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About The Sinclair ZX81

Released in 1981, the ZX81 is the successor to the ZX80 from Sinclair. There is little difference technically speaking between these two systems aside from the build of the machine.

The ZX81 design allowed for a more compact design and robust build, addressing a number of the issues with the original ZX80.

The system was sold until 1984, its successor is the ZX Spectrum, released a couple of years earlier.

Sinclair ZX81
The Sinclair ZX81

How To Emulate This System?

Due to the Sinclair ZX81 being more niche than many popular systems, emulators are a little harder to come by. This is especially the case when looking at all-in-one solutions such as RetroArch. There are however options available to allow you to emulate the Sinclair ZX81 and relive those memories. Take a look at the options below:

EmulatorDescriptionPlatform
EightyOneEightyOne is one of the more popular standalone emulators for the ZX80 and ZX81 systems.Windows