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X1 Turbo Z (CZ-880C)

The X1 Turbo Z is the successor of the X1 Turbo III. The name of the X1 serie becomes a bit surrealistic !

The Turbo Z enhances the graphic and sound characteristics : more colors and more voices. It can display the 4096 colors simultaneously in the 320 x 200 mode. It was also possible to digitize video samples!

There are 3 different models: X1 Turbo Z, Z II and Z III:
- Z II is VCCI compliant (electromagnetic emissions control) and has 128 KB RAM as standard.
- Z III does not have any remote connector for data recorder. Otherwise it is identical to the Z II.

The languages available were Hu-basic (developed by HUDSON soft), Turbo Basic and new Z-basic. The new Z basic language introduced enhanced functions (graphics and sound), but needed 128 KB RAM to operate. It was bundled with the Turbo ZII and ZIII, but Turbo Z owners had to buy it separately. An expansion memory board fitted with 64 KB RAM was then sold with the box, so Turbo Z systems could have 128 KB RAM. In fact you could add up to 256 KB RAM on this board, so Turbo Z owners could finally upgrade more easily their systems than ZII and ZIII ones.

More info needed!

We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.


Any chance to unbox it the last four years?

Monday 28th March 2016

I have an X1 TurboZII CZ-881C-BK on it''s way to me from Japan right now. When it arrives I will take pictures of it, outside and inside, and post them here. I am going to hook up the keyboard to a logic analyzer and try figure out the keyboard protocol, for all those people out there who have an X1 without a keyboard. Anyway, pictures to come soon!

Saturday 17th March 2012
Conrad Russo (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)


NAME  X1 Turbo Z (CZ-880C)
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1986
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, JIS standard
CPU  Sharp Z80 A
RAM  64 KB (ZII & ZIII have 128 KB)
ROM  128 KB + 40 KB
TEXT MODES  20 / 40 / 80 x 10 / 12 / 20 / 25
GRAPHIC MODES  320 x 200 / 320 x 192 / 320 x 400 / 640 x 192 / 640 x 200 / 640 x 400
COLORS  4096
SOUND  3 voices PSG + 8 voices FM
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Two I/O ports, analog video out, disk drive expansion, video in/out, RS232c port, printer port, keyboard, 2 x joysticks (Atari standard), tape interface, digital display connector (8 colors), audio out
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 5.25'' disk drive (2D,2DD and 2HD)
PRICE  218,000 yen (Japan, 1986)

Software for this system!

year unknown company unknown
year unknown Data West
year unknown NCS

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