About The Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2

Released in 1986, the ZX Spectrum+2 is Amstrad’s first Spectrum following them purchasing the ZX Spectrum product and Sinclair brands.

The Spectrum+2 is based on the ZX Spectrum 128 but has been rehoused in a newly designed case with an integrated tape deck. This design choice has been lifted directly from Amstrad’s own CPC range. The keyboard itself was a major improvement over previous ZX Spectrums, with the keys being spring-loaded, it felt much more like a modern computer to use.

Sinclair Spectrum +2
The Sinclair Spectrum +2

There was a slight revision to the Spectrum+2 released, known as the Spectrum+2A. This utilised a slightly reconfigured board which meant it could be utilised for both the +2A and the Spectrum +3, reducing manufacturing costs. The +2A is notorious for being slightly less compatible with some older software. There is also a +2B model which was produced to resolve some audio output issues.

The ZX Spectrum+2 was succeeded by the final Spectrum system, the Spectrum+3.


With over 12,000 games developed for the ZX Spectrum, it is tough whittling down a definitive Best ZX Spectrum Games list. Luckily, we have put together our favourites for you. Check out our article below as a great place to start.


22 of the Best ZX Spectrum Games

How To Emulate This System?

Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 emulation is reasonably well catered for, we recommend taking a look at RetroArch if you are seeking an all-in-one solution. RetroArch emulates a large number of systems including the Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2. RetroArch is a front end that utilises emulator ‘cores’, it is reasonably easy to use and has lots of good supporting documentation on how to use it. RetroArch is available across a number of platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and many consoles. Take a look at our quick start guide for RetroArch which can get you up and running in 5 minutes.

Check out RetroArch here

Also, check out the other Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 emulators we enjoy using:

Spectaculator Spectaculator is one of the best ZX Spectrum emulators available across a number of platforms, definitely the simplest start to ZX Spectrum emulation.Windows / Android/ iOS
FuseFUSE is one of the most widely regarded standalone emulators for the ZX Spectrum.Windows