Popularity of IBM PS/2s

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Popularity of IBM PS/2s

Postby tezza on Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:07 pm

Just as a topic of conversation, do you guys have a take on how popular IBM PS/2s were in New Zealand in the late 1980s? I'm engaged with a discussion on PS/2s on another forum at the moment. Until the whole PS/2 thing (rapidly) ran out of steam due to the MCA (Microchannel) bus, they seem to have been popular with corporate America, especially those with a standard ISA-type bus.

I suspect they weren't good sellers here due to high prices and the sheer number of inexpensive Asian clones (of acceptable quaility). However, I was never out there in the business/IT world to get a feel for this first hand, so I might be wrong.

Anyone know or have an opinion?
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Re: Popularity of IBM PS/2s

Postby tezza on Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:11 pm

Actually as a follow up to my own post, I see PS/2s have been discussed here before. I shoulda looked! :)
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=37

Anyway, I'd still welcome any thoughts.
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Re: Popularity of IBM PS/2s

Postby Carcenomy on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:25 am

Limited appeal for most except IBM diehards, even at the time it seems. I've seen significantly more retired Compaq Prosignias than PS/2s, I'm guessing Compaq just beat IBM down on price for similar or better equipment at that stage? I know Compaq were behind EISA and the push with Intel into PCI... and both those acts were in retaliation to MCA, so who knows. I can only go on what I find for recycling and what I've read in history books ;)
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