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Raven
August 24th, 2010, 02:40 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Personal-Computer-World-Dec-86-IBM-XT-286-RTX-Robot-/160471263992?pt=UK_VintageComputing_RL

I was checking to see if there were any 5162s on eBay as I do once and a while, and I decided to read the text on the front of this magazine. It claims the "XT286" was IBM's flagship PC at that time, which contradicts what some people here have said, which was that they only even created the 5162 to use up the stock of 5160/5150 cases.

Just thought I'd pass that along and see what you guys thought - perhaps it's just a marketing line.

EddieDX4
August 24th, 2010, 02:53 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Personal-Computer-World-Dec-86-IBM-XT-286-RTX-Robot-/160471263992?pt=UK_VintageComputing_RL

I was checking to see if there were any 5162s on eBay as I do once and a while, and I decided to read the text on the front of this magazine. It claims the "XT286" was IBM's flagship PC at that time, which contradicts what some people here have said, which was that they only even created the 5162 to use up the stock of 5160/5150 cases.

Just thought I'd pass that along and see what you guys thought - perhaps it's just a marketing line.

I don't read "flagship"... I read "standard"... Which, I guess, would mean baseline. The AT was already out, wasn't it?

james1095
August 24th, 2010, 04:05 PM
I suspect IBM built it to use up leftover XT cases, but it's only natural they would market it as something else. I kick myself to this day for giving away the one I had, it was a neat system!

Chuck(G)
August 24th, 2010, 04:20 PM
Yes, the XT/286 came out after the AT. The funny thing was that one couldn't fit "tall" 5170 cards into the XT/286.

It might have also been a situation where customers griped about the very large 5170 case and wanted something smaller.

Raven
August 24th, 2010, 06:37 PM
I don't read "flagship"... I read "standard"... Which, I guess, would mean baseline. The AT was already out, wasn't it?

Didn't literally say flagship, but the "standard" indicates the typical model, like the 5150 and 5160 were before, at least to me. Basically I was just surprised to see it marketed in such a proud way, I thought that anything like this would focus on the 5170 at this point in time.