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I have a little cousin who is currently 3.5 years old and she has this toy, which seems to work pretty good for her. I mean, this is not the kind of toys a child must definitely have, but nevertheless it sustains her education and growth nicely. I am an adept of old-school toys, with fewer features, which can invite you child to use his imagination further. However, after seeing this you, I believe it is still a necessary step because nowadays laptops are common and later on she'll use real laptops in a few years. I noticed the way this toy entertains her, it keeps her busy for a long time and the parents don't have to keep an eye on her all the time, because there is no danger in using this. The battery lasts long enough to make use of many features, and the learning programs provide good exercises for a child at her age. For us it's always a problem with the second language but my uncle tends to sustain learning a foreign language before school. I like this toy, it is a nice learning tool for children and you could rely on it.
When my son was two he had this laptop bought for him by my cousin. Coincedentally, he also had another laptop of a different brand and so this was put up the attic for a while. When he was around three we decided to let him use this toy. This vtech laptop looks bright, appealing and chunky. It is made from coloured plastic and is durable and able to withstand a degree of heavy handling. My son loved to bash at the chunky coloured keypad. There are a vast number of activities which can be played on this laptop. However, I found that my son was much more intrested in pretending to type than taking part in the many word and number games. I don't think he was impressed with the loud and shrill voice of the computer. Even I thought that the talking became irritating after a while. One good thing though is that the accent of the computer is English and therefore the pronounciation of the letters is appropriate for learning. As american accent announcing letters would confuse the child. I wasn't at all impressed with the screen of this laptop. There is no colour involved and this strikes me as poor. Particularly as this laptop is suppose to be aimed at small children. The graphics are grainy and of very cheap and nasty quality. My son lost intrest very quickly in this screen which did not suprise me at all. I do believe that the use of colours and more realistic and eyecatching graphics would have made a huge difference to this toy. The mouse which is attached to the lap top is quite an effective addition to this toy. You are allowed to use this laptop in order to complete certain word and number games. Such as finding the missing letter. By moving and clicking on the mouse you can have great fun playing this game. However the mouse is quite fiddley and initially my son found this mouse difficult to utilize. Again, I found that my son was much more intrested in using this mouse in order to incorporate imaginative play. He loved clicking the mouse and typing on the keyboard. But was far from intrested in completing the online games. Although there are over 35 games included in this lap top. I really do feel that many of the games are repetative. As my son has got older, he still likes to play on this lap top. Now he is more intrested in playing the number and letter games and I have to admit I do think this has assisted his knowledge within his reception class. The laptop is not plug in, It takes three aa batteries. However this is included when buying. I have never had to change the batteries despite my son using this toy alot. I have noticed though that lately the laptop seems to be slowing down and the music is becoming a little warped so I think the batteries are finally on the way out. I believe my cousin payed around £20 for this laptop. I do think that this is pretty good value. I think that the reason why this lap top is more effective than other lap tops is because of the added novelty of the mouse. I think this really makes the laptop look snazzy and much more life like. Whilst I think that this laptop is very colourful and pleasing to the eye. I continue to have a problem with the cheap and bad quality of the computer screen. I think that this is a major let down as this toy could have been a real winner if the screen was better. There are more than enough activities to try on this laptop. In fact I think that a reduction in the number of games in favour of more quality activities would have been more beneficial. Many of the games seem to have been rushed and many are difficult for even me to grasp. An important point to note is that the mouse mat flips out from the bottom of the laptop. I think this is great as a seperate mousemat may become misplaced. But as this one is attached it is always on hand. If you are looking for a laptop in the hope that your child will leave yours alone. Then If you have the same experience as me you will be disappointed. While my son enjoyed typing and bashing on the keys of this vtech laptop, it was not attention grabbing enough to keep my son entertained for long. He soon came and asked me if we could play word games on the real laptop. I can understand this, as there are so many child orientated word and number games on the computer that are of a far superior quality than what the vtech offers.
