IBM PS/2 Note

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The Personal System/2 or PS/2 was IBM's third generation of personal computers released in 1987. The PS/2 line was created by IBM in an attempt to recapture control of the PC market by introducing an advanced yet proprietary architecture. IBM's considerable market presence plus the reliability of the PS/2 ensured that the systems would sell in relatively large numbers, especially to large businesses. However the other major manufacturers balked at IBM's licensing terms to develop and sell compatible hardware, particularly as the demanded royalties were on a per machine basis. Also the evolving Wintel architecture was seeing a period of dramatic reductions in price, and so these developments prevented the PS/2 from returning control of the PC market to IBM.

The N33 was IBM's first notebook-format computer from year 1991, Model 8533, 386SX)

It was originally a machine developed by IBM Japan for domestic markets. After the arch-rival Compaq brought the E-Lite 386 laptop series IBM was forced to bring out a counter-product.

Classification 16-bit notebook computer 9,5" LCD Display
Launch 1991
Processor Intel 80386SX
Clock 12 MHz
RAM / ROM 2MB / 64KB (max. 6MB RAM)
Keyboard Typewriter with 85 keys, mechanical, QWERTY
Operating system IBM PC DOS 5.0
Mass storage device 3.5 "1.44MB FDD, 40MB HD
Graphics / Text max. 640 x 480 (VGA), 256 colors, 80 x 25 text mode

Our machine is in excellent condition and compete with all the original packaging
Model type 8533-E14
Serial number 99-24600
It was purchased on the 16th April 1992 for £1173-83 inc VAT

Manufacturer: IBM
Date: 1991

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