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Dick Smith
VZ200

The Dick Smith VZ-200 and VZ-300 were very popular in Australia and New Zealand from 1983 to 1990. The VZ200 was the same model as the VTech Laser 200.

Despite of its poor chicklet keyboard and short RAM space, users could find hundreds of programs from local magazines, Dick Smith store or from several very active VZ user clubs.

Several peripherals and add-on were quickly available, among them, a 16 KB RAM plug-in module, a tape recorder, a mouse, a Speech Synthesiser and later a floppy disc drive unit.

See a complete review of the VZ 200 in the 'Read more' page.



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Hi All, We are after retro fans to join our ''VZ200/VZ300 fans" groups on Facebook. We are after more people whom want to make the VZ community grow. We now have arduino and FPGA projects for the VZ. We even have a SD card reader with FAT32 dos running on the VZ ! We''re also trying to gather all known software and articles for the VZ and Laser computers. Do you still have old VZ software laying around on tape or disc? We want a copy of it to keep for historical purposes. Facebook search : VZ200/VZ300 fans.

          
Monday 26th July 2021
Dave (australia)

I just remember having the keyboard. Did you have to buy a cassette reader seperately?

          
Friday 4th June 2021
Peter Crichton (Australia)

I was a subscriber to the Dick Smith mail-order catalogue. IN CANADA. I was attracted to the Dick Smith VZ200, but the cost of getting to Canada was enough to deter me. I really liked the specs though.

          
Monday 24th May 2021
Greg Bzdell (Canada)

 

NAME  VZ200
MANUFACTURER  Dick Smith
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Australia
YEAR  1982
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft BASIC
KEYBOARD  45 rubber keys, Basic instructions and graphic symbols
CPU  Z80A
SPEED  3.58 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Motorola 6847 (video processor)
RAM  8 KB (6 KB for user, 2 KB for video) up to 24 KB
VRAM  2 KB
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  32 columns x 16 lines, 8 colors (Mode 0)
GRAPHIC MODES  128 x 64 dots, 4 colors (Mode 1)
COLORS  8
SOUND  built-in piezzo speaker 1 voice, 2.5 octaves, 9 note lengths
SIZE / WEIGHT  29 (W) x 17 (D) x 4 (H) cm / 800 gr
I/O PORTS  Tape-recorder (600 bauds), TV (RF modulator), Composite video, Memory expansion port, general expansion port
BUILT IN MEDIA  None
POWER SUPPLY  external AC adaptor 9V DC 800 mA
PERIPHERALS  16 KB RAM plug-in module, tape recorder,
PRICE  AU$299




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