I bought my eldest the VTech My Laptop for his first birthday, thinking that he would leave my laptop alone and play with his own, this didn't happen. The computer is a plastic oval shaped lap top with a mouse attached by a wire. The mouse can move up, down, left and right to one of four colours to respond to questions on the laptop. The screen is tiny with very poor basic black on grey images. I found it hard to operate, and that's with the instructions in front of me. When you turn it on you get a greeting, You then have two options, press the matchbook button or choose one of the programmes listed around the tiny screen. The matchbook is to do with an exercise book that you get with the laptop, you basically pick a question then you answer it by sliding the mouse towards the colour corresponding to the correct multiple choice answer. Or if you're my son you press the matchbook button over and over again so the laptop repeats: "Matchbook, boodubooduboo" over and over again, the last part of that quote is a tuneful thing like Intel's Bongs. The activities around the screen are variations on letter, number and music work. There are about thirty options and you choose which one you want by typing in the number backwards, this is a major downfall for an educational toy, at no other time would a child be expected to type in the unit before the ten, it's completely ridiculous and took me a while to work out. This error spelt doom for the toy in my eyes. After typing in the number, backwards, you have to click the mouse key and it begins the activity that you've chosen and none of them are particularly interesting or even good. My son abandoned this toy soon after receiving it and despite my husband encouraging him to try it each time he does he gets bored quickly and wanders off. He's currently three and learning how to use my laptop, showing no interest in this VTech one. This toy is far too complicated for children, children's toys should be things that you investigate to learn how to use rather than having to read instructions, a child should be able to self learn only enjoying with a parent to show things off or share the play, there are times to teach you children but even at three a real laptop is easier to use than this toy one. The fact that you type the number in backward is just wrong and there's nothing else I can say about this. This educational toy fails at every level to me. The screen is monochrome and boring, the activities are boring, the operation is complicated and the things that are to be taught are outdated and, in some cases, wrong. The only thing in it's favour is that it's robust and the actual laptop as a whole looks interesting and appealing. If I had paid full price for this item over £20.00 in most shops I would have tried to take it back, as it is I paid just under £12.00 in Asda, I'm still disappointed but hoping to regain a lot of the money on Ebay, hope I'm not shooting myself in the foot with this review. Let your kids learn on a real laptop and ignore this one. One star for being durable and looking, overall, quite interesting.
My son's daddy is a computer geek....well it was his job for a good while before he became a teacher so it was kind of inherited that my son would have an interest in computers so the Christmas before he was three he received the vetch My Laptop. I believe you can purchase a slightly different version now for around £19.99. In my opinion vtech is a brand that I have always trusted to produce good quality, lasting and often educational toys. This laptop is no different. My son still plays with it at times and he is now five and is more than capable of using a real PC to play games, paint etc-I often have to boot him off mine when I come upstairs and find he has logged me off and himself on! The laptop is orange, yellow and blue and really pleasing to the eye. It had a lift top lid like a real laptop, a little mouse which looks like a real PC mouse which is attached to the laptop and a carry handle. It is made from strong plastic and really does feel very sturdy. It requires 3x AA batteries which are provided and the battery life on the product is really good. I think in two and a bit years I have only had to replace the batteries once! Once you lift the lid you are presented with the screen in the lid and the main letters and numbers part of the laptop. In the lid the screen is very small. This is my only real complaint with this product actually. At a rough estimate I would say it is around one inch by two inches. All around the screen there are the numbers of activities and a name for them so there is no reason why the screen could not have been made bigger. There are 30 activities in total. These are split up into Letters, Number and Games and Music and there are ten of each. For the younger child the Games and Music section is probably the one they will gain most enjoyment from but I think once your child begins school they will really enjoy the Letters and Numbers section. There are phonics games, beginning letter, which is more or less which are all things that fit in with the National Curriculum. In the main part of the laptop are all the keys. You have blue numbers 1-10 which also are used for the music games. You then have the alphabet in yellow keys. This is done in A-Z form rather than the qwerty set up on a proper computer keyboard. I think this is useful though as young children are learning their alphabet at a young age. The keys all have the letters printed on them in both lower case and upper case. The vowels are red and the consonants are blue. There is then a big red on/off button and three green buttons which are used to choose activities etc. When you switch the laptop on a little monkey bounces around the screen saying "Hi there...let's choose an activity" and then begins to scroll through the activities starting at number 1. You can choose an activity as it is scrolling through by clicking the mouse whilst it is on it or you can press the green activity button and scroll through them yourself. You also have the option of using the number keys to choose an activity but you need good mouse control and this is something I feel would be more suited to older children. The sound on the laptop is great although sometimes a bit annoying when the monkey keeps talking to you! Children love it though, and that is what it is all about! Popular activities in our house initially were the mouse training in which you use the mouse to guide a little man through mazes and space adventure which again you use the mouse to guide a space ship through obstacles. As my son has got older he likes to do the beginning letter activities and the bigger and smaller activities. My son really has had lots of play out of this laptop and I would imagine he will still have lots more fun with it as he explores the activities even more now he is at school. I would genuinely recommend this product to people with children around the three years mark and can guarantee it will last many years to come. It is also really educational and your child will be learning whilst they are playing.
