You have 0 item(s).
Total: $0.00
 
Wario Ware: Smooth Moves (Wii)
DS Replacement Retail Game Cartridge Case
Nintendo Gamecube System
Playstation 2 System
Nunchuk Controller (Wii)
Super Deluxe Dance Pad for PS2/ PS1
PS4 Replacement Retail Blu-Ray Game Case
Nintendo 64 Controller (N64)
Pokemon Platinum Version (DS)
Game Boy Advance System
 
 
MVP Baseball 2004 (Gamecube)
Espn NBA 2K5 (Playstation 2)
Madden NFL 09 (PS2)
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)
Call of Duty 3 (Wii)
Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility (Wii)
Wipeout: The Game (Wii)
Chronicles of Narnia Lion Witch and the Wardrobe (PS2)
Megaman X8 (PS2)
Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (Wii)
Breath of Fire 3 (Playstation)
Nectaris (Playstation)
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (PSX)
Transformers The Game (PS2)
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (PS2)
Gran Turismo 4 (PS2)
Wii Play / No Remote (Wii)
Medal of Honor Frontline (PS2)
Alone in the Dark (PS2)
Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver (PSX)
Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2)
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly (Gamecube)
Mario Kart (Wii)
Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (PS2)
Final Fantasy IX (Playstation)
Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2)
Legend of Dragoon (Playstation)
Super Mario Brothers 2 (NES)
Mortal Kombat 3 (SNES)
 
 
 
View price in:  
Sort By:

Sinclair ZX81

The ZX81 is a home computer produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Scotland by Timex Corporation. It was launched in the United Kingdom in March 1981 as the successor to Sinclair's ZX80 and was designed to be a low-cost introduction to home computing for the general public. It was hugely successful and More than 1.5 million units were sold before it was eventually discontinued. The ZX81 found commercial success in many other countries, notably the United States, where it was initially sold as the ZX-81. Timex manufactured and distributed it under licence and enjoyed a substantial but brief boom in sales. Timex later produced its own versions of the ZX81 for the US market – the Timex Sinclair 1000 and Timex Sinclair 1500. Unauthorised clones of the ZX81 were produced in a number of countries.

Products

Thumbnail Name Info Price QTY Order
Sinclair ZX81
Sinclair ZX81 Info $49.99
Notify Me When Stock Is Available


  • [ 1 ]
The ZX81 was designed to be small, simple, and above all cheap, using as few components as possible to keep the cost down. Video output was to a television set rather than a dedicated monitor. Programs and data were loaded and saved onto audio tape cassettes. It had only four silicon chips on board and a mere 1 kB of memory. The machine had no power switch or any moving parts (with the exception of a channel selector switch present only on early "ZX81 USA" models which pre-dated the Timex-Sinclair 1000) and used a pressure-sensitive membrane keyboard for manual input. The ZX81's limitations prompted the emergence of a flourishing market in third-party peripherals to improve its capabilities. Such limitations, however, achieved Sinclair's objective of keeping the cost of the machine as low as possible. Its distinctive design brought its designer, Rick Dickinson, a Design Council award.

The ZX81 could be bought by mail order in kit form or pre-assembled. In what was then a major innovation, it was the first cheap mass-market home computer that could be bought from high street stores, led by W.H. Smith and soon many other retailers. The ZX81 marked the first time that computing in Britain became an activity for the general public, rather than the preserve of businesspeople and electronics hobbyists. It inspired the creation of a huge community of enthusiasts, some of whom founded their own businesses producing software and hardware for the ZX81. Many went on to play a major role in the British computer industry in later years. The ZX81's commercial success made Sinclair Research one of Britain's leading computer manufacturers and earned a fortune and an eventual knighthood for the company's founder, Sir Clive Sinclair.