Sinclair SJS1

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The Sinclair SJS1 is a joystick made by Amstrad for the ZX Spectrum, specifically the ZX Spectrum +2 and +3 line of computers that were also made by Amstrad once they bought out Sinclair in 1986. Although the ZX Spectrum is a classic computer among British and European gamers of the 1980's, this joystick was panned by many people.

Why It Sucks

  1. Typical for an Amstrad product, this joystick was built very cheaply.
  2. The SJS1 is not very good to use.
  3. The SJS1 is infamous for breaking easily after only a couple of uses, or, in some cases, being broken within weeks of owning it.
  4. This joystick is incompatible with older ZX Spectrum models.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. Once the SJS1 is broken, the joystick can be shaken, which makes it rather useful for games like Daley Thompson's Decathlon and Hyper Sports, which require waggling the joystick left and right to get the man to run, that is, assuming the joystick registers left and right movements.


  • It was one of the first joysticks to use the Sinclair-type input, which was exclusive to the ZX Spectrum +2 and +3 computers and while it looked similar to the 9-pin Kempston joystick input, it was incompatible with the Kempston joystick ports, as the Sinclair input was wired up differently.


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