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I have just been playing with this today with my granddaughter and I must say I was most impressed with it! She does love buttons and things so this was an ideal present for her. It's bright and colourful, it has many songs and words and it has lights that flash so it's really a toddlers dream! There are three settings on this laptop which all promote education but in a fun way. There is a song setting so that every button that is pressed plays a different tune such as 'Go to sleep' 'twinkle twinkle' etc. The other setting tells the baby what shape they have pressed and what the object it is that it relates to at the top screen. The other setting talks about the picture on the shape and the picture on the screen these are things like a bath, a horn, a book etc. There are sound effects too such as splashing water or the sounds of a book turning. What is very refreshing about this noisy toy is that there are lots of tunes that are played. With a lot of baby toys I find myself getting a little bored of hearing the same songs over and over but this has a good variety which helps stopping both myself and my grandchildren from getting bored. I like also how it is educational with having shapes and objects and sounds too. It cost us £15 and I think that is very reasonable indeed as it does such a lot. It is very substantial which is agood job as it has taken quite a bit of a battering today from my granddaughter who has taken to trying to press the buttons with her feet! It is quite stiff to open the lid although now my granddaughter i s18 months old she is able to open it herself but up until recently she did need help. It says "Shutting down now" if the keys haven't been pressed for a while which helps to get their attention back to the toy! I am very impressed with this toy and I know my granddaughter is too as she really enjoyed playing with it today. I think for £15 it is a bargain. It's educational, fun, colourful, noisy and tough so great for children to play with and enjoy!
My daughter received this Vtech baby laptop when she was around 16 months old for Christmas by her Uncle. I had suggested a little computer as even at that stage she was mad about electronic toys, which caught her attention. My brother bought this one for her, and it was a much loved toy until she outgrew it before the age of 2, when it just seemed too babyish for her in comparison to the other toys she was playing with. So, although this computer, which can retail for around £20, is designed for children from 9 months to 36 months, my daughter was ready to move on to other things long before she has reached 36 months. In hindsight, she would have been better getting this earlier to get maximum use out of it, but anyhow, it was still used and played with a lot. This Vtech laptop has a little lid that a child can open and close themselves. There are 9 main coloured and shaped buttons for a child to press and 'button bash' as to be honest, that was really what my daughter was doing and by the time she would have been able to appreciate all the educational value, she had outgrown it. THe buttons on the keyboard part are linked to the 9 pictures on the inside of the lid, which will light etc when certain corresponding buttons are pressed. There is a little mouse attached to the main body of the laptop which is moveable in various directions, but to be honest my daughter didn't really bother that much with this and preferred the main buttons. There is quite a lot of educational elements to this laptop including teaching shape, colour, emotions, words and music. My daughter loved the fact that most of the buttons were linked to baby things, so eg a baby crying, bath time, bottles etc and would press certain buttons again and again. All in all, my daughter like most children loves all things electronic, whereas I much prefer durable toys, however, I see the benefits of such a toy to keep her attention especially when she was younger to allow me to get started the dinner etc. I think she probably didn't get the full benefits of it, as I said earlier, as I felt she had outgrown it by the time she would have appreciated it more - in general it was a lot of button bashing to see lights, hear music, hear words and listen to the noises of things she was familiar with such as the bath, clock etc etc It is a good toy for a baby to keep their attention and when you have a small child, anything that keeps their attention is brilliant to allow you that short time to get something done!
