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Barbie B-Book Learning Laptop 5.0


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Product Description

Product Description

With this Barbie laptop, children get tutored by Barbie in essential first and second grade skills. With over 50 activities in English and 10 in Spanish, your child will have fun learning. Introduces concepts in math, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, memory, logic keyboarding skills, music and games, with prizes and encouragement along the way. Requires 4 "AA" batteries (not included). Measures 9.17"L x 10.43"W.

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Girls learn that it’s possible to possess beauty and brains as they use this "laptop" to master 1st- and 2nd-grade-level learning skills under the bright and peppy tutelage of Barbie. Although not a traditional laptop in the sense of having data storage capabilities or Internet connectivity, the B-Book is designed for portability and packed with 60 different games and activities to enhance girls’ classroom success. The learning system offers 15 activities to practice spelling, vocabulary, and grammar; 12 mathematics and logic units; 11 memory and music activities; 7 fun games and keyboarding skills tutorials; 10 beginner Spanish activities; and 5 additional girlie games. Each activity has five levels of progression and Barbie gives girls three tries to answer each challenge, with enthusiastic encouragement along the way, and then provides the right response if kids are still struggling. Less engaging is the screen, which measures only 3-3/4 inches long and 1-1/2 inches tall, providing a tiny viewing window set within a permanent picture of Barbie on a striped background. In addition, the highly pixilated, 1-bit black-and-white graphics (which many parents will remember from their middle school days) are rather disappointing and outdated. The Barbie B-Book comes with a mouse and Barbie mouse pad and runs on four "AA" batteries (included). Oregon Scientific covers this laptop under a 90-day warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 3 x 16.2 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • ASIN: B0007WX15W
  • Item model number: Learning Laptop version 5.0
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 12 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,306 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Dan on November 16, 2005
We bought the Barbie B-Book for our daughter's birthday in June. By late August it started malfunctioning and by late September the keyboard stopped responding - with the exCeption of about 5 keys that when pressed made "2" be entered. We contacted Oregon Scientific to see if there was a resolution to this problem. They had a resolution alright - they suggested we go buy a new one because repairs would be costly and the unit was no longer under warranty. Shame on us for not acting sooner when it started malfunctioning, but a bigger shame on them for making a lousy product. I do not suggest buying this product.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Ellis on November 25, 2005
My oldest daughter got the older version of this product for her 5th birthday. She could only play a couple of the games at the time, but she loved it. For three years now it has been her all-time favorite car toy. It has been dropped, banged, kicked, stepped on, fought over, and everything else two kids could do to it in 3 years, and still works great! Drawbacks: Pixter & Leapster caught on that kids might actually want to play their toys past 5pm in the car & put LCD lighting in, but this company hasn't caught on yet. Also, no headphones jack--some of the games make incredibly annoying noises! One more thing--the ages are not appropriately labeled. Closer to first grade and up.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. Leonard on November 23, 2005
My daughter received this as a gift & we all found it extremely difficult to use. I was not able to play most of the activities on the screens without first getting the handbook out & doing step by step which was still not very easy to figure out. It was not at all easy for a child to enjoy. There were very few activities my 6 year old daughter was able to understand & play. It is too advanced & difficult to use for the ages listed. The screen on the monitor was low graphics & poor lighting quality as well. This is a very expensive mistake that provided no benefit or fun to my daughter.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on December 11, 2005
My daughter has an earlier version that the one shown so it is possible they have addressed some of these issues:

1) most games have a 1 minute time out which is really frustrating for my kids

2) "Oh that's not so good" - If I hear Barbie say that one more time I may just throw this thing out the nearest window. My daughter will get a score in a game she feels really good about and barbie says, "Oh that's not so good, but you'll be better with a bit more practice" This has broken my daughter down into tears more than once.

3) There are no parental controls. I wanted to turn off or lengthen the timer. I expected those sorts of features from Oregon Scientific.

Right now the most fun thing my kids do with it is play the Flower Fun game (like hangman) and type in "ICUP"

If you are looking at a newer version of this I would strongly recommend playing with a demo for a few minutes to check it out.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By starshine on November 22, 2005
This is a cute item for girls 5 years and up. There are many activities to do, but I think it is lacking a little in the imagination department. Very cut and dry so to speak, but my daughter has been playing with it for the last half hour, so she must like it. Too expensive for what you get, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Cook on January 24, 2006
My 6-year old daughter AND her friend got one of these for Christmas. THEY LOVE IT!!! It has tons of learning games and 5 levels on each game. I can't tell you how much this has helped her reading and writing skills. Once you complete a level, you get a "prize picture". I've been looking all over for the expansion cards because she noticed that they have a slot for them. I have had no luck. I would HIGHLY recommend this product.
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