SOURCE: Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.

May 23, 2006 12:11 ET

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. Launches Full Color e-STUDIO2500c/3500c MFP Series Featuring Low Total Cost of Ownership

High Productivity and Advanced Image Quality Top Extensive List of Features

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) today announced the most recent addition to its color multifunction product (MFP) lineup, the e-STUDIO™2500c/3500c series. Designed for color-intensive workgroups, the e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series offers similar running costs, performance and the same functionality as black and white multifunction systems, with a minimum hardware price premium.

"The e-STUDIO2500c and 3500c are compact and powerful full-color MFP devices for users who need high productivity and outstanding image quality," said Kay Fernandez, director, Product and Solutions Marketing for TABS. "Both devices can be used as a fully functional color copier and as a shared network resource for printing and scanning at a very low connection cost per station."

Performance and Image Quality for Demanding Users

With a 99-second warm-up time and a color first copy out time (FCOT) of just 8.6 seconds, the e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series makes no compromises when it comes to performance. The e-STUDIO2500c offers an output speed of 25 color pages per minute (PPM), while the e-STUDIO3500c features color output speeds of 35 PPM. Both the e-STUDIO2500c and 3500c print monochrome documents at 35 PPM.

Image quality also takes center stage with true 600 x 600 dpi output and the latest Fiery® technology. Toshiba has included several proprietary technologies to further enhance color and image quality, including:

--  Intermediate Transfer Belt Color Processing Unit -- The e-STUDIO2500c
    and 3500c adopt a new intermediate transfer belt system, which is
    independent of paper movement.  This provides better color registration,
    less misalignment of motors and improves drum rotation accuracy.
    
--  New Toshiba 6.8 Micron Toner -- Toshiba has introduced new low
    temperature fusing color toner with smaller (6.8 micron) particles.  The
    new toner ensures excellent, smooth reproduction of photos and halftones,
    and superior color fidelity and quality.
    
--  High Precision Micro-discrimination -- This Toshiba technology
    automatically distinguishes between text, graphics and line art on the same
    page, enabling the e-STUDIO2500c and 3500c to create sharp, accurate text
    and vibrant colors.
    

Robust Paper Handling and Finishing Capabilities

With superior paper handling features such as the ability to print 11-inch by 17-inch full-bleed, automatic trayless duplexing and a saddle stitch stapling finisher, the e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series can handle any office's most demanding jobs. The series comes standard with two 550-sheet universal cassettes that can be augmented with two additional 550-sheet cassettes or one 2,500-sheet tandem large capacity feeder. With the addition of a 100-sheet bypass, the e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series has a maximum paper capacity of 3,700 sheets with up to five different paper sources.

The e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series also is designed to support the most versatile color media requirements. Each paper cassette and the trayless automatic duplex unit support up to 90-pound index paper. Taking advantage of the multiple paper sources and diverse media support, the series offers customers coversheet insertion and no wait warm-up time for thick paper.

All-in-One Net-Ready Architecture and the Latest e-BRIDGE Technology

Incorporating Toshiba's Net-Ready technology, Toshiba has built networking capabilities into the core design of the e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series, delivering an out of the box copy, print, scan and solution-ready device. Toshiba's Net-Ready strategy supports communication and integration of Toshiba MFPs seamlessly into many existing business document workflows and IT infrastructures.

Integral to the Net-Ready architecture is Toshiba's next-generation e-BRIDGE hardware platform. The e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series is Toshiba's first single-pass color product to incorporate the company's second-generation e-BRIDGE technology.

E-BRIDGE integrates copy, print, scan, fax and other networking capabilities in one single board within the device. This unified design shares system resources to control multiple functions and efficiently process information.

Full Range of Security Features

Recognizing the importance of protecting confidential company and customer data, Toshiba has included a comprehensive set of security features on the e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series. Up to 1000 department codes and 10,000 user codes can be programmed into the device to specify accessible functions and set limitations for both monochrome and color printing, scanning, and copying.

The e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series also touts standard 128-bit encryption. This feature encrypts all copy, print, fax and scan data as it is written to the system's hard disk drive (HDD), rendering any data on the HDD useless if separated from the system. Furthermore, an optional Disk Data Overwrite Kit completely overwrites all temporary information on the hard drive after every job. In addition, the disk is automatically cleared immediately after the device is done using the information after every job, preventing the data from being recovered by unauthorized users.

Other security features offered by the e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series include Private Print, requiring users to input a password to initiate their printout, and Job Log, tracking print, copy, fax, and scan jobs with detailed information including user, date, time, number of pages, type of paper, and type of job.

Exceptional Ease of Use

Designed to make even the most seemingly complex copy jobs effortless, the ergonomically designed control panel on the e-STUDIO2500c and 3500c includes one touch access keys and a tilting half VGA color control panel to make it easier to see in glare and poor lighting conditions. Additionally, the 508-compliant control panel contains large, easy-to-read text and a dynamic interactive copier diagram that displays paper configurations and copier status.

As Toshiba's first Easily Replaceable Unit (ERU) service-based product, low total cost of ownership is achieved with long life consumables and easy-to-replace service modules. The energy efficient e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series also is Energy Star compliant and boasts Auto Energy Saver, Auto Sleep, and Weekly Timer modes.

The e-STUDIO2500c/3500c series, as with all e-STUDIO MFPs, is eCopy Ready, signifying that customers can use eCopy software to connect their organization's e-mail and other networked applications for low-cost, easy, instantaneous distribution, and management of scanned documents. The e-STUDIO2500c and 3500c will be available in mid-June through Toshiba's nationwide network of dealers. Pricing has not yet been determined.

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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