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System Overview

Features and Benefits

Technical Specifications

  • Choice of 166, 200 or 233MHz Pentium Processors with MMX Technology
  • Entry level Pentium 166MHz model
  • Enhanced performance EDO RAM
  • Choice of 1.2GB, 2.1GB or 3.2GB high performance hard disk
  • Future-proof motherboard design
  • High performance 64-bit PCI graphic accelerator
  • Up to 512KB pipeline burst L2 cache
  • Wide choice of configurations from entry-level to high specification
  • Power-saving standby mode with fast recovery
  • Wide range of options, including CD-ROM, Business Audio and networking
  • UK Built
  • DMI compliant

System Overview

The apricot VS550 is a full specification, hard-working business PC. Because you can choose exactly the required combination of accessories and features you need, it is also one of the most economical options there is. The VS550 is built for serious work, with a state-of-the art Apricot chassis, sound engineering and top quality components. Its straightforward basic specification makes it a highly affordable, no-nonsense business workhorse.

Meeting your needs - precisely

With the VS550 you can choose exactly the combination of processor, memory and hard disk you require to meet your business needs.

From a fast 166MHz to the latest 233MHz Pentium with MMX technology processor; from 16MB to a massive 256MB of EDO high-performance RAM. Because you only specify the features you need, the VS550 PC is an economical solution to your business problems, and because it conforms with all the current industry standards, the VS550 can expand and adapt as your business needs change.

Pentium with MMX technology

The Pentium processor with MMX technology includes all of the features of a standard Pentium processor, plus more. Because of its improvements, you'll get a better, smoother and more realistic multimedia experience. As raw power on its own is of limited value, the main motherboard used in the VS550 system has been designed specifically to cater for the capabilities of these new Intel processors, ensuring maximum performance from every component in the system.

Apricot quality

When it comes to quality, every component in the VS550 lives up to the promise of the Apricot name. The chassis, is engineered to exacting standards and even in the entry-level models, the processors, memory and hard disks are selected from only the best and latest specification components available.

Desktop Management

Designed to be fully DMI compliant, each system is supplied with a Windows application allowing a complete inventory of the system to be made - including firmware and software revision levels.

In addition, each VS550 system is supplied with 'Electronic Fingerprinting'. This allows your choice of information (e.g. company name, department, asset number, etc.) to be permanently recorded within each system, ensuring a permanent record of system ownership to be available.


VS550 5166
VS550 5166
VS550 5200
VS550 5233*


166MHz Pentium
166MHz Pentium with MMX Technology
200MHz Pentium with MMX Technology
233MHz Pentium with MMX Technology



Hard Disk

3.2GB 3-IDE

*233MHz model includes onboard SoundBlaster 16 business audio
Mass Storage
1.44MB floppy drive
Choice of 1.2GB or 2.1GB IDE hard drives

64-bit PCI bus enhanced VGA graphics

Five expansion slots
Dual high speed serial ports
Dual USB ports

Pre-installed Software
Windows® 95
Optional DOS 6.22 and Windows for Workgroups

14", 15", 17" or 21" high resolution monitors
Enhanced 105-key keyboard
Two button mouse

Features and Benefits

These new products, centred on the use of MEPCD's latest Pentium motherboard design, offer world class performance, maximum functionality and low cost of ownership.

ATI Mach264 VT graphics with EDO video memory support 64-bit PCI bus-master graphics accelerator provides new levels of performance for all types of applications.

Refresh rates up to 120Hz allow flicker-free images.

Up to 16.7Million colours (true-colour) in all system configurations allows correct colour matching for desk top publishing and graphical applications

Full range of drivers ensures maximum operating system choice.

Resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 for improved clarity.

Intel 430HX PCIset Provides optimized performance for multi-master PCI agents, including 'short-burst' applications such as LAN cards, RGB video and tuner cards

Ball Grid Array (BGA) packaging providing higher levels of integration and quality

Intel PIIX3 controller IDE PCI Bus-master supports DMA transfer modes, reducing cpu overhead during IDE device access, providing greater system throughput.

