A Brief History of Sharps
written by Maurice Hawes / SUC/UK
Source: SUC-magazine November 1999, Volume 19 Number 3, p. 5
|A Brief History of Sharp Z80-Based MZ-Computers
If a machine was imported into the U.K. for sale to the public, I have given its date of introduction into the U.K. and, where possible, the date it was reviewed in PCW. I have also included other historical and technical information and, where applicable, I have described the causes and remedies of any minor hardware problems that are commonly encountered. I have also given my own personal assessment of its collectability today.
If a machine was not imported into the U.K. for sale to the public I have had to rely mainly on bits of data gleaned from the collection of Japanese Sharp brochures given to the SUC in 1986, by Martin Winbow, a member who had visited Japan several times as an airline pilot. Anyone interested in more detail on these machines should read the article Martin wrote for us at that time ( Vol. 5 No.3 pp. 6 - 10 ).
However, during the last 5 years we have been fortunate enough to acquire
working examples of two of these Japanese MZ-machines i.e.
the MZ-2500 and the X1; so in those two cases I have been able to give
more detail than for the other Japanese machines, the MZ-2000
and MZ-2200, which we have never seen in the flesh.
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