Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2

The ZX Spectrum +2 was Amstrad's first Spectrum, coming shortly after their purchase of the Spectrum range and "Sinclair" brand in 1986. The machine featured an all-new grey enclosure featuring a spring-loaded keyboard, dual joystick ports, and a built-in cassette recorder dubbed the "Datacorder" (like the Amstrad CPC 464, but was otherwise identical to the ZX Spectrum 128 in looks. Production costs had been reduced and the retail price dropped to £139–£149
 
The machine was built in Taiwan (making it the first Sinclair product built outside the UK) and Amstrad's greater emphasis on quality control made it far more reliable than the first Spectrums.
 
Amstrad also took a very different line in marketing the Spectrum +2. Unlike Sinclair, Amstrad did not attempt to market the Spectrum as anything other than a games machine and sold it in packages such as the "James Bond 007 Action Pack" (with bundled games and a light gun). This approach was extremely successful, and the Spectrum +2 sold very well.
 
Firmware: 3.54 MHz Zilog Z80A CPU
128K RAM
Display: 32 x 22 character text display
256 x 192 pixel resolution
8 colours
Sound: 3 channel, 7 octaves
I/O: Z80 bus, tape, RF television, numeric keypad, RS232 - Midi Out, RGB
Storage: Built-in tape recorder
 
Our unit came in its original packaging and has the serial number U-108498

Manufacturer: Sinclair
Date: 1986

Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
A Course in BASIC Programming - ZX80 Operating Manual Science of Cambridge 1980
Disk Interface Manual (Technology Research) Technology Research 1984
Sinclair - ZX Spectrum Servicing Manual Sinclair January 1984
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 Manual Sinclair 1986
Spectral Manual (East German ZX Spectrum Clone) Hübner Elektronik 1988

Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
Memories - The Tatung Einstein (1)
Memories - My History of Computing - From a School Teacher February 2009

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH3648. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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