MCV takes a look at the best accessories heading to UK retail. This week, a slice of gaming history returns and Razer brings a splash of colour to its new mousepad
Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum
One of the UK’s best-selling games machines ever made has been resurrected for the modern age.
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is the UK’s most popular personal computer of all time, with more than five million units sold.
Now, the device returns as The Recreated ZX Spectrum, a full-sized copy of its 1980s ancestor.
Designed with an integrated keyboard, the Recreated Spectrum features authentic rubber keys, which recreate the experience of the original hardware, and allow players to control both classic and modern titles.
The box comes bundled with a selection of free Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum apps, including the classic Spectrum title Chuckie Egg, the iconic Sinclair BASIC programming language and many others.
Additional games can be downloaded via the online Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum web app.
One major modern addition to the Recreated Spectrum is Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, allowing the device to be used as a keyboard for various other devices, games and applications, including smartphones and tablets.
Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast support is also featured, allowing the Recreated Spectrum to be hooked up to a high-definition television wirelessly.
Release Date: July 31st
Contact: 01279 822 822
The latest peripheral to join Razer’s technicoloured range of Chroma products is the humble mousepad.
The Razer Firefly takes a micro-textured mouse surface suitable for fast-paced gaming and enhances it with Chroma’s customisable 16.8 million coloured lighting.
The surface is coated to boost responsiveness when using a mouse, while the mat is finished with a non-slip rubber base to avoid unwanted movement during use.
Lighting is enabled when the pad is connected via the included gold-plated USB cable, which stretches for seven feet and is both lightweight and braided for durability.
As with the other Chroma products, the Firefly can be set up to synchronise its lighting with the rest of the range, meaning that colour and pattern is kept consistent between devices such as mice, keyboards, headsets and the mousepad itself.
Available patterns include reactive and wave. Razer’s free Synapse software can be used to personalise both the lighting colour and pattern.
Release Date: June
Distributor: VIP Computers
Contact: 01925 286 900