Epson launches one of the fastest document ink jet printers



    Epson Stylus(R) C120 compelling alternative to laser printer for
    Executives, SOHOs and families who must quickly produce high-quality,
    durable documents

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Epson Canada Ltd., a leader in advanced imaging
technologies, today announced availability of the Epson Stylus(R) C120 printer
- one of the world's fastest laser-quality document ink jet printers.
    Manufactured for busy Executives, small office/home office (SOHOs) and
families who need high-quality, durable documents, the Epson Stylus C120
printer is designed for customers who want to make the best impression when
printing mainly on plain paper but don't want the expense of a colour laser
printer or the limitations of a monochrome laser printer.
    This high-performing yet affordable printer is also the right choice for
those who place a priority on productivity. Blazing through documents at an
industry-leading speed for laser-quality black text printing, this printer is
up to twice as fast as some competitive models. Based on independent testing,
the Epson C120 offers the fastest black text printing compared to ink jet
printers under $160 -- as of April 2007 -- and is up to two times faster
compared to ink jet printers under $100(1). The printer also delivers
impressive speeds for laser-quality colour text printing. When even faster
printing is needed, the Epson C120 can print at speeds up to 37 pages per
minute (ppm) for black and 20 ppm for colour in draft mode(2).
    "People who are thinking about buying an entry-level laser printer will
love the Epson C120 ink jet printer," said Tamara Walsh, Marketing Manager,
Epson Canada Ltd. "This printer has not only the black text speed of a laser
but also colour printing and photo capabilities at a very affordable price.
Whether customers want to print presentations or brochures to market their
business or simply need to print everyday documents like school reports or
driving directions, the Epson C120 has what they need."

    Ink and Print Head Technology

    The DURABrite(R) Ultra inks in the Epson C120 produce smudge and water
resistant laser-quality text and brilliant colour images on both plain and
photo paper. The output is even highlighter resistant on plain paper.
Additionally, the fade resistance on plain paper is rated up to six times
longer than leading competitive prints(3), which is important for documents
that need to be saved, such as wills or tax paperwork. These all-pigment inks
dry instantly so customers can share documents and prints immediately.
    The Epson C120 features individual ink cartridges, so that consumers only
have to replace the colour needed, and the printer's dual black cartridges
allow about twice as much printing at about twice the speed for even faster
productivity and enhanced convenience(4). Additionally, with one standard ink
set for both documents and photos, there is no need to swap cartridges based
on what is being printed.
    Epson's Advanced DX3(TM) MicroPiezo(R) print head technology features
smart nozzles that can each produce and precisely place three sizes of ink
droplets. These innovative nozzles are more efficient than those that can only
produce one droplet size. As a result, fewer nozzles are needed to create
exceptional photos and documents with remarkable colour and detail at fast
speeds.

    Photo Features

    While optimized to be a workhorse for everyday printing, the Epson C120
also features important photo capabilities.
    Epson's Auto Photo Correction(5) is like having a photo lab technician
built into the printer to correct the lighting in poorly exposed images to
produce perfect prints. It also includes advanced face detection, which
automatically distinguishes people from scenery, correcting the colour
accordingly to ensure beautiful, natural skin tones.
    The Epson C120 also supports BorderFree(R) photo printing in
3.5 x 5-inch, 4 x 6-inch, 5 x 7-inch, 8 x 10-inch and letter sizes with no
perforations or edges to trim. The printer can support paper up to
8.5 x 44-inch.

    Connectivity and Operating Systems

    The Epson C120 supports Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and is compatible with Windows
Vista(TM), XP Professional x64, XP, and 2000, as well as Macintosh
OS(R) X 10.2.8, 10.3.9, 10.4.x or later.

    Availability and Support

    The Epson C120 is now available at a manufacturer's suggested retail
price (MSRP) of $69.99 at London Drugs, Staples and fine independent retailers
across Canada.

    About Epson Canada Ltd.

    Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image
output products for the consumer, business and graphic arts markets. The
company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS)
solutions for the retail market. Epson Canada Ltd. is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Epson America, Inc., which 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 Canada Limited
is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. For further information, please visit
www.epson.ca.


    Note: Specifications subject to change. Epson, Epson Stylus, DURABrite
and MicroPiezo are registered trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation.
BorderFree is a registered trademark and DX3 is a trademark of Epson America
Inc. All other products and brand names are trademarks and/or registered
trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights
in these marks.

    
    1.  Fastest black text printing, compared to ink jet printers under $160
    available as of April 2007; up to two times faster compared to ink jets
    under $100. Based on independent test in Default Mode printing typical
    office documents.

    2.  PPM speeds measured after first page, based on black text and color
    text patterns in Draft Mode on plain paper. Additional print time will
    vary based on system configuration, software application and page
    complexity. See www.epson.com/printspeed for more information about print
    speeds.

    3.  Ink fade resistance ratings based on accelerated testing of unframed
    color prints in indoor display condition; claim that documents resist
    fading up to six times longer is based on accelerated testing of unframed
    color prints on plain paper in indoor display conditions. Actual print
    stability will vary according to light intensity, temperature, humidity
    and other factors. Epson does not guarantee the longevity of prints. See
    www.wilhelm-research.com

    4.  Two Black cartridges allow about twice as much black printing, at
    about twice the speed, as compared to printing with a single Black
    cartridge.

    5.  Not available when printing using Mac OS(R) X.
    





For further information:

For further information: John B. Challinor II APR, Cohn & Wolfe Public
Relations, Telephone: (416) 924-5700, Ext. 4019, EMAIL:
john.challinor@cohnwolfe.ca; Martha Linton, Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations,
Telephone: (416) 924-5700, Ext. 4048, EMAIL: martha.linton@cohnwolfe.ca

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