MSX Home Computer

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MSX home computer, began in 1983.

It's a standardized home computer Microsoft defined. Popular in 80s in Japan, S Korea, Argentina, Brazil. It's made by different companies. The keyboards are standardized in layout but varies in shapes quite a bit.

Panasonic FS-A1 MSX 83b67
Panasonic FS-A1 MSX

MSX is a standardized home computer architecture, first announced by Microsoft on June 16, 1983,[1] and marketed by Kazuhiko Nishi, then Vice-president at Microsoft Japan and Director at ASCII Corporation. Microsoft conceived the project as an attempt to create unified standards among various hardware makers of the period.[2]

They were popular in Japan and several other countries. It is difficult to estimate how many MSX computers were sold worldwide, but eventually 5 million MSX-based units were sold in Japan alone. Despite Microsoft's involvement, the MSX-based machines were seldom released in the United States.[3]

Before the great success of Nintendo's Family Computer, MSX was the platform for which major Japanese game studios, such as Konami and Hudson Soft, produced video games. The Metal Gear series, for example, was originally written for MSX hardware.[4]

2018-09-30 Wikipedia [ MSX ] [ 2018-09-30 ]

Talent MSX computer 369f6
TALENT TPC-310 MSX2 computer, made in Argentina by Telematica (1988), based in Daewoo design, In Spain were sold as Dynata brand (White case). MSX Talent DPC-200 in other hand, the most popular computer in Argentina trough the '80 and early ´90. [ image source 2018-09-30 ]
Canon V-20 MSX computer 2fff0
Canon V-20 MSX [ image source 2018-09-30 ]
Sharp HotBit MSX computer 04d6c
Sharp HotBit MSX. Brazilian Z80 MSX computer from the 1980s. [ image source 2018-09-30 ]
Sony HitBit HB-10P MSX c6645
MSX Sony HitBit HB-10P keyboard b709e
sony home computer hb 101 keyboard 96349 s289x217
Sony Home Computer HB-101
YAMAHA AX150 MSX 1f794

Japan keyboards

Japan FKB8579 661 thumb shift keyboard 45474 s335x187
Thumb-Shift, 1980
NEC PC 8801 K1 keyboard bj3qh-s333x188
NEC PC-8801-KI, 1983
NEC mini7 mqjdk-s306x204
NEC 文豪 Mini7, 1985
TRON Keyboard Unit TK1 s1520x831
TRON, 1986
nec m-type keyboard 1990 36618-s278x225
NEC M-system, 1990
NEC mini7rm 48190-s306x204
NEC 文豪 Mini7RM, 1992
NEC M-shiki keyboard NEC PC98 1992-s333x188
NEC PC-9801, 1992
NEC keyboard pk-kb015 2-s320x195
NEC Ergofit, 1998
scythe ergo diver keyboard left s289x217
Scythe Ergo Diver, ~2003
utron keyboard 02-s289x217
μTRON, 2007
Esrille keyboard 40445-s289x217
Esrille New

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