ZX Spectrum
1982

  • Original Price : £125 or £175
  • Memory RAM : 16K or 48K
  • Memory ROM : 16K
  • CPU : Z80A @ 3.5MHz
  • Video Output : RF Modulator
  • Display Resolution Text : 24 lines x 32 characters
  • Display Resolution Pixels : 256 x 192
  • Colours : 8
  • OS Language : Sinclair BASIC

  • Software : 39 Titles
  • Books : 12 Titles
  • Manuals : 2
  • Peripherals : 4 Peripherals

The ZX Spectrum was launched in 1982 by Sinclair and came in 16K or 48K for £125 or £175 respectively. The ZX Spectrum came with an 8-bit CPU with a speed of 3.5 MHZ.

Trivia

BASIC is an acronym for Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

The ZX Spectrum is the UKs best selling home computer of all time

8-bit is an early computer hardware device or software program that is capable of transferring eight bits of data at the same time.

The ZX81 Colour and ZX82 were names given to the ZX Spectrum during its development stages.

8-bit computer manufacturers Sinclair, Acorn and Tangerine (Oric) were all based within a few miles of each other in Cambridgeshire England.

The original ZX Spectrum 48K could be upgraded to the ZX Spectrum+ by purchasing an upgrade kit for only £20.

Personal Experience

I bought my ZX Spectrum directly by mail order in 1982 for £175 and still own it today.

I spent many hours of my teenage years fixed to my ZX Spectrum playing Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy and Jet Pac. I have been so pleased to see that Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy have made it to the IOS platform and I find playing these games as challenging and exciting as i did back in the early 1980s.

Of all of the things about the original ZX Spectrum that I liked the most was the rubber keyboard. Recently I have been playing a lot of old games and programming simple BASIC programs and I much prefer to do this with the rubber keys on the original ZX Spectrum rather than on the ZX Spectrum+ or ZX Spectrum 128.

ZX Spectrum

Year of Release : 1982

Manufacturer : Sinclair

Original Price : £125 or £175

Memory RAM : 16K or 48K

Memory ROM : 16K

CPU : Z80A @ 3.5MHz

Display Resolution Text : 24 lines x 32 characters

Display Resolution Pixels : 256 x 192

Colours : 8

OS Language : Sinclair BASIC

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Peripherals

Photo Name Manufacturer Year Specification Original Price Action
ZX Printer ZX Printer Sinclair 1981 32 characters or 256 pixels £59.95 View More
ZX Microdrive ZX Microdrive Sinclair 1983 85KB Storage at 15KBs per second £49.95 View More
ZX Interface 1 ZX Interface 1 Sinclair 1983 Drives upto 8 ZX Microdrives £49.95 View More
ZX Interface 2 ZX Interface 2 Sinclair 1983 ROM Cartridge Software and Joystick Interface £19.95 View More

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Retro 8-Bit Computer Collection from 1979 to 1986.

A short history of retro 8-bit computers spanning from 1979 with the Atari 400 through to 1986 and the ZX Spectrum 128.

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