Projectors, MFPs

2/20/2008 01:07:00 PM Eastern

Long Beach, Calif. — Epson introduced Wednesday two under-$1,000 multimedia 3LCD projectors, the Epson PowerLite 83+ and 822+ - which are optimized for educational applications.

The models, which will carry suggested retails of $899 and $949, respectively, feature brightness levels of 2,200 and 2,600 lumens, respectively, XGA resolution, a built-in closed captioning decoder, and wired LAN connectivity for monitoring and control. The compact units are said to weight 6.4 pounds.

Both units include internal 10-watt speakers and include RJ-45 wired LAN connectivity for remote monitoring and control via a school’s IT network.

Other features include: built-in closed captioning decoder for hearing impaired students; an Epson E-TORL lamp that delivers more lumens per watt over its 3,000 hour projected lifespan; five-second Instant On and Epson Instant Off; seven special color modes, including blackboard mode, for presenting in a variety of environments; 1.2 manual zoom and +30 degree automatic keystone correction.

In Epson’s printer business, the company will ship a wirelessly-enabled multifunction printer to dealers this month.

The CX9475 Fax uses the firm’s InstaNet networking technology for connecting the printer to Windows-based wired or wireless networks.

It features the ability to send black and white or color faxes, PC-free photo printing, a 2.5-inch tilting LCD screen and color-text print speeds up to 32 pages/minute.

The printer uses Epson’s DX3 print-head technology and its DuraBrite pigment ink in individual cartridges. For photo printing, the unit offers automatic photo correction to improve exposure and a face-detection technology to locate and improve skin tone reproductions. It can produce border-free photos in sizes from 3.5-inch by 5-inch to letter size.

Additional features include a 30-page automatic document feeder, a 60-number fax speed dial, with up to 100 pages of memory, automatic redial, auto answer and usage reports. The scanner uses Epson’s Easy Photo Fix color-restoration technology.

The CX9475 will retail for $179.

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