Scor­pio News


July–September 1987 – Volume 1. Issue 3

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Review of the Elonex PC-286 by P.A. Greenhalgh Introduction

The Elonex PC-286 is one of the many Talvanese IDM-AT clones currently avallable As now appears to be the norm, it is actually faster then the 1BM, aa well as a great deal cheaper. Here follows a review of this system. It Should be noved that, unlike most magazine reviewers, I have actually shelled Out hard cash for this! Consequently the very fact that 1 decided to buy this machine over all the others must mean that I gust think te £9 pretty good. However, I shall try to renain impartielt


‘The specification ie:

Intel £0286 processor, software gvitchable between 6 Miz, 8 Mhz and 10 Mite. 0 or 1’vait state, aleo sofeware switched’

+ Socket for 60287 maths co-processor : access)

: Mbyte floppy disk drive (can also read/​write 360K disks) + Ratcery backed Real Time Clock/​Celendar

Ms-bos” 3:2

+ Two RS-232 serial interface

one parallel printer interface

+ iigtbie expansion slots, 2 G-bit expansion sfots (4 occupied) S 2o0W Power supply with fan

+ “atstyle* Keyboard

+ Hercules compatible monochrome text/​graphice card

+ –1i""fonechrome (green) monitor

‘The above ie priced at a very competitive £1295 (+ VAT).


‘There are a variety of options Sizes. The ones that T took wer

lable, including various larger Winchester

* BCA compatible colour display card * 14" colour monitor + ‘Additional floppy disk drive (360K)

The EGA board/​colour monitor is available, in place of the Hercules board/​monochrome monitor, for an additional £395 (+ VAT). The additional floppy diek deive 18 £80 (+ VAT}

Totat price of the syste ‘Unpacking

On getting the system to the office I unpacked it. The monitor box contained purely that, plus manual,” The computer dex contained the computer, Keyboard,

Banals, master disks snd relevant connecting The only additional iten Fequired to hook it ail’ up and get it running was a mains plug.

therefore, w

reviewed he

£1770 (+ van).


The Elonex is a reasonably attractive clone, finished ina cream colour. The front panel has space for two floppy drives, both filled on ay system. The standard system has juse a 1.2M drive, but t decided to also order the 360K Grive. The reason for thie wae that 360K disks created on the 1.24 drive cannot always be read by systeme with just 360X drives. I also reasoned that by

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