SOURCE: Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.

May 23, 2006 11:56 ET

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. Introduces e-STUDIO165/205 MFP

Series Offering Affordability and Compact Size

Toshiba's Latest Introduction Expands Segment One Offerings

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today launched the e-STUDIO™165/205 multifunction product (MFP) series, featuring standard copying, printing and local TWAIN scanning functionality right out of the box. Targeted toward small businesses, executive offices and small workgroups that require copying and printing functionality in space-challenged business environments, the new e-STUDIO165/205 series offers exceptional reliability, image quality, and a range of paper handling capabilities to increase office performance while delivering outstanding cost efficiency.

"With a range of productivity-enhancing features, the e-STUDIO165/205 series represents an affordable option for small businesses that desire a high level of image quality and reliability," said Kay Fernandez, director, Product and Solutions Marketing for TABS. "Thanks to their conveniently compact dimensions, the e-STUDIO165 and 205 are ideal for locations where space is limited and versatile functionality is required."

Virtually Maintenance Free Design

With the e-STUDIO165/205 series' first preventative maintenance (PM) scheduled at 72,000 and 90,000 impressions respectively, the devices are virtually maintenance free. In addition, the toner is easily replaceable, allowing users to quickly and simply change the toner cartridge, thereby ensuring maximum machine uptime. For optimal efficiency, the co-packed starter toner yield is rated at 5,900 impressions and the regular toner yield is rated at 24,000 impressions.

Copy and Paper Handling Features

The e-STUDIO165 and 205 copy at 16 and 20 pages per minute (PPM) respectively with a first copy out time (FCOT) of 7.7 seconds and a fast warm-up time of 25 seconds. The series supports a maximum paper size of 11 inches by 17 inches (ledger), a zoom ratio range of 25 to 200 percent and 2,400 x 600 dpi image resolution. The e-STUDIO165/205 comes standard with a single 250-sheet cassette and a 100-sheet bypass tray, with available upgrades including a second 250-sheet cassette, a 550-sheet paper feed pedestal, and a fourth 550-sheet drawer, for a maximum paper capacity of 1,700 sheets. Other options include a platen cover, a 100-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF), a 100-sheet reverse automatic document feeder (RADF) and an auto duplex unit. The system also offers additional special features such as standard electronic sort, magazine sort, 99 department codes and coin operation support.

Print/Scan/Fax Functionality

The e-STUDIO165/205 series' print function gives users the ability to print to the unit via a standard USB GDI print driver. In addition, supported by a 333 MHz processor and 128MB of RAM memory, optional network print capabilities increase business efficiency by giving users easy access to advanced network printing features such as N-Up printing, duplex printing, watermarks, and eSort.

The e-STUDIO165/205 also comes standard with local TWAIN scanning, making digital document management affordable and easy to administer. Both devices can scan up to 600 dpi resolution, with a default of 300 dpi. Optional network scanning capabilities extend the advantages of digitization to the entire office, making it possible to turn hard copy documents into electronic data simply and quickly. Electronic data also saves space as compared to storing hard copy documents and offers the further advantage of being immune to deterioration.

The e-STUDIO165 and 205 also offer powerful fax functionality with optional walk-up fax, PC/LAN faxing, and Internet fax capabilities. The optional fax kit comes with a super fast G3 33.6Kbps and JBIG compression technology for increased transmission speeds and superior image quality. Faxing capability is further accelerated with 75 one-touch dial buttons and the ability to register a total of 300 abbreviated dial numbers. Fax productivity is enhanced with network faxing, which allows users to send and receive faxes directly from their desktop. In addition, Internet faxing incurs lower charges by allowing part or all of each transmission to be sent via the Internet.

Software Solutions for Added Capabilities

The e-STUDIO165 and 205 also are equipped with several software solutions designed for increased ease of use and productivity, including:

--  Toshiba Viewer -- This software enables both standard GDI printing and
    TWAIN compatible scanning, and also can be combined with the optional
    ImageVision software to offer extended capabilities such as direct PC fax.
--  Top Access -- This application monitors the status of the device to
    enable up-to-the-moment management.  Providing instant alerts to networked
    computers, it informs the administrator of the need for paper or toner
    replenishment to enable speedy corrective action.  TopAccess supports a
    range of other administrator-controlled features, adding speed and ease to
    various jobs and communications.
--  e-BRIDGE Viewer -- When the e-STUDIO165 and 205 are connected to the
    network, the unique e-BRIDGE Viewer application speeds the search for
    documents.  Highly user friendly, it enables broad searching among all
    selected data stored on the PC and allows users to narrow search criteria
    by application, folder, date, and more.
    
The e-STUDIO165 and 205 will be available in mid-June through Toshiba's nationwide network of dealers for suggested list prices of $2,745 and $3,095 respectively.

About Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers, and toner products throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has four divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; and TOPAC U.S.A., Inc., dba Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), a wholly-owned subsidiary corporation of TABS, that operates a network of wholly owned office equipment dealers throughout the United States.

Named the most favored manufacturer seven times by the Business Technology Association (BTA), Toshiba's entire product line, customer support and marketing distribution policies are markers for the industry. Among the many other awards garnered in recent years, Toshiba was named the "Copier Manufacturer of the Year" six times by the Marketing Research Consultants (MRC), and has twice been named to the CIO 100 for being among the top 100 "bold" (2005) and "agile" (2004) companies in the world.

TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the sixth largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 72nd largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the 9th Most Admired Electronics Company in the World, Toshiba Corporation is a world leader in high technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Fiscal year revenue in 2004 was approximately $55 billion.

For more information on Toshiba copier, facsimile, multifunction printing products, network controllers or toner products, or for a dealer in your area, call 1-800-GO-TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at www.copiers.toshiba.com.

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