East Asia, in particular Hong
Kong, has been for many years the world centre of illegally
produced copies of electronic products. This was just as much
the case in the 1980s as it is now, so it was hardly surprising
that cheap pirate copies of the Sinclair machines soon appeared
in the markets of Hong Kong. They appear to have been quite
widely distributed, some turning up as far away as Europe
and North America.
(aka PC 2000,
clone produced by Lambda Electronics Limited of Hong Kong.
More of a re-interpretation than an exact copy, as it
had a new ROM but could be fitted with a ZX81 ROM to ensure
compatibility. The hardware was much the same as a ZX81
but the machine also had 1-channel sound via a Spectrum-style
speaker, an Atari-standard joystick port and (monochrome)
monitor output. The machine was itself copied by other
Chinese and Hong Kong manufacturers and was marketed under
a wide variety of names.
© Chris Owen 1994-2003