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Press Release - October 6, 2003


EPSON Stylus CX6400 Delivers Stand-Alone, One-Touch Color Copying and Scanning Along with Water and Fade-Resistant DuraBrite Inks, Fast Printing and Most Popular Memory Card Inputs

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Oct. 6, 2003 -- Epson is launching a new scan-print-copy device that is optimized for office-level workloads and busy households with the EPSON Stylus CX6400. This low-profile, space-saving device triples as a scanner, PC-free printer and PC-free color copier, offering a high-end combination of features and performance. Some of these include a digital locking feature, Epson's new photo restoration technology and easy-to-navigate LCD panel with lights that help guide users through menu choices. It also incorporates Epson's renowned DURABrite inks and several advanced imaging tools for everyday text and imaging needs, in addition to a variety of input slots for today's most popular memory cards.

"This product is really a high performance digital workhorse for the office or even a busy home with a huge array of printing, scanning and copying needs," said Andreas Goehring, senior product manager, Epson. "The combination of the Stylus CX6400's productivity, ease-of-use and new and innovative features make it one of the most versatile products on the market and an outstanding investment."

Priced for only (suggested retail price), the EPSON Stylus CX6400 prints documents quickly, up to 22 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 11 ppm in color.* The printer is also extremely quiet due to a newly designed engine and mechanism. Furthermore, a new security lock feature allows users to enter a personalized identification number to lock out the control panel on the device and prevent unauthorized use - and ideal feature and potential cost saver for high traffic environments such as busy offices and college dorms.

DURABrite Inks - Water, Smudge and Light Resistance

The EPSON Stylus CX6400 uses DURABrite inks for natural, vibrant-looking colors and is designed to produce impressive looking, durable output that is water-resistant, light-resistant and smudge-resistant. Because DURABrite inks are pigment-based, output can be submerged in water without the ink coming off the page, unlike dye-based inks, which typically run and smudge. This feature is 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. Bleed-through is also reduced since DURABrite inks rest on the surface of the paper, which is ideal for applications that require double-sided printing.

The Stylus CX6400 also offers frame-ready, borderless photographs in several popular sizes and up to 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi and ultrafine three-picoliter ink droplets for sharp, vivid images. It also takes advantage of a convenient and cost-effective individual ink cartridge system.

Memory Card Slots

In addition to high-speed color printing, the Stylus CX6400 features a wide selection of input slots designed to work with today's most popular memory cards to enable PC-free printing and copying. PC-free features include printing an index sheet or photo (or even a range of photos) directly from the media card, and with the 10-digit keypad, users can easily select the desired number of prints. Memory cards supported include CompactFlash I and II, Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Sony MagicGate SD, Smart Media, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, IBM Microdrive, xD-Picture Card and Mini Secure Digital (using an optional adapter). The Stylus CX6400 is also the first Epson all-in-one that can scan an image and save it directly to a memory card.

Scanning, Photo Restoration and PC-Free Color Copying

The Stylus CX6400 features a high-performance, full-function scanner. This built-in 1200 x 2400, 48-bit color scanner includes exclusive EPSON Easy Photo Fix(tm) software, which gives users an easy solution for restoring color to old photographs with one touch of a button. The Stylus CX6400 also delivers fully automated scanning plus two advanced scanning modes for advanced custom control. New EPSON Smart Panel software enables users to quickly scan photos, text or graphics with extreme detail to the Internet, an e-mail software program or a faxing software program.

This all-in-one also features a standalone color copier. Users can produce long-lasting, high-resolution, borderless color copies without even turning on their personal computer. Furthermore, they can create 2-up and 4-up copies to conserve paper and use a "repeat copy" mode for multiple copies on the same page, such as business cards.

Media Flexibility and New DURABrite Ink Glossy Photo Paper The EPSON Stylus CX6400 offers great results on different types of media ranging from ordinary plain paper to DURABrite Ink Glossy Photo Paper, the newest paper to join the wide assortment of Epson media. This new paper was designed especially for use with DURABrite ink to create bright, beautiful, borderless glossy prints that are water-resistant, light-resistant and smudge-resistant. DURABrite Ink Glossy Photo paper will be available in two popular sizes - 4" x 6" (50 sheet packs) and letter size (20 sheet packs) - for .99 and .99, respectively, and will be available at the end of September. This new all-in-one also supports a variety of other Epson specialty media including Epson Premium Bright White Paper, Glossy Photo Paper, Matte Paper Heavyweight, and Ink Jet Transparencies.

Individual Ink Cartridges

The EPSON Stylus CX6400 includes four separate "snap-in/snap-out" ink cartridges to maximize ink yield - one extra-large black ink cartridge and three color ink cartridges (cyan, yellow and magenta). Since these individual color inks can be replaced at any time, efficiency is maximized, lowering the total cost of ownership. Each cartridge also contains a chip that relays ink level information on the screen to the user via the printer driver, 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 CX6400 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 150 sheets of plain paper. It uses USB 2.0 High Speed connectivity and includes a USB cable in the box.

Warranty and Support

The Stylus CX6400 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 This product also carries a one-year Epson Exchange Limited Warranty, enabling customers to receive a replacement printer if a problem cannot be corrected by telephone technical support. It is also supported by the EPSON Connection, 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

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 transaction 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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