My little boy received this toy as a present off his Grandad. I am not sure how much he paid for it but it seems to retail at around the £10 mark. It is a chunky, plastic "laptop" made by baby toy manufacturers Vtech. My son has the unisex, blue, yellow and red coloured one but it is also available in pick. It has a red carry handle that is easy to hold and my little boy loves to carry it around like a bag! On the blue body you have the switch to turn it off, which also has 2 levels of volume control. This is a sliding switch function and my 18 month old can easily turn it up to full volume unfortunately for me! On the opposite side to this switch there is another slider which controls the mode of play. There are 3 to choose from which are "ABC" "EXPLORE" and "MUSIC" To play you simply lift up the yellow lid. Very easy to do as there is no clip, it simply lifts up and down. The keyboard contains 9 buttons with various pictures and these buttons correspond to pictures on the screen. Depending on what mode your baby is playing in, when a button is pressed it will either tell you shapes/letters, what picture is on the screen or play music. The screen also flashes which my son loves. But his favourite thing seems to be opening and closing the lid constantly! Closing the lid does not turn the toy off but it does shut down after a minute or 2 of no interaction. There is also a ladybird mouse which makes a whiz zing noise, another favourite of my sons. As it is made completely from plastic, it is very easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. A necessity with sticky fingers! All in all I would recommend this toy. I think it is a good price and teaches your baby various things aswell as improving cause and effect skills and motor skills. I would say this is suitable for the age range of 6-36 months. Although the learning aspect I would say from 18 months. Up until that age your baby will probably just enjoy bashing the buttons, watching the lights and making a noise!
==Purchase== This laptop was bought years ago for my eldest daughter and now at nearly 3 even my youngest has nearly outgrown it but for some unknown reason she will not let it go. The laptop is made by Vtech which is a great name in the world of kids developmental toys, you can buy the toy for about £20 in any good toy retailer. ==Packaging== The laptop comes packaged in the usual bright blue box which Vtech generally use, the front of the box is open so that you can have a little play with the toy before you decide to buy it. It stated on the box that the toy is for ages 9-36 months and that it teaches shapes, words, sounds and music. ==The Toy== The top is made to look realistically like a laptop, it's a laptop sort of shape with a bright red carry handle on the top of it so your child can carry it around which both my girls have enjoyed doing. The laptop has a bright yellow lid which flips up and then there is a speaker at the bottom left and a mouse to use on the bottom right, the mouse has actually been made to look like a mouse as in the animal which I find cute. On the left side you have the volume control which has 2 levels which I always think is ideal with children's toys and then on the other side there is a slider to select one of three options that your child can play. The lid of the laptop has a small semi circle gap below it to make it easy for little hands to get in and lift up the lid, on opening the laptop you find there are 9 light up squares on the top where your laptop screen would be and then nine different buttons on the bottom. The screen at the top has pictures on it of a rattle, a teddy bear, a crib, a bottle, a book, a ball, a bath, a car and a house so as you can see they are all basic items. The buttons on the bottom are a blue square with a hand on, a green heart with a baby on, a red moon with a clock on, a red triangle with a crying baby on, a blue square with a happy child on, a green circle with a surprised looking baby on, a green oval with a splash of water on, a red rectangle with a horn on and finally a blue arrow with a bell on it. ==The Options== When your child turns on the laptop you get a bring sound and then it says "it's my home computer" before singing a song about learning with the computer which gets extremely annoying if like my eldest daughter your child likes to keep turning the computer on and off. If you don't touch the computer it will ask "are you home" and then sing the song again. The 3 options for playing with the laptop are I like music, let's explore and learning's just a click away. I like music - In this setting your child simply pushes one of the buttons on the bottom of the laptop and they are rewarded with a tune, most the tunes are well known and whilst they play the screen at the top flashes in all different combinations to hold your childs attention. The tunes that I know are Twinkle Twinkle, This is the Way, B.I.N.G.O, Pop Goes the Weasel, Row Row Row your Boat and This Old Man. Let's Explore - In this setting your child again presses the buttons on the bottom of the laptop and then they are rewarded with a little snippet of a sentence that is to do with the pictures on the screen and the light behind the picture will flash. The pictures on the buttons at the bottom and the picture on the screen both match with the saying so for example the button with the hand on light's up the rattle square on the screen and the laptop