This is a quite popular MSX 1 computer. As soon as it was available (in Europe at least), a lot of extensions were already available too, making the HB-75 a quite complete system. It is also a quite well designed computer.
There's a built-in piece of software (Personal Data Bank) available on startup and composed of an agenda (scheduler), a memo, an address manager and a transfer utility. And you could save your work via a special RAM cartridge.
There is a ROM of 48 KB : 16 KB for the integrated software and 32 KB for the Basic. The RAM is composed of 64 KB and 16 KB for the video. You can connect a disk drive controller to the second cartridge slot which is at the back of the computer, the primary cartridge slot being on top.
Foreign models where named HB-75F for France, HB-75D for Germany or HB-75P for PAL models...
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Microsoft Extended Basic (MSX Basic V1.0) Personal Databank sofware built-in
QWERTY mechanical keyboard AZERTY for the HB-75F
64 kb, 30 kb left for the programming
32 kb + 16kb for built-in software
Mode 0 : 40 x 24 Mode 1 : 32 x 24
Mode 2 : 256 x 192 with 16 colors (Hires mode) Mode 3 : 64 x 48 with 16 colors (Multi colour mode) 32 sprites
General Instruments AY-3-8910 Programmable Sound Generator 3 channels, 8 octaves
2 joystick sockets 2 cardridge slot (1 at the rear) Tape-recorder plug (1200/2400 bauds) RGB video output Centronics interface Monitor video output Scart video output