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Hit-Bit 501

This is a quite particular MSX 1 computer as it has a tape-recorder built-in (BitCorder)with its own counter, and a kind of joystick screwable in the middle of the cursor keys, a bit like the Spectravideo SV-318.

Apart from that, it seems to be the same machine as the Hit-Bit 75. There is even the same built-in software (Personal Data Bank) composed of an agenda, a memo and an address manager, with which you can save your work with a special RAM cartridge.

The Hit-Bit 501 is the only MSX computer with the Sanyo PHC-30 to have a built-in tape-recorder.

As with all the Hit-Bits exported outside Japan, the last letter of the name indicates the country in which it was meant to be sold : HB-501F for France, HB-501D for Germany, HB-501P for PAL systems, etc...

NAME  Hit-Bit 501
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1985
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Extended Basic (MSX Basic V1.0)
Personal Databank sofware built-in
KEYBOARD  QWERTY mechanical keyboard
AZERTY for the HB-75F
SPEED  3,6 Mhz
RAM  64 kb, 30 kb left for the programming
VRAM  16 kb
ROM  32 kb + 16kb for built-in software
TEXT MODES  Mode 0 : 40 x 24
Mode 1 : 32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  Mode 2 : 256 x 192 with 16 colors (Hires mode)
Mode 3 : 64 x 48 with 16 colors (Multi colour mode)
32 sprites
SOUND  General Instruments AY-3-8910 Programmable Sound Generator
3 channels, 8 octaves
I/O PORTS  2 joystick sockets
2 cardridge slots
RGB video output
Centronics interface
Monitor video output
BUILT IN MEDIA  Tape-Recorder (Bitcorder) with counter
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply
Track ball
Disk drive
PRICE  304 (France, december 85)

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