|Hardware Feature #43|
|Challenge Sprint / Mk II||Challenge Reserch/Macway||£64.95 / £69.95|
Note: Two versions of this device were produced. Both adverts are included.
The following advert
was taken from Sinclair User August 1984
It loads Spectrums four
times faster than an ordinary cassette player,
The new Sprint from Challenge
Research will load and save Spectrum programs at four times the speed of conventional
cassette players, this even applies to standard program and games software that has been
pre-recorded at normal speed. All this plus improved loading reliability is available for
just £64.95 inclusive of post, packing and vat and 12 month guarantee.
Use of the Sprint is
Spend less on a Sprint.
The following advert was taken from Sinclair User December 85
The SPRINT high speed data recorder;it loads Spectrums four times faster than an ordinary cassette player,and four times cheaper than an the average disk drive.
The new MkII Sprint loads and saves programs on
the Spectrum four times than conventional cassette recorders. It even loads commercial and
home recorded programs at high speed and they don't have to be resaved to do so !
The new Sprint is now Interface 1 and Microdrive compatible to further increase it's versatility and so provide an innovative yet inexpensive new concept in program storage.
USE OF THE SPRINT IS SEMPLICITY ITSELF:
The following review was taken from 16/48 tape magazine December 84
The Sprint recorder is a device consisting of a normal tape deck which runs at 4 times standard speed and a replacement Spectrum ROM. The ROM has a modified cassette interface routine which SAVES and LOADS at Four times normal speed.
The clever part is that the same Format is used, just the speed is changed. This means that programs saved on the sprint can be loaded on a normal system and vice versa.
The recorder seems reliable with most commercial programs,
but lack of an asimuth adjustment means that you may have trouble with some other tapes.
If you like the idea of reducing the loading time of 16/48 or even SABRE WULF by a factor of four, then so long as you keep your old recorder handy, this is still an investment worth some consideration.
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