Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 (Grey Model)

Some people consider the +2 Grey the last ‘real’ ZX Spectrum (+2A and +2B had compatibility issues). Others hate it since it was the first Sinclair made by Amstrad. I am part of the first camp: I think this is an awesome machine.

It was one of my childhood dreams to have this computer. In Brazil the ZX family stopped at the TK-95 (equivalent to Spectrum+) so to image a machine with 128Kb, built-in tape recorder and a good full-stroke keyboard was the dream of every fan.

As you can see in the picture, my ZX 2+ is in great shape. I did have to pay quite a bit to import it from England. I also had to get a customized video cable so I could connect it to my LCD TV via composite (people in Europe have the luxury of using SCART). The image is not perfect but it is a lot better than what I was getting from RF. I also had to buy a 220-110v adapter which I also use for all other European computers.

Update: Found a solution for my video problem! SCART to Component!

The built-in cassette player also gave me some work. I had to tweak the azimuth control for quite a while until I got most tapes to load. Well worth the price to play classics like Zorro!

Overall this is a great machine, well worth the money and the hassle.

Technical Specs:

NAME   ZX SPECTRUM +2
MANUFACTURER   Sinclair
TYPE   Home Computer
ORIGIN   United Kingdom
YEAR   1986
BUILT IN LANGUAGE   Sinclair Basic 48k (compatibility mode) and Sinclair Basic 128k
KEYBOARD   Full-stroke keyboard, 58 keys
same layout as the ZX Spectrum+
CPU   Zilog Z80 A
SPEED   3.5469 MHz
RAM   128 kb (8 x 16k banks)
ROM   32 kb
TEXT MODES   32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES   256 x 192
COLORS   8 with two tones each (normal and bright)
SOUND   3 channels, 8 octaves (Yamaha AY-3-8912)
SIZE / WEIGHT   44 x 17,5 x 5,5 cm / 1,525 kg
I/O PORTS   UHF PAL TV port, Serial interface (RS232) port, Parallel Printer port (8 bit), Auxiliary interface port, RGB Monitor (and PERITEL TV) port, MIDI output port, Two Joystick ports, Tape/Audio Out, Expansion I/O port (full Z80 bus)
BUILT IN MEDIA   Tape Recorder
POWER SUPPLY   External PSU
Spectrum +2 = 9v DC, 2.1A (centre polarity = -ve)
PRICE   £200 (UK, 1986)

4 thoughts on “Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 (Grey Model)

  1. Ahmed Hamed says:

    My First PC. (,”)
    RAM: 128 KB… efteraa ba2a.
    CPU: 4 MHZ

  2. Cornel says:

    very nice. Which 220V to 110V converter did you use?

  3. Oranjie says:

    Sorry mate my first was a ZX Spectrum 48k and original Sir’s Clive and the second a QL as they sold to Amstrad (was the enemy hahaha) i change to Atari ST ,in Sir Clive we trust.

  4. retro77king says:

    Was your ZX SPECTRUM +2 made in taiwan or made in the uk

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