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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT fun for children under 3.... Here's why:, November 18, 2010
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: VTech Preschool Learning Tote and Go Laptop (Toy)
I love toys. I think I get more excited about my children's toys than they do!! Plus, I'm a relatively positive person and seldom leave poor reviews. HOWEVER, Vtech disappoints me more than any other brand. Here are my thoughts on this particular toy: I bought this for my 2 yr old about a year ago (she's now 3). Even now she and her little brother (16 months) get very frustrated with it. Heck, I even get frustrated with it! She wants to be able to pick it up and figure it out - which is not possible with this overly-technical toy. (And she is a quiet, "let's think this through" puzzle doer, so that is saying a lot!).

Okay, let's back up and look at the positives first.

PROS:
--Very durable. Definitely strong enough for rough toddler play.
--Compact. I like that the mouse fits under the laptop.
--Musical. Who doesn't like music?

CONS:
--TOO COMPLICATED for small users. First the child must select from a variety of TYPES of games with the big four front buttons. Then the child must look up to the area surrounding the screen and read each sub-category. The only way to select the sub group is to "scroll" through with the mouse (by "clicking" the mouse with a sideways movement till the screen reads the number of the activity you wish to do). Then you use the keyboard of numbers/letters to play the game. The child is not guided through this by the system - either an adult must help them get to the game or they must be able to read and/or memorize the steps.
--TINY screen! The screen is annoyingly small. It's not back-lit and it's comprised of pixelated, gray images (not in color). I find it too small and difficult to read in dim light. If the whole program were simpler, the actual top of the laptop could have been used for a much bigger interface!!
--Poorly-designed games. For example, one of the alphabet games lists the following series of letters: E F G S and then asks "which one is NOT in alphabetical order?" First of all, the letters ARE in alphabetical order!! They are looking for you to select the letter "S" because there's a jump in the sequence. Poorly worded! Secondly, by the time a child can alphabetize, they probably won't want to play with this, since it looks like a chunky toddler toy (and an older child would probably prefer one that resembles a real computer).

The take home message: This is complicated enough to require the more developed mind of at LEAST a 5 year old. By that point, as far as content-wise, you are better off buying them one of those "real" children's laptops because they will be too old to enjoy this. For a toddler, I would recommend one with simpler button-only operation.
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Initial post: Sep 21, 2012 3:22:02 PM PDT
Old Fan says:
I totally agree with your review. I consider my three year-old daughter to be pretty smart, and she just gets frustrated with this toy since she has difficulty selecting the games and needs my help navigating. I tried to help her with one of the games the other day (can't remember which one), and I couldn't even understand what the objective was. The one "game" that has captured her attention since she was two years old is the song one, but other than that, she seldomly plays with this toy. I wish I would have just spent more and bought some kind of tablet.
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