My little grandson loves to sit on his daddy's lap while his daddy is using his laptop and my son in law has to keep stopping him from touching the keys all the time and he said he should have his own and so off went my hubby and I to the shops searching for him his own little laptop. We saw a few but finally found this one from Toys R Us for £15.99 and we thought it was a lovely little toy and very good value. It has lots of different colours and the one I bought has blue at the bottom and a yellow fold down lid, just like a adults PC, it has keys in shaped buttons that interact with the light up screen for the child to learn and engage and have fun with, they are easy to press down and are nice and colourful. It has nice sound effects and it comes with a nice little click mouse to help develop moving skills, as adults do with their mouse on a PC, it is just like a real laptop in a child's mind and my little grandson laughs when he moves the mouse when his daddy does the same, as he knows how to move it because he has watched how to do it many times before and they tend to copy parents. It has a little screen to see the activities. It requires 2 x AA batteries and they are sold separately, so try not to forget them as I usually do, as this time the sales assistant did not ask me if I required batteries to jog my memory and so I had forgotten to buy some and so had to go back to the shops. Vtech do lots of babies toys, and are a well known brand of toys and excellent value for money. It can easily be wiped clean and is very good for a child's development. Although my grandson still jumps onto his daddy's lap to touch the main PC, he now has his own to have fun with his friends. I think it is a nice little toy for any child or baby. I recommend it and for the price it is a cheap, good toy for a gift. I give it 5 stars
My husbands works from home so he tends to be on his laptop an awful lot and our son would try grabbing it, Pressing keys etc etc, I thought maybe a laptop of his own would be a good idea so" I bought my son this for his 2nd birthday within 2 weeks he could recognise and say every single letter i showed him, and he could also count to ten! AFTER 2 WEEKS!!!!! i couldn't have bought anything better for him and i'm really glad to have got it!! i reccomend this to every single toddler they are at an age where they learn everything so so quick you won't believe me until you buy one yourself. The laptop is very well built, The mouse is easy to use and there is a good selection of activities on it All in all its an excellent first laptop and very good value for money too. i'm very impressed!!
The one we own is the updated version. Same concept just new design. I bought this for xmas for my 2.5 year old and the concept of it is great. There are quite a few drawbacks for it though. The screen is very small and there is no reason it couldnt have been made bigger. Each button a-z has a little picture on it i.e a has a picture of an apple. However some of the pictures are confusing or in my opinion too complicated for a child to identify. A few examples i didnt agree with are - eagle, oak (with a picture of a tree), unicorn, quail, vulture. Much simpler ones would have been better for a child esp as it is aimed at 3year olds upto 6. The normal price is 20 which compared to some vtech toys is quite reasonable. My son has enjoyed playing with it but due to the letter pictures not always being clear he needs guidance. The design we have has 4 large buttons on the front to change from NUmbers, Letters, Logic and Games. These are easily pressed in error being at the front of the computer and disrupt whatever activity! I am glad i bought this for my son but think some improvements could be made to the design!
