Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum £29.99 at Game Online
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Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum £29.99 at Game Online

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Found 23rd Jul 2017
"The ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer - the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
Authentic rubber-keys, play-control of games, classic and modern.
Supplied with FREE ‘Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’ iOS / Android apps.
Includes 'Chuckie Egg', 'Sinclair BASIC' and 'Game bundle'.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum games and applications also available FREE OF CHARGE via 'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum Online' web app.

The ONLY 'Sinclair ZX Spectrum' device for use with phones, tablets, Macs / PCs, and TVs.
It's WIRELESS - it features high-speed Bluetooth 3.0 technology, so it's PORTABLE - combine with a phone or tablet for fun or productivity on the go.
It's OPTIMIZED - the recreated device’s ‘Game Mode' has been perfected for iOS / Android apps and for games in general, and its 'QWERTY mode' has been honed for applications requiring access to all the functionality of a full-size keyboard.
It's ADAPTABLE - it supports 'Apple TV', 'Google Chromecast', 'Amazon Fire TV', 'Roku TV', enabling 'screen mirroring' (wireless streaming of what's on the screen of a phone, tablet, Mac or PC to a HDTV).
New / existing games and apps easily updated for wireless control with the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum, creating a growing library from which to choose."
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Leave your spectrum memories as they are, trying to recreate them will only disappoint, things have moved on far too much to get any lasting enjoyment from this unit
cricky12

Leave your spectrum memories as they are, trying to recreate them will … Leave your spectrum memories as they are, trying to recreate them will only disappoint, things have moved on far too much to get any lasting enjoyment from this unit



Yes most of the games are absolutely dire in comparison to what exists now. I never owned a C64, but looking on YouTube videos shows just how much more advanced it was graphically and sonically. The ZX Spectrum won on price easily compared to BBC Micro and C64. I loved the 80s, there was no Internet to cheat with, you had to work out everything yourself and there were 100's of different computing platforms, Jupiter Ace, Tandy TRS 80, Sord M5, the Japanese MSX computers which tried to form a compatible platform amongst manufacturers. Then the 90's happened and it was just PC, now we're back to multiple platforms but they're all compatible with each other.

Youtube, social media etc has ruined computing for me. Now everyone who can watch a YouTube video can garner the skills, there's no wow factor in anything anymore. You only have to go on Reddit and there's skillful artists, musicians and everyone is so meh about everything now when they see something that was impressive it's not anymore.

The real skill is still in the unknown, creating on the fringe and still not many people do that. The real people in this world that get credit aren't the ones that deserve it, such as actors, celebrities etc. Forget Stephen Fry, the real genuises are scientists. Almost no one knows the names of the people that created what we have now.

Alan Turing - you've heard of him, obviously a well known genius
Ivan Sutherland - nope you won't have heard of him, genius
Alan Kay - What about him, genius, object oriented programming and windowed operating system innovator
Douglas Englebart - What a genius, a total genius. The Mother of All Demos is all you need to see, also inventor of the computer mouse in 1963, prototyped in 1964
Ken Thompson & Denis Ritchie - Inventors of Unix and C programming language
Bent Stumpe - Touchscreen inventor

Just some of the people who invented what we have now not some 40-50 years ago. I thought I'd give them some credit.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 23rd Jul 2017
It's a basic Bluetooth keyboard that looks like a spectrum, hardly a recreated spectrum!
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far more realistic price- if they'd priced it like this from the start, or even around £19.99, it would have flown off the shelves
Edited by: "HankHandsome" 23rd Jul 2017
Check reviews on Amazon first - think there are some issues !
mrbjolly3 m ago

Check reviews on Amazon first - think there are some issues !

Yes, pretty much all the good reviews were in 2015! Problems with the app it seems
And the current statement from Elite systems seems to imply the legal wrangling has been solved.

Thing is, I still can't find a complete list of all the games available, or if it's only the list on the webpage, that's not very much. I like the idea of it's portability as much as anything, but if the games aren't there, not a lot of point.
There seem to be some problem with the app. Someone mentions the internet archive (the Wayback Machine) presumably as a way of finding a version of the app. Other possibilities are oldversion.com. These may be useful if the games _were_ on the webpage.
Wonderful (in a rose tinted spectacles sort of way) - but why would anyone make or buy such a machine?
Worldofspectrum has a link to the app
The app to unlock it is back on the Play store - it looks like once it is unlocked, you can either use the app or one of the other Spectrum emulators that support the Recreated Spectrum such as Fuse.

I've ordered for a bit of nostalgic Cromecast Spectrum playing and the hopes that it will be used going forward as a Bluetooth keyboard for the smart TV - it looks way cooler than the generic one I'm using at the moment!
Leave your spectrum memories as they are, trying to recreate them will only disappoint, things have moved on far too much to get any lasting enjoyment from this unit
It's a basic Bluetooth keyboard that looks like a spectrum, hardly a recreated spectrum!
ohhhhh the good old specy! Remember getting my 48k one in the 80's and buying it from Woolworths for £130. It outdone the ZX81 by a mile with the graphics and sound and will never forget waiting outside the shop the day a new game was released. All very costly thinking about it but was the start of gaming as we know it today.
Edited by: "beanooo" 23rd Jul 2017
beanooo3 m ago

ohhhhh the good old speccy! Remember getting my 48k one in the 80's and …ohhhhh the good old speccy! Remember getting my 48k one in the 80's and buying it from Woolworths for £130. It outdone the ZX81 by a mile with the graphics and sound and will never forget waiting outside the shop the day a new game was released. All very costly thinking about it but was the start of gaming as we know it today.

Remembering the never ending loads times, screeching loading sounds, crashes ten seconds before it loaded ( then having to adjust your tape heads as you were running a c90 copy) and having to make sure you didn't plug the joystick interface in while switched on, happy days lol !
esq35855 m ago

Remembering the never ending loads times, screeching loading sounds, …Remembering the never ending loads times, screeching loading sounds, crashes ten seconds before it loaded ( then having to adjust your tape heads as you were running a c90 copy) and having to make sure you didn't plug the joystick interface in while switched on, happy days lol !


A little bit easier to copy a game on a double tape deck. Would take a fraction of the time on high speed dubbing, photo copy the original insert cover and write on the cassette tape label. Then take it into school and sell in for a couple of quid and be best mates with everyone.
I got one in 1983 as many others did for "education".

I guess Jet Set Willy must have taught me something.
James_cleeve7327 m ago

It's a basic Bluetooth keyboard that looks like a spectrum, hardly a …It's a basic Bluetooth keyboard that looks like a spectrum, hardly a recreated spectrum!


Spot on.
I'll vote hot as this is the best price...but...Emulation FTW here. Fuse has included compatibility for this keyboard, which is nice. This system is too restrictive via the intended app. There's a certain retro-chic factor in using this as a bluetooth keyboard hooked up to a tablet on your commute (awkward qwerty functionality aside), but Spectrum Next is a far more interesting prospect imho...particularly, if you're interested in programming...or teaching your kids about programning!
Nice as a gimick but if you care about the spectrum you're better off supporting this community.
specnext.com/
Can you use "recreated" money to pay for it??
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Ahh yes, I remember my first ever 48k spectrum, my best pal got the 16k so I had bragging rights for a week until his mum bought him the expansion pack, the size of the original device I think I remember.....

Good o'days, I relive them now on my retro pie - memories never get boring....
I'm a backer of the Next (both full system, and bare board). My first Spectrum was the 48k+, and didn't manage to get hold of an old rubber key, boxed version until very recently. Also have one of each in various states too. I like the sound of the Fuse usage, as it would save messing about with the faulty one's I have to stick a Pi and the various interfaces into to make them work.
​256 dots x192 for true high resolution graphics! love it
So it's basically a poorly performing bluetooth keyboard and a Spectrum emulator?

Looks cute, but it'll be another underwhelming gadget that collects dust.
You can get an emulator for pc and laptop all the roms are available out there or marvin emulator for android
I'm really not sure what niche this is meant to fill in reality, RetroPie wipes the floor with it and has basically any game you want. If you want the original machine you can just go buy one, it's always struck me as an odd misfit.
Edited by: "Tsingtao" 23rd Jul 2017
Beware eBay and zx spectrums, I got hooked and now have over ten
beanooo

ohhhhh the good old specy! Remember getting my 48k one in the 80's and … ohhhhh the good old specy! Remember getting my 48k one in the 80's and buying it from Woolworths for £130. It outdone the ZX81 by a mile with the graphics and sound and will never forget waiting outside the shop the day a new game was released. All very costly thinking about it but was the start of gaming as we know it today.



