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Epson's Stylus CX6600 All-in-One. Courtesy of Epson, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Epson extends its image permanence legacy with new Epson Stylus CX6600 All-in-One featuring Epson's exclusive DURABrite inks

Newest Epson Scan-Print-Copy Device Features Water, Smudge and Fade-Resistant Epson DURABrite® Inks, Epson Easy Photo Fix™ Photo Restoration Software, PC-Free Color Copying, Individual Ink Cartridges and Digital Camera Card Slots

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Sept. 7, 2004 - Epson, the first printer manufacturer to introduce its own line of water, smudge and fade-resistant inks, is extending its DURABrite ink legacy with the new Epson Stylus CX6600 all-in-one device. This general purpose all-in-one has a suggested retail price of $179 (after a $20 rebate), one-touch photo restoration and the ability to print images from your digital memory card without using a PC. The Stylus CX6600 can print up to 22 ppm*, copy up to 16 cpm* without a PC, and scan documents and photographs at up to 1200 x 2400 dpi with 48-bit color depth.

"When it comes to purchasing an all-in-one, today's consumers are facing the challenge of choosing from among the industry's largest selection of inkjet printing and scanning products to date," said Andreas Goehring, group product manager, Epson. "The Stylus CX6600 stands out from the pack in many ways, but a few of the more notable advantages include its great looking print quality for scanning/printing/copying, extremely competitive cost of ownership, and especially the priceless value that comes with restoring faded photographs and printing memories that will last."

Epson DURABrite Inks - Water, Smudge, and Fade Resistance
The Epson Stylus CX6600 uses Epson DURABrite inks to create natural, vibrant-looking colors that are also water, fade and smudge-resistant. Because DURABrite inks are pigment-based, even plain paper output can be submerged in water without the ink coming off the page, unlike competitors' dye-based inks, which typically run and smudge when exposed to liquids.

These inks are designed to give creators of photographs, fliers, menus, signs, postcards and any other printed output the ability to produce documents and images that will withstand damage caused by moisture-based threats (such as rain, spills, humidity or people with wet hands) and will resist fading from exposure to sunlight. Bleed-through is also reduced since DURABrite inks rest on the surface of the paper, which is ideal for business applications that require double-sided printing or even for printing photographs. The Epson Stylus CX6600 can also produce frame-ready, borderless photographs in several popular sizes and has a security lock feature that allows users to enter a personalized identification number to lock out the device's control panel and prevent unauthorized use - an ideal feature and potential cost saver for high-traffic environments such as busy offices and college dorms.

Scanning and Restoring Old/Faded Color Photos
The Epson Stylus CX6600 includes Epson Easy Photo Fix software - a feature that gives users an easy solution for scanning and then restoring color to old photographs with a single mouse click. It delivers fully automated scanning plus two additional scanning modes for users who want more advanced custom control. Furthermore, Epson Smart Panel™ software enables users to quickly scan photos, text or graphics with extreme detail to the Internet, e-mail or a fax software program.

Memory Card Slots
The EPSON Stylus CX6600's card slots can not only be used to transfer data from a memory card to a PC, but also enable PC-free printing of index sheets or high quality photos directly from the media card. Just a few of the supported memory cards include CompactFlash™ I and II, Sony Memory Stick®, Memory Stick Pro, MemoryStick Duo, Sony MagicGate™ SD, Smart Media™, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, IBM Microdrive™ and xD-Picture Card.

Individual Ink Cartridges = Lower Cost of Ownership
The Epson Stylus CX6600 includes four separate ink cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) to maximize overall ink yield as cartridges are replaced over time. Ink level information is accurately displayed on the computer screen, while self-sealing valves preserve the inks up to six months once removed from the printer. Therefore, partially depleted cartridges can be reinserted for later use.

The Epson Stylus CX6600 works with both Windows and Macintosh platforms and is capable of large-quantity printing when needed. The printer's paper input tray holds up to 100 sheets of plain paper and can print on envelopes. This product also supports a variety of Epson specialty media including Epson DURABrite Ink Glossy Photo Paper, Premium Bright White Paper, Glossy Photo Paper and Matte Paper Heavyweight. For added value, the DURABrite Photo Series includes a 20-sheet sample pack of Epson photo paper in the box along with photo software that provides easy access to Epson's exclusive photo craft and photo sharing Web site.

Warranty and Support
The Epson Stylus CX6600 is currently shipping to computer superstores and specialty retail stores nationwide and can also be purchased through mail order, PC manufacturers, the Internet, and Epson's own site at www.epsonstore.com. These products also carry a one-year Epson Exchange Limited Warranty, enabling customers to receive a replacement product if a problem cannot be corrected by telephone technical support. It is also supported by the EPSON ConnectionSM,a customer support and technical assistance line. For more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit our Web site at www.epson.com.

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. 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.

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*Copies per minute and pages per minute based on black text memo in Draft Mode on plain paper. Additional processing time will vary based on system configuration, software application and page complexity.

Note: EPSON and EPSON Stylus are registered trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. DURABrite, Easy Photo Fix, and Smart Panel are trademarks of Epson America, Inc. Epson Connection is a service mark of Epson America.

(First posted on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 17:39 EDT)

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