Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2

System Overview

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.

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 +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.

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.

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

Emulator Description Platform
Fuse FUSE is one of the most widely regarded standalone emulators for the ZX Spectrum. Windows

Emulating the Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 using a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.

Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to output games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.

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