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Press Release - January 7, 2003



Epson Adds CD Printing Capabilities to Popular Epson Stylus Photo 960

New Printing Feature Offers Increased Versatility with No Additional Cost to the Customer


SAN FRANCISCO - Jan. 7, 2003- Epson America Inc. today announced the addition of CD printing functionality to its popular EPSON Stylus Photo 960 model, which became available for purchase in November 2002. This useful and convenient feature will be included with the printer in the box beginning in February. Current EPSON Stylus Photo 960 owners and customers who purchase the printer before this feature is included, can redeem a coupon to receive a free CD kit to upgrade their printer. The upgrade kit contains a CD tray and software to make it compatible with the EPSON Stylus Photo 960 printer*. The coupon is available in electronic form on the Epson Web site (www.Epson.com).

"The EPSON Stylus Photo 960 is the most versatile photo printer on the market today," said Parker Plaisted product manager, photo imaging. "This printer delivers outstanding photo quality prints on Epson paper, and now it will print photo quality images directly onto CDs and DVDs to eliminate the need for adhesive labels."

The EPSON Stylus Photo 960 printer's new CD printing capabilities enable customers to choose colorful backgrounds and images from the EPSON CD Print software and print directly onto printable CDs or DVDs by placing them in a tray that slides through the printer's straight through paper path.

About the EPSON Stylus Photo 960

The EPSON Stylus Photo 960 utilizes Epson's Advanced Micro Piezo ink jet technology, the world's first two-picoliter ink droplet and a superior six-color photo ink system for creating incredible detail, more accurate skin tones and an ultra-wide color range designed specifically for photography. This six-color system features seven individual ink cartridges-two black cartridges for faster text printing-making this printer Epson's first dye-based model to use a separate ink cartridge system.

The EPSON Stylus Photo 960 provides the best photo quality from inkjets today with its resolution up to 2880 x 1440 dpi, wide color gamut, dye-based inks and two-picoliter droplet size. The EPSON Stylus Photo 960 offers fast photo printing speeds, allowing customers to print an 8" x 10" image in less than two minutes at 720 dpi on glossy and matte papers. Additionally, the printer can speed through black text with its twin black cartridges at up to 8 ppm in normal mode.

By utilizing innovations such as PRINT Image Matching technology and Epson's patented, true BorderFree(tm) photo printing technology, the EPSON Stylus Photo 960 is able to produce the best prints possible in a variety of frame-ready and portfolio-ready photo paper sizes. Customers can effortlessly print their photos on Epson's Borderless 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photo papers without having to trim the borders or tear off perforations.

Media Choices with the EPSON Stylus Photo 960

Epson offers a wide variety of papers for use with the EPSON Stylus Photo 960 including EPSON Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, EPSON Premium Luster Photo Paper, EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper and EPSON ColorLife Photo Paper. Additionally, the EPSON Stylus Photo 960 offers the convenience of three separate paper paths including the standard paper path, a roll paper path and a front loading, straight through paper path for thicker media. The straight paper path supports a variety of media up to 1.3 mm in thickness and also supports the new CD/DVD tray.

Using the separate roll paper path, the printer supports edge-to-edge borderless printing on 4" and 8.3" roll paper. A roll paper holder is included with the printer, along with a convenient automatic cutter that will easily cut borderless and panoramic prints on roll paper as the prints come out of the printer, turning the printer into a mini-photolab. The cutter is safely enclosed in a detachable housing. Also included with the printer is a "photo catcher" that attaches to the printer and keeps prints in a neat stack as they are cut from the roll.

The EPSON Stylus Photo 960 produces long-lasting photos which can resist fading up to 27 years** with Epson's optimized combination of EPSON Photo Inks and fade-resistant papers, like Epson's ColorLife Photo Paper.

Pricing, Support and Availability

The EPSON Stylus Photo 960 will begin shipping with CD printing functionality in February for an estimated street price of through mail order, computer superstores, specialty camera stores, and Epson's retail Web site (www.epsonstore.com). Current EPSON Stylus Photo 960 owners can receive a CD kit to upgrade their printer by contacting Epson directly via the Web site or at (800) GO-EPSON. The printer is backed by the one-year EPSON Exchange Warranty and is supported by the EPSON Connection, a customer support technical assistance line.

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) solutions 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.





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