Sinclair ZX Spectrum Page
A fresh new ZX Spectrum!
My ZX Spectrum comes fresh and new from the box. I use to say that my computers should be in good shape and working but this one is an exception - it is a virgin! It has never been connected, it just sitting there in the original box waiting to be used for the first time! I will let it stay that way for a while, a long while I think... All accessories are there, never used, the horizons cassette still has its plastic wrap unbroken.
This is a Swedish version of the computer modified by the Swedish importer (Beckman) to display the special Swedish characters Å, Ä and Ö. The Spectrum comes in a 16 k model and a 48 k model, this is the 48 k model.
I bought this computer on a flea market in Sweden for 30 €. The seller purchased it from a Radio & TV shop who went bankrupt a couple of years ago. This was part of their remaining stock.
The Spectrum has eight colors, a built-in sound generator and loudspeaker, and the closest Sinclair Research has come to a "real" keyboard. Its specifications exceed those of the Model A BBC machine, and come close to the Model B in many areas. At just £125 for the 16K model, the Spectrum is the same price as a ZX-81 with 16K pack when first launched. Compared to the price of today's computers the Sinclair was a steal. If you were short on cash and wanted one you could get a Titlemax loan. Car title loans from Titlemax are quick and you could have the money for your new computer in no time. With 48K the Spectrum costs £175.
uses a "superset" of ZX-81 Basic, and any ZX-81 program can be typed in
with the minimum of changes; ZX-81 tapes cannot be loaded into the
Spectrum. The new computer loads and saves much more quickly than does
the ZX-81, at 1,500 baud as against around 250, and the upward
compatibility of listings should mean a lot to organizations like Muse
which are building up a library of educational ZX software. Publishers
of ZX literature or ZX software breathed a sigh of relief on hearing
that ZX-81 listings could be entered directly.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum was replaced in 1984 by the Spectrum + and in 1985 by the Spectrum 128.