Pentium Processor options Range of processors from 133-166MHz allows selection of most cost effective system for each user.

Pentium Processor with MMX Technology 166, 200 or 233MHz MMX processors provide maximum performance levels.
32KB on-chip L1 cache provides improved performance for all software applications.
Applications optimised for MMX technology:- video, audio, graphical and communication based tasks may show a boost of up to 400%.
Latest processor technology ensures system longevity.

Intel Socket 7 Support for future revisions of Pentium processors, providing easy upgrade path

EDO Memory support 60ns EDO RAM provides higher performance levels than traditional Fast Page RAM.

16/32MB RAM as standard Sufficient memory for today's memory hungry GUI operating systems. Expandable to a maximum of 256MB ensures system longevity.

DMI compliant Provides asset management and error notification for reduced cost of ownership.

Industry standard solution allows use of 3rd party management tools.

256/512Kb Pipeline burst mode L2 cache Ensures maximum availability of data to the cpu, enhancing system throughput.

High performance Quantum hard disks High performance hard disks with capacities of 1.2, 2.1 and 3.2Gb provide ample storage for today's data-rich applications.

5x5 desktop chassis 5 slot, 5 bay configuration allows scope for future system expansion in a compact desktop unit.

PCI and ISA expansion Allows use of industry standard ISA and 32-bit PCI expansion cards offering increased upgrade flexibility.

Parallel ECP/EPP Parallel port provides hi-performance bi-directional communication with intelligent printers.

Dual Serial ports 16550 UART allows high speed serial connections.

PS/2 Mouse port Dedicated mouse port ensures that both serial ports are available for use.

Metal case with keylock and security loop Acts as deterrent to component theft and ensures that all hardware in your system remains secure.

Software security Access to system and BIOS Setup can be limited by password control to prevent unauthorised use.

FD access can be disabled to prevent removal of data or virus infection.

'Electronic Fingerprinting' allows ownership string to be permanently recorded in system Flash memory

VESA DPMS and EPA Energy Star compliance Full energy star compliance reduces system ownership costs and prolongs system life.

Plug and Play Easier upgrade path with reduced support costs.

Dual USB ports Offers plug and play capabilities to 'out-of-box' peripherals, simplifying peripheral attachment and configuration.

The Apricot VS series meets the needs of the business user by providing industry standard PC specifications at competitive prices. Starting with entry level models that are amongst the most competitive in the industry without sacrificing quality, the range has, as its zenith, a 233MHz Pentium with MMX system for blistering performance that is ideally suited to the cost driven organisation.

