As opposed to the grey Spectrum +2, the 128k +2A was a cool black colour. It featured, as did the +2, a built-in cassette player - which reduced the amount of hassle associated with the older models (in which a separate cassette player and linking was required). Another distinct difference was the keyboard, the familiar nowadays plastic keys as opposed to the 48k's tofu/rubber set.

Perhaps one of the best features was the marketing strategy to package the game themed on the Bond movie, The Living Daylights. It came with a cassette featuring the game, an audio cassette with the mission briefings, a slightly inaccurate lightgun, and a natty James Bond passport (made of paper).