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Going to be awesome!
Yes it does look very close
"Production units arriving this month"..., Looks as if it's nearly here!
Looks like it's close, cannot wait till they turn up.
@Jamie What makes you think this project is going to be a non-delivery? Have you not seen all the tech gurus giving it's praises?
I'm sure it won't be long now, I never expected development to be on time as testing and getting it right does take a lot of time you can have problems and sort them out, but it will be worth it from what I've seen.
After my experience with the non delivery of this project I am much less likely to back a Kickstarter campaign in future. Very disappointing.
Just seen this on twitter https://twitter.com/jasonbradbury/status/585746566729879552, and although it's nice to see the product is getting a good reception, it's a shame that the people who backed it aren't being given the same consideration!
Simon, the point being i thought it was a great idea so backed it. Now i could just waited and got it with the rest of the people who wanted. As for your comment bout the backing budget. It doesn't matter if its 60k 600k or 60 quid, if the firm ain't got the gumption to be honest from the get go, then they shouldn't have put it forward. I blame kickstarter as well because they should veto projects more closely. Im also on the lima backing and thats took over 18 mths and was funded over a mill. I believe both when i see them.
Really - why do we care if they are announcing pre-orders? We are going to get ours and personally I wont be ordering another - only because I only really need one. This is the one kickstarter that my care factor for delivery times and updates is tiny. This is almost going to be a surprise that will turn up on my doorstep. I think we should all think about how little money this project actually raised - just over GBP60K. That is tiny in reality so I don't expect someone full time on this.
Just a point about your previous answer Joe posted below. You will find if people have given you money on kickstarter they will return to kickstarter to find out what is happening to their money.
I don't think I'm alone getting annoyed by finding out news of this product from engadget and the telegraph websites saying you've announced pre-orders at other shops.
It will I'm sure make us backers nervous about our money.
Can you answer one simple question publicly in these comments; Will the kickstarter backers get the product before anyone else?
well - I got a response -
Elite Systems Ltd says:
We saw your comment Joe and appreciate the input.
For your information we can tell you that every comment and every direct message received since our Kickstarter appeal closed has received a direct response for us. If backers wish to post our response on the comments section of the site we're more than happy for them to do so. Note: our understanding is that only a very small percentage of backers read the comments section of the site after an appeal has close, which is why we always reply directly.
With regard to delivery, our UK manufacturing partner is currently working on the delivery schedule and will be notifying us of its plans once that's done. We will communicate that information directly to you, just as soon as we have it.
With regard to updates, there will be a further backer update before the month's out and ... as with all previous backer updates ... it will include information which is not in the public domain.
Until then, thanks for your continued support.
Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite
Just to add - my support is not 'continuing' - I have no choice but to sit it out, like many others. I'm just tired of waiting - as are many others.
SERIOUSLY? This is turning into a bloody joke and I do NOT understand why so many of us have been patient for so long bar ONE thing - we want to see the money we've put up have a return, lured by our romantic connection to this machine from years gone by. Why on earth can't you have the manners to start responding to comments put on here from people who have put faith in you delivering the goods at some point.
To be clear, you were quite happy to take funding through kickstarter and then essentially treat the backers in an off-hand and totally discourteous manner. Your updates are infrequent, any deadlines ignored and comments not responded to. Try that in any other industry and you'd be declared bankrupt or taken to court. It says below this comment box - be respectful and considerate. WHY? Why are we being respectful and considerate when quite clearly you are not.
CAN WE HAVE A DATE WHEN WE CAN EXPECT DELIVERY PLEASE??????????
Just seen in the metro today you can preorder from iwantoneofthose.com in july. Surely funders will get theirs earlier
Just been watching this gamesyouloved interview with Steve Wilcox on youtube. Just makes me want it right now :), please can we have a timescale update I am still happy waiting as long as we get some concreate info on when to expect our shiny new Bluetooth ZX Spectrums.
Looking impressive Steve.
It does look very good, and I'm sure we will be getting it soon )
I'm more than disappointed by the time this project is taking and the pitiful communication from the project team. I would appreciate an update on this project here please. When can we expect the device?
I agree with Tom, it would be nice to hear updates on here rather than finding out about them on other websites, so much for an end of Feb update!
Also the engadget article I just read (link below) also contains links to other sites taking pre-orders and it does indeed seem 31st July is the go date.
So does that mean we get them on or after that date too? or as we payed up front do we get ours earlier than 31st July?
Hi, I think it would be appreciated if updates came via Kickstarter and not from promotional articles on Engadget or other websites. The one I saw toad had more details about the state of the project than I've heard from here in months. Please don't forget those who are funding you.
31st July Launch by the looks of this ebay ad?
could not edit my comment below, I wanted to add that Windows Phone 8.1 update 2 and Windows 10 for phones will include Bluetooth keyboard support, so I realize that it wont work with all Windows Phones at this moment.
Thanks Phil for the link, I am disappointed there is no mention of Windows Phone as the OS is as capable as IOS and Android. This is a disappointment hopefully its just an over-site. Please could we have an update on Window Phone compatibility as many IT Professionals use the Windows Phone platform it would be a market not to miss. I have my fingers crossed.