My 3 year old is always hitting the keys on my laptop so thought it would be good idea to get a "child friendly" toy laptop. As computers are part of everyday life now, it gives him the opportunity to have a play with a toy one without wrecking my keyboard. I bought mine last Christmas and although it was not his most favourite toy it still does get played with. ***What it does*** This laptop is strong and light for a child to carry, it has a carry handle when you have it closed. It is fairly easy for the child to open and close themselves, as my one year old son plays with this as well as my 3 year old son. It also has a cute little mouse that can be moved in four directions. The youngest son loves to just hit the buttons and it does keep him amused for about 10 minutes but I find without actually playing the games he loses interest. I find this laptop is very hard for a 3-4 year old to operate themselves, as in playing the games. It is not straight forward. In fact my children are not interested in playing with the games that are on this yet but I am guessing they will be as soon as they are older. My oldest son is starting school next September so maybe he will be more enthuastic then. ***The Games*** This has 30 educational activities, Forest Phonics, Number Order, Puzzle Pieces and Musical Fun games. We have not really played any of the games, it been more of a role-play laptop for play rather than using it for educational purposes. When my children hit the buttons of this laptop, it makes many noises and changes depending what sort of activity you are on, but this is all hit and miss, as my children just press all the buttons. ***Overall Opinion*** I think this is a great toy during role play but when it comes to the games they are hard for a 3 year old, they may be able to do them with an adult but my son would rather play with his trains. I love the feature of the mouse and it is really strong and well made. I bought this for £20 last Christmas but it now retails at around £12 which is worth the price tag in my opinion. I am looking forward to using this with my son when he is old enough to do the games and activities. They say for ages 3-6, I would say this is probably more suited to a 4-5 year old. Will last a long time and provide many hours of entertainment and it is just that something different for your child to play with.
My daughter was bought the Vtech first laptop for christmas one year when she was 3. It came with a workbook and gaurentee. She was excited as mummy has a laptop and now she could be a big girl too but I must admit that at the age of 3 (which is the age level it states suitable from) she did struggle to use it. There are many different settings and activities such as spelling, word games, number games, pictures, musical and colours to play and they are all aimed at helping the child to learn and improve skills. For the first few months all my daughter was intrested in was pressing the numbers for differnt musical tunes, she would attempt to use the mouse but found it all abit too tricky. However now she is 5 I think that it is much more practical and she can choose which games and activies to do herself and it is all becoming much easier for her as well as helping her especially at her 1st year in school the activies are more familiar and make sense. I found the phonics activities particulary helpfull with her learning. I would reccommend this learning toy for children but I definatly think it is much more beneficial to a child of 4+ and now she is learning to write herself the workbook is also been very handy (I am glad to have put it away when she first got it 2 years ago!)
My daughter got the pink version of this laptop for Christmas when they where 3 and 4 years old. My mum brought them for them but I know she got them from Argos on sale at £14.99 each which from looking at prices of them now is a good 4 or 5 pound cheaper. The laptop is compact and handy for taking to grandma's house or to keep children busy in the car. The laptop has a mouse which comes on it own little base which clips on to the side of the laptop, the mouse moves in 8 directions so is not quite as hard to use as an adult mouse. The laptop is aimed at children age 3 to 6 but I would say for children age 3 they just like pressing the buttons and one they at nursery and start the educational rollercoaster that is life they get in to it more. The laptop has 30 activities, this laptop helps with; Basic maths, helps to order numbers and identity numbers (my little girl loved identifying number as she was learning them at nursery at the time) Language Development and Phonic, helps to learn alphabet, letter sounds (this really helped my daughter as she does has problems with sounding her letters) Musical skills, games to enhance children's music skills This laptop has so much going for it I could go on forever but prob bore you. This is a great buy and keeps little hands off of my laptop. The only down side to this laptop is that the screen is small and could do with being bigger
