Over the years, I have fixed, resold, and kept ~ 20 ZX-81 / Timex 1000, but never saw one like this! Question: how rare is this version with the black keyboard? It must be an early US model (its a Revision 1 motherboard, with the hand-drawn curvy traces). Usually I don't spend so much time trying to salvage the old membrane keyboards (given that there are new replacements available), but this black one seems so rare that it seemed worth the effort.
Anybody else has such a Timex 1000 / ZX-81 or knows more about these? It was made in Portugal. Thanks!
I’m up to 40 or 50 zeddies but not seen anything like it.
Well, apart from this news article recently:
ZX81 iss 1 (bugged ROM, kludge fix, normal, rebuilt)
Iss 3 ZXVid
TS 1000 iss 3, ZXPand AY, ZX8-CCB, ZX-KDLX & ChromaSCART
TS 1500 & 2000
Spectrum 16k (iss 1 s/n 862)
Spectrum 48ks plus a DIVMMC future and SPECTRA
Unlike the membrane we all know and love ( ), this one also has ridges around the keys!
So it is definitely a much better typing experience too.
Here’s my page about it: