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LEXINGTON, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 1, 1996--Lexmark International, Inc. today introduced the Lexmark Forms Printers 2300 plus, a series of enhanced 9- and 24-pin dot matrix printers that brings unmatched forms handling, increased speed resulting in up to 30 percent improvement in throughput and exceptional reliability to the popular Forms Printers 2300 line.

In addition, this series offers a feature exclusive to this class of printer: Tractor 2, a dual-tractor option, allowing customers to switch between two separate forms with the touch of a button. For the most demanding multipart forms jobs, the Lexmark Forms Printers 2300 plus family is an ideal choice. While other printers only handle up to four- or five-part forms, the 2380/2381 plus 9-pin models can print as many as six. The Lexmark Forms Printers 2300 plus paper path provides virtually jam-free printing. These printers offer customers a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating of 10,000 hours -- the highest rating of any printer in its class.

The new series includes built-in IBM and Epson emulations to make it compatible with virtually all popular software programs on the market today. The printers can connect to all major network systems via Lexmark's MarkNet XLe print servers.

The line includes four printers: Model 2380 plus (9-pin narrow carriage), Model 2381 plus (9-pin wide carriage), Model 2390 plus (24- pin narrow carriage) and the Model 2391 plus (24-pin wide carriage). All of the new printers are available now. List prices start at $399.

For users who need solid dependable forms printing -- particularly in forms-intensive industries such as transportation, retail, government, health, education, insurance and banking -- the Lexmark Forms Printers 2300 plus series offers the robustness, speed and flexibility to make forms printing a breeze. The 9-pin 2380/2381 models print up to 350 characters-per- second (cps), while the 24-pin 2390/2391 models print up to 300 cps.

Lexmark's new Tractor 2 option -- an exclusive feature in this performance category -- allows users to simultaneously load two forms and switch between them with the touch of a button. This new option is perfect for customers who print labels and forms at the same workstation and ideal for applications where two forms are commonly used.

Unmatched Paper Handling

The 2300 printers offer multiple paper paths, allowing users to choose the best path for the selected media. For thick multipart continuous sheet forms, users can select the standard tractor, attached in either the push or pull position. For cut sheets, the printers include an easy front-load sheet feed. There's also a bottom feed path to handle high-volume continuous forms straight from their carton. No other printer at this price/performance level can deliver such versatility.

In addition, the Lexmark Forms Printers 2300 plus can print on labels, postcards and envelopes. Users can also print bar codes. The 2300 printers come with support for seven commonly used bar code fonts -- including U.S. Postal Service-certified PostNet -- already built in. Both the wide- and narrow-carriage models let you print on media sizes ranging from short and narrow (3x3 inch) to extra-long (22 inches).

The new printers include a full two-year LexExpress Warranty. Under the terms of this warranty, if customers should have a problem with their printer, LexExpress guarantees 24-hour shipment of a replacement printer at Lexmark's cost.

Low operating costs, reliable printing and improved performance are the foundations of the Lexmark Forms Printers 2300 plus family. Printer ribbons are interchangeable between narrow and wide carriage models and are compatible with previous 2300 printers, allowing users to save money by efficiently managing their inventory of supplies.

For more information about Lexmark printer products, call 800/891-0331. Product information and press releases can be found on the Lexmark home page at, the Lexmark bulletin board service at 606/232-5238 and Lexmark's CompuServe forum, "Go Lexmark."

Lexmark International is a global developer, manufacturer and supplier of laser, inkjet and dot matrix printers and associated consumable supplies for the office and home markets. Sales in 1995 were $2.2 billion. The company's executive offices are in Greenwich, Connecticut. Manufacturing facilities are in Lexington, Kentucky; Boulder, Colorado; Orleans, France; Sydney, Australia; Rosyth, Scotland and Juarez, Mexico. -0-

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CONTACT: Lexmark International

Ken Bissell, 606/232-3035


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