GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 18 Jan 2019, 22:48

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

## Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in January
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
Open Detailed Calendar
• ### Free GMAT Strategy Webinar

January 19, 2019

January 19, 2019

07:00 AM PST

09:00 AM PST

Aiming to score 760+? Attend this FREE session to learn how to Define your GMAT Strategy, Create your Study Plan and Master the Core Skills to excel on the GMAT.
• ### FREE Quant Workshop by e-GMAT!

January 20, 2019

January 20, 2019

07:00 AM PST

07:00 AM PST

Get personalized insights on how to achieve your Target Quant Score.

# According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the

Author Message
Intern
Joined: 20 Sep 2005
Posts: 30
According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

04 Oct 2005, 11:13
00:00

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

78% (01:43) correct 22% (01:43) wrong based on 42 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the new Regent microcomputer is of high quality, is fast, and costs less than any currently existing competing model. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, as the manufacturer’s prospectus does, that the Regent will quickly establish itself as a fast-selling, low-priced alternative to currently available microcomputers.

Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?

(A) Many retailers already carry one or more low-priced microcomputer models and are disinclined to carry another.
(B) Several faster and lower-priced models of microcomputers will soon be introduced by other computer manufacturers.
(C) The Regent Corporation’s microcomputer can be used in conjunction with higher-priced microcomputers manufactured by other companies.
(D) Most of those individuals and companies that could be expected to make up the potential market for the Regent microcomputer have already filled their microcomputer needs.
(E) The independent computer-industry analyst whose assessment was incorporated in the prospectus has used measures of quality that are not universally accepted by the computer-buying public.
VP
Joined: 22 Aug 2005
Posts: 1073
Location: CA

### Show Tags

04 Oct 2005, 12:52
C.

which one LEAST weaken. I read is which one strenthen(my strategy offcourse, not necessarily true).

Except C all else weaken argument.
GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 4804
Location: Singapore

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2005, 00:05
I think C least weakens the argument. It does not suggest in any sense if people will not want to purchase a Regenet microcomputer.
Manager
Joined: 17 Aug 2005
Posts: 154

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2005, 07:46
I'm with C too...all others weaken the argument
Director
Joined: 21 Aug 2005
Posts: 750

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2005, 09:49
I think C is the best choice
A - Weakens
B - May weaken
C - Doesn't do any harm
D - Weakens
E - Not relevant
Director
Joined: 17 Jul 2006
Posts: 631

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2006, 10:01
Matt taught me

LEAST weaken questions should be viewed as " Strengthen" so

C is the answer strengthen the Regent Microcomputer.
Manager
Joined: 29 Sep 2006
Posts: 87

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2006, 10:20
Yes Least weaken is to look for a strengthner choice but could you please explain why C is correct?

Thanx
Intern
Joined: 03 Jan 2006
Posts: 26

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2006, 10:29
C is the one.
Manager
Joined: 31 Aug 2006
Posts: 196

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2006, 10:47
I beleive that all others almost weaken the argument or are out of scope.C does not strenghten it altogether.But it weakens it to the least.Since "Regent Corporationâ€™s microcomputer can be used in conjunction" so their sales will increase but not decrease.Since it is "can" and not "have".If they "had" to be used in conjunction then it would weaken the argument.Hence (C0 is correct.
GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 29 Jan 2005
Posts: 4960

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2006, 20:28
Matt taught me

LEAST weaken questions should be viewed as " Strengthen" so

C is the answer strengthen the Regent Microcomputer.

Works every time. Actually, this is an MGMAT stategy.
VP
Joined: 21 Mar 2006
Posts: 1043
Location: Bangalore

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2006, 22:26
It has to be C...
Ayushi, next time would you please post the OA a little later?!
Senior Manager
Joined: 18 Jul 2006
Posts: 482

### Show Tags

05 Oct 2006, 23:59
C neither strenthens it nor weakens it. All other choices weaken the argument.
Intern
Joined: 03 Mar 2010
Posts: 28

### Show Tags

14 Sep 2011, 01:17
i will also go for C with simple strategy which one is strengthening the conclusion.

fluke wrote:
gmat2006 wrote:
According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the new Regent microcomputer is of high quality, is fast, and costs less than any currently existing competing model. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, as the manufacturer’s prospectus does, that the Regent will quickly establish itself as a fast-selling, low-priced alternative to currently available microcomputers.

