Sinclair User

British publication dedicated to Sinclair computers, most specifically the ZX Spectrum. Published in the UK between 1982 and 1993, it was the longest running Sinclair-based magazine.


  • Complex galactic conflict
    YOU WILL need at least one opponent, writing materials and plenty of time for Cyborg Wars, produced by Stratagem Cybernetics for the Timex Sinclair or the 16K ZX-81.
  • Mystery clouds Amstrad deal
    The credibility of Amstrad’s deal with Sinclair has been further eroded with news that, far from having “worldwide rights to the Spectrum” as claimed by Amstrad in its announcement to the Stock Exchange on April 7, Portugal and the eastern bloc countries are excluded from the deal. Rights to the Spectrum in these areas are
  • Plans for T/S 1000 Upgrade
    TIMEX is planning to introduce a new Sinclair/Timex machine to the American market in the near future. It will be an upgraded version of the T/S1000, of which Americans have been critical since it was introduced last year. The T/S1500 will be introduced on June 1. It will have a regular typewriter-style keyboard with movable
  • Poor presentation handicaps teaching aids
    Another book which will be of interest to ZX-81 owners is The Ins and Outs of the Timex TS-1000 and ZX-81, by Don Thomasson. The book looks as if it were written for a readership in the States but it has some relevance in Britain. It explains the hardware of the ZX-81 and includes a
  • Sinclair Research message spreads
  • Some micros may die
    It looks a little like the situation in the U.S., where the price war at the cheap end of the market has meant that both Texas Instruments and Atari computer operations are said to be running at a loss and sales of Times Sinclair machines have been sliding. The T/S problems led Sir Clive Sinclair
  • The writing on the wall
    It is a widely-held belief that whatever happens in the United States will, sooner or later, happen on this side of the Atlantic If that is so, we must view with some anxiety the sudden withdrawal of Timex from the home computer market in the U.S, a withdrawal announced with a somewhat ominous prediction from
  • Timex disc drives arrive
    The latest in the growing number of disc systems for the Spectrum has been launched recently by Timex (Portugal) Ltd. It offers the use of up to four drives, each of which can access up to 140K; only uses two bytes of Spectrum memory โ€” unused ones in the system variables; has a very versatile
  • Timex makes a clearer printer
    The TIMEX 2040 thermal printer is the standard printer used with the American version of the ZX-81. The US version of the Spectrum had yet to appear at the time of writing. It works with a different paper, 4 1/2 in. wide plain white paper with a special coating sprayed on to the top of
  • Timex modifies ZX-81 for U.S.
    TIMEX is learning from its close association with Sinclair Research and introducing its own low-cost microcomputer in the States. Selling at $99.95, the Timex Sinclair 1000 is a 2K RAM version of the ZX-81 and is the first computer to sell for less than 100 dollars. The ZX-81 costs slightly less than 150 dollars.
  • Timex reveals upgrade plans
    TIMEX has revealed its plans for two new microcomputers, the 1500 and 2048, in the States. The specifications of the new computers were shown for the first time at a computer show in Chicago. The 1500 will be an upgraded version of the TS-1000, the U.S. version of the ZX-81, which has attracted some criticism
  • Timex Sinclair 1000 sales disappointing
    One blot on the rosy scene of the Sinclair Research financial year was the disappointing performance of the Timex Sinclair 1000 in the U.S. Two factors seem to have affected sales badly, the raging personal computer price war which brought the selling price of the TS 1000 crashing to a derisory $39 and what some
  • Timex/Sinclair success
    THE Timex/Sinclair 2068 has been selling well in the States, despite reports that Timex has had difficulty with the new computer. The machine, which includes a ROM cartridge port and an RS232 interface, has been described as an upgrade of the Spectrum and has a bigger and more manageable keyboard. Better graphics facilities include the
  • Timex/Sinclair User for States
    A NEW MAGAZINE for the owners of Timex/Sinclair machines in the U.S. has been launched by ECC Publications, the publishers of Sinclair User. Timex/Sinclair User was launched in April and includes much the same mixture of reviews, projects and articles for which Sinclair User has become known. Terry Cartwright, managing director of ECC, believes that
  • ZX-81 taking off in the States
    THE ZX-81 is beginning to take off in the States. An agreement between Sinclair Research and the American Express credit card company has resulted in a flood of orders for the machine. The credit card company sent a direct mail offer to its two million card-holders in the U.S. at the end of May. In


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