For the last year or two, our twins have become more and more interested in Mummy's and Daddy's home computer. With them currently in Reception and being in the throes of learning to read and write, we thought a Vtech laptop would be a fun and educational Christmas present for them. We bought two bright orange, yellow and blue versions of these laptops. They are also available in bright pink. It is made predominantly of plastic, with brightly coloured keys and painted on lettering. The painted on lettering I feel is important as we have another kids' laptop which has letter stickers rather than paint, and these rapidly started to peel off and look really scruffy. The mouse is attached by a thick wire which is connected to the main body of the laptop in the centre of the back, so it is easy for both right and left handed children to use. The screen is 6cm by 3.5cm, which does make some of the graphics appear a little overcrowded and difficult to see. The keyboard is in alphabetical order as opposed to "qwerty" style. This is probably to help children learn the alphabet in the correct order, although I do wonder whether it may be a little confusing when children do move on to a standard keyboard. Both laptops have survived some very rough play and plenty of drops, so I would consider this laptop to be extremely sturdy! There are 30 different games on the laptop, 10 "letter" games, 10 "number" games, and 10 "games and music". An activity can be selected by clicking on the mouse, just as you would on a "real" computer. The activities start off easily, and become more complicated as you progress through the activities. The laptop is aimed at 3 to 6 year olds, and I think that the range of activities is appropriate for most, although a just 3 year old may struggle with some of them, and more advanced 5 and 6 year olds would perhaps find this laptop a little basic. The children are led through the activities by a monkey, whose voice I am starting to find a little annoying, but the kids love him and I guess that that is the most important thing! The VTech website details some of the developmental benefits of the laptop, the key benefits being listed as: 1. Independent play - games and voice prompts children to control the pace 2. Basic maths skills - Learn to identify numbers and their order. Develop basic maths concepts. 3. Language development and phonics - Learn to recognise capital and lowercase letters, phonics, the alphabet, and basic words. 4. Discovery and Exploration- Mouse training helps children improve their hand/eye coordination. This laptop does seem great for development, however, we found that the independent play only takes place after a lot of parental input, so if you were thinking of buying something to keep your kids quiet for a while, this is not the laptop to buy! Also, beware the phonics! Some schools do not teach reading by the phonics method - we were specifically told by the twin's school not to teach at home using the phonics method, so we have to be a little careful which activities they play. The instruction manual is simple and easy (for parents!) to understand. It can also be found on the VTech website, if, like me, you are prone to losing anything important. All in all I think that the VTech laptop is a useful and fun educational toy, which can be found at a reasonable price - the pink version is currently on the Argos website retailing at £17.59 with the orange version at £18.99 - although obviously worth shopping around.
We adults use the computer quite a bit in our house but we're not really ready to let the grandson loose on it just yet in case he does some irrepairable damage. So for Christmas, the Mrs and I thought it would be good to get him something for himself, especially as he starts proper school soon. So we chose this and it only cost us £14 from Amazon. The normal RRP is £19.99 and although the website currently shows it's out of stock, the price is down to £12.66 now which is a bargain for when it's back in stock! What we liked about this model is that it comes with a mouse on the side. We thought that was ideal as it mirrors how proper laptops really are unlike a lot of similar kiddy versions. The only problem is that the mouse can only be moved in small, straight lines. It goes up, down, left and right about one centimetre but can't be used like a proper mouse. That was a bit of a let down for us. They have the keys on this in alphabetical order, and even have a number 10 key. That to me is helpful on one hand because it makes it easier for little children to learn, but on the other hand, that's not how proper computers are. So although this looks like a computer, it isn't going to really teach your child any computer skills. The mouse isn't a proper mouse and the keys are in a different order to a standard QWERTY keyboard. But there is another side to this toy and that's of course that it is a teaching tool for other things. It can help young children learn their alphabet by letting them press the keys and being told both the letter name and the letter sound. There are loads of different activities to choose from including number and shape games as well as musical activities and mouse training. The mouse training bit isn't really very effective because of the aforementioned mouse issues but it's a nice little game anyway. I doubt a child in the age range this is intended for will be able to select the activities themselves because you have to type in a two digit number, moving the mouse across to put in the second digit, and then select the mouse button without moving the mouse at the same time. It took me a good five minutes to work that out actually and the grandson still hasn't got the hang of it at all. I don't recommend this if you're looking to actively teach a young child computer skills, I'd recommend you just buy an old PC if that's what you want to do. But as a cheap toy that can help a youngster learn letters and numbers it's good fun. My grandson particularly likes the monkey that joins in with a lot of the activities by dancing on the little screen. I've given it thee stars because you can't complain too much for the price.
