Since the last Update, a number of units of the Recreated ZX Spectrum have been manufactured using the production tooling. The following photographs are of the recreated device with serial number 2 … the second recreated device to be manufactured from the production tooling. (Click on the first photograph for a larger image.)
All of the production units we’ve received have been fully functional. Their build quality, to the extent that it can be judged by look and feel, is significantly better than that of the hand-built proto-type with which many backers had hands on (and about which many commented most favourably) at the Gadget Show Live in April. A particularly notable and pleasing feature of the production units is the look and feel of the rubber keyboard. Those who can touch type and have had hands on with the production units have been particularly impressed.
Because we know we’ve only one chance to make a first impression, we’ve been anxious to ensure our manufacturing partners respond to feedback received about the production units. Consequently, each of the production units we’ve received … since receiving the one with serial number 2 … has differed in one or more small but important ways. (The eagle-eyed will note that in the image above the legends ‘A’ and ‘B’, denoting the recreated device’s ‘Game-layer’ and its ‘QWERTY-layer’, have not been applied adjacent to the ‘Device-layer Switch’.) Another area in which we’ve seen a significant improvement, with successive production units, is the bonding of the recreated device’s metal faceplate to its body. This was an area of variability (and failure) in the original ZX Spectrum and one which we’re keen to eliminate from the recreated device.
At the time of writing, we’ve yet to receive a production unit which we can approve for batch manufacture, (more production units are on their way to us). Once we do, then manufacturing will be scheduled and a delivery date will be announced.
There have been a number of other positive developments since the last Update. Notably:
- the packaging has been finalised
- the User Manual has been drafted
- the first version of the FREE Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app has been approved, by Apple
- we’ve made good progress toward finalising the companion Android app and the companion ONLINE web app (for users of Macs, PCs and now or in the future .. connected TVs)
- the official website, RecreatedZXSpectrum.com has been enhanced to include a list of the games and applications which support the recreated device’s ‘Game-layer’ functionality and those which support the recreated device’s ‘QWERTY-layer’ functionality, (this list is not yet live but when it is it will include hyperlinks to the games and applications)
Once the first version of the User Manual has been finailsed we may share it with backers (and those who pre-ordered it from us after our Kickstarter appeal closed), so that they can begin to familiarise themselves with some of the more innovative features of the recreated device before it’s despatched to them.
Until then, thank you for your continued support.
Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite
The ‘Recreated ZX Spectrum' (formerly the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum)