Retro computer of the day – Toshiba HX-10 MSX

Old-Computers.com says the following about this machine.

The HX-10 was a classic MSX 1 computer with no special feature… But it was one of the first MSX computers to be exported outside Japan. It met a good success in UK where it can still be found in flea markets and boot sales…

Apparently there were several models of the HX-10 (D, DP, DPN, F, E and S) depending on the country they were sold, but it’s not clear what’s the difference between them so far… The HX-10 DPN and F had a Scart video output instead of RF/composite outputs, and the HX-10S had only 16 kb RAM.

In its native country, the HX-10 was also named Pasopia IQ to fit in the Pasopia family developped by Toshiba.

  • CPU : Z80A at 3.6Mhz
  • RAM : 64Kb
  • VRAM : 16Kb
  • Sound : General Instruments AY-3-8910 Programmable Sound Generator
  • IO Ports : 2 joystick sockets,1 cardridge slot,Tape-recorder plug (1200/2400 bauds),Composite video output,Centronics interface,RF video output, 1 expansion bus

Ive owned my HX-10 for about a year now, and I think its a good little machine. Sadly, I only have 3 games on tape, and no cartridges.

Do you or did you have one of these MSXs? What games would you reccomend – please let me know using the comment box below.

4 thoughts on “Retro computer of the day – Toshiba HX-10 MSX

  1. My school used to have 2 or 3 MSX computers (in amongst the countless BBC B’s) Sony HITBIT IIRC. We had them in the IT Lab and they controlled a robot arm. That’s all I really remember.

    MSX was not very popular in my neck of the woods (South Coast) and the ones at School and a couple of cassettes at a local Computer emporium was all I ever saw of them.

  2. i had that exact same MSX back in 1990. I got it for Christmas but only had 2 game cartridges – Konami Tennis and Antarctic Adventure. We lived in Northern Ireland then and it was almost impossible to find games for it. It was an excellent machine and I used to create my own games using BASIC.

  3. Eric and the Floaters, River Raid, Knightmare, and Antarctic Adventure were my favorite games. There was also this one billards game my dad loved, but I hated it never got to learn its name. I had them all on cassettes, though. Never has a cartridge.

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