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H > HITACHI  > MB-6880 / Basic Master and Basic Master Level 2   

MB-6880 / Basic Master and Basic Master Level 2

This early japanese computer seems quite strong with its metal case. The machine has a very sober look. The keyboard is minimalist too, no CTRL or ESC keys...

There is apparently no graphical high-resolution but the computer offers 253 predefined characters including graphic symbols.

The power switch is placed on the front case just above the keyboard.

The Basic Master eventually evolved into the Basic Master Level 2 which offered more memory (8k instead of 4k, wow).

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I love this machine I still own one at this day. But it died yesterday!!!!

Monday 1st June 2009
Zelda Hyrule

I owned one of these 17 years ago when I was 40.

Monday 1st June 2009
Mickey Malone (Finland)

Once I was an owner of this computer. I remember that clock speed of this computer is 750KHz. (below MHz, wow.) Double-edged clock mechanism of Motorola's 6800 brought good performance to this computer. Program exectuion speed was close to 2MHz Z80 Machine, such as Sharp's MZ-80K.

Friday 25th October 2002
Masaru Takechi (Tokyo, Japan)


NAME  MB-6880 / Basic Master and Basic Master Level 2
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1978 / 1979
KEYBOARD  QWERTY full-stroke keyboard. JIS standard. 56 keys.
CPU  Motorola 6800 (HD 46800)
SPEED  750 Khz.
RAM  Basic Master : 4k
Basic Master Level 2 : 8k
ROM  16 kb
TEXT MODES  32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  32 x 24 (8x8 dots characters)
COLORS  Black & White
SOUND  Speeaker (5bit D/A converter)
SIZE / WEIGHT  42.5 × 28.5 × 8 cm / 4kg
I/O PORTS  Tape (300 bauds) , Audio out
BUILT IN MEDIA  Optional Digital Tapes
OS  Built-in Basic
PRICE  Basic Master :118000 yens
Basic Master Level 2 : 228000 yens

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