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Submitted By 4WL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Original BBC Sales Brochure. ******************************** Yes I still have one. It dates back to 1981 with the shipment dates for the BBC models. These were: BBC Model A - December 1981 £299 BBC Model B - January 1982 £399 BBC Model B with disk interface - April 1982 £469 2nd Processor(6502) - June 1982 £TBA 2nd Processor(Z80A) - June 1982 £TBA 2nd Processor(16bit) - No date, no price and not even the processor type The BBC Model A must have been pretty disappointing to a lot of people. No printer interface, No user port, No analogue port but at least they kept the Mode 7 chip unlike the Electron. It also had 3 channel sound unlike the Electron. Of course it could be fully expanded to a BBC B but it would cost a lot more than the normal £100 difference. Although I had the leaflet it was about five years later when I bought an Acorn Electron that I had my first Acorn machine. At the time of being sent this brochure I was using the amazing ZX81. The Original Spectrum Brochure. ******************************* This is of interest because it compares the Spectrum 16k to the BBC Model A. Yes as you might remember it wasn't particularly fair. I especially like the bit were it says sound generator and ticks both the Spectrum and BBC columns. Yes they both omit sound but one has 3 channels and decent amplification. Another good one is the auto repeat comparison. That's the nearest they get to comparing the keyboards. Of course both computers autorepeat so they both must be equally good for typing is what Sinclair are implying. How about the fact that the Spectrum has a data transference rate 25% faster than the BBC. What this actually means is it loads faster from cassette. They are trying to fool the consumer into thinking the Spectrum is the faster computer processor wise. It's annoying also because the cassette interface is better on the BBC as it has motor control. It also loads in blocks so if one block fails to load you can rewind the tape slightly and reload it. There's loads of untruths in the comparisons. As well as the BBC A other computers like the Vic20, Atari 400, Texas and Tandy are compared all of which are vastly inferior to the Spectrum so Sinclair reckons. It finishes by showing a picture of the Spectrum PCB and the BBCs PCB. Sinclair reckons their PCB is more elegant. I myself find it difficult to think of PCBs as elegant and can not make a decision either way. There just boards with little blank rectangles on. Mind you if you stick their cases back on, the BBC is definitely the more elegant. I mean the Spectrum looked like an obese calculator or as Alan Sugar called them (long before he bought Sinclair) "pregnant calculators".