Originally, the box for the ZX Spectrum Next was not a large concern. Whether this was to be a very basic plain cardboard box, or something slightly more evolved (but not by much), it would have been functional but perhaps not entirely in line with the Sinclair boxes that came before it.
When the Kickstarter breached the “Box of memories” stretch goal, that thinking had to change and the box had to be colourful and shiny.
In order to achieve this, a number of companies were approached and were given a rough outline. At this point though there was no Power Supply Unit or manual so once initial ideas had been discussed, we needed to flesh out these details in order to work out the overall required dimensions and the internal fitments.
A number of PSU suppliers were approached with our requirements for a 9V 2Amp centre positive PSU. I had to be decent, trustworthy and not some random unbranded PSU. It also needed to have international adapters and had to be reasonable in terms of price as we were going to be purchasing 3,000 of them!
CB tested, TUV tested, UL tested, IEC60950-1 approved, EN60950-1 approved, UL/cUL60950-1 approved, CCC GB4943 approved, EMC EN55032 level B with Energy Efficiency Level VI and European CoC Tier 2. This is what the ZX Spectrum Next will be shipping with. After negotiations with a number of companies, one supplier won out and the PSU was selected. After receiving a few samples we now knew one of the missing dimensions.