Ben Heck’s Sinclair ZX Spectrum mod – part 1

Everyones favourite console modder Ben Heckendorn has started a new project, to make a compact portable ZX Spectrum. Totally stoked that he has decided to mod the iconic Speccy on The Ben Heck Show but must admit to cringing whenever he says Zee X Spectrum (way too many times). I love you Ben but it’s bloody Zed!

In this first part he explores the innards of the Speccy and considers the options available to him in his quest to make Sinclair’s diminutive rubber keyed wonder into a handheld. He goes on to re-program a replacement dual boot ROM chip and tests it on the Speccy motherboard along with replacing the video RAM.

I love the part where he says he doesn’t know whether to keep the keys, in his words “they are iconic, but also kind of squishy”. Looking forward to the next installment.

Author: Ant Harper

Father, Husband, website developer, avid gamer since the mid-70s and collector of just about anything video game related. 8-Bit microcomputer and Sinclair specialist with a huge Sinclair related collection of his own. Blogs about retro gaming here but occasionally elsewhere when people ask. Bored of Mario and never much liked Zelda. Performs quirkafleegs for cold hard cash. Often found destroying ice crowns in the Lands of Midnight. Remembers: Lunar Lander. Plays: Steel Battalion, Gears of War

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  1. The keyboard was lovingly known as the ‘dead flesh’ keyboard :-)

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