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IBM "Lightens Up" Presentations With New Featherweight Projectors 30% Smaller, 60% Brighter, 100% Portable


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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - 19 May 2004: IBM today announced its new featherweight microportable projector, the 2.4-pound M400. Although 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, the M400 delivers 60 percent better contrast, enabling users to present important business information in the office or on the go.

Critical business activities, such as the ability to make a point, close a sale, or teach a complex concept, place digital projectors at the heart of a company's operation and ongoing success. iSuppli/Stanford Resources forecasts that industry-wide unit shipments are expected to grow more than 150 percent between now and 2006.

"Projectors were once a luxury, but are now becoming a necessity for business communication of all types," said Bob Galush, vice president, Product Marketing, Personal Computing Division. "Whether users are presenting in a boardroom, hosting an employee seminar or selling to a client, projectors are an essential component of the business professional's tool kit."

For example, a recent survey by the National Business Travel Association (1) indicates that business travel is ready for a rebound. Paired with IBM's latest ultraportable ThinkPad X40 notebook, the projector and PC together weigh just 5.1 lbs. (2), well suited for traveling professionals who are constantly required to make mobile presentations. Users armed with this compact and lightweight package can easily move meetings and presentations from the office to the conference room, stow the equipment away in an overhead compartment for a business trip, or even carry it home for last-minute corrections or to project DVD movies.

Transporting the pair is further simplified with IBM's new Expander carrying case with a separate zip expansion section to accommodate the user's choice of a projector, a second notebook, a portable printer or even a change of clothes.

New M400 Projector
The new M400 projector features Digital Light Processing (DLP) display technology--tiny mirrors that reflect light through a spinning color wheel that generates images in over 16 million colors with high brilliance and fidelity. The share of projector shipments accounted for by DLP will increase from 34 percent in 2004 to 44 percent in 2008, according to iSuppli/Stanford Resources. Because DLP technology is less susceptible to heat, humidity or vibration -- environmental factors that can cause images to degrade over time -- projectors with DLP technology deliver sharper images longer than alternative display technologies.

New E400 Projector
Also announcing today is the 4.6 pound IBM E400 Projector, a low-cost, high performing system featuring DLP technology with an output of 1300 lumens, a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and ceiling mounting capabilities. The E400 is more than 35 percent smaller and weighs 30 percent less than its predecessor.

IBM projectors come with a 3-Year Service Warranty and Rapid Replacement Service (3). Should the user incur a problem, IBM Rapid Replacement Service will next-day ship the customer a replacement unit at no additional cost. For added investment protection, a security Lock Slot offers users protection from theft.

For increased manageability, the M400 and E400 projectors feature an enhanced automatic sensing function to quickly identify the users' notebook signal for easy optimized image set-up. Each projector is equipped with a free carrying case; remote control with integrated mouse and laser pointing; zoom; focus; and computer, video and audio input capabilities. In addition, the projectors feature an on-screen display for frequently used functions, providing a common user interface to IBM ThinkVision monitors.

Pricing and Availability
Prices for the IBM M400 Projector and E400 Projector are $1,849 and $1,049. The IBM ThinkPad Carrying Case -- Expander is priced at $59. The projectors and carrying case are available now through www.ibm.com and select business partners.

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1. Survey cited from National Business Travel Association, "Positive

Economic Trends Seen Fueling Business Travel Upturn" (Feb. 10, 2004).

2. Weight of ThinkPad includes standard battery and may vary due to vendor

components, manufacturing process and options. Weight of projector excludes

case and cables.

3. Rapid Replacement Service available in the United States, Canada, Mexico

and Europe only.