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TESTING CONFIRMS EPSON STYLUS COLOR 900 PRINTER IS THE FASTEST.

NSTL Inc. has released the results of an independent printer performance comparison showing that the EPSON Stylus Color 900 ink jet printer is significantly faster than its closest competitor, the Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 970Cxi.

Although both Epson and Hewlett-Packard rate their printers at 12 pages per minute in black and 10 pages per minute in color, the NSTL tests show that the EPSON Stylus Color 900 outperforms the Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 970Cxi by 108 percent overall.

"Over the years we have tested a wide range of ink jet printers from the leading manufacturers," said Lloyd Holder, NSTL's director of Testing. "This latest round of tests shows that the EPSON Stylus Color 900 significantly outperforms the DeskJet 970Cxi."

The comparison test was conducted by NSTL under contract to Epson. NSTL has been testing printers and printer performance for more than 10 years. This speed test utilized files from various applications, including Microsoft Word 97, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe PhotoShop 5.5 and Adobe PageMaker 6.52. The NSTL benchmark represents the most common types of documents that users print. NSTL printed and timed each file three times using comparable driver settings. The results were calculated using a geometric mean of the average print times.

An Epson official said the test results are significant because new software applications and faster computers are increasing the demand for fast, high-quality color printing.

"People buy ink jet printers because they want color, so Epson has focused on developing products that deliver superior color performance at a great value," said Steve Semos, product manager, Epson. "We are pleased that independent testing confirms that the Epson Stylus Color 900 delivers the fastest output for this class of ink jet printer. We believe the extreme performance, coupled with the smallest droplet size in the industry, continue to make this printer the ideal high- performance printer for the power user and business professional."

About NSTL

NSTL, Inc. (http://www.NSTL.com), a division of CMP Media, was established in 1983 as the world's first independent organization dedicated exclusively to testing the functionality, usability and performance of hardware and software. NSTL provides accurate, objective, independent IT testing and consulting services for hardware and software manufacturers, corporations, and government agencies. Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, NSTL has labs in Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, the U.K., Israel, Argentina, and Canada.

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Date:Dec 1, 1999
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