Sanyo MBC-555

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The Sanyo 550 and 555 were the first MS-DOS compatible computers that retailed for under US$1000.

The computer although not fast, was a cheap alternative for the IBM PCs available at the time. The difference between the 550 and the 555 is an extra 5.25 Disk Drive.

Unfortunately The MBC-550 is less PC compatible than the disastrous IBM PC Jr, that it was competing and was unable to run much of the PC software on the market at the time.

The Company began to sell of all inventory of the machines, and began manufacture of a range that were far more PC compatible.

The computer, monitor and keyboard are all in matching metallic grey, the latter has a reset-button on it. The board includes a pin out on which a 5 MB hard disk drive can be attached.

Intel 8088 @ 3.6 MHz
128 KB
2 × 5.25" floppy drives (160 KB)
RGB graphics adapter (no text mode available)
Built-in power supply on AC power (with power cord attached to the machine)
1 parallel port
Operating system
Sanyo Basic
Base price
< $1000

Manufacturer: Sanyo
Date: 1982

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH63684. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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