Relive the glory days of classic gaming with the Sinclair ZX Spectrum! Here, we take a closer look at the iconic British home computer that defined a generation of gaming in the 80s and 90s. With its distinctive rainbow logo and a huge library of classic games, the ZX Spectrum is a true retro gaming icon. Join us as we explore the history, games and culture of this beloved system. From the classic 48k model to the later 128k version, we’ve got all the retro gaming goodness covered. Discover hidden gems and relive the nostalgia with our articles, reviews and features on the ZX Spectrum.
Famous for it's rubber keys, the classic model was released in the UK in April 1982, with 2 versions: 16k and 48k.
Originally to be named the "ZX82", creator Sir Clive Sinclair instead wanted a name to represent it's new colour capabilities and so it was named the Spectrum.
Internally identical to the previous 48k model, the main difference of the 48k ZX Spectrum+ was purely external aesthetics, having changed it's casing and most notably it's keys (which were now plastic instead of rubber). This model also introduced a reset button.
Sinclair's first 128k model, the ZX Spectrum 128. The casing looked similar to the previous ZX Spectrum+ however it was notably longer due to a large external heatsink. With to it's 128k of memory, more complex games could be played. It had no internal speaker, and so sound was now played from the TV speaker instead of the computer.
Released by Amstrad shortly after purchasing the Spectrum range and the Sinclair brand name. This 128k Spectrum had a grey coloured case with dual joystick ports. It was larger again, this time because of the fantastic addition of a built-in cassette recorder.
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