Back in 83-84, Sinclair launched these multi-page glossy ads in a further attempt to convince the micro-buying public that their machine had completely conquered the market and here was the colour computer that all the kids at school were not just talking about, but swapping all their games for as well.
Price was of course king (not reliability!) and these ads definitely concentrated on pushing the Sinclair range as being the most price-competitive machine on the market.
I think it's time to re-acquaint ourselves with these 4 page promos as they also give additional information as to what some of the interfaces were capable of - handy for those members who perhaps were not fully conversant with the Spectrum "back in the day".
I remember gazing at the double page advert and trying to get my parents to take notice. Of course they did, but instead of getting me a Speccy they went to Boots and bought an 800XL. Now, I'm really glad they got me the Atari because it's became a bit of a lifelong obsession since (and it brought me into contact with good people like yourselves!).
I secretly envied my mates' Speccies, back in '82, but persisted in telling them - if they were listening during their jolly jibes and japes - that my 32K ZX81 was more powerful than their 16K Speccies and also my DKTroniks add-on keyboard made their rubber key thing rather silly BUT OF COURSE they shot me to hell with their colour graphics, beeping sound and massive games collections which they quickly assembled following schoolyard playground swaps!
And as you say, Allen, later, I was glad to be weaned off the 'seriousness' of the Beeb and lurved the unbridled joy of the wonderful arcade games, robust construction and proper joysticks and later instant disk access that came with my 800XL via the I/O upgrade thanks to the 1050 (following the Dixon's initial package comprising the 800XL and 1010).
I am so glad to have met you guys - thanks to the forum portal and time 'lord' known as Brenski.
As most of you have now gathered, he is not of this world but an alien (OK, of Irish ancestry), placed here to spread Atari-ness in this 'sector' of the known retro universe.
I 'thankew' and leave you with some hexadecimal to chew on:
Theres at least 48k's worth of hilarity in your comment there baz, theres nothing like a bunch of like minded folk saying things you feel same way about. I know where yall coming from, that's why im here too despite the 9v regulator in my brain being rather twitchy.
You inspire me to carry on thinking i still live in the mid 80s, flatulating flux crapacitence, and filling my mind with xenomorphs and predatorious predators, ill be back and whats with the effing tie, all wonderful times.
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The thing is about the "low cost" Spectrum, if you add it's cost as well as the cost of all the extra interface expansions required to bring it up to a par with other micros that had all that built-in from the get-go, were you really saving money? And you still had to put up with a small rubber keyboard too!
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