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Trade your old kit in for an Iyonix

By Chris Williams. Published: 3rd Feb 2004, 15:45:24 | Permalink | Printable

Convert that RiscPC into money off

Castle logoCastle have launched a special offer whereby users of pre-Iyonix hardware can trade in their kit to get money off Castle's 'Iyonix Max' model. The offer is limited to February this year.

The scheme will hopefully motivate users into upgrading their hardware and therefore plough cash into future development. At the same time, we'll note, it somewhat helps to reduce the size of the market that rival developer RISCOS Ltd. target.

The list of trade in prices is pretty specific; by trading in a StrongARM RiscPC from Acorn, you can knock 175 quid off the Iyonix Max price and a Castle Kinetic RiscPC will knock 250 quid off. It also appears that trading in your StrongARM Omega will knock 150 quid off the price. During our editorial meeting this afternoon, one friend of drobe.co.uk suggested that now would be a good time to pick up a 20-50 quid RiscPC from ebay or a usergroup and still save some money when you buy your Iyonix.

As to what Castle hope to do with the traded in kit, we have no idea although we're having sudden flashbacks to a particular Acorn World show where Peter Bondar, equipped with assorted power tools, let out his pent up fury on a hapless PC.

For those wishing to trade, there's full instructions and pricings from the link below.


Iyonix trade in special offer webpage

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Right, so, if I clear out all the old toot I have stacked up in the loft I should be able to get an Iyonix for about a fiver then! ;)

On the subject of pricing, do you think they're taking the p*** with the price of StrongArm machines from other manufacturers?

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 3/2/04 7:57PM
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Could this be a cunning ploy to source some of those elusive and unspecified "hard to obtain" components to kit out the last few new RiscPCs Castle has got 95% built ? See; www.drobe.co.uk/riscos/artifact869.html

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 3/2/04 8:06PM
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> do you think they're taking the p*** with the price of StrongARM machines from other manufacturers? 150UKP strikes me as pretty good value for the elusive ARMTwister.

 is a RISC OS Useradrianl on 3/2/04 8:11PM
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Its not much of a trade-in offer considering the Iyonix no longer comes with a 'free' monitor.

Many people will still need a new monitor to get the best out of the improved graphics.

 is a RISC OS Usercynic on 3/2/04 8:48PM
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cynic: Yeah, I have that problem whenever I think about upgrading from my A3010.

Most new computers also come with hard disk drives, which makes them even more of a rip off!


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 3/2/04 9:46PM
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TheDoctor: You need to clarify whether you mean "do you think they're intending to be somewhat humorous with their upgrade pricing", or "do you think they're being unreasonable with their upgrade pricing". [with regard to the StrongARM Omega]

(The phrase you used can mean both).

Incidentally, the Castle web page does *not* mention the Omega! (Just for those who didn't bother reading it...)


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 3/2/04 9:54PM
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The monitor offer stands until the end of February.

The "hard to obtain" parts are various motherboard chips. Whether or not Castle will use the machines to refurb or complete other machines is a matter I'll leave to speculation ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 3/2/04 10:02PM
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"Incidentally, the Castle web page does not mention the Omega!"

How many "Other RISC OS desktop computer manufacturer"s are there with StrongArm based products? ;)

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 3/2/04 11:06PM
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monkeyson: I don't wish to second guess Castle, but surely they would want a *finished* computer if they were giving you a one hundred and fifty pound trade in?

(I thought that some of the so-called "wolf pack" Omega owners who post to Drobe, had suggested the Omega wasn't a finished computer?)

If it doesn't need to be a "finished computer", then I've seen an unfinished StrongARM computer in a shop in north-west England, intended to run RISC OS but not quite finished. Would Castle accept that for the discount?

It's worth noting that Castle do specify "working" computer.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 4/2/04 1:02AM
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dgs: finished != working. By most accounts, the Omega does work. It's just not up to published specifications yet - as far as I'm honestly aware. Castle say "working" so that someone can't toast their A7000+ and then cheekily trade it in for an Iyonix (plus cash).

