Successor was the Spectrum +3 with an built-in 3 inch floppy disk drive. Similar to the +2A (a +2 in a black case instead of grey) the +3 was not fully compatible any longer and could not run all older software titles made for the 48 and 128 range of computers. All Spectrum models sold a total of around 5 million times. The Spectrum was for a long time the best-selling home computer with the largest software offering on the British home market.
For the first time in the Spectrum range the gray case contains the computer, the keyboard and also a mass storage medium (cassette drive). The model with the "Datacorder" was released after the takeover by Amstrad and reminds of the Amstrad CPC, which was also came with a built-in tape drive on the right side. A power LED that was missing from the predecessor indicates whether the device is in operation.
The Sinclair logo and improved keyboard.
On the left side there is a reset button and two joystick ports for special Sinclair SJ joysticks. At the back there is the sound output (3,5mm jack), the TV modulator, a RGB monitor connection, a connection for an external numeric keypad, the serial port (RS232, MIDI), the big extension bus as well as the power supply connection (9V DC, inner negative pin).
At the bottom of the Spectrum +2 there are four rubber feet and a sticker with the serial number. In the middle the place of manufacture is specified - this +2 was made in Taiwan.
Inside, on the right side, there is space for the cassette drive which is mounted to the top case as well as a large, black heat sink. On the left, the joystick connections and the TV modulator. On the top right you can find the expansion port. The chip labeled 40054 is the ROM which contains BASIC. Next to it you can find the Z80 processor and the 40058 ASIC. The chip on the left is the AY-3-8912 sound chip.
If you turn on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2, you end up in this menu. You can start a cassette here, a calculator, go to the new 128-BASIC or to the conventional 48k-BASIC. The new BASIC has been completely improved, commands are now entered normally (letter by letter).
The power-on message of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum (compatibility mode: 48k BASIC selected from the menu). You could not type commands letter by letter as usual with other computers, but each key was assigned to several commands so you don't have to type them in. On the keyboard of the Spectrum +2, however, most commands are no longer printed to the keys, which makes operation difficult. Only the most important commands (LOAD, CODE and RUN) are assigned to keys, which makes the operation in the conventional 48k-BASIC a little easier.
|Processor:||Z80A (3,5 MHz)|
|operating system:||Sinclair 48 BASIC
Sinclair 128 BASIC
|Soundchip:||ULA and AY-3-8912|
|Sound:||three voices, Mono (AY)
one voice, Mono (ULA)
|Size:||440 x 170 x 60 mm|
RS 232 / MIDI (serial)
Keypad (external number block)
2x Joystick (SJ-Joy)
|Units sold:||5 Millions (all versions)|
The above shown computers are in the collection!
Compatible drives for the computer Sinclair +2:
- none in collection
- none in collection