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June 9, 1987

“IBM PERSONAL SYSTEM/2 GOING DOWN LIKE A LEAD BALLOON” SAYS ZACHMAN

By CBR Staff Writer

How’s the IBM Personal System/2 going down in the market? Like a lead balloon, according to International Data Corp’s William Zachman, who says that the line appears to have been designed to be as proprietary as practically possible rather than to serve customers’ needs, and dismisses the first four models of the line thus: the Model 30 is clearly a dead-end machine and its beyond me why anyone would buy one of these things – I think it will be an absolute disaster in terms of sales; the Model 50 is clearly slower than a 12MHz AT-compatible – I consider it an insult to buyers; the Model 60 is based on a chip of the past – I seriously question whether the 60 can be a platform for OS/2; the Model 80 is a powerful, but over-priced system that is not even shipping yet – it’s a pretty price for the IBM logo.

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