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/2/04 1:36AM
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Maybe CTL are going to put the old computers on ebay :)

So we may see the same machines being bought on ebay, traded in to CTL, sold on ebay, bought on ebay, trade.....

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 4/2/04 10:23AM
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What a stupid system this site uses. My entire post was rejected because of the words it contained thus losing me the entire post. I'll be buggered if I'm typing it all out again! Grrrr!

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 4/2/04 10:36AM
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In reply to monkeyson:

You wrote: Incidentally, the Castle web page does not mention the Omega! How many Other RISC OS desktop computer manufacturer's are there with StrongARM based products?

Well, AFAIK the Omega is one of Other RISC OS desktop computer manufacturer's are there with StrongARM based products? So it's there though not explicitely mentioned by name...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 4/2/04 10:43AM
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Can you trade in more than one RISC PC for an Iyonix?

 is a RISC OS Userskock on 4/2/04 11:41AM
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I'm sure you know the answer is almost certainly no - the trade in page talks about the trade in computer in singular terms. I'm sure there are many of us who could claim at least one Iyonix by clearing out our lofts if you could trade in more than one old Acorn ;)

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 4/2/04 11:53AM
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Pity, as that is the only we we down here wil be able to afford an Iyonix... :(

 is a RISC OS Userskock on 4/2/04 11:57AM
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One computer only I'm afraid (says so on the application form). You also can't use it with any other special offer, so no free 19" monitor either :(

 is a RISC OS UserPhlamethrower on 4/2/04 1:32PM
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'Upgraded computers are valued on the original manufacturers specifications.'

So any Risc PC with a SA card that was not bought as such is really a 600 or 700? Doesn't that include most of them?

 is a RISC OS Usercaliston2 on 4/2/04 5:25PM
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cynic Some folk may have a good monitor and an upgraded RPC600 say with a Viewfinder and StrongARM. So the monitor offer is of little use anyway.

caliston2 OK the RPC can be returned to it's base spec, and the StrongARM card (PX for an ARM600 card) and other goodies can be sold on to another punter. More dosh towards your Iyonix.

 is a RISC OS Userblahsnr on 4/2/04 5:44PM
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Other StrongARM manufacturers could include things like RISC PC's with APDL 287Mhz cards which isn't specifically listed.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 4/2/04 7:51PM
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blahsnr: For that to be a significant market, we must presume that ViewFinder sold quite well?

On the other issue, if this results in lots of StrongARM cards emerging onto the second hand market, then it will do a great deal for RISC OS overall.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 4/2/04 8:40PM
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Or indeed, RISC OS 4 ROM Sets, as people put 3.7 into their old machines before shipping them off to Castle.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 4/2/04 9:51PM
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I think that's lovely, Castle SA RPC is worth more than Acorn SA RPC is worth more than 'other' SA RO computer. It made me laugh so I forgive them the dig.

Mind you, I got more than any of those numbers when I traded-in my A5000 for a RPC 700 when the latter were first released. That's inflation for you (I think).

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 4/2/04 10:09PM
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For 175ukp off of a Max with no 19" monitor option, it's hardly worth trading in an SA-RPC, you'd be better off using it as a fileserver or Linux box or taking the HD/CD/floppy/RAM etc. out and sticking it in a PC (which is what I plan to do to both my SARPC's soon, as the last time I turned either on was to rip the ROMs for RedSquirrel ;) )

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 4/2/04 10:18PM
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But you /are/ planning on getting an Iyonix, right?

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 4/2/04 11:58PM
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If you are only getting 150 quid I think you are better keeping the old kit and paying full whack for new machine.

 is a RISC OS Userpmcd on 5/2/04 2:15AM
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But it's nice to have options.

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 5/2/04 10:29AM
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Face it. RiscPCs are old. You know you want an Iyonix :)

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 26/4/04 10:22PM
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I know I do.

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 26/4/04 10:22PM
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