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 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.
BEST ZX SPECTRUM GAMES
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.
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.
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|
|Fuse||FUSE is one of the most widely regarded standalone emulators for the ZX Spectrum.||Windows|
A lifelong avid gamer and computing enthusiast, Matt has decades of experience in the field, so producing retro orientated content for How To Retro comes is second nature to him. Now over 40 years old, Matt now even considers himself retro, but fortunately, nobody has developed a Matt emulator (not yet at least!).