Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Spectrum+.
This is not a 100% accurate picture of the machine. The bezel normally has a color bar in the lower right corner, and numerous legends. Because this unit arrived in poor condition, I repainted the bezel; see below.
||None. This device was not widely sold in the United States. It is widely reported that Sinclair sold the ZX Spectrum directly to the US by mail order, but I have yet to find one of these machines. The "official" upgrade path from the ZX81-type machines was the Timex TS2068, but this is also a very rare machine (and looks physically nothing like a Spectrum, although it is somewhat compatible).
|Model or Part #
|My unit's vintage
||48K DRAM, 16K ROM
||Sinclair floating-point BASIC.
||Standard 3.5mm mono jacks for tape recorder microphone and earphone connections, RF out (PAL) and an expansion edge connector at the rear of the machine.
||256 x 192 color graphics - each 8x8 pixel block has its own set of foreground/background colors (RGBI) and blink attribute.
I got involved with the Spectrum late in its life. I believe I bought my 48K Spectrum from a Sam Long at Melbourne Grammar School in 1989 or 1990. Mr. Long should feel privileged, since he is the only person from high school or college whose name I can remember; I could even make a fair stab at recalling his physiognomy.
So far I've received two of my 48K Spectrums. At the time of writing, I have one more rubbery Spectrum (known to be faulty) and a Spectrum+ with numerous games coming my way. Here are pictures of two motherboard versions; Issue Two (top) and Issue Three (bottom):
Unfortunately, all the 48K rubbery Spectrums I've been able to buy have moderate to severe damage to the metal key bezel. Well, working on my new 40-year old truck has infused me with new vigor to handle mere paint problems:
While the painted bezel dries, the housings and rubber keys enjoy a bath and a solid scrubbing with a toothbrush: