The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was an iconic eight-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982. It was developed by Sinclair Research and was designed to be a low-cost mass market home computer; and was the first computer in the UK to come in a complete package that included a keyboard, monitor, power supply, and cassette player. It packed a rubber keyboard and used a Z80 processor. It was also popular in other countries, such as Spain and parts of Eastern Europe and was initially available in two models, 16K and 48K. Later models included the 128K, +2, and +3. The Spectrum was discontinued in 1992 and was succeeded by the Amstrad CPC 464 and later the Amstrad PCW 8256.
The resurgence of retro consoles made the ZX Spectrum popular all over again, although typing and programming the computer was a pain due to the rubberized keyboard. Retro restoration expert Lee Smith took an interest in replacing that aged keyboard with a mechanical version that’s much easier to use.
Smith's ZX Mechtrum is an excellent 3D-printed replica of the vintage ZX Spectrum computer, but with an added bonus: a full-sized mechanical keyboard. This 3D-printed computer looks and feels like the original, but with an upgraded typing experience. The mechanical keyboard gives the ZX Mechtrum a unique tactile feel, making it a great choice for gamers, coders, and retro enthusiasts. Plus, with its modern-day USB connectivity, fans can use the Mechtrum with their PC, laptop or mobile device.
Smith is selling the ZX Mechtrum on his website for $137; however, potential buyers will have to wait until the end of January or early February to place an order.