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H > HITACHI  > MB-16000   


Hitachi, along with Sharp and Canon, were among the Japanese video manufacturers who have decided to diversify into computers. They brought with them a strong reputation for reliability and value for money.

The Hitachi MB-16000 was one of the first Japanese IBM PC compatibles.It was certainly well equipped and was able to compete at the highest level of PC and compatible systems of the time. It came complete with a colour monitor.

One of its interesting characteristics was its "enhanced" graphic mode: it was primary designed to be a CAD computer. A colour and monochrome version existed.

It ran MS-DOS. It was possible to connect an optional 10 Mb hard disk and a 256 Kb RAMdisk card was designed especially for this computer.


Dennis adds:
However, it was unable to run any standard PC applications which required graphics. A UK club was formed to sleuth out any such programs which it could manage. By the end of 1986 the "sure to be a great success " "best value on the market" (as the 1984 reviewers said) was dead and gone under the onslaught of IBM PC's and Apples, to say nothing of Atari and partners!

NAME  MB-16000
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1982
KEYBOARD  Full stroke 90 keys with numeric keypad and 11 function keys
CPU  Intel 8088
CO-PROCESSOR  Optional 8087 math coprocessor
RAM  128 KB (up to 384 KB)
VRAM  192 KB
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 chars x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 400 / 320 x 200 / 640 x 200 / 320 x 400
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  49 (W) x 25 (D) x 30.5 (H) cm (system unit)
I/O PORTS  RS232c, Centronics, RGB, Disk, Light Pen, 8 bit slots (5)
BUILT IN MEDIA  Two 5.25'' DS/DD floppy discs
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  5 expansion slots, 8'' floppy drives, 10 MB hard disc
PRICE  £1695 (U.K., 1984)

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