Modern ZX Spectrum today

This page is about a Speccy for 21st century, enhanced in all important parts like turbo CPU, memory upgrade, DMA, professional PC keyboard, scroll-wheel mouse, ethernet/comms/SPI/I2C, expanded sound (SAA or 2xAY, FM synth, SID), high quality digital display and modern storage device with a PC-compatible DOS.

Forget about old chips, FPGA rulez!

When purchasing a new ZX Spectrum, think about...

A good modern Speccy clone should be able to run all software written for any ZX Spectrum model or a popular clone, it also should support brand new and innovative programs (in recent years coming mainly from East Europe), using advanced hardware like TSFM, GS, ULA+, DivSD or HR(X)C.

After years, most ZX Spectrum followers do not meet abovementioned requirements (sorry, old ZX-Unos and SpecNext users...).

Currently there are only two perspective compact models with common expansions built-in (DivSD, ULA+, Covox+Soundrive, etc.).


Basic-line < ... > PROFI-line

14 Mhz
128K with DivSD
512K w/o DivSD
standard
yes
none
128K
1x (magic)
1x
no
RGB
EGA only
none
ZXS only


ULA+
none
optional
none
1x
yes
yes (int. PS2)
optional
optional (12 MHz)
optional
none
none
1x
1x real AY chip

real CPU
RAM

ROM
esxDOS installed
+2A RAM+timing
divSD RAM
extra buttons
SD card slots
RealTimeClock
video
digital video
digital audio
graphics modes


colour palette
display modes
Wi-Fi
mouse
joysticks
Sega joystick
ext. keyboard
TurboSound FM
GeneralSound
SAA1099
SID
RS-232
int. zx-bus
extras

20 Mhz
2024K

512K in 4 ROMs sets
yes
yes
512K
2x (NMI, Extra)
2x
optional
none
HDMI and DVI-D
yes
HRC, HRXC, Radastan
Timex HiRes + HiColor
3x HW GigaScreen
ULA+, indeXed RGB
8 scanline levels
optional
yes (K-Mouse)
3x
optional
yes (USB/PS2)
yes
optional (24 MHz)
yes
none
optional
2x
GPIO-SPI-I2C exp.
HGFX ready
SAM Coupé ports ready

MB03+ Ultimate LED Display