Because the Regent microcomputers are high quality, fast, and cheap microcomputers, they will be sold at considerably high rate soon.

Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?

(A) Many retailers already carry one or more low-priced microcomputer models and are disinclined to carry another.
It is targeting one of the reasons used as a basis for the conclusion, COST. Retailers won't buy new microcomputers on the basis of their low cost. While this is not an absolute weakener because retailers may see other such other good qualities of the microcomputer as its speed or its quality, this does weaken the conclusion to an extent.

(B) Several faster and lower-priced models of microcomputers will soon be introduced by other computer manufacturers.
Just speed or the low price can't increase its sale then. Two of the factors used as the basis of conclusion are targeted. Quality is the only factor that's not directly targeted, but this again weakens the argument to an extent.

(C) The Regent Corporation’s microcomputer can be used in conjunction with higher-priced microcomputers manufactured by other companies.
This is at least not worse, if not better. It shows that the microcomputer can complement the higher-priced microcomputers. Correct.

(D) Most of those individuals and companies that could be expected to make up the potential market for the Regent microcomputer have already filled their microcomputer needs.
The prospective buyers have already saturated their inventory that may lead to drastic reduction in sales and demand, something contrary to Analyst's anticipation.

(E) The independent computer-industry analyst whose assessment was incorporated in the prospectus has used measures of quality that are not universally accepted by the computer-buying public.
What Analyst called high quality may not be high quality after all. Weakens.

Ans: "C"
Intern
Joined: 15 Mar 2012
Posts: 45
Re: According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Jun 2014, 18:42
gmat2006 wrote:
According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the new Regent microcomputer is of high quality, is fast, and costs less than any currently existing competing model. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, as the manufacturer’s prospectus does, that the Regent will quickly establish itself as a fast-selling, low-priced alternative to currently available microcomputers.

Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?

(A) Many retailers already carry one or more low-priced microcomputer models and are disinclined to carry another.
(B) Several faster and lower-priced models of microcomputers will soon be introduced by other computer manufacturers.
(C) The Regent Corporation’s microcomputer can be used in conjunction with higher-priced microcomputers manufactured by other companies.
(D) Most of those individuals and companies that could be expected to make up the potential market for the Regent microcomputer have already filled their microcomputer needs.
(E) The independent computer-industry analyst whose assessment was incorporated in the prospectus has used measures of quality that are not universally accepted by the computer-buying public.

I preferred E over C for the following reasons:
E says that the quality measures are NOT universally accepted but author doesn't talk about the sales of Regent's computers in an international market. Maybe, the quality measures are accepted in the potential market of the R computers. So, E isn't a strong -ve or weakener, so, this sounded the best of the lot.

C says the R computers can be used in conjunction with higher-priced computers of other companies (sounds like they can't be used without other company's computers) => their low prices doesn't mean these computer would effectively cost low to its buyer since the buyer would have to buy other company's computers too to make these work as they work in conjunction with others. => it defies "low-priced alternative" => strongly weakens the argument

Experts, please explain in detail where my reasons are flawed.
Manager
Joined: 13 Dec 2018
Posts: 50
Location: India
GPA: 3.94
Re: According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Dec 2018, 00:41
A. This answer gives a reason WHY the computer might not be available in many locations. It would be tough to establish itself if the customer base can't physically buy it.
B. These new computers would likely out-compete the Regent in the very aspects that the Regent is attempting to capitalize on (fast and low-cost). This too is a weakener.
C. The Regent can be used with higher-priced computers from other companies. This doesn't seem to attack any of the logical points in the prompt. It works with other computers from other companies? That's NOT a weakener. Hence, C is the answer.
D. This tells us that there will be far fewer customers than expected.
E. The analyst's assessment is PIVOTAL to the prompt. This tells us that the analyst's evaluation won't be one that computer buyer's would agree with. If the buyers don't agree with what the analyst has to say, then THAT could weaken the logic.
Re: According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the &nbs [#permalink] 18 Dec 2018, 00:41
Display posts from previous: Sort by