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Users Stick With Diehard 286

Users Stick With Diehard 286
Low Price Keeps 286 Based Machines Selling , Despute Lack of Power

Computerworld July 23 , 1990

If Bruce Willis was unwilling to star in a Die Hard II , Hollywood could cast the 286 chip in its place. The Intel Corp. microprocessor has been knocked out of the limelight and kicked around for more than a year, but it keeps on fighting and winning users over.

For the month of April , five out of the 10 best- selling computers sold through the U.S. computer specialty stores were 286-based , according to Storeboard /Computer Intelligence in Dallas.

Why are so many people still buying the relatively slow 286 ? A lot of users simply want a bargain or cannot afford to pay more for power they do not need, said Dan Ness , personal computer analyst at Computer Intelligence in La Jolla , Calif.

Users validated the point . "As long as IBM makes the price attractive and I have a limited number of dollars to work with , we'll continue to buy " 286-based computer systems, said Tim Thompson , senior PC analyst at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville , Ind.

While the price of desktop PCs based on Intel's 80386SX chip , has come within $ 200 of the cost of 286 boxes, the diffirence can add up. "If you're buying 5,000 of them , the nominal price difference can be an important factor ," Ness said.

"You can pick up some of these ( 286 workstations) for around $ 1000 , so its a very economical purchase, " said Jane Kosek , microcomputer managerat Dekalb-Pfizer Genetics Corp. in De Kalb Ill. Though the company has standardized on 386 technolgoy , it is considering 286s to replace microcomputer dumb terminals. "These are for people who have never used a PC and only do word processing. We don't think they need anything more powerfull." Kosek said.





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