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June 22, 2010

Epson TM-T88V Ranks Most Energy Efficient in its Class

Epson America, Inc.,a leading supplier of value-added printing and check scanning solutions for the retail and financial industries, announced today that its newly-released TM-T88V single-station thermal printer ranked highest in energy efficiency, consuming significantly less energy than same-class competitive models. The results derive from stringent, side-by-side tests among ten competitive products performed by Seiko Epson Corporation in 20101. Ideally suited for high-volume retail and teller printing applications, the TM-T88V provides fast, reliable, full-featured receipt printing while delivering industry-leading energy savings and reduced paper usage of 25% or more2. In addition, the TM-T88V is the only thermal receipt printer available today with ENERGY STAR qualified configurations3. As of June 1, 2010, the TM-T88V will be shipping throughout Epson's designated sales and distribution channels.

Epson's TM-T88V single-station thermal printer with USB interface was tested against ten same-class competitive models, including three Star, three Citizen, two Bixolon, one IBM and one Ithaca. Testing results indicate that the Epson TM-T88V uses between 68% and 89% fewer kilowatt hours as compared to the next best performing and worst performing models tested. In addition to its high energy efficiency, the TM-T88V enables users to reduce receipt length by 25% or more, without altering receipt content, by using a combination of paper-saving features including top margin reduction, line space reduction, line feed reduction and barcode height reduction. Low energy consumption and paper-saving features combine to significantly reduce the TM-T88V printer's long-term cost of operation. Epson's TM-T88-series is the world's best-selling thermal printer to date, with over five million units installed worldwide.

Reducing operating costs through the use of sustainable, energy-saving products is a core objective of both retail and financial organizations. ENERGY STAR reports that a 10% decrease in energy costs has an impact on operating income equal to a 1.26% increase in sales for the average retail store. Bank Technology News' April 2010 issue recently ranked America's Greenest Banks, stating their increased focus on efficiency and energy conservation. "Customers are looking for reliable, cost-cutting technologies that have the least environmental impact," said Mike Helm, Director of Sales and Marketing, Epson System Device Group. "The TM-T88V is the gold standard in thermal printers, both in efficiency and performance. Epson's commitment to environmentally-conscious design and manufacturing continues to be at the forefront of every product we bring to market."

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