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Epson Slates New $99 Photo Printer For Summer Launch

LONG BEACH, CALIF. — This June Epson will roll out the new Stylus Photo 785EPX inkjet printer that will allow consumers to print their digital photos with or without a computer.

The 785EPX will be Epson’s first printer to include PRINT Image Matching, which ensures that digital cameras and printers work together to produce the best possible prints.

The printer carries an estimated street price of $249 and features up to 2880 x 720dpi resolution and Epson’s Advanced Micro Piezo ink jet technology — a six-color photo-ink system delivering four-picoliter droplets.

The 785EPX includes a built-in PC card slot making the printer compatible with most digital cameras by using an appropriate memory card adapter.

Compatible memory types include CompactFlash Type I and II, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, Secure Digital and SmartMedia.

The printer comes standard with a CompactFlash Type I adapter that can be exchanged through Epson for either a Memory Stick or SmartMedia adapter. The PC card slot makes it possible for digital camera owners to print photos without a computer by having the printer acts as a card reader when connected to a Windows or Macintosh computer.

The 785EPX has a control panel for customers to make selections such as paper type, paper size and number of copies without having to use a computer. Users can choose from five paper types and sizes, six page layouts, various frames for sticker printing and a choice of quality settings.

Images can also be enhanced sans computer by utilizing settings such as brightness and sharpness, as well as monochrome and sepia tones.

For viewing photos, the printer has an optional 1.6-inch color Preview Monitor that attaches to the printer and enables customers to review and select images for printing. With an estimated street price of $99, this monitor includes a screen saver function, a brightness adjustment knob and a tilt mechanism.

The 785EPX is Epson’s first printer to feature PRINT Image Matching technology, which ensures that the printer works in sync with PRINT Image Matching enabled digital cameras (available in the spring/summer of 2001 from a variety of digital camera manufacturers) to produce the best quality prints possible.