Panasonic FS A1 WSX – MSX 2+

This is my Panasonic FS A1 WSX. This is considered by many as the higher end MSX 2+ ever produced since it contains some very unique features like a Z80B cpu (which could be set up to 6 MHz), S-Video output, support for color printer, all the ROM Internal Software like MSX Word Processor, MSX-JE, FM-BIOS (MSX Music Basic ROM) and JIS 1st+2nd Class Kanji Support (256KB).

I got my WSX directly from an auction in Yahoo Japan (quite more risk than regular eBay) for a very good price. My main interest in it was the S-Video output since all my other MSXs run on composite. Even though the case does have a few scratches and marks, the overall condition of the computer is very good. I was very happy to see that the S-Video quality was indeed worth the price. And besides that, this is my first Panasonic computer and it looks much nicer than even its more advanced Turbo-R brothers.

Technical Specs:

NAME FS A1 WX / WSX
MANUFACTURER Panasonic
TYPE Home Computer
ORIGIN Japan
YEAR A1 WSX : 1989
BUILT IN LANGUAGE MSX-BASIC V3.0
KEYBOARD Full-stroke keyboard with 5
function keys, 4 arrow keys, numeric keypad & several special keys
CPU Z80B
SPEED 3.57 Mhz and 6 Mhz
CO-PROCESSOR Yamaha V9958 Video Display
Processor
RAM 64 KB
VRAM 128 KB
ROM 32 KB (Basic & BIOS) + 16
KB (SUB ROM > MSX-BASIC V3.0) + 16 KB (KANJI BASIC ROM + KANJI ROM) + 16 KB
(DISK ROM) + 16 KB (built-in software)
TEXT MODES 40 x 24 / 32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES Same as MSX2 specs, plus 256
~ 212/424 (19268 colors), 512×212 (16 colors)
Additional KANJI screen modes
(Japanese text screen modes): 40×24, 32×24, 256×192, 64×48
COLORS 19268
SOUND PSG (3 voices) + MSX-Music
(OPLL YM-2413, 9 channel FM synthesizer)
I/O PORTS Joysticks, Cardridge(2),
Tape(1200/2400 bauds), RGB video output, CVBS/RF video output, Centronics, Sound
output
BUILT IN MEDIA 720 KB 3,5” floppy drive
built in
OS MSX DOS
POWER SUPPLY Built-in PSU
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