Fisher-Price iXL 6-in-1 Learning System (Blue)
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- iXL is the ultimate handheld learning tool designed for kids
- 6 ways to play: Digital Reader, Game Player, Note Pad, Art Studio, MP3 Player and Photo Viewer
- Comes with pre-loaded software for the various applications
- Opens like a book, exposing a 3.5" TFT QVGA color screen
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This exciting handheld toy helps introduce children to technology.
The iXL features six activities, including an interactive reader.
Kids can practice their art skills with the included Art Studio. View larger.
Made of rugged plastic that will survive all kinds of crazy play, the iXL is similar to popular hand-held game players, but is designed for the use of younger children. The device opens like a book to reveal an LCD touch screen that displays all the action. Your kid will navigate through the activities by touching the tethered stylus to the screen.
The iXL is extremely intuitive and uncomplicated. The stylus has a holster and is tethered to the device by a sturdy nylon string, so your child will never lose it. Opposite the screen is a speaker with volume control, an Action button that allows you to make choices in certain modes, and a Home button that returns you to the Main Menu whenever you wish.
Easy Set Up
To turn the piece on, you or your child will simply press the Power button positioned on the side of the device. All elements of interaction--from the generous buttons and stylus, to the iXL's hearty casing--are practical for children's use.
After unpacking the iXL, you'll get it ready for play by inserting four AA batteries then completing a quick calibration of the touch screen. You'll want to install the software for this toy via the accompanying CD-ROM to access additional features, software updates, and customizations. Additional iXL features include an SD slot for memory expansion, built-in memory of up to 150 MB, and a standard headphone jack for those long car rides or flights.
An Interactive Learning Experience
The iXL will keep curious kids busy, entertained, and learning with its six preloaded activities. Your child will practice reading and comprehension with the Digital Reader, which includes an interactive 15-page story available in either the reading or interacting mode. For kids who love action, the Game Player features a three-level arcade game that promotes counting and learning about sequences and numbers.
Future young writers can practice the alphabet and their penmanship in the Notepad mode, while young artists will flex their creativity with the Art Studio's digital tools. The iXL includes an MP3 Player with five preloaded kid's songs and a Photo Viewer with three sample images that can be embellished and manipulated.
Software Downloads Expand Features
You'll get the most from the iXL by loading the software onto your PC and attaching the device to your computer with the accompanying USB cable. Although with high-speed cable internet software may take up to 30 minutes to download, once you completed this you can transfer files to increase playing options, including additional software for purchase that will add new stories and games for your child to play.
Navigating the software is simple and intuitive. You can create up to five profiles for the iXL, so this device can be enjoyed by the whole family. Add images or music files to the library and transfer them to the iXL. The software also gives you access to other fun and free extras, such as printable activity sheets for your child or the whole family, craft and party ideas, and other activity suggestions categorized by age.
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What's in the Box
iXL 6-in-1 Learning System, USB cable, and CD-ROM.
|iXL 6-in-1 Learning System - Available in three colors|
Top Customer Reviews
Minuses: 1) Children learn fast and its hard to believe any educational software suited for a 3/4 year old is going to challenge a 6/7 year old (which is the upper age range). The current software available seems good for about 3-5 year olds. The included software only has counting up to 20; video game up to only 10; the reading and vocabulary are little more advanced. There are other CD titles released, but I'm unsure that these really address the educational level for older children. 2) The transfer speed to down load optional software titles from a CD is very slow. It took about 30 minutes to download the Batman CD; this is about 30 minutes for 42MB of data. I'm guessing a 256MB flash memory that is about 10 years old is being employed in this unit. You just need to be patient when downloading any items (CD, photos, music). 3) The screen space for writing words is small; children are asked to write their name on the screen, but names longer than 4 letters need to be crammed into the space allotted.Read more ›
The format of the titles is both good and bad. On the good side, there are no cartridges to lug around, keep track of, not lose, and not break. On the bad side, the iXL will only hold a couple of extra titles in its built-in memory. After that, you have to buy an SD card to expand the memory. No big deal, really. But, this system means you have to have a PC or Mac available to load the titles on, and you have to not lose the USB cable that comes with the iXL, lest you not be able to load new content.
Speaking of loading content, we put a bunch of photos and music on the device so that my son can listen to familiar tunes and draw mustaches on Mommy and Daddy. This is a pretty nice feature, and really makes it HIS iXL.
Finally, I was concerned about whether the iXL would still be interesting when he's 5, 6, or 7. As it happens, a friend brought over his kids, 5 and 7, to play one day, and they both leapt on the iXL. After a couple hours of play, I'm no longer worried.Read more ›
The iXL comes with six options from the menu - story book, games, music, art, notebook and photo studio. We have not yet experimented much with the music aspect, but I love that we can hook this up to our computer via USB and as he gets older we can add in songs and pictures or pull them off as his interests change.
My favorite part is the notebook. It's excellent for practicing writing, and comes with letters to trace to work on the alphabet. My son's favorite part is the art studio of course - it has several options such as paint, stamp, changing colors, changing scenes, etc. This section gave him trouble at first, as he would start with a picture of the monkey from the story that comes pre-loaded, add in some squiggles and a stamp or two, and then he'd press the button to change the scene. His squiggles and stamps would follow when he'd want a new page to doodle, and it took him a few tries to get the iXL to do what he meant.
The story book option seems pretty neat as well, though we have not yet tried to load any additional books on yet. The monkey story that is pre-loaded highlights the words as the story is being told, and has cute little interactive changes that can include your child's name.
Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. I can easily see my son using this for the next year at least, and his little sister already has her eye on it! I do wish the other available books weren't quite so costly, but I'm sure these will come down in time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These iXL game devices are wonderful learning tools for young children. I currently own three of them: one blue and two pink. All 5 of my children love them. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Keara Bullard
My son played with it for all of 10 minutes and lost all interest. Runs through batteries really quick.Published 5 months ago by Katt D
Grandson loved it!! Easy to use, he has so much fun with this Learning toyPublished 8 months ago by Peggy McMillan
Perfect for toddlers who are interested in electronics. My 2 year old grandson had this game system figured out in no time!Published 14 months ago by mom from michigan
Nice; but not that easy to navigate; sometimes got stuck at the first alphabet letters; and could not go further without much effort.Published 14 months ago by Sh