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The Spectrum Thread
« on: September 28, 2012, 13:38:01 PM »
The more I see of the Spectrum the more impressed I am with its capabilities.

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2012, 14:08:39 PM »
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The more I see of the Spectrum the more impressed I am with its capabilities.

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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2012, 14:13:41 PM »
I see your point. I never knew much about the Spectrum. So it has been a good learning experience.

Good price, it seems about the same for the Commodore Vic-20 at the time. I do not have very many Vic-20 games but it seems for the same price range the Spectrum was/is the better deal.

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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 14:29:00 PM »
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I see your point. I never knew much about the Spectrum. So it has been a good learning experience.

Good price, it seems about the same for the Commodore Vic-20 at the time. I do not have very many Vic-20 games but it seems for the same price range the Spectrum was/is the better deal.

Yes it was much more powerful than the Vic-20. The original model with the rubber keys came in 2 forms - 16k memory or 48k memory but it wasn't long before the 16k model was dropped.



It was then replaced with the 48k Spectrum +



Then it got a proper upgrade in the form of the Spectrum + 128k which added the Yamaha sound chip and a new menu driven OS that included a full blown BASIC editor so no need to use keyboard shortcuts anymore.



After the computer division of Sinclair Research was bought out by Amstrad they added 2 new models to replace the 128k +. These were called the +2 and +3 and had a built in tape deck or 3" disk drive:



After that there was only minor revisions such as a black version of the +2 called the +2a which included the DOS and RAM disk from the +3.

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Re: The Spectrum Thread
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2012, 14:38:35 PM »
The +2 & +3 models really look nice. They all look really good but the use of space for the tape and disk drive is genius!

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Re: The Spectrum Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2012, 15:04:29 PM »
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The +2 & +3 models really look nice. They all look really good but the use of space for the tape and disk drive is genius!

When I was a kid I had a +2a but now I have a +3 and a 48k (because they look so cool)

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Re: The Spectrum Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2012, 20:41:39 PM »
I learnt Basic on the Spectrum, and still have my original 48k one in a special briefcase which was made for them. I might have to look at getting the +2 some time. Thanks for the pics Laird.
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Re: The Spectrum Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2012, 22:38:16 PM »
The +2 & +3 look great, but the 48k Spectrum just looks so right.  To say it's perfectly formed is not an exaggeration.  It's also infinitely tactile in much the same way as an iPhone or iPad.  As such it's one of my favourite computers and possibly my most favourite from an aesthetic point of view.

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Re: The Spectrum Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2012, 12:53:08 PM »
I have to agree with you Mire Mare, it all just looks right, and feels right when you use a 48k (or 16k) Speccy. I don't think it's just rose tinted specs either.
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Re: The Spectrum Thread
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2012, 17:51:10 PM »
Thanks to you guys in this thread I've found myself on Ebay bidding for a Spectrum +2 I didn't even know I wanted until I came here
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Re: The Spectrum Thread
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2012, 18:20:27 PM »
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Thanks to you guys in this thread I've found myself on Ebay bidding for a Spectrum +2 I didn't even know I wanted until I came here
 :P

Hahahaha, with the Spectrum +2 you can load games via an MP3 player too.

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Re: The Spectrum Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2012, 10:10:03 AM »
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Thanks to you guys in this thread I've found myself on Ebay bidding for a Spectrum +2 I didn't even know I wanted until I came here
 :D  It's amazing what we didn't realise we absolutely really need.  In a can't live without it kind of way!  Subliminal peer pressure ;) 

My loft would be all feng shui if it wasn't for all the gaming related stuff spilling out of it.  Of course, it goes without saying, that it's ALL stuff that I cannot do without.

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Re: The Spectrum Thread
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2021, 17:44:32 PM »
This thread has not seen much action, so there is a video looking at new games for the system.  Not sure how many Speccy lovers have seen these games...

Going to the final frontier, gaming...


 

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