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TS 2000
Timex / Sinclair, 1982 (unreleased)

The ZX Spectrum arrived on American shores via a circuitous path of development. Originally Timex had intended to repeat what it had done for the TS 1000 - rebadge a British machine. The first version of the US Spectrum, the TS 2000, was envisaged as a UK 16K Spectrum in a Timex-badged black and silver box, as shown in the concept image above. At the end of 1982, a prototype of the TS 2000 was displayed at a Timex user meeting in 1982.

However, the machine itself was never released - instead, the case was reused to house an upgraded TS 1000 (the TS 1500) and the Spectrum firmware itself was developed further and eventually released as the TS 2068.

Chris Owen 1994-2003