Sharp MZ-711

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The MZ-700 was launched in Japan in October 1982, but did not appear in the U.K. until October 1983. It was the first Sharp home Computer with colour, but it came without a built-in display unit; instead, sockets were provided for a colour TV or an RGB Monitor; or a B/W TV set or a Mono Monitor. It also had a built-in printer I/F with a switch which allowed you to run the MZ-1P01 4-pen plotter-printer or a more standard MZ-80P5( K ) dot-matrix printer.

Thus, with its clock speed of 3.5MHz, the MZ-700 seemed to meet many of the criticisms levelled at the MZ-80A when it was launched in June 1982. But it was still only a halfway-house - the printer I/F only suited Sharp printers, the screen was only 40 columns, and to run disk drives you needed an extra interface of some kind.

The MZ-700 was reviewed in the PCW Magazine in February 1984. By then most of the competing machines had high-res graphics, and the reviewer was hard on the MZ-700 over that. But he was impressed by the alternative languages available, and concluded that the MZ-700 was ‘worthy of serious consideration‘. The prices below come from this review; significantly, there is no mention of disk drives:

MZ-700 £250
Colour Plotter / Printer  £135
Data Recorder £50
P5 Printer £350

All these are INC VAT; in the same Magazine: BBC Model B £350, Commodore 64 £240

Model Numbers :

  • MZ 711 was the basic model without any peripherals
  • MZ 721 has an integrated tape recorder
  • MZ 731 has built-in plotter and tape recorder

Manufacturer: Sharp
Date: 1st January 1983

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH532. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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