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Sinclair QL
Sinclair • 1984

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Launched BySinclair
Type8-bit Microcomputer
Launch12th January 1984
DiscontinuedApril 1986

The QL ("Quantum Leap") was Sinclair's attempt at a business computer. Not only was it incompatible with its popular sibling, the ZX Spectrum, it used a proprietary media format: The Microdrive.

The QL was unable to compete with Macintosh and IBM computers in the business space and was discontinued when Amstrad acquired Sinclair's computer products in 1986.

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System Emulator Notes
Windows / Mac OS / Linux MAME/MESS Good Support. Setname: ql
Windows / Mac OS / Linux ZEsarUX -

Emulator information last updated 13th April 2020

Tech Specs and further details

Name Sinclair QL
Codename ZX83
Origin United Kingdom
Processor Motorola 68000
Developed by David Karlin, Rick Dickinson
Memory 128KB (upgradable to 896KB)
Display Size (pixels) 256 x 256 (lo-res), 512 x 256 (hi-res)
Colours 8 Colours
Storage Microdrive
Input Built-in keyboard, joystick ports
Cost £399 (UK launch)
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