Epson America Announces New Line of Stylus Pro Wide Format Printers -- Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880 and 9880 Featuring UltraChrome K3 With New 'Vivid Magenta' Ink

Epson America Also Unveils New Web Site (http://www.proimaging.epson.com) Designed to Showcase all Epson Stylus Pro Products for Creative Professionals.

LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America Inc. today announced three new wide format printers for creative professionals, commercial print shops and photographic labs with the Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880 and 9880. These new models are designed to achieve even higher levels of print quality than previous models by way of Epson's new MicroPiezo(R) AMC(TM) print head, an enhanced version of Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink(TM) Technology, a radical new Epson AccuPhoto(TM) HD screening technology, and several other forward-thinking advancements.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4880 replaces the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 for printing images as wide as 17-inches, while the Epson Stylus Pro 7880 and Epson Stylus Pro 9880 replace the Epson Stylus Pro 7800 and 9800 for printing up to 24-inches and 44-inches in width, respectively.

"This latest generation of Epson Stylus Pro printers, represent a level of technology never before seen in this market," said Mark Radogna, group product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. "By collaborating with the world's greatest creative professionals, we've been able to advance the state of photographic printing to unprecedented levels."

Only Eight Colors Needed to Achieve Superior Image Quality

Epson UltraChrome K3(TM) ink technology is the industry standard by which all other professional-level ink technologies are judged. Now enhanced with Epson's breakthrough new Vivid Magenta pigments, our latest-generation ink technology requires only eight colors -- Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, and Light Light Black -- to significantly raise the quality levels for professional color and black-and-white prints.

With an even higher level of ink droplet accuracy, Epson has developed an all-new MicroPiezo AMC print head, along with an all-new ink repelling coating technology to dramatically reduce nozzle clogging. And, when combined with our new Epson AccuPhoto(TM) HD screening technology, at an astonishing resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 dpi, Epson has once again set a new benchmark for the entire industry.

Availability, Service & Support

All three printers will begin shipping to authorized Epson dealers in October 2007. A ColorBurst(R) Edition will also be available in December 2007 for each model which includes a Professional PostScript(R) Language Level

    3(TM) compatible RIP by ColorBurst. The following are estimated street
    prices:
    Epson Stylus Pro 4880                                $1,995
    Epson Stylus Pro 4880 Portrait Edition               $2,195
    Epson Stylus Pro 4880 ColorBurst Edition             $2,495
    Epson Stylus Pro 7880                                $2,995
    Epson Stylus Pro 7880 ColorBurst Edition             $3,995
    Epson Stylus Pro 9880                                $4,995
    Epson Stylus Pro 9880 ColorBurst Edition             $5,995

Epson Professional Service & Support

Each of these printers is supported by a standard Epson Preferred(SM) Limited Warranty. This one-year program includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next-business-day full unit exchange or on-site service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure. Optional Epson Preferred Plus Service Plans are also available, offering one or two additional years of protection. For more information on Epson warranties, service programs and products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit our Web site at http://www.epson.com/.

New Epson America Professional Imaging Web Site

In conjunction with the announcement of these new products, Epson America is unveiling a new Web site ( http://www.proimaging.epson.com) that's designed specifically for creative professionals and anyone else who either owns, or has an interest in purchasing an Epson Stylus Pro product.

"The site will not only feature useful information about Epson products using a visually inspired layout and unique navigation system, but we're also planning to expand and enhance it much further in the near future," said Tod Yamamoto, director of eBusiness Epson America. "Ultimately, it will become an extremely valuable online resource that creative professionals can use to broaden their knowledge about the industry and even gain further inspiration."

About Epson America Inc.

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: Specifications and terms are subject to change. Epson and Epson Stylus are registered trademarks and Epson UltraChrome K3, MicroPiezo AMC and Microcrystal Encapsulation are trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. Epson Preferred is a service mark of Epson America Inc. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these trademarks.

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    John Jatinen
    Epson America, Inc.
    562.290.5173
    
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    Andrew Staples
    Walt & Company
    408.369.7200 ext. 1056
    
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