SOURCE: Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.

September 19, 2005 13:35 ET

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. Launches e-STUDIO2100c/3100c Color MFP Series for Mixed Workflow Environments

Award-Winning Series Offers Exceptional Image Quality, Fast Output and Ease of Use in an Affordable Package

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2005 -- Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today launched the award-winning e-STUDIO™2100c and e-STUDIO3100c, full-color copiers, printers and scanners that boast high-volume, high-speed color and exceptional image quality in one multifunctional network system. Winner of a 2005 BERTL®'s Best Award in the Best Low-Volume CRD/Commercial Color Range category, the series carries an affordable price tag that makes it ideal for a wide variety of mixed workflow environments, including mid to high-volume business users, print-for-pay facilities and graphics professionals.

"Toshiba's e-STUDIO2100c/3100c series can be used both as a fully functional color copier and as a shared network resource for printing and scanning," said Steve Rhorer, director, Product Marketing, TABS. "With advancements in speed, productivity, output quality and reliability, this series is the perfect fit for any user market that requires high-quality images and superior system performance."

Superior Color and Image Quality

Using Toshiba's revolutionary color imaging technology and the latest Fiery® technology, the e-STUDIO2100c/3100c series offers vibrant 21 and 31 full-color copies and prints per minute, respectively. Both models feature monochrome print and copy speeds of 31 pages per minute. When copying, graphics level image quality is achieved with superior 9,600 x 600 dpi resolution.

Toshiba also has included several proprietary technologies to enhance color and image quality, including:

--  Toshiba Color Inline Printing System - Achieves high-speed color
    copying with efficiency, image stability and superb reliability using an
    innovative four-drum tandem engine.
--  Toshiba's Dual Compression Imaging Technology (DCIT) - Compresses
    scanned color images in two stages and significantly increases color data
    processing speed.
--  Scalable Smoothing Technology - Ensures superb image quality and razor
    sharp text.
    
Ease of Use

The network-ready e-STUDIO2100c/3100c series was designed with a full range of features that can streamline the printing process, reduce costs and increase administrative efficiency. The e-STUDIO2100c/3100c series utilizes a unique belt fusing method for an impressive warm-up time of approximately four minutes and an accelerated first copy delivery time of just 9.5 seconds, the fastest in the industry. In order to efficiently produce high-volume printing and copying, the e-STUDIO2100c/3100c makes available 4,030 sheets from up to six sources. The straight paper path design results in less paper jams and increased image stability.

For easy manageability, the e-STUDIO2100c/3100c includes Full-Color and Print Volume output controls to allow administrators to control usage, manage accounts and reduce total cost of ownership. The Toner Refill Alert feature reduces downtime by alerting the user that toner is low, allowing it to be refilled before it is empty. Toner cartridges that are designed for simple replenishment and high productivity also reduce downtime and maintenance.

Loaded with Features

The e-STUDIO2100c/3100c contains several features designed for maximum versatility. These include the Magazine Sort Printing feature, which allows users to alter the page sequence automatically, so documents can be printed in book format, then compiled with ease later. An optional saddle stitch finisher also allows the production of professional-caliber booklets. Another unique feature is a built-in Photo Zoom function, which automatically enlarges or reduces photographs from a wide variety of standard photo sizes to any pre-set size at the touch of a button.

Expanded Media Support

Further expanding its usability, Toshiba's e-STUDIO2100c and 3100c are compatible with Toshiba's AquaAce™ weather, water and UV resistant synthetic paper. Developed to meet the demands of fast turnaround and low production cost environments, the highly durable AquaAce is a waterproof, glossy, silky white paper that delivers photo image quality, allowing graphic and promotional designers to produce signs and posters that have a superior level of color saturation and clean, crisp illustration reproduction without lamination.

An additional thick paper mode also is available on the e-STUDIO2100c/3100c, supporting paper weights up to 12pt stock, 104 pound cover and 158 pound index -- the thickest "officially" supported paper of any color copier in its price range and target market.

The e-STUDIO2100c and 3100c are available through Toshiba's nationwide network of dealers for the suggested list prices of $19,995 and $24,995 (USD), 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, Latin America and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has four divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division, Toner Products Division and Document Solutions Engineering Division; and Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), which operates a national network of wholly owned subsidiaries.

Named the most favored manufacturer in seven of the past eight years 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" by the Marketing Research Consultants (MRC) in 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 1998 and 1997, was named to the CIO 100 for being one of the top 100 "agile" companies in the world in 2004, and received the CIO Web Business award for its leading edge intranet site in 2000, 1999 and 1998.

TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 62nd largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the 8th Most Admired Electronics Company in America and 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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