Hands on with the new Sinclair ZX Spectrum


If you’re a geek of a certain age, the chances are that your first encounter with a computer was the iconic Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Over 5 million of the all-in-one keyboard-computers were sold, introducing a generation of nerds to coding and computer games. Well, if you hanker for simpler times you’re in luck, a British company has brought the icon back to life.

Techno Guido got his hands on the prototype recreated Spectrum today and was quite taken with the device. Resplendent in plastic and rubber, the reproduction almost smells like the 1980s. Admittedly the recreation is little more than a glorified Bluetooth keyboard that pairs with a phone or tablet running ZX Spectrum apps, but that hardly seems to matter when you’re mashing the spongy keys while playing “Chuckie Egg” on an iPad. You can even use it to send a tweet…

The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be available for under £100 this spring, you can register your interest here.

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