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MZ 80A - MZ 1200

The Sharp MZ 80A was the "enhanced" version of the Sharp MZ 80K. It had about the same technical features but offered a typewriter keyboard, better display, enhanced text mode and a Parallel printer port.

Like the MZ 80K and the MZ 80B, it had no language in ROM. The disavantage was that user had to load a language from tape each time he switched the machine on, on the other hand, any language or machine code program could be loaded instead of the standard BASIC.

The MZ-80A was the last evolution of the all-in-one MZ-80 serie and the predecessor of the MZ 700 serie. It was sold in Japan under the name SHARP MZ 1200.

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The 2nd computer I ever owned, really loved its all-in-one design and the glow of the green screen. It seemed a good step-up from my ZX-81. If you''re really interested in this machine then please also see my own site :

Wednesday 1st July 2015
Kelp (UK)
MZ-80A Secrets

I quite agree, this was my second computer (ZX 80 was my first) and I loved it to bits. BASIC and PASCAL where my favourite languages I used to program with at the time. This was a very robust and well made computer with an excellent instruction manual. In the manual was a full assembler print out out of the operating system and this was how I learned to code in assembler.

Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Peter (UK)

Hi, I''ve got one to sell. I''m not sure if it''s in working order because I''m no expert (it wasn''t even mine) so any price starting from 120 GBP + shipping costs would be ok to me. If anyone''s interested, contact me.

Tuesday 19th July 2011
Martina (Italy)


NAME  MZ 80A - MZ 1200
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1982
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard
CPU  Zilog Z80
SPEED  2 MHz (it was possible to change the clock generator to a 4 MHz clock with a Z80A)
RAM  24 KB (up to 48 KB)
TEXT MODES  40 x 25
COLORS  monochrom
SOUND  one channel
I/O PORTS  Expension bus, Centronics
BUILT IN MEDIA  Tape recorder
PRICE  148 000 yen (Japan, 1982)

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