Fisher-Price iXL 6-in-1 Learning System (Pink)
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- 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
- To see more information click the "Watch it in Action" link below the main product images
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Wait ‘til they get their hands on iXL—the six-in-one learning, entertainment and media gadget. It’s just like mom’s techie touch-screen devices, but for kids! Like them, it’s small but powerful and smart—and packed with creative fun! It’s a Digital Reader, Game Player, Notepad, Art Studio, MP3 Player, and Photo Viewer.
Kids can add their own music and photos, personalizing with fun drawing tools and digital stickers. And they’ll love all the different ways to play, learning important fundamentals from preloaded games and animated storybooks. iXL™ comes with a Media Manager on CD-ROM, making it easy to load and manage photos, music and other content.
It also features a touch-sensitive, color LCD screen; attached stylus; headphone jack; SD card slot for memory expansion; and USB connector and cable.
- Product Measures: 1.80" x 4.0" x 4.90"
- Recommended Ages: 3 Years & up
An exciting handheld device, the Fisher-Price iXL 6-in-1 Learning System is a great introduction to technology that provides plenty of fun learning activities for young children. This sophisticated, yet kid-friendly toy features six distinct interactive options--such as a Digital Reader, Game Player, and MP3 Player--that will entertain and teach kids aged 3 to 7. By connecting this device to your computer you can add your own photos and music to the iXL, create profiles, and download extras that will enhance your child's experience.
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.
|Minimum System Requirements|
| || |
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|
See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
EASE OF USE: Back to the 3yo. It took her less than a half hour to master using the iXL. She can navigate between the story, coloring book, MP3 player, and photo viewer without any problems. She has learned how to listen to the MP3 player while drawing and can change songs at will. She loves having her own MP3 player like her sisters and we filled it up right away with barney, elmo and blue's clues songs. It was easy to add songs and photos from our home computer. We only bought 1 extra title for this for now and no one is remotely bored.
THE STORY READER: This part seems to appeal only to my 6yo right now. The other 2 have used the story reader, but are more interested in the drawing and music. It has 2 modes, story and play. During story mode, you cannot turn pages or use the touch screen. You simply listen to the story accompanied by a little bit of animation. It turns the page for you when the page is complete. In play mode you can flip the pages forward and backward, interrupt the story and use the touch screen to make some the the animations come to life. Not super interactive, but cute. You also have the option of selected 1 or 2 words on a page that the reader has highlighted. It will tell you what the word is and say something like "jump. jump starts with the letter j." I am disappointed that you cannot touch each word and have the reader read it like in the vtech vreader, or the leappad.
GAMES: There are games that go along with each story. It comes with 1 game preloaded to go with the included monkey story. That one focuses on number recognition and counting, but is too hard for my 3yo. Ni-Hao Kai-Lan comes with 3 games. 1st one is a cooking games similar to a toddler version of cooking mama; cute, easy, good for following directions. game 2 uses observation skills to take pictures things (ex. take pictures of all the things with spots). game 3 is an arcade style game basketball game teaching letter recognition. None of these are terrible difficult, but are cute. My 6yo especially likes the cooking game.
EDUCATIONAL VALUE: The games each seem to target a specific skill, are cute and not too difficult for younger children. My 3yo may not know her letters yet, but can certainly identify ones that look the same. The stories are not captivating, but my 6yo will sit through them. She says she likes monkey story that it came with because it must changes up the animation just a bit (one time the main character is a boy, next it's a girl, puts my daughter's name up on one of the signs, changes the snack on the table from banana and juice in one story to milk and cookies in another, changes the color of the team jersey, etc.) She also says there is an interactive game at the end, which she enjoys. I also LOVE the notepad feature. It teaches letter writing. It says the letter, then letter sound, shows how to write it, then gives you the opportunity to write it yourself using the stylus. For more advanced learners, it teaches you to write some basic words.
