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.
|NAME||ZX SPECTRUM +2|
|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|
|RAM||128 kb (8 x 16k banks)|
|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)|