Good memories. I remember the only place near me at the time that sold games was a very small lighting shop that had a tiny games section at the back. Specialised in BBC electron and Spectrum games. I spent many hours in there with my poor Dad trying to drag me out.
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beanooo no wonder so many software companies went bust
Makes a great bluetooth keyboard for retropi - wonder if there's space to hack a pi zeroW inside it ...?
Someone i knew when i was about 10 used to go to the local news agents where they sold spectrum games for either £1.99 or £2.99 cant remember now, but anyway, they would buy the game on cassette and take it home and open the cassette, usually held together with 4 small screws, and then open an old music cassette and swap the insides and then return it for a refund , stating it wouldn't load.
I have forgotten how many times they did it.
It always made me laugh thinking of the next person to try to load the games only to hear Boy George or Neil Diamond coming through the tv speaker!
Ok it was theft but its no worse than piracy nowadays.
They were the days
So theres no video out?
James_cleeve73

It's a basic Bluetooth keyboard that looks like a spectrum, hardly a … It's a basic Bluetooth keyboard that looks like a spectrum, hardly a recreated spectrum!


Yep, it would seem a better option to buy a standard bluetooth keyboard and use that to play via an emulator. I'm confident any android device would be more than capable of emulating a 48k Spectrum! There are many web sites that have a lot of Spectrum games available to play in the browser. The youth of today has no idea of the pain that was the loading times (& noise!)...
Those saying a normal keyboard and emulator would work the same are missing the point.
Yes, this is a bluetooth keyboard and always needs the manufacturers or third party emulator to work.
However, it's a fairly faithful recreation of the look and feel of the original ZX Spectrum - you are buying it for that.

It brings back fond memories and will continue to do so even if left on a shelf in the living room!
Edited by: "ctdctd" 23rd Jul 2017
captainbeaky



That's me that is - back in my wilder days.
ctdctd

Those saying a normal keyboard and emulator would work the same are … Those saying a normal keyboard and emulator would work the same are missing the point.Yes, this is a bluetooth keyboard and always needs the manufacturers or third party emulator to work.However, it's a fairly faithful recreation of the look and feel of the original ZX Spectrum - you are buying it for that.It brings back fond memories and will continue to do so even if left on a shelf in the living room!


No, it's just a molding that looks similar to the original. That's the only way in which it recaptures those memories, personally I tried to avoid using the keyboard as best I could when playing games (I used the Comcon interface). I had a hall effect mechanical keyboard interfaced with it for typing. Still had to use those keys when programming though!
You could get one of those USB rubber keyboards for a few pounds and connect it up to your tablet of choice - very similar experience. I guess because I have the real thing I am a little bias against this, however all I see is a bluetooth keyboard in the same style as the original Spectrum - is it anything more?
lollypoplee1 h, 17 m ago

Someone i knew when i was about 10 used to go to the local news …Someone i knew when i was about 10 used to go to the local news agents where they sold spectrum games for either £1.99 or £2.99 cant remember now, but anyway, they would buy the game on cassette and take it home and open the cassette, usually held together with 4 small screws, and then open an old music cassette and swap the insides and then return it for a refund , stating it wouldn't load.I have forgotten how many times they did it.It always made me laugh thinking of the next person to try to load the games only to hear Boy George or Neil Diamond coming through the tv speaker!Ok it was theft but its no worse than piracy nowadays. They were the days

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I had my Chuckie egg hi score published in one of the spectrum monthlies back in the day, may have to try to beat it
lollypoplee1 h, 22 m ago

Someone i knew when i was about 10 used to go to the local news …Someone i knew when i was about 10 used to go to the local news agents where they sold spectrum games for either £1.99 or £2.99 cant remember now, but anyway, they would buy the game on cassette and take it home and open the cassette, usually held together with 4 small screws, and then open an old music cassette and swap the insides and then return it for a refund , stating it wouldn't load.I have forgotten how many times they did it.It always made me laugh thinking of the next person to try to load the games only to hear Boy George or Neil Diamond coming through the tv speaker!Ok it was theft but its no worse than piracy nowadays. They were the days

​or just tape to tape em like my mate did
I would love this for the nostalgia, but know that it'll only be used a few times and then stored away forever once I realise that some things are best left in the past.
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