states "I like to shake my rattle." Learning's just a click away - In this setting your child presses the button and the laptop will name the shape of the button and then play a few notes of a tune but this time they are random rather than being rhymes your child will recognise. If your child presses the button a second time the laptop will name the item which is draw on the button and then if they press the button a third time the laptop names the item on the screen which corresponds to the button. ==Playing== The laptop is very easy for a young child to play with and the buttons are very easy to push so your child is easily rewarded for their efforts. If the laptop is left for 30 seconds without being touched it starts the music up from when you first turn it on and this becomes really annoying and even at the lowest volume setting it is still loud enough to annoy me. Sophie used to play with this toy every single day for a period of about 3 months and then she got bored with it only to end up starting to play with it again when I tried to put it away. Emily my youngest doesn't play with the toy as much as Sophie did but I would say she plays with it once every few days and she again is not willing for me to put the toy away or even move it up to her bedroom as every time I do she brings it back down. When either of the girls have played with the toy they have been amused for a good half an hour before looking for something else to play with the problem is they then don't turn the laptop off so it keeps playing it's learning song. ==Opinions== The toy is really robust, it has been flung across the room many times and it has barely got a scratch on it which I think is fantastic for a toy that is 5 years old. The battery life is superb as we have never had to change the batteries in the toy and it has so much play I am actually amazed but it still plays perfectly and isn't showing any signs of slowing. Emily has been recently pressing the buttons to get the names of the shapes and then saying to me "Mam that's a star" and she now knows about 6 or 7 of the shapes by heart which is great. The toy uses the basic colours of red, yellow, blue and green which makes it nice and simple for young children but colourful enough that they want to play with it. The mouse is cute and it when your child moves it around it makes lots of different funny noises for them. If the batteries do happen to need changing they are under a panel on the back which is secured but you only need a coin, knife or similar to open it which I always think is a good idea as I often can't find a screwdriver and then toys go ages without batteries whilst I wait to come across one. This toy would get 5 stars from both of my daughters and it is of course mainly their opinion that matters, I would give it 4 stars due to the annoyance of the learning song. The toy is great value, it's educational in basic things such as starting words and shapes and of course you can use the solid blocks of colour to try and teach your child the 4 basic colours. This toy comes highly recommended in our household i'm just hoping I can manage to get it put away shortly or at least moved upstairs as my youngest turns 3 shortly and that of course means more toys coming into my front room.
I only just realised that I bought this for my son nearly 4 years ago! I would not call this a hand me down,more like a give me now to his sister, as she has dug iit out of the topy box and claimed it! I bought this originally because it was at a good price, and as a first time mother ( at the time ) alot of the toy products were VTEC, so thought this would be good for him.And it did not disappoint. The fact that after 4 years and 2 children it is still in perfect working condition is a testamont to the quality of this toy. The only thing that shows wear and tear is the VTEC logo on the lid is slightly worn off, but other than that excatly the same now as it was when I first bought it. I did buy this originally for my son, but the colours are perfectly fie for wither sex.The colours are bright and bold, so a treat for the eyes for the children. There is a cary handle for the kids to take around with them, and overall the size is perfect-not too big or small for the little ones. Its easy to turn on and off and sound is adjustable.The fact it opens and closes similar to a proper laptop makes little ones feels a tad more grown up. The design is durable and in no way filsy, very well built. You have t3 settings on it which you can change by sliding the little square over it:Music, Explore and Learning. There is 9 chunky different shaped and coloured buttons in the middle of the laptop which depending on the setting will tell your children different named shapes, different songs etc. There is also a cute little squared screen on the inside of the lid that lights up, depending on what has been pressed, with adorable little pictures of things such as teddy bear, rattle on it. I think the thing I like the most is the cute mouse on it, which litearlly is in the shape of a mouse, that children can move around. This toy is one that my daughter enoys using, my son not so much. Obviously this is aimed for very young children and my son, who is nearly 4, is more interested in real computers or at least products such as the VTEC innotab Either way, I have managed to get my moneys worth and more from this product over the last 4 years.Not bad going at all!