OVERALL: We LOVE this product. If your main goal is to purchase a story reader, the vtech vreader may be the way to go. If you have a child who is a very young, or has a shorter attention span, this one it probably what you want. The fun factor is high on the iXL. I feel like it's educational enough for my 3yo. It's a good introduction to basic skills and following directions, and it really works on fine motor skills, so it's a great introduction to letter writing. Trust me, I am a former elementary teacher, who is now teaching preschool. Tracing and coloring are fabulous ways to get your little learner ready to write letters.
***UPDATE on DURABILITY: I posted this comment on someone elses review, but wanted to add to mine. My 3-year-old has had this for 5 months now and still plays with it ALL the time. She also drops it a LOT. Occasionally the drop is hard enough to knock the battery cover off, even while locked. Still works just fine after all those drops. My only complaint is that the SD card pops out a little sometimes when she drops it. Requires a screwdriver to open the cover, pop the card out all the way out and back in again. When the SD card pops out, she can only play what is on the ixl internal memory. I deleted everything off the ixl, removed the SD card, and reloaded her favorite software (Ni-Hao Ki Lan) so that's the one she can play if dropped. Then I put the card back in an reloaded the rest. It didn't take terribly long to do all that. It was worth it so she isn't so frustrated if the SD card pops out. Just a suggestion. But as for durability, ours has survived a lot of drops.
Also, we haven't had any problems with the software. All of it has installed without a problem. We have Ni-Hao Ki Lan, Disney Princess, and Toy Story 3.
WOULD BUY THIS AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT.
- Volume control. A must for parents.
- Expandable memory.
- Locking battery compartment (needs a coin or flat head screw driver to unlock).
- Easy to navigate icon based menus.
- Each button press or action is accompanied by a sound effect. The kids seem to like that direct feedback.
- Music uploaded to the device can be played in the Paint app and the Photo Viewer while your child is coloring.
- The Photo Viewer allows your child to paint over your uploaded photos.
- Feels durable.
- Age range is 3 to 7 years, but both my 2 and 4 year old find it easy to use and fun.
- Included device management software for Windows 7 and up as well as OSX
- Connects via a standard USB cable, nice if you ever lose the one that came with it.
- Comes in 3 colors.
- It's a bit bulky in size for small hands.
- Fairly small and low resolution screen.
- The Resistive touchscreen requires the use of the stylus or fingernail, otherwise it requires a firm finger press. Without the stylus my children often find themselves pressing the same button several times before it registers.
- Heavy compression on uploaded photos. Even the black and white color book pages I uploaded to the device ended up with a ton of compression artifacts.
- The resistive screen sometimes "hiccups" and registers a touch away from your finger or stylus before correcting itself.
- We're on our 2nd iXL. The included software prompted us to upgrade the firmware on the device and the update completely bricked it. It would load nothing but a scrambled screen on start up. We replaced it and I've skipped the update since and have experienced no problems.
- The battery cover is painted with a design in either pink, blue, or silver. It's easily scratched off.
- 4 AA batteries provide about 2 to 3 hours of playtime. That's not horrible for AA batteries, but it's not cheap. I recommend purchasing a good set of rechargeables for this.
- Additional software titles are a bit pricey. Hovering around $20 isn't horrible, but when you compare it to say Apps for the iPhone which sell from $1 to $10, it seems a bit steep.
I really like the iXL. It's a decent device at a decent price. It would be nice if it was a little smaller, had a little bit bigger of a screen and used capacitive technology rather then resistive, but if any one of those improvements were made there is no way it could be sold at this price point. The included software on the device is easy enough for kids to use and offers a large enough variety of things to do that my children still play with it every day and in two months haven't yet grown bored with it. I'm interested to see if Fisher-Price will offer upgrades to this device via software updates. A digital download store would be nice too.
My kids loved to play games on my iPhone, after buying the iXL I've been able to keep my iPhone a little more to myself.