Sharp MZ-80K

The MZ-80K was introduced in 1978 on the Japanese market in kit form. Not as a kit it was sold up from August 1979 in Germany ( price DM 1.800; source: The German magazine "Computerwoche" issue No. 33 from August 17, 1979 ). In UK it was officially unveiled in October 1979 at the Birmingham International Business Show ( price £600 ). Later 2 new models were available: MZ-80K2 ( Japan 1980 ) and MZ-80K2e ( Japan 1981 ) all in Japan available only.

In autumn 1980 it was first sold with a 5.25" floppy. Two systems were available now:
System 1 has one floppy disk and a printer ( 48K, Basic and assembler included. Price: DM 8.500 + tax ).
System 2 has a second drive ( price DM 11.600 + tax ).

May be, that the MZ-80K was known in Germany as BA-MZ-80K too or Sharp presented it first as BA-MZ-80K but sold it as MZ-80K ?

It is possible but not easy to change the 40-column hardware for CP/M usage which opens a wide range of software. Its standard CPU speed of 2MHz can be easily changed to 4MHz.

The MZ-80K was a big success; about 100,000 systems were sold.

Further Sharp MZ information can be found at

This model was donated by Ernest Cheale
Other pictures showing the Chess game.
We als have another MZ-80K kindly donated by Gordon Gatiss

Manufacturer: Sharp
Date: September 1980

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Sharp MZ-80K Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Sharp MZ-80K Peeking and Pokeing 1982
Sharp BASIC Manual for the MZ-80K 1982

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH2867. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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