Category:Sony HB-F700
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The HB-F700 is an adaptation of the second version of the HB-F500 for non-Japanese markets. The architecture has been improved and there is more RAM. The following models exist:

  • HB-F700D: German model with QWERTZ keyboard layout
  • HB-F700F: French model with AZERTY keyboard layout
  • HB-F700P: model with QWERTY international keyboard layout including a £ key
  • HB-F700S: Spanish model with QWERTY keyboard layout including a ñ key

No equivalent Japanese model was released. Apart from supplied (external) keyboard, ROM differences and type markings, above models are virtually identical. The HB-F700 only comes in white color.

The computer was shipped with a mouse and several software programs on floppy disk. The program collection is called HiBrid which is similar in some ways to early Windows versions or the Macintosh, and included a file manager (visual filer), Hi-Text (word processor), Hi-Base (database), Hi-Calc (spreadsheet), Hi-Graph (business graphics) and Hi-Comm. These programs are available in six languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish).

Introduction price: ƒ 1799.

Brand Sony
Type HB-F700D / HB-F700F / HB-F700P / HB-F700S
Year 1986
RAM 256kB in slot 3-3
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges, 2DD floppy disks
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (YM2149 integrated in MSX-Engine S1985)
Chipset Yamaha S1985
Extras One 720kB 3.5" floppy disk drive, reset button, software on floppy disk, MOS-1 mouse


Check also the pages about the different models!

Sony HB-F700D
Sony HB-F700F
Sony HB-F700S
Sony HB-F700P
Sony HB-F700 all models back
Sony HB-F700S keyboard
Sony HB-F700S inside
Sony HB-F700P keyboard


The HB-F700 is an MSX2 with a Z80A from NEC (uPD780C-1) and an MSX-Engine from Yamaha (S1985). Main RAM is a 256kB memory mapper.

Badly programmed or disk conversions of MSX1 games could linger in memory so long that after a reset the game was still there. Even after a considerable amount of time being switched off. Connecting the earth on the backside of the computer to for example a heater pipe in your room could help a bit emptying the memory.

Because the RAM is in secondary slot 3-3, software often needs the infamous POKE -1,... workaround.

The original disk ROM may be considered one of the slowest ever used in an MSX2 computer. Floppy Disk Controller chip is the CXD-1032Q (Sony).

Slot Map

Slot Slot
0-0 0-1 0-2 0-3 Slot 1 Slot 2 3-0 3-1 3-2 3-3
Page C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Slot 1
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM


  • CVBS output (Composite Black and White Video/Audio - 6-pin DIN 45323 connector)
  • RGB output (Video and Audio - 8-pin DIN 45328 connector)
  • Second Floppy disk drive connector for use with the HBD-30W
  • Keyboard connector
  • Data Recorder connector
  • Centronics compatible Parallel port for a printer
  • 2 general connectors (Joysticks, Mouse, Paddle controlers, etc)
  • 2 cartridge slots
  • Screw terminal to connect the metal housing with protective earth


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