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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant alternative to the real deal, September 13, 2007
This review is from: VTech Baby's Learning Laptop, Blue (Toy)
As our 15 months old has taken a keen interest to my laptop, we felt this would b nice alternative. Turns out, not really, they know the difference. Still, this is a fun toy for the little ones.

Essentially this unit makes an assortment of music, sounds and interacts with keyboard input. Two volume levels are present and we find the lower setting to be perfect as it can get a bit loud on the higher setting. There are plenty of voices, sounds, and music to keep things from getting too repetitive. There is also a little mouse that-well-is shaped like a mouse, that can be moved up ,down, left ,and right with a corresponding voice stating the movement. The mouse is attached to the unit and cannot be removed so nothing can be lost or swallowed.

Durability is very good on this item with no small items that can break off or removed for consumption or chocking ( This is of primary concern for us as it should be for all).

One thing to watch out for and as another reviewer stated, is my boy closes the lid on his fingers or hand. Now for some reason after he closes the lid he places all of his 8 month old might into ensuring it is closed. So I would not walk away and leave him long with it alone as who knows how much pressure it takes for him to feel it. So far he has not injured himself and he has not cried or made any other type of commotion -yet. Just something to watch out for. I am sure if it really hurt he would stop but I am a paranoid father.
EDIT: Well, my boy finally did push too hard and hurt himself with his finger inside the lid. No damage to either finger or toy but something to look out for.

Now my boy does tend to get bored easily and this item is no different. In fact now when I open the screen and play with it with him, he just casually reaches over and closes the screen-often. I think my wife taught him that so that I would do the same with my own laptop.

The toy itself is great and though no where near the sophistication of the real thing it certainly did not cost as much or as dangerous either (he pulled the L key off my laptop keyboard).

Battery life so far is very good with the unit being used everyday for 3 weeks and no sign of weakness. This is a relief as some toys eat through batteries very quickly and things get costly over time as the good batteries are not exactly cheap. We tend to go through 10-15 batteries a week in his other items such as rockers, toys, etc..

Oh, how I envy him and his simple laptop; no investments, no news, no work emails, no etc.... just lights, music, and sound.

Our boy really does enjoy the time with this toy and though he seems now to be more fascinated with closing the lid than anything else there are times he enjoys just slamming his fist at the keyboard and looking up at the screen. Now THAT he did get from daddy! ;)
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Initial post: Jun 21, 2010 11:43:49 AM PDT
Jack S Beck says:
(re: 15 batt./week)

My god man, get some rechargeable batteries!

Advantages:
Won't have to spend so much money on battery replacements.
Won't clutter the earth with spent, chemical and metallic poisoning.
Won't have to replace batteries as often.*

*Consumable (regular Alkaline) batteries have very low charge/capacity AND don't state how much their capacity/fill is. Rechargeable batteries (most readily available and affordable type being NiMh) state their capacity in Amperages (e.g., 1800mAh, 2000, 2200, 2600, etc.). All of these have more capacity than consumable batteries. By getting a rechargeable, particularly one with a higher capacity, you will have to change batteries far less often.

You could also get a very good charger (for a small, additional expense) and really stay on top of the battery situation. The La Crosse chargers are a good option. (I have the La Crosse 900 - $40, but well worth it for me.)

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 5:16:28 PM PDT
BeagleLuvr says:
thank you for all of the details

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 9:29:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 16, 2010 9:29:25 AM PDT
To Lee Dye,

What an entertaining review. :)

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 7:32:28 AM PDT
fonts says:
Great review..honest and true. Thanks

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 9:35:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 21, 2010 9:37:55 AM PST
Susan says:
Good to know there are no small parts. Amazon's description says is for ages 6 months to 3 years, but then there is a warning that it is a choking hazard, and that it is not for children under 3. Clearly this is meant to be a baby toy, so this must be an error with the warning label. (I know my 3-year-old niece has the more advanced v-tech "laptop" that is more realistic and appropriate for the 3 + group, I think that is the one the warning pertains to).
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