Lexmark leadership in breakthrough performance, high-value inkjets
continues with 2001 Z-line
Announcement marks Lexmark's first introduction of multiple 2400 x 1200 dpi
printers into sub-$100 segment
LEXINGTON, KY, April 30, 2001 - As part of its long-term commitment to
providing value-packed printing solutions designed with customers' needs in
mind, Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) today introduced the
color-infused 2001 Z-line of inkjet printers. Sporting a fresh new look,
Lexmark's new inkjets offer industry-leading resolution and best-in-class
print speeds across all price points, bringing consumers unparalleled print
quality and value.
With the 2001 Z-line, which includes the Z23, Z33, Z43 and Z53 Color
Jetprinters, Lexmark again delivers high-end print technology at
consumer-friendly price points and redefines the sub-$100 category it
pioneered in 1997. For example, the newest Z-line boasts multiple sub-$100
printers with 2400 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) resolution and seven
picoliter microfine color drops for brilliant photo quality.
Lexmark's signature features, available on all models, offer users ultimate
ease-of-use. These signature features include one-click driver
installation, quick open-and-load cartridge installation, Accu-Feed(tm)
paper handling and LexExpress(tm) next business day exchange warranty.
"Lexmark recognizes the importance of quality and affordability when
choosing a new printer for the home or office," said Tim Craig, Lexmark
vice president and president of its Consumer Printer Division. "The 2001
Z-line offers an ideal balance of best-in-class features, functionality and
ease-of-use - all at price points that fit within the budget of any
With the 2001 Z-line, which includes solutions for Windows, Mac and Linux
users, Lexmark is offering consumers choice throughout the entire ownership
* Regional Color Tables: Extensive Lexmark research indicates that color
preferences vary by geography. To offer each customer the ideal printing
experience, Lexmark has developed different color tables which
automatically install by region, delivering output that reflects the
preferences of a culture.
* Resolution: Setting the standard by offering high resolution across its
entire line, Lexmark delivers quality to customers regardless of the level
of printer they choose to purchase, delivering brilliant photo quality
prints and laser sharp text.
* Paper Handling: The Accu-Feed paper handling system prints virtually
jam-free, enabling consumers to choose from a wide range of print media
weighing up to 150 pounds, including envelopes, transparencies, card stock,
labels and iron-on transfers.
* Peer-to-Peer Networking: Lexmark further addresses consumers' needs for
flexibility with peer-to-peer networking, great for small businesses or
multiple PC households. This feature allows users with a network to send a
print job to a printer in an office down the hall or to another room in the
The 2001 Z-line of Color Jetprinters
Lexmark Z53 Color Jetprinter(tm)
Suited for the small office/home office (SOHO) user, the Z53 features
best-in-class print speeds of 16 pages per minutes (ppm) in black and eight
ppm in color. The Z53 also offers USB and parallel connectivity and
Windows, Mac and Linux compatibility to accommodate all work styles. In
addition, its enhanced peer-to-peer networking capability allows users to
check ink levels and print status from multiple PCs. Available for $139*,
the Z53's 2400 x 1200 dpi resolution generates crisp text and vivid
graphics on all paper types at speeds that meet the rigorous needs of
Lexmark Z43 Color Jetprinter
Retailing for $99*, the Z43 is engineered for home users with a diverse
range of printing needs. The Z43 can achieve a maximum 2400 x 1200 dpi
resolution and delivers up to 12 ppm in black and six ppm in color. The Z43
offers Windows and Mac compatibility as well as USB and parallel support.
Lexmark Z33 Color Jetprinter
Designed for entry-level home users, the $89* Z33 boasts a maximum
resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi in black and color on all paper types. It can
produce print speeds of nine ppm in black and five ppm in color, supports
USB connectivity and is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux systems -
addressing the platform needs of virtually all customers.
Lexmark Z23 Color Jetprinter
Available for $49* after a $30 mail-in rebate, the single-head upgradeable
Z23 is designed for novice consumers seeking dual-cartridge capability at a
single-cartridge price. As users' needs change, the Z23 may be upgraded to
a dual-head printer by adding a black cartridge that adds laser-sharp text
to the crisp photo quality achieved with the color cartridge shipped in the
box. The Windows, Mac and Linux compatible Z23 delivers 1200 x 1200 dpi
resolution, offers print speeds of eight ppm in black and five ppm in color
and features USB connectivity.
Consumer-friendly features of the Z23 and Z33 models also include new ink
chemistry that delivers crisper, denser black ink that resists smears and
dries faster. These space-saving, progressively designed models also boast
a new, user-friendly graphics interface system, including the "Lexmark
Solution Center," that makes installing and using the printer easier than
Lexmark's 2001 Z-line of Color Jetprinters will begin shipping soon and
will be sold in most retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA,
Costco, Kmart, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart
(models vary by retailer).
About Lexmark International
Lexmark International, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and
supplier of printing solutions - including laser and inkjet printers,
associated supplies and services - for offices and homes in more than 150
countries. Founded in 1991, Lexmark reported more than $3.8 billion in
revenue in 2000, and can be found on the Internet at www.lexmark.com.