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Hit-Bit 101

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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I am having one with me. :)

Sunday 19th March 2017
Dinesh (India)

tenia un diseño precioso, parece una consola de videojuegos.

Sunday 6th February 2011
polla (spain)

I actually got one of those computers, specificaly the 101-p (pal) strangely this is noway adapted to spain (keyboard without Ñ and Ç) the stickers meaning static electricity near joystick plug and the ones near cartridges are in english In the rear the two A/V rca plugs are switched to one din plug (for a/v too)
I remember when you boot the computer the first you see is a GUI menú to choose the data bank options or go to basic, from basic you can go back to data bank typing "hitbit" in basic if you choose basic again the basic memory is preserved (this mean you are programming, go to data bank to take a note and then back to basic and keep the work on)

Also the data bank "feels" wath recording media is connected and offers his use from the grafical menú also does trespassing betwen media from tape to floppy or from cartridge to floppy, but this last only works on ram cartridges, no for games ;-)

Sunday 19th September 2004
Jaume (spain)


NAME  Hit-Bit 101
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1984
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, including 5 function keys and 4 cursor keys
CPU  Zilog Z80A
SPEED  3.58 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  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)
RAM  32 KB
TEXT MODES  Mode 0 : 40 x 24
Mode 1 : 32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  Mode 2 : 256 x 192 with 16 colors (Hires mode)
Mode 3 : 64 x 48 with 16 colors (Multi colour mode)
32 sprites
SOUND  General Instruments AY-3-8910 Programmable Sound Generator
3 channels, 8 octaves
I/O PORTS  2 joystick sockets, 2 cardridge slots, Tape-recorder plug (1200/2400 bauds), RGB video output, Centronics interface
PRICE  46,800 yen (Japan, 1984)

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