Following in the footsteps...
The Spectrum was famous from the first day
it appeared. Five years later, its fame has spread. Millions
of Spectrum owners know the reason; the combination of colourful
graphics, creative sound and great value have guaranteed an
unparalleled range of software. Today, there are more Spectrums
and more Spectrum programs than ever before. And today there
is a Spectrum with more features and more power than ever
before. The ZX Spectrum +3. The Spectrum +3 has everything
that made the family famous. It includes 128K of RAM and the
enhanced sound capabilities of the Spectrum 128K +2. It has
the advanced keyboard and built-in joystick ports of the 128K
+2. Most of all, it has the original Spectrum's inexhaustible
appetite for software. But it's the new features that set
the Spectrum +3 apart as the most exciting Sinclair computer
More in store
For the first time, the Spectrum has a disk
drive as standard. Games load in seconds, not minutes. Each
disk can hold more than 350 kilobytes of programs and data;
more than enough for a fifty thousand word novel. Imagine
the games that this sheer size makes possible. Then remember
that the country's leading software houses have been working
with the +3 for some considerable time. A challenging prospect.
Good connections get you
Existing owners have been well catered for.
Spectrum ZX Basic has been extensively redesigned and enlarged.
A resident Disk Operating System allows instant access to
the new facilities, and there are many features to ease the
transition from tape to disk. In most cases, BASIC programs
will transfer without modification. An ordinary cassette recorder
can be connected to allow full access to the huge software
The +3 has inherited the monitor connection,
four-channel sound, MIDI port and serial printer interface
of the +2 to make it by far the best connected Spectrum yet.
It's easy to use, too.. Switch on, insert a disk, press one
key and your game is ready to play. You can't go wrong with
the joystick ports, either - they're built-in as standard.
Programmers will appreciate the menu-based editing system
and the simple disk commands. Users will appreciate the word-processor
quality keyboard and clear graphics. And everyone will appreciate
the standard Spectrum expansion connector, ready to accept
drum machines, mice ports or modems.
There are a large number of games already
available on disk. You can defend the universe from intruders,
win gold on the ski slopes and battle mythical monsters in
an all-too-real fight to the death. You can sample all three
at the touch of a key, in less time than it takes to rewind
a tape. Those aliens just havent a chance...
Games aren't the only things that
are better with the Spectrum +3. The professional user will
find a built-in parallel printer port, with in-depth support
from BASIC. The disk system is hardware compatible with the
Amstrad range of home computers, ensuring that designers and
programmers already have the expertise to create truly advanced
software. There's a socket for a second disk drive, to produce
a system capable of working hard for its living. Inside, the
Spectrum +3 makes full use of new technology. By using fewer
chips to do a better job, the Spectrum's reputation for value
is enhanced while reliability is improved even further. All
aspects of the Spectrum +3 are covered in the comprehensive
manual, which combines tutorial and reference material to
provide an ideal introduction and working companion. Everything
is described, from first programming in BASIC to the hard
facts about machine code and the Disk Operating System.