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'Tis the Season for Hot Technology at Staples
The all-new Kindle among high-end technology gifts available at Staples this season

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Nov 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is providing customers with the gift of technology this holiday season. By offering the latest laptops, cameras and audio accessories, Staples can satisfy the needs of the most tech-savvy professionals. Staples also has a wide variety of products at great values that appeal to a range of customers' tech needs.

"Staples makes buying technology easy by offering customers our broadest range of high-end products and services ever," said Jevin Eagle, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing at Staples. "Shoppers will find a new and exciting in-store experience featuring an impressive collection of the best new technology products for everyone on their list, from business professionals to customers on the go."

According to the National Retail Federation, more than one in four shoppers are expected to research or buy gifts via their mobile phones this holiday season. Staples is making it even easier to shop by letting customers review and purchase gifts through www.staples.com or any web-enabled mobile phone. Additionally, customers can also find the latest deals and learn more about products on the Staples iPhone application.

Staples' top technology ideas for holiday 2010 include:

Give the Gift of the Best Technology:

Amazon Kindle: Staples is the only office superstore to carry Kindle, Amazon's #1 bestselling, most-wished-for and most-gifted product this holiday season. The popular reading device wirelessly downloads books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and personal documents to a crisp, high resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight. Customers can also take advantage of Staples' in-store displays that allow shoppers a chance to get a hands-on feel for the product beyond what they would experience online. ($139.00- $189.00). Staples will also be carrying, chain-wide, the Kindle DX, Amazon's largest Kindle. The Kindle DX features a 9.7" screen with a larger font size perfect for viewing full pages of PDF documents or reading materials like newspapers where users can see a full article on a single page in an amazingly sharp display ($379.00).

Wired Magazine's Computer of the Year HP ENVY: Staples makes it easy to gift the latest in laptop technology with computers like the HP ENVY 14 14.5" laptop. Inspired by art and infused with the latest laptop technologies, the ENVY is designed to meet high standards in sophisticated style. One of the smallest, lightest performance notebooks on the market today, at just 1.1" thin and starting at only 5.25 pounds, if features Beats Audio(TM) that runs on HP-designed (and exclusive) sound technology delivering the best audio through line-out available on a PC today. Crafted from premium-grade materials, the HP ENVY 14 delivers world-class performance without compromise ($1049.98).

Beats(TM) by Dr. Dre(TM): Listen to music the way today's top artists want you to hear it with Beats by Dr. Dre. These high-performance headphones capture the full, rich sounds of your favorite songs all in a compact, stylish design. Beats also features a built-in mic for hands-free talk on your music or iPhone and ControlTalk that gives you playback control of your iPhone or iPod including pause, next track and volume. Available in two models, the Beats Solo on-ear style (black or white, $179.99 in most stores and Staples.com) andiBeats in-ear buds (black or chrome, $99.99 in most stores and Staples.com).

Consumer Tech to Match Everyone's Price:

Digital Cameras: Staples offers a wide selection of digital cameras with new technology features for everyone from photography enthusiasts to those planning their next family adventure. For example, the Olympus(R) Stylus Tough 3000, is the ideal holiday gift for those adventure lovers who don't like to miss a memory while on the slopes, the trails, or even catching waves. Waterproof, freeze-proof and shockproof, the Olympus Stylus Tough is a great accessory for any family vacation. Exclusive for holiday, the red model comes with a free "adventure kit" complete with a float strap and neoprene case (red available in-store and online, pink, blue and green available at Staples.com, $199.99).

Flip Video: Capture memories on-the-go and with ease. Flip Video(TM) cameras are the perfect gift for those looking to record everything from baby's first step to college graduation. These cameras combine pocket-size portability with a 2-inch viewing screen, making it easy to watch video anywhere, anytime. Available in the Flip UltraHD(TM) and pocket-sized Flip MinoHD (TM) , these video cameras offer vivid, vibrant HD video ensuring no moment goes missed again ($149.99-$179.00).

MiniMate(TM) Shredder: The Staples MiniMate(TM) Shredderis an easy, affordable and portable way to help protect you or loved ones from identity theft. A thoughtful gift for recipients of any age, the MiniMate design is small enough to carry from room to room and easy to store with this space-saving design in limited edition colors (available for $49.99 in black in-store or purple or white at Staples.com or in-store kiosk).

Price-Friendly Technology for Anyone on your Shopping List:

Omnitech(TM) headphonesare practical, affordable and fun holiday gifts for anyone on your list. Omnitech Wireless Headphones ($30 in-store only) are perfect for listening to favorite TV shows or radio stations up to 50 feet away while working throughout the house and without disturbing others. Omnitech Wired Noise-Cancelling Headphones ($20) are portable and perfect for the business traveler. A unique option for avid runners, sport enthusiasts or commuters, the Omnitech Sport MP3 Headset ($25) says goodbye to the wires and allow users to download MP3's directly to their headphones holding up to 2GB of storage.

Stuff everyone's stocking with the colorful, affordable and popular Omnitech Mini-Speaker. Available in vibrant jewel tones like pink, green, blue and purple, this expandable speaker works as a subwoofer providing unbelievable sound quality, and fits in the palm of a hand for an amazing price ($10 in-store, black available at Staples.com).

For technology accessories, brighten up the office or home workspace without sacrificing quality. Give the gift that sparkles and shines with the Omnitech Bling Mouse ($12.99), 4GB Bling Flash Drive ($14.99) and Omnitech Bling Earbuds available in silver, pink, and purple ($10- all bling items in-store only). For a great stocking stuffer or the perfect host gift this holiday season, Omnitech Digital Ornaments add a personal touch to holiday decorating and displaying holiday memories. (Available in festive ornament ball $19.99 in red, gold, green and silver in-store and available in red at Staples.com, or seasonal snowflake- $24.99).

Staples makes buying technology easy, and as one of the leading retailers of computers, printers, software, ink and toner, customers can take advantage of Staples' extensive technology offerings year-round. In addition, at every U.S. store, Staples EasyTechs provide customers with a wide range of technology services such as new computer set-up, hardware and software installations, data transfer and security, and repair and troubleshooting. Visit www.staples.com/techservices to learn more.

Shoppers looking for extra guidance in finding the perfect gift can also visit the Staples Interactive Holiday Tech Guide at www.staples.com/holidaytechguide, or keep up with the latest on savings at www.staples.com/weeklyad, http://www.twitter.com/staplestweets, or http://www.facebook.com/staples. In addition, Staples offers customers a price-match guarantee. If shoppers find a lower price on an identical item, Staples will match that price or credit the difference within 14 days of the purchase (see www.staples.com for more information).

About Staples

Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products and services. Our broad selection of office supplies, electronics, technology and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and copying and printing, helps our customers run their offices efficiently. With 2009 sales of $24 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving businesses of all sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today ranks second worldwide in e-commerce sales. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.

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