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Press Release - October 21, 2004



Experience Multimedia Portability Like Never before with the EPSON P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer

New Multimedia Storage Viewer Offers 40 GB Hard Drive and Beautiful 3.8" LCD with Epson Photo Fine(TM) Technology for Brilliant Color and Exceptional Detail

Epson P-2000

Read the Luminous Landscape P-2000 review or
DP Now's P-2000 review


LONG BEACH, Calif.-- Oct. 21, 2004 -- The EPSON P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer is the latest portable marvel designed by Seiko Epson, a world leader in LCD technology. This new device offers the ultimate in portable freedom for a variety of customers, including digital photographers, families and small businesses. The EPSON P-2000 not only enables users to view, store and playback photos, videos and music, but has a 3.8" Epson Photo Fine LCD screen which offers superior image quality.

In addition to its high-resolution screen, the sleek and sophisticated looking EPSON P-2000 can store thousands of photos from digital cameras with its 40 GB hard drive. With its built-in memory card slots the EPSON P-2000 can also transfer files quickly without having to connect to a computer.

"The Epson P-2000 is the perfect companion for any digital enthusiast and provides a new level of freedom and flexibility with its incredible screen quality, fast downloads and large storage capacity," said Grace Huang, product manager, digital input products, Epson. "Whether you are a photographer viewing the photos from the day's shoot, a small business owner showing your portfolio to a client, or a parent showing off pictures of your children, this versatile and convenient device will display amazing images whenever or wherever you want."

Epson Photo Fine Technology

Epson is a leading producer of LCD modules and has incorporated this technology expertise into High Temperature Poly Silicon (HTPS) devices such as AV projectors, and Low Temperature Poly Silicon (LTPS) devices such as digital cameras, cellular telephones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). With Epson's introduction of the first LCD digital quartz watch over 30 years ago to becoming the world leader in cellular telephone LCD displays, the EPSON P-2000 is a natural extension of this long heritage of LCD technology.

Epson is continuing to build on its reputation for incredible image quality with the Epson P-2000 and its 3.8" VGA Epson LCD screen, which incorporates Epson's exclusive Photo Fine Technology. This portable product displays every detail of downloaded images with vibrancy and clarity, unlike the viewing panels on most digital cameras and other viewers, which provide a smaller and less clear visual of what the photo actually looks like. The EPSON P-2000 display offers three colors per image pixel and a higher density of 212 pixels per inch, compared with one color per pixel and 80-100 pixels per inch on a typical digital camera display. This gives the EPSON P-2000 the ability to display up to an impressive 262,144 colors and a remarkable, high-resolution image.

To make viewing photos even more convenient, with the EPSON P-2000 the customer can zoom in and rotate images to inspect them closely. Customers can also create a slideshow with music for a fun and creative way to view and share images. For sharing images on an even bigger screen, the multimedia storage viewer has a video interface -- NTSC or PAL -- that can connect directly to a television, monitor or projector with an optional third party video cable.

More about the EPSON P-2000

The EPSON P-2000 replaces Epson's first photo viewer product, the EPSON P-1000. The EPSON P-2000 offers a larger hard drive, faster transfer speeds, two built-in memory card slots and the ability to store and play video and music files.

The EPSON P-2000 is equipped with a 40 GB hard drive for storing thousands of images as large as 8.9 megapixels and is designed with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface for easily and quickly transferring photos, videos and audio files to and from a computer. It supports JPEG and select RAW image files (Nikon D2H, D1H, D1X, D100, D70, Canon 1D MkII, 10D, D30, D60, Digital Rebel, Epson R-D1), MPEG4 and Motion JPEG video files, plus MP3 and AAC audio files.

With its large storage capacity, the customer can copy files to the EPSON P-2000 from the memory card and clear the memory card immediately to begin taking more pictures. When all of the images have been downloaded to the multimedia storage viewer from the memory card, the viewer can then be connected to a computer to back up the images to ensure they are saved.

With its built-in memory card slots, the EPSON P-2000 is compatible with most digital camera memory types. It offers native support for CompactFlash Type I and II and Secure Digital memory cards and supports additional cards with an optional third-party adapter (sold separately).

Organizing Files and Printing with the EPSON P-2000

Both Windows(R) and Macintosh(R) compatible, the EPSON P-2000 features an intuitive menu that enables users to create folders to categorize and group files for easy access and viewing.

The EPSON P-2000 wouldn't be a complete photographer's tool without the ability to print directly to an Epson printer. This versatile product offers the capability to print directly to select Epson printers. The EPSON P-2000 also supports PRINT Image Matching II and Exif 2.2 (Exif Print) for achieving the best looking prints possible.

Batteries and Accessories

The EPSON P-2000 is a lightweight, battery-powered device that is easy to travel with and comes with one lithium ion battery and charger/AC adapter. Also included is a Hi-Speed USB 2.0/1.1 cable, a stand for either viewing slideshows with others or simply just keeping the unit securely in place, a carrying case for added protection, and a wrist strap.

Pricing and Availability

The EPSON P-2000 will be available in early November through authorized dealers, mail order, photo specialty stores select retail outlets, distribution, mail order, select retail Web sites and on the Epson retail Web site (www.epsonstore.com) for a price of . The product carries a one-year limited warranty and is supported by the EPSON Connection(SM), 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 the company's Web site at www.epson.com.

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 transaction 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: Epson is a registered trademark and Epson Photo Fine is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Third party brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.





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