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VTech V.Smile TV Learning System
Member Name: loopcinda
VTech V.Smile TV Learning System
Advantages: Bright and colourful games
Disadvantages: might be a bit basic for some techno toddlers
I bought the V.Smile console as a present for my daughter when she was 2.
The Vsmile can be bought in a few different colours, but I got the pink and purple one which came with a Dora the Explorer game included.
The console is about 10 inches by 3 inches by 8 inches. There is a slot at the front to insert the game cartridges, which are little plastic things about 3 by 3 inches and only .25 of an inch thick.
The console connects directly to your tv by using 3 av leads (which are supplied).
The picture quality is surprisingly good, although somewhat basic. The graphics are nothing spectacular but I think that makes it more appealing to 2 - 3 year olds as they can see exactly what it going on and the pictures are clear and simple.
The console has an on/off switch at the front and is very simple to operate. As soon as it is switched on, you load a cartridge in and the game boots up quickly. You are then ready to go.
The console comes with one joystick/writing pad. The joystick fits little hands comfortably and my daughter only needed a couple of goes on it before she was an expert. The writing pad requires a little more skill. It comes with a pen attached. As you touch the writing pad with the pen, you see a cursor appear on the tv screen and you are able to manouver it with the pen. The pen can be a little jumpy but my daughter eventually got the hang of it with a bit of practice. For fine tuning a child's motor skils, it's very good.
The control console also has 4 coloured buttons on it and the games often ask you to press a certain colour button, so it helps young children learn and recognise their colours.
The product also comes with a microphone. The top of the console flips open to reveal a storage compartment where you will find the microphone. It is internally attached tothe console, so there ane no further wires to plug in. The Dora game has a singing section and I think the microphone works really well. My Daughter loves hearing her voice coming through the tv.
The console has 2 sockets for controllers, so you can play with 2 players if you buy an additional controller.
Underneath the console is a battery compartment. The product runs on 4 AA batteries, but I have never used these as I invested in a VTech adaptor, which means the console can be mains powered. The adaptor only cost me about £3, so has been well worth it.
I paid £25 for this console and it has been a good investment. The games can be expensive - sometimes about £20, but I keep an eye out in the sales and often pick them up at a more reasonable price - around £5.
As a first games console I think this i a great product. My daughter is now 4 and a half and still really enjoys playing on it, along with her 2 year old sister. I think we'll be using it for several years to come.
Summary: A great introduction to gaming for tots
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