In 1984, the Spectrum is already 2 years old and starts to look obsolete when compared to its competitors and the Commodore 64 in particular. That's why Sinclair launches a new-look version of the Spectrum : the Spectrum+ was born.
In fact, it does not bring anything more apart from some cosmetic changes. Concerning the keyboard, the rubber keys are replaced with a better keyboard directly inspired by the keyboard of the QL, launched the same year. Though the keys are made of plastic this time, the touch is still a bit too soft. Fortunately, there are now a large spacebar, arrow keys and new editing keys.
Also added are two small feet under the keyboard, making it possible to tilt the keyboard at a convenient angle for typing, a bit like on modern PCs. A small reset button was also added on the left-hand side of the case, thus making it harder to press it accidentally.
In fact the Spectrum + largely adopts the look of the QL which is no coincidence at all, since apart from making the Sinclair product range more homogeneous aesthetically, it certainly represented advantages as far as the assembly lines were concerned.
Hello! Does anyone know where I can get games and apps for this computer? Because on google a results are about emulated games and apps. But I need a copy of cassette sound. Please help! Thank you!
Sunday 12th February 2017
Mauro, try www.retrospec.sgn.net - Not sure if they have "Antiriad" but it might help. Good luck
Thursday 1st December 2011
Colin (Leicester, England)
It was my first computer back in the '85. It worked really cool. I don't know how just so many games were available on the pirate-market in a communist Poland. I used to have more than 500 games and other staff on my tapes (getting a good casette was really a great effort - tapes were under a regimentation and hard to get in Polish stores and they were low-quality like almost all in the communism) It was really cool forwarding the tape to the right moment and then waiting for the game to load. Tape-loading-errors were the worst moments like a bluescreen's of death. I had a second copy of each game on a separate casette and the screwdriver to adjust a head of my casette player, but some of them were lost too.
Thursday 2nd October 2003
Tomasz (Swinoujscie, Poland)
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
QWERTY simi-mechanical keyboard QL type keyboard
32 x 24
256 x 192
8 with two tones each (normal and bright)
1 voice / 10 octaves (Beeper)
Expansion port, tape-recorder (1200 bauds), RF video out