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Timex/Sinclair 1000
"America's First Afforadable Personal Computer"
By Euphrates
Timex/Sinclair 1000 The Timex/Sinclair 1000 was available in stores in 1981 for $99. It was really one of the earliest versions of the home computer and certainly the first affordable computer. Its novel size (just 12 ounces!) and the fact that it is nearly 20 years old now makes it quite collectible. It was about the size of a large calculator and had multi-functional bubble keys. It came with a whopping 2K of RAM. An earlier version of the machine only came with 1K! Of course, like all early computers, the Timex/Sinclair used your television as a monitor, and programs or data were loaded from and saved to cassette tape.

Next, the folks at T/S released a 16K RAM pack that plugged into the back of the computer and a small adding machine type printer. This module was very expensive but greatly expanded the functionality of the computer.

As you can imagine or may even remember, with 1K of memory and no hard drive the computer did not come with any pre-loaded games or programs. You could buy pre-programmed cassettes that had BASIC versions of popular games like Space Invaders. These cassettes required the 16K RAM pack to run. Each cassette package had a replica of the Timex/Sinclair 1000 keyboard printed on it and cost around $15. There were also several paperback books with BASIC programs that you could type in and run.

Later, the 1000 was repackaged with the memory module and 3 software cartridges for over $200!

The 1000 and its accessories are still quite affordable and can be picked up with their original packaging for $25-$50, less than half of the original retail price. Grab one up if you can. You'll never have more fun displaying your name on the television or playing tic tac toe and after time, you may find yourself weaned off of your Playstation.

Playstation? Hmmmmm, will those things ever be collectible?

Timex/Sinclair Hardware - Partial List

ZX80 - 1980
TS1000 ZX81 - 1981
1016 Expander Module - 1982
TS1000 ZX81 w/Expander Module and 3 Software Cassettes
2020 OEM Tape Deck
2040 Printer
Larken Disk Interface System for the Timex Sinclair 2068
Memotech External Keyboard
Spectrum TS1500 - 1983
TS2068 (Color)
TS2050 Modem for TS1000, TS1500, and the TS2068
Westridge 2050 Modem for the TS2068
Timex/Sinclair Software - Partial List

Software - The Home or Blue Series

The Budgeter
The Carpooler
The Checkbook Mananger
The Coupon Manager
College Cost Analyzer
Heating System Analyzer
The IRA Planner
The Loan/Mortgage Amortizer
The Organizer
The Stamp Collector
The Stock Option Analyzer
Software - The Education or Yellow Series

The Computer Coach
Conversational French
Conversational Spanish
The Flight Simulator
Guitar for Beginners
Language Usage
Music Educator 1
Geometry 1
Geometry 2
States & Capitals
Super Math
Software - The Entertainment or Red Series

Alien Invasion
Bigflap Attack
The Challenger 1
The Cube Game
Fortress of Zorlac
The Gambler
Grimm's Fairy Trails
Merchant of Venus
Mixed Game Bag 1
Mixed Game Bag 2
Strategy Football
Software - The Business or Green Series

Critical Path Analysis
Inventory Control
The List Manager
Manufacturing Control
Money Analyzer 1
Money Analyzer 2 VU-Calc
Software - Timex/Sinclair ZX81

Flight Simulation
Space Trek
Software - Timex/Sinclair 2068

Crazy Bugs
States and Capitols
Software - Softsync, Inc.

2K Games Pack
Astro Walk
Copter Patrol
Dragon Slayer
Killer Whale
Monster Masher
Red Alert
Sharks Treasure
Space Commando
Space Raid
Star Blaster
The Stock Market Calculator
TS Destroyer/Space Raid

Timex/Sinclair Literature - Partial List

Magazine - SYNC (Dedicated to the Timex/Sinclair 2000)
Magazine - Timex Sinclair User
Book - Games For Your Timex/Sinclair 2000
Book - Mastering Machine Code on Your Timex Sinclair
Book - Timex Sinclair/2068 "Beginner/Intermediate"
Book - Timex Sinclair/2068 "Intermediate/Advanced"
Book - Machine Code & Better Basic
Book - Getting Acquanted with your ZX81
Book - The Working Timex/Sinclair 2068
Book - The ZX81 Companion
Book - Timex Sinclair 2068, 1500 & 1000 Machine Language Programming and Interfacing

Other Classic Microcomputers and Accessories - Partial List

ADAM ColecoVision Family Computer System
Apple Macintosh (Original Model M0001)
Apple Macintosh Plus
Archer Video/Computer RF Modulaton
Atari 1200XL
Atari 400
Commodore 1541 Floppy Disk Drive
Commodore 16
Commodore 64
Commodore 64 color portable
Commodore VIC-20
Compaq Portable Model 1
KAYPRO II Portable Computer
Mattel Aquarius
Osborne 1
Texas Instruments 99/4 Impact Printer with ribbon cartridge
Texas Instruments Cartridge Expander
Texas Instruments Computer Software
Texas Instruments Home Computer TI-99/4a
Texas Instruments MBX Expansion System
Texas Instruments Program Recorder
Texas Instruments Speech Synthesizer
Texas Instruments Triton TurboXT Expansion Module
TRS-80 Color Computer I

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