PC-9801 U

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PC-9801 U
Manufacturer: NEC
Release Date RRP Code
PC-9801 U
¥298,000 ?


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The PC-9801 U


The PC-9801 U was envisoned as a cost-reduced space saving model in the PC-9800 range, and the first to ship with a faster V30 (µPD70116) processor. It was announced and released at the same time as the high-spec PC-98XA.

This time 3½-inch double density floppy disk drives were included as standard, though the choice to move to this format specifically for this computer means older PC-9801 and PC-9801 F software cannot be run on the machine without purchasing more external floppy disk drives. Software written to take advantage of the PC-9801 M will also not work with the default PC-9801 U configuration, this time because the U has less RAM than the M.

Strictly speaking, while the computer calls itself a PC-9801 U, it was only made a available in a "PC-9801 U2" configuration, with the two floppy drives.

NEC's decision to split the market once more meant that although the PC-9801 U has its own set of software, it was not a popular machine. Some mistakes would be rectified with the launch of the PC-9801 UV one year later.

Technical specifications

List of games

Promotional material


PC-9800 series hardware
PC-9801 (1982) | PC-9801 F (E) (1983) | M (1984)

V30 Computers: U | VF | VM | UV | CV (1985-1988)
286 Computers: VX | UX | RX | DX | UR | UF | FX (1986-1992)
386 Computers: RA | RS | ES | DA | DS | CS | FS | US (1988-1992)
486+ Computers: FA | BX | BA | BX2 | BS2 | BA2 | BA3 | BX4 (1993-1995)

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