Ever since my little girl was tiny she was obsessed with all things technical! SHe was always reaching for my mobile or trying to bash the keys on my laptop so for her first birthday I bought her her very own laptop. She is now five and she still plays with it! I never thought that she would still enjoy playing with it so it's surprised me and means we have definitely got our money's worth!! *Vtech Vtech make lots of toys for babies and toddlers. The majority of them are all singing all dancing with lots of interactive elements. If you like traditional toys you probably won't get along with Vtech but we really like their toys, we have loads of them and they are always such good quality and grab my daughter's attention. *What the laptop looks like Well the picture Ciao have provided is very accurate! It is exactly what the laptop looks like. At a glance you can see right away that it is colourful! Colourful is good! It means that little children will be attracted to it. It is not geared towards any gender so is great for girls and boys. It has a blue base which has a red mouse on it which moves about a bit, a little speaker which has grooves in, a sliding button which has three different pictures underneath it and you move the button to the setting you want and it also has an on/off switch which has a volume control on it too. When you open up the lid of the laptop it reveals a yellow keypad with 9 keys inside. These keys are large, different shapes and have pictures on them. On the screen is an LED panel which has 9 pictures on which relate to the pictures on the keys. Inbetween the keys on the laptop are various little shapes which are engraved into the plastic which don't do anything but does make it look even more exciting! *What it does It lights up, it plays music, it makes sounds... it is very interactive. There are three different settings on it. music is my little girls favourite. This music setting plays songs when you press the keys on the keyboard. These include things like Twinkle Twinkle and This Old Man. There are no words to the songs, just the tunes which is nice and as the tunes play the lights on the screen flash. The other setting is an exploring setting where when the buttons are pressed the picture on the screen in the space of that button light up and something related to it is said, for example on the picture of the rattle it will say "I like shaking my rattle." The final setting is learning. This is where the facts are given, so the button that is pressed is then educational it will say the name of the shape or the colour of it. If no buttons are pressed for a few seconds it will start talking 'are you there' or singing 'my first laptop is such fun...' but if nothing happens for about 2 minutes it will shut down by announcing "Shutting down now" which is good so that it doesn't keep talking and singing away when your little one has got bored of it! *Playing with it My little girl really struggled to open the lid of it when she first got it. We would open it for her and she would play with it for ages, banging away at the keys, amazed by the lights on the screen but sometimes she would close it and then not be able to open it and would cry with frustration. This seems like a long time ago now! She can now open it no trouble at all! She used to play with it in an exploring nature, wondering what would happen when she presses buttons and clapping away with the music but now she uses it in an imaginative way! She always pretends she is being like mummy by 'checking her emails'. She will set the laptop on the table next to mine and announce she has emails, she will bash away at the keys pretending to type. I can't believe how much she has changed how she plays with this, I never thought it would still entertain her now but it really does! When she was about 2 she really loved it and spent lots of time playing with it, exploring with the different settings and other babies that have been round have also enjoyed playing with it. *Learning from it I would never rely on an electronic toy to teach my children things but it has helped to teach her about colours and shapes and things. She could play with this alone and be told what the shapes were but we would also play with it with her and ask her questions like "Where is the triangle?" and "How many green buttons are there?" it's been really amazing to see how much she has learnt. She may have learnt colours elsewhere but this has helped us to see how she has progressed. It has also helped her concentrate as when you press one button you have to wait for it to finish what it's doing before you can then press another so she has learnt how to wait and be patient, listening to what is being said and then moving on to the next bit. It has helped her hands and things as she has learnt how to wiggle the mouse and push buttons and move the sliding button. *Conclusion This is a fantastic toy. We have had this for four years and it has been played with regularly but it still looks to be in brilliant condition, it did get drawn on once with some crayon but that wiped away easily. It looks as good as new and we have not once had to replace the batteries either so it's great! It is robust, it has been thrown around and taken on holiday with us and still works perfectly. The only bit which has changed is the part where you select the setting you want, the pictures on this is on a piece of paper and it looks a bit worn here but the rest is perfect! It has been played with lots and is well loved. It has entertained as well as educated and it's great to see it being used in imaginative play now too. It cost £20 and that is definitely worth it. Another brilliant toy from Vtech. We are very pleased with it and my daughter loves it.
Baby's Laptop - key features3 interactive modes of play on this baby laptop keep the fun going for longer, teaching objects, sound effects and shapes. The 8-way directional click-tick mouse and buttons help to develop fine motor skills as well as introducing early baby laptop computer skills. This educational toy encourages language development, verbal imitation and exploration.