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CANON COMPUTER SYSTEMS INTRODUCES NOTEJET 486: NOTEBOOK WITH BUILT-IN BUBBLE JET PRINTER; OPTIONAL FAX/MODEM ADDS PLAIN PAPER FAX CAPABILITIES

 COSTA MESA, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI) today introduced a new solution for the mobile professional -- a full-featured notebook computer with a built-in micro Bubble Jet printer that prints laser-quality text and graphics on plain paper.
 Called the NoteJet(TM) 486, the 7.7-pound notebook is ideal for on-the-go professionals who require all the benefits of an industry standard notebook and need to print documents or faxes while away from their desks. Using Canon's proven Bubble Jet printer technology, NoteJet 486 prints on a variety of paper types and sizes, including transparencies, at a resolution of 360-dots-per-inch (dpi). Using one of NoteJet 486's two PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card Interface Association) slots, mobile professionals can use an optional PCMCIA data/fax modem to print received faxes on plain paper while away from their desks.
 "People have become resigned to the fact they cannot print documents while away from their desk," said Peter Bergman, vice president of marketing for CCSI. "Canon has created the first viable portable solution that doesn't ask users to make this compromise. With our successful heritage in printing technology, Canon is the only company that can bring computing and printing together in a product that targets the mobile professional. In fact, NoteJet 486 is the first example of portable PC products from CCSI that will incorporate built-in printers."
 The Mobile Market
 According to BIS Strategic Decisions (BIS) of Norwell, Mass., more than 45 milllion people in the United States consider themselves "mobile" workers. From cellular phones to paging devices to notebook computers, the definition of a mobile user goes well beyond the "frequent flyer" stereotype popular today. BIS found that the majority of mobile users stay within their "local" geographic area which includes: in their company building, on a corporate campus or in a regional area.
 CCSI is targeting the 9.1 million mobile users that are away from their desk more than 50 percent of the time and have specific computing requirements. They are:
 -- Need to use industry standard computing solutions;
 -- Need to have communications capabilities (for example, modem, fax, networking);
 -- Need to print while away from their desk.
 "No one needs to be educated or sold on the benefits of combining a notebook and printer, but people need to be reassured that the product is from a company that has earned a reputation for designing and producing reliable products. Canon has earned that reputation through its electronic and mechanically based consumer products," said Ron Okamoto, director of PC Product Marketing.
 NoteJet 486 Features and Options
 NoteJet 486 features Texas Instruments' 25 megahertz 486SLC microprocessor with 1 kilobyte of cache; 4 megabytes RAM (expandable to 12 Mbytes); two PCMCIA type II slots; 9.5 inch VGA backlit monochrome LCD screen; 3.5 inch floppy disk drive; 2.5 inch hard disk drive (85-, 135- or 180- Mbyte versions); NiCad battery; handheld input device; AC adapter/recharger; serial, parallel, PS/2 mouse/key pad ports; factory installed Windows, DOS and NoteJet tutorial and integrated micro Bubble Jet printer.
 The printer features a resolution of 360 dpi; bidirectional printing in text mode; unidirectional in image mode and a 10-page automatic sheet feeder. NoteJet 486 prints on all types of paper including labels and Canon transparencies. It supports IBMx24e, Epson LQ-510 and BJ-10ex emulations.
 NoteJet 486 weighs 7.7 pounds (with battery) and its dimensions are: (width) 12.2 inches by (depth) 10 inches by (height) 2.2 inches. The average battery life is four hours which includes printing eight pages.
 The replaceable Bubble Jet print head will print approximately 3,000 pages. The ink cartridge will print approximately 65 pages. The average price per page is only 14 cents.
 Product options include: Canon's PCMCIA data/fax modem with software (v22bis or v32bis versions); NiMH battery; 10-key pad; Cyrix 387 co-processor and carrying case.
 Pricing, Distribution, Warranty and Availability
 Three NoteJet 486 models are available (all prices quoted are manufacturer's suggested retail pricing):
 -- Model 1 (85 Mbyte) $2,499
 -- Model 2 (135 Mbyte) $2,799
 -- Model 3 (180 Mbyte) $2,999
 The printer consumables include the print head ($43) and ink cartridges ($8 each). Canon's PCMCIA data/fax modem and software pricing is $399 (v22bis) and $899 (v32bis) and will be available in May.
 NoteJet 486 has a one-year door-to-door warranty that includes a 24-hour replacement service and/or a 72-hour repair service free of charge to the customer.
 NoteJet 486 will be sold through computer dealers, superstores and mass merchants. CompUSA, Computer City, Elek-Tek Inc., Incredible Universe, J&R Electronics, and Random Access plus other computer dealers have agreed to carry NoteJet in their retail stores and via their corporate sales programs.
 NoteJet will be available April 12 in limited quantity. Volume shipments will begin in May.
 About CCSI
 Founded in April 1992, CCSI markets printers, PCs and notebook computers under the Canon brand name for the small business and home office markets. Headquartered in Costa Mesa CCSI plans to develop future products using its proven Bubble Jet, laser and other Canon- developed technologies. The company distributes its product through distributors, computer dealers, superstores, and mass merchants. For product information, customers can call 800-848-4123, or fax 714-438- 3099.
 NOTE: Canon and BJ are registered trademarks and Bubble Jet and NoteJet 486 are a trademark of Canon Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: CANNY). All other trademarks mentioned belong to their respective holders.
 -0- 4/12/93
 /CONTACT: Karen Lippe, 714-438-3075, or Laura Scorpiniti Edens, 408-426-2855, both of Canon Computer Services/


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