On Yahoo today
Looks great - hope this spreads much beyond Kickstarter!
I must say it looks great I will buy another one as well.
Any more news please Steve ?
Thanks Paul M, just wondering what the deal was there as I couldn't see it in any of the mails.
Nice to know that I might still get it =)
Any word on when we'll see something yet?
Had an email from Devs to confirm.
To be clear, the prints signed by Rick Dickinson will be despatched at the same time as your main reward.
Paul, I have received nothing either
Has anyone eligible actually received a “Collectors’ Print – Signed By Rick Dickinson, Designer of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum”?
I haven't so just wondering if I missed out or they are yet to arrive (i.e. shipped with the final unit?)
Never give up hope - we WILL relive the 80s!
I have to say that the non-delivery of this project is very disappointing. I also increased my contribution to get the poster and not heard anything about that either. Not holding my breath for this one after all this time. :-(
in ten days will be a year that the project was closed. The keyboard had to be delivered in September 2014. When are you going to deliver? If delayed again, the keyboard will become Retrocomputing as the ZX Spectrum :)
I did get quite a nice personal reply from Steve about my comment.
One thing that was interesting was this - "We've been aware of the development of the other device since Feb '11."
It's made me a bit more hopeful now and Steve also said another update is on the way and the Elite Spectrum does look far better so I'm going to shut up and hopefully not wait too long for the final version :)
By the 24/12/14 update I mean the outcome and delivery that was expected beginning Jan and the Vega one, sorry cannot edit previous post.
Another update and release for the Elite one :(
What happened to the 24/12/14 update ???
Wasn't this announced later than the Elite version, yet is now being produced sooner?!?!
It's not as good looking (why no real keyboard guys?) but it's got a load of games on it and it's going to be available to actually buy/use. Come on Steve, it's now almost a year since the kickstarter was funded and still no sign of anything we can use. Please??
it will be here, things don't always develop as fast as people want I think it will be good.
Almost given up hope!
credit to Steve Wilcox for sending me this direct message (which doesn't look particularly 'private' to me):
We saw your comment Simon, thanks for your input.
The next Kickstarter Update will be published at about 9am on Christmas Eve. It should address some of your issues. Others will be addressed in the next or subsequent updates.
Until then, have a fabulous Christmas and thank you for your continued support.
Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite
Note: per Kickstarter FAQ, all backers will be surveyed for their current address details et al before their rewards are despatched.
The December 2 update gives us 'good news' telling us the pre-production unit will be with them in January 'or possibly sooner'.
But when will the keyboards themselves which backers have paid £50+ for be delivered? Will Elite contact backers before shipping to confirm delivery address since many of us have probably moved house since January 2014?
And more to the point, since the Elite app appears to have been withdrawn from the Google Play store, will we be able to use it with anything anyway, or have we all just dropped £50 on a piece of sculpture?
Overall this whole sorry affair has left quite an unpleasant taste in the mouth, and not been a good advert for the wider principle of crowdfunding.
I'm with Steve Hall here... quite disappointed and concerned and just a little p*ssed.
We have been waiting for a long time, with infrequent updates and then a rival machine comes along (with the backing of Sir Clive no less), with 1000 games while developers have pulled away from this project.
I am beginning to lose faith and I cant be the only one.
Looks like the Vega is all over Yahoo now as well - What is going on? Didn't this project have the blessing of the former Sinclair Team (a la video during KS)? So, can Elite post here what software WE get on launch, and how many games we get access to on the various platforms? Sorry to come across p*ssed, but I let down by the news of the Vega; and the delays our own KS has experienced - I'm sure Elite and the rest of us feel the same way :(
Todays news letter update was good, but I would also like an update on the views of the "Vega" especially as Sir Clive Sinclair is throwing his name behind it.
By 'this' I of course mean your BT ZX Spectrum.
Damn inability to edit.
Steve, I'm sure you're on the ball with this but just in case...
They're stating 1000 included games, with free access to I assume all the stuff on WoS, some 14,000 or so.
Would love to see this come out and steal all its thunder. It's a crazy design, nothing at all like anyone would remember playing Spectrum games, so a full-blown release of this would leave it in its wake I think.
It not too good to be so behind and not communicate this to your backers. So honesty and frankness would be good. Does anyone know what happens if Elite just pocket the money?
I completely understand there can be complications and unforeseen issues, so projects don't run to schedule. But I really do think you owe it to your backers to keep them informed. Communication is key.
I think the only thing we can do is place our trust in Steve, after all that fiasco earlier in the year that's now been sorted, and leave him to get on with it.
I doubt we'll see it this year too but lets be honest, we'd sooner him do the best job possible than rush something to meet an arbitrary deadline that doesn't typically end well.
I wish we had it sooner, I can't wait to start some Speccy classics on an authentic keyboard, but its in his hands now. Better to not take any of his time and attention away from delivering it for all us backers.
Good luck Steve, looking forward to the final product.