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Lexmark Scoops Competition: Already Out with 4800 dpi Resolution Printers

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

LEXINGTON, Ky.---March 18, 2002--With its 2002 Z-line of inkjet printers introduced today, Lexmark International, Inc. extends its legacy of technology leadership, once again setting a precedent in print resolution with not one, but two industry firsts: 3600 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) resolution and 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution on multiple paper types. With products that begin shipping this month, the 2002 Z-line, which includes the Lexmark Z65, Z55, Z45, Z35 and Z25 Color Jetprinters, offers fast print speeds and new features that make it easier than ever for small-office and home users to print.   "These products establish a number of industry firsts, including 4800 dpi inkjet print resolution - a groundbreaking technology we are proud to deliver to our customers today,'' said Tim Craig, Lexmark vice president and president of its Consumer Printer Division. "As the Internet expands the volume of accessible digital information, there is a growing need for printers like ours, that enable greater productivity and offer consumers the best possible inkjet printing experience with rich graphic capabilities that are fast and easy to use.'' Innovative Technology Advancements Available Now The flagship Lexmark Z65 offers a host of innovative features enabling it to meet the demanding needs of small office/home office (SOHO) users and high-end consumers. Dual paper trays make it simple to print on a variety of media, such as glossy photo paper and transparencies. Lexmark's PrecisionSense technology automatically determines the type of stock in the front paper tray and adjusts the printer driver to optimize output. In addition, the Lexmark Z65 boasts best-in-class print speeds of up to 15 pages per minute (ppm) in color, and up to 21 ppm in black - making it ideal for high-volume users. In black and color, the Lexmark Z65 touts 4800 dpi resolution, while the Lexmark Z55 is capable of 3600 dpi resolution. These inkjets also feature a three picoliter microfine color drop size, allowing for better color transitions and more detailed textures. Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the superb detail and vivid color, while SOHO users will benefit from eye-popping color graphics and laser-sharp text output. Lexmark Scoops Competition on 4800/3600 dpi Lexmark continues to beat the competition to market with precedent-setting features. Today's announcement of new resolution standards includes two products with previously unavailable quality (4800 dpi for the Lexmark Z65 and 3600 dpi for the Lexmark Z55) that can be produced on all media types, including plain paper. This is in contrast to the rest of the market where only one competitor has announced plans to match Lexmark's 4800 dpi - but only on photopaper with products that are not expected until later this year. Lexmark Signature Features Available across the 2002 Z-line, Lexmark's signature features offer simplicity and efficiency. * Intuitive Graphics Interface System: Helps ensure customers have a more enjoyable, hassle-free printing experience with easier installation, helpful "how to print'' wizards, improved trouble-shooting and special job finishing options. * Accu-Feed Paper Handling: Virtually eliminates jams, enabling consumers to choose from a wide range of print media up to 150-pound stock, including envelopes, transparencies, card stock, labels and iron-on transfers. * Regional Color Tables: Because color preferences vary by geography, Lexmark developed color tables that automatically install by region, delivering output that reflects cultural preferences. The 2002 Lexmark Z-line of Color Jetprinters Lexmark Z65 Color Jetprinter Ideal for both SOHO customers and those interested in photo printing, the Lexmark Z65 can generate 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution in black and color on photo paper, inkjet paper and transparencies as well as 4800 x 600 dpi on plain paper. Best-in-class print speeds of up to 21 ppm in black and up to 15 ppm in color make it a welcome addition to the busiest environment. Heavy users will enjoy dual paper trays for faster media transition, and automatic cartridge alignment that ensures optimal print output without manual adjustment. Available for $199(a), the Z65 is Windows and Mac compatible and offers USB connectivity. Also available for $229(a), the Lexmark Z65n features an integrated Ethernet network adapter that enables connection to any Ethernet network and allows multiple users to print, even when the host computer is turned off. Lexmark Z55 Color Jetprinter With a suggested retail price of $129(a), the Lexmark Z55 offers advanced home users 3600 x 1200 dpi in black and color on photo paper, inkjet paper, and transparencies in addition to 3600 X 600 dpi on plain paper. PrecisionSense technology automatically determines the media being fed through and adjusts the printer driver for optimal output. The Z55 also boasts a three picoliter microfine color drop size and best-in-class print speeds of up to 17 ppm in black and up to 13 ppm in color. It also features automatic cartridge alignment and one-click driver installation. To fit all work styles and platforms, the Z55 offers USB and parallel connectivity as well as Windows, Mac and Linux compatibility. Lexmark Z45 Color Jetprinter For home users looking for an easy-to-use, top-performing inkjet, the Lexmark Z45 fits the bill. Available for $89(a), the Z45 has best-in-class print speeds of up to 15 ppm in black and up to nine ppm in color and 2400 x 1200 dpi in black and color on all paper types. The Windows and Mac compatible Z45 supports USB connectivity and features automatic cartridge alignment and one-click driver installation for superior ease-of-use. Lexmark Z35 Color Jetprinter Retailing for $69(a), the Lexmark Z35 is engineered for home users seeking an efficient inkjet that handles everything from printing emails to digital photos. The Z35 can achieve a maximum 2400 x 1200 dpi resolution and delivers best-in-class prints speeds of up to 11 ppm in black and up to six ppm in color. The Z35 is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. Lexmark Z25 Color Jetprinter The $49(a) Lexmark Z25 is designed for the consumer who wants versatility at a value price. The Z25 functions as either a single or dual-head printing system. With a color cartridge included in the box, the Z25 can be upgraded to a dual-head, four-color printer by adding an optional black cartridge. The Z25 offers best-in-class print speeds of up to nine ppm in black and up to six ppm in color. Capable of photo quality printing, the Z25 features 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution in back and color on all paper types, is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, and offers USB connectivity. Availability Lexmark's 2002 Z-line of Color Jetprinters will begin shipping soon and will be sold in most retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA, Costco, Kmart, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart, as well as from Dell (models may vary).




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