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 and UK factories 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
Display: 32 x 22 character text display
256 x 192 pixel resolution
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
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