Sinclair ZX Spectrum

The successor of the Sinclair ZX81, which was the successor of the ZX80. The 4th and most known Sinclair, who had a large following in England and within Europe.

There were 2 versions, with 16 kB and with 48 kB memory. The 16 kB could be upgraded to 48 kB by doing it yourself or sending it to Sinclair.

It was planned to become the ZX 82, but because it supported colour it’s decided to use the name Spectrum for it.
It became known for its rubber keyboard, which was an enhancement to its predecessors. But in time, it wasn’t the best version of the keyboard, it took another 2 year before the keyboard was up to a decent standard.

A lot of people in the Netherlands started on the Spectrum or ZX 81 for its competitive price. It was cheap and powerful, and there are still developments today for this machine.

Catalog type
Desktop computer
Release Date
April 1982
Zilog Z80 @ 3.5 Mhz
Operation System
Sinclair Basic

Museum Collection

Set up in the 80s area.


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