Sinclair ZX80 Launched
29th January 1980
The Sinclair ZX80 personal computer was launched by Sinclair Research Ltd of Cambridge on 29th January 1980.
It was the first computer (with a qwerty keyboard) available to the British public less than a hundred pounds (£99.95 in 1980).
It was available in kit form or, for slightly more, as a ready-built version.
The ZX80 immediately proved very popular creating a several month waiting list for those who had ordered one.
The ZX80 would quickly be replaced by the ZX81, an improved version that didn't suffer from the annoying 'screen flicker' that plagued the ZX80.
Together these two machines take the credit of bringing computing to the masses ...
Read our press cutting Computer for all the family is launched taken from the Cambridge Evening News on Tuesday, January 29th, 1980.