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Overview

Sinclair Research set out to build a simple to use personal computer, running BASIC and capable of breaking the pyschological barrier of 100. Well, they succeeded with their ZX80. Why ZX80? No reason really except that it's based on a NEC copy of the Z80 processor chip...and it sounds nice.

Briefly

The machine is available through mail order either ready made or in kit form; their are no firm plans to sell it through shops - yet. A kit will cost you 79.95 while its ready built twin will come out at 99.95. In addition to this you'll need a mains adaptor ("600ma at 9V DC nominal unregulated")...if you buy Sinclair's it will cost you and extra 8.95. Deliveries of the kit were expected to start in February, the ready-made in March.

The ZX80 is amaxingly light, tweleve ounces in fact, and easily held in one hand. The low weight is achieved through the use of a moulded plastic casing just 1mm thick.

It connects quite happily to the television set and the cassette recorder, although it might take a few minutes to find the optimal settings. Once attached to the TV, it gives a rock steady display (more on that later).

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