The HB-101 is a standard MSX1 system. It was produced in red and black cases (the red version being sold in Japan only).
It has a handle that can be pulled on the front of the keyboard to carry it easily. It also has a "Pause" Key which can freeze any program. A little joystick could also be inserted onto the cursor keys.
There is the same built-in software (Personal Data Bank) found on the HB-501. It is composed of an agenda, a memo and an address manager. You can even save your work with a special RAM cartridge.
The HB-101P is the same system, "P" meaning PAL, but was the european model. In fact the HB-101 is very similar to the Sony HB-201 (more RAM) and the HB-501 (more RAM and a tape recorder built in).
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MSX Basic V1.0
Full-stroke keyboard, including 5 function keys and 4 cursor keys
Video chip must be compatible with the Texas Instruments TMS 9918/A or TMS 9928/A (Japan : 60 Hz) or TMS 9929/A (Europe : 50 Hz)
32 KB (MSX BASIC V1.0 + BIOS)
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
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