Technical Specifications

Processor (Pentium MMX Models)
Type Pentium with MMX Technology
Clock speed (Internal) 166MHz / 200MHz / 233MHz
Clock speed (External) 66MHz
Internal cache 2x16KB
Coprocessor Integral
Data/address bus 64/32-bits
CPU socket type 321-pin ZIF (Type 7)
iCOMP Index 2.0 160 / 182 / 203
Core Logic chipset Intel 430HX PCIset
Processor (5166 Model)
Type Pentium
Clock speed (Internal) 166MHz
Clock speed (External) 66MHz
Internal cache 2x8KB
Coprocessor Integral
Data/address bus 64/32-bits
CPU socket type 321-pin ZIF (Type 7)
iCOMP Index 2.0 127
Core Logic chipset Intel 430HX PCIset
External Cache (5233 model)
Supplied 512Kb Pipeline burst
Max 512Kb
Mapping Direct
Writing scheme Write back
Cache speed 66MHz
External cache
Supplied 256KB pipeline burst
Maximum 256KB
Mapping Direct
Writing scheme Write back
Cache speed 66MHz
Supplied 16MB / 32MB
Maximum 128MB
Type 32-bit EDO SIMM
Speed 60ns
Fitted RAM location Motherboard
Parity None
Sockets: total 4
free 2
Sizes supported 4, 8, 16, 32 & 64MB
Controller ATI Mach 264 VT
Interface PCI Local Bus
Location Motherboard
Video memory: supplied 1MB (2MB on 5233 model)
max 2MB
Max N.I. resolution @ 1MB 1280 x 1024 (16 colours)
Max N.I. resolution @ 2MB 1280 x1024 (256 colours)
Max N.I. colours @ 1MB 16.7 million (640 x 480)
Max N.I. colours @ 2MB 16.7 million (800 x 600)
Max. vertical refresh rate 120Hz (1024 x 768)
Hard Drive Options
Capacity 1.2GB
Type E-IDE
Average access 12ms
Track to track seek 3ms
Burst data rate 11.6MB/s
Cache 128KB
MTBF 400 000 poh
Capacity 2.1GB
Type IDE
Average access 10ms
Track to track seek 2ms
Burst data rate 14.8MB/s
Cache 128KB
MTBF 400 000 poh
Capacity 3.2GB
Type IDE
Average access 10.5ms
Track to track seek 3ms
Burst data rate 11.6MB/s
Cache 128KB
MTBF 400 000 poh
Total slots 5 (one shared PCI/ISA)
PCI 1 full & 1 half length
ISA 2 full & 2 half length
Technology BIOS Level Security
Access control Power On/
CMOS Setup Password
FD Access, Virus Detection
Hardware Case lock & security loop
Asset tag Electronic fingerprinting
Audio (5233 Model only)
Type SoundBlaster Vibra-16CL
Location On-board
Ports Microphone, line-in,
speaker-out, line-out,
game port
Speakers Single internal,
optional external
Size 2Mbit
Type Flash ROM
Shadowable Yes
I/O ports
Serial: quantity 2 (16550 compliant)
connectors 2 x 9-pin D-SUB
Parallel: quantity 1
type ECP/EPP compliant

