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#1 hifijohn


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 11:39 PM

Found these two zenith supersPORT 286 portable computers from the late 80's at a local swap place(its a place where people donate cloths and books and other things and others can pick anything up for free.I dont care for the cloths but every once in a while you find some interesting electronics)

the computers,for some reason are written as supersPORT but Im assuming you pronounce it as super-sport. and despite its name it uses a 386 chip. it has  40M of HD and 1M of ram.one the screen lights up but doesnt work and the other is dead.One website has the price at $6000,I cant image anybody having two of these,considering the price, so Im guessing they were company computers????





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Posted 08 April 2017 - 09:26 PM

There are some on ebay ranging from $50 - $100. I don't think they're worth $6,000, but they're still a nice laptop from the 80s.


EDIT: Here's a link to an ebay listing for a supersport  - http://tinyurl.com/ZenithSuperSport

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#3 JohnC_21


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 09:30 AM

$6000 in 1989 dollars is equivalent to about $12000 today. Boggles the mind. $6000 was for the Supersport SX 386. The price for the 286 depended on the hard drive size. 20MB or 40MB. 


The list prices are: SupersPort 286 Model 20: $4,999.00 and SupersPort 286 Model 40: $5,599.00. My review unit, a SupersPort 286 Model 40 contained a 1,200 baud modem which lists for $299.00.



$300 for a 1200 baud modem in 1989! That's about $600 today.



Edited by JohnC_21, 09 April 2017 - 09:31 AM.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 10:46 AM

That is artificial antiquity garbage.  A 286 portable computer has no antiquity value.  Computers and game consoles have NO antiquity value.  You can run most of the software in a DOS box.  Some people do preserve computers but thinking those marvels of the 1980s have any value now is just ... very rare.

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