NaBloPoMo – Timex Sinclair 1000

Tonight we present an extremely rare computer.  It was quite expensive when it was new as it was cutting edge.  Nah,  its a Timex Sinclair 1000.  It sold for $99.  They made a gazillion of them.  They were considered underpowered even when they were released in 1982.  Their sole redeeming feature was they introduced thousands of people to computing.

It was a Z80 machine based on the Sinclair ZX81.  The differences was twice the memory (2K versus 1K) and NTSC versus PAL output.  The whole computer was 4 chips.  CPU, RAM, ROM and a custom logic array.  The computer was tiny and slow.  My portable tv did not like the output so no screen shots.  maybe I will try it on the larger tv and see what happens.  Anyway,  this one I think I got from the library sale.  Maybe not as I have 3.  The other two belonged to coworkers.


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2 Responses to NaBloPoMo – Timex Sinclair 1000

  1. Lurkertype says:

    We had one of these, but we got it for free in 1982, so didn't feel ripped off. No peripherals, though. We got a proper computer in 1983, with floppies and all.

  2. Lauri says:

    Oh egads!!! I need to get back here and check out all the posts! It's like History in Motion! :DAnd, it's fascinating!

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