Dual channel PCI bus EIDE controller

ATA IDE standard Mode 4
Connector type 40-pin
Max data transfer 16.6MB/s
Keyboard type PS/2
Mouse type PS/2
USB Dual ports
Power supply
Rating (constant) 200W
Type Switched mode
Voltage setting External switch
Voltage input range (AC) 100-127V & 200-240V
Frequency input range 50-60Hz
Max loads: +5V 20A
+12V 8A
-12V 0.3A
External connectors IEC in / IEC out
Floppy drive
Type/capacity 3.5"/1.44MB
Controller Embedded
System Dimensions
Width x depth x height 440 x 410 x 120mm
Weight 10Kg
Standard cover
3 years limited warranty (1st year on-site, 2nd & 3rd year parts only); Monitor one year on site only
Preloaded Software
Operating System
Windows 95, optional DOS 6.22 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11
Temperature (operating) +5 to +35 degrees C
Temperature (non-op.) 0 to +55 degrees C
R. humidity (operating) 20 to 80%
R. humidity (non-op.) 20 to 90%
These products comply with the following European Directives:
EN73/23/EEC Low Voltage Directive (EN60950)
EN89/336/EEC EMC Directive (EN55022, etc.)
EN93/68/EEC CE Marking Directive
And are designed to meet International standards for:-
Safety: UL1950
EMC: VCCI 1 or 2
Keys/buttons 105 key
Interface PS/2
Cable length 2m
Dimensions: w x d x h 465 x 170 x 45mm
weight 1.4Kg
Layout Windows 95
Keys/buttons 2
Interface PS/2
Resolution 400dpi
Cable length 1.85m
Dimensions: w x d x h 60 x 113 x 34mm
weight 130g
Value Range 14" SVGAe 15" FST EVGAe 17" FST EVGAe
Product Code XJ54137W XJ57558W XJ58210
Standard SVGAe EVGAe EVGAe
CRT size (diag.) 14" 15" 17"
CRT type Anti-glare / static FST anti-glare / static FST dynamic focus,
black tinted black tinted anti-glare/static, black tinted
Display area 260 x 190 (+/-3mm) 270 x 203 (+/-3mm) 305 x 230 (+/-3.5mm)
Dot pitch 0.28mm 0.28mm 0.28mm
Phosphor P22 P22 P22
Video input Analogue RGB Analogue RGB Analogue RGB
Horizontal scan rate 30-50KHz 30-50KHz 30-65KHz
Vertical refresh rate 50-100Hz 50-100Hz 50-110Hz
Max. video bandwidth 65MHz 65MHz 110MHz
Typical factory preset's 1024 x 768 @ 60Hz 1024 x 768 @ 60Hz 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz
800 x 600 @ 75Hz 800 x 600 @ 75Hz 1024 x 768 @ 75Hz
Power: full operation 80W 85W 120W
standby <25W <30W <30W
active off <5W <5W <5W
Power Supply 220-240V 200-240V 220-250V
Power management VESA DPMS support VESA DPMS support VESA DPMS support
for EPA compliance for EPA compliance for EPA compliance
EMI/RFI approvals CE mark compliant CE mark compliant CE mark compliant
TCO '92 support No No No
DDC1 / DDC 2B support No No No
Safety approvals EN60-950 EN60-950 EN60-950
Dimensions: w x d x h (mm) 351 x 384x327 351 x 384 x 327 411 x 480 x 380
weight 12Kg 14Kg 23Kg
Professional Range 15" Trinitron 17" Diamond Pro 67TXV 21" Diamond Pro 91TXM
Product Code XJ59296 XJ59684 XJ59489
Standard EVGAe EVGAe EVGAe
CRT size (diag.) 15" 17" 21"
CRT type Trinitron Diamondtron Diamondtron
anti-glare/static anti-glare/static anti-glare/static
Aperture grille Dark tinted Black tinted
Display area 270 x 202 (+/-2.5mm) 300 x 225 (+/- 5mm) 380 x 285 (+/- 5mm)
Dot pitch 0.26mm 0.25mm 0.28mm
Phosphor P22 P22 B22 (EBU)
Video input Analogue RGB Analogue RGB Analogue RGB
Horizontal scan rate 30-70KHz 30-69KHz 30-95KHz
Vertical refresh rate 50-120Hz 50-125Hz 50-152Hz
Max. video bandwidth 100MHz 100MHz 180MHz
Typical factory preset's 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz 1600 x 1200 @ 75Hz
1024 x 768 @ 85Hz 1024 x 768 @ 85Hz 1280 x 1024 @ 85Hz
Power: full operation 110W 115W 150W
standby <15W <15W <15W
active off <8W <8W <8W
Power Supply 90-132V, 198-264V 100-120V, 220-240V 100-120V, 220-240V
Power harmonic correction EN61000-3-2 EN61000-3-2
Power management VESA DPMS support VESA DPMS support VESA DPMS support
for EPA compliance for EPA compliance for EPA compliance
EMI/RFI approvals CE mark compliant CE mark compliant CE mark compliant
TCO '92 support Yes Yes Yes
DDC1 / DDC 2B support Yes Yes Yes
Safety approvals EN60-950 EN60-950 EN60-950
Dimensions: wxdxh (mm) 368 x 384.5 x 373 410 x 425 x 406 500 x 488 x 490
weight 14Kg 21Kg 35Kg

Mitsubishi Electric PC Division, is also represented by independent Resellers in many countries throughout: Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Far East. For details, contact the International Division. Telephone: +44 121 717 7171. Some peripheral products are brought in and sold on by Mitsubishi Electric from organisations which may not have ISO 9000 (BS5750) registration.

Apricot Computers Limited and/or Apricot Systems Centre terms and conditions of trading apply. Apricot reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Details of all registered trademarks are available on request. While Apricot makes every endeavour, not all add-in features on its systems will be supported by all subsequent releases of add-in cards and peripherals.

Specifications and options may vary from country to country.




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