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MZ 700

The Sharp MZ 700 series replaced the aging MZ 80 (MZ 80K, MZ 80A and MZ 80B) series. Moreover, the MZ 700 was compatible with the MZ 80K and MZ 80A.

The MZ 700 series is composed of four machines: the first three models were launched in 1983 (November 1982 in Japan) and the last one was launched in late 1985 (in fact, this one is the "ancestor" of the MZ 800):

- the MZ 711 was the "naked" model (without any peripheral),
- the MZ 721, has an integrated tape recorder
- the MZ 731, has built-in plotter and tape recorder).
- the fourth model was the MZ 780 which was actually a MZ 731 with a 80 columns card, a floppy disk drive and a Centronics port. It worked under CP/M.

There was no language in ROM (the ROM size is only 2 KB, it is just used for boot and OS calls), it has to be loaded from tape. So there was a lot of languages adapted for this machine (more than five versions of BASIC, assemblers, Pascal, Lisp, C, Fortran, Comal, Forth, & others).

The games were a bit poor because of the low resolution (which was actually graphical characters), but there were 512 graphic characters in ROM, which can be used to offset it (sort of).

It will be replaced with the MZ 800.

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Hi
As a young child we had a mz700 at home, today i enjoy loading the roms on my computer and see the difference between what i remember and how it is in reality :)

Can anyone help, i remember a game that you needed to manage or control a newspaper company
I might be wrong here, I don''t think we really understand what it really was but that''s the best i can tell.

I remember it was mostly text and white display.

Does someone know what i am talking about ? or something similar to that

Thank you
Tom

          
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Tom (Israel)

I have a sharp mz700 complete working with manual and tape. if anyone is interested I would sell (otherwise it will be a new pc case for my computer)

          
Saturday 19th March 2016
paul mackay (newcastle/australia)

Me being in a Retro mood, I started re-coding some old MZ-700 games into a free Android app. Pity there is no real emulator so far.

At least Man-Hunt, Painful Man and Land Escape (so far) can now be shown to our minors to show them, where it all began...

Check out https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id$com.gumhold.RetroRunnerMZ


Long live those "poor" ASCII-graphics :)


Hope you like it,


Martin

          
Saturday 28th March 2015
Martin (Germany)
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NAME  MZ 700
MANUFACTURER  Sharp
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Japan
YEAR  1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None - Monitor in ROM
KEYBOARD  Full stroke 69 key with 5 function keys and 4 cursor keys
CPU  Sharp LH-0080 (Zilog Z80 A compatible)
SPEED  4 MHz
RAM  64 KB
VRAM  2 KB
ROM  2 KB
TEXT MODES  40 x 25
GRAPHIC MODES  50 x 80
COLORS  8
SOUND  one channel, 3 octaves
SIZE / WEIGHT  44 (W) x 30.5 (D) x 8.5 (H)
I/O PORTS  Parallel, Joystick (2), Z80 Bus, Tape, RGB
BUILT IN MEDIA  Tape recorder
OS  optional CP/M with FDD
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit (5V)
PRICE  About 533 (1983) for the MZ 721
£250 (MZ-711)
£420 (MZ-731)

  
 

This computer was my first computer. A gift from my grand-father for Christmas 1983. I already use it from times to times. I choosed it rather than a C64 because I thought then it was nicer (that is obviously right). Despite its poor features, I was (and still am ;-) convinced it was the best computer ever done !

 
  

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