After Sir Alan Sugar purchased the Sinclair brand and “Spectrum” range in 1986, then the ZX Spectrum +2 was Amstrads first Spectrum. Very similar in appearance to the ZX Spectrum 128 and of course with 128k of RAM, but with a built in cassette recorder known as the “Datacorder”, similar to what was fitted to the Amstrad CPC464.
Production costs on this model reduced to under £150 and an increased reliability over the first Spectrums. The Spectrum +2 sold very well as Amstrad decided to market this machine solely as a games machine, selling with the “James Bond 007 Pack”. The Plus 3 later added to the range with an internal disk drive