The Vtech My laptop can be brought from various places including Amazon and Argos. The computer comes in two colours which are pink and orange. In Argos they are both priced at different prices, even though they are the same except for the colour. The pink one is £17.59 and the orange is £18.59.The laptop states it is suitable for children aged 3 to 6 years. We brought our twins daughters one each for Christmas, one had the orange laptop and the other the pink and they love them. The computer looks bright and attractive. It has a fold down screen which is lcd. It also has an easy to use mouse which can be detached and will suit a left or right hand user. The mouse is attached to the mouse mat and it can move forward or backwards and sideways they can use this to pick the activity they want to do. The buttons on the keyboard part are quite big and bold and they display numbers and letters which your child will use to complete activities. A good thing about the computer is if they leave it on for ages and forget to turn it off then it will automatically turn off saving the battery life. The laptop comes with the 3 AA batteries that are required. The laptop has over 30 activities for your child to do from the subjects: language, maths, games and music some examples of the activities are: finding the missing letter of a word, guiding the monkey through a maze using the mouse, identifying numbers, choosing which number is biggest and lots more. Before you do each activity a cheerful character will appear on the screen and help guide your child through what they have to do, making it more fun for them. I think the laptop is great as it makes learning for your child fun. By playing on the laptops, my daughters have already started to recognise different letters. I think it is good how your child can just sit there quietly and learn by themselves. By playing on the laptop your child will also improve on there co-ordination skills as they will start to learn how to move the mouse etc. I also like the fact that now my daughters have there own laptop they stop trying to type on my real one. With the laptop you also get a free work book for your child to look at. The book includes lots of activities including colouring in, maths, drawing, naming animals and lots more. I have started to work my way through the book with my daughters and they are really enjoying it. I think it is nice that we can do something together and you can see there learning. The only negative thing I can say about the laptop is that when you turn the volume right down it is still quite loud. I'm not sure if I'm not doing it right but the sound level does change but would be good if it was a bit quieter other then that it's perfect. (My review is also on dooyoo under the same username gsparkle thank you for reading)
My daughter is 2 and a half and for her age is quite knowledgeable and is very into her numbers,letters,writing etc. With money being tight this year at christmas i didn't want to buy them lots of stupid presents that would end up at the bottom of the toy box in a few weeks, but i wanted to buy them something that would be both fun and at the same time educational. I came across the 'Vtech My first Laptop' a few months ago and after reading a few reviews and comments i decided that it would be benificial for my daughter. Hunting around i found it to be the cheapest from Amazon at around £17.00 with free delivery so i ordered it and it was her main present. It is a brightly orange and yellow colored laptop with a attached mouse and mouse pad. It has all the letters from A-Z and then the numbers 1-10 across the top. The buttons are brightly colored and are easy to press even for little fingers. Altogether it has 30 different activities for your child to do ranging from finding lowercase and uppercase letters,letter phonics, hidden letters, identify the numbers, and many more. The laptop is easy to use and my daughter got the hang of it very quickly. To chose an activity you simply press the activity button which is one of the green buttons down the left hand side and then enter the number of the certain activity that you wish to play. When playing an activity the voice that commands you is very clear and is easy to understand, it will tell you what to do and then repeat itself about 30 seconds later if you are having trouble finding a letter/number etc. If your child manages to complete the required command that the monkey( who is the voice that tells you what to do) He will praise your child by saying phrases like 'excellent' 'well done' 'cool' etc, and if your child gets it wrong he will say encouraging things like 'lets try again' or 'bad luck this time'. My daughter loves this part and will often copy what the monkey says and her smiles says it all. It has a volume button as well with various different settings, so for adults it can't get to annoying with the sounds and repetition which is good for learning children. If the screen is shut then the computer automatically shuts down which is a good battery saver. There is also a clear on/off button which is used with ease and my daughter has learned how to do this very quickly. The screen is LCD and the mouse can also be used instead of typing the letters. It takes three AA sized batteries which are provided with the laptop as well. So far it seems very hard standing as my younger daughter has unfortunately dropped it a few times. I am very happy with this purchase and my daughter has never let it out her sight since she first opened it on christmas day. It is a toy which she can learn on her own and then with some of the more difficult activities either myself or my partner will sit with her and we encourage her to learn. She loves the idea of having her own computer and i am really happy that i decided to buy this for her. As within the few weeks that she has had it her ability to recognize numbers and letters has grown tremendously.
Teaches early computer skills and age appropriate letters and maths with fun games and music!