Vtech has a range of educational toys for children, and the Buzz Lightyear Spaceship Laptop really looks like a winner. Designed to look like a laptop… and Buzz Lightyear’s Spaceship (I know, it’s a little bit of a stretch) and a toy, this is a good way for children to grow comfortable with computers. Built tough to survive the learning process, Buzz’s laptop has a good reputation for durability. The keyboard is laid out in a standard ‘qwerty’ configuration. Comes with an attached ‘mouse’ shaped like an alien (lgm, little green men), but the mouse is limited to up/down left/right and ‘select’. The LCD screen is small and not backlit, so you’ll need light for children to read it. I would have thought the small size a detriment, but it doesn’t seem to matter to children, and after thinking about it, I realized the small screen is a good way to make the batteries last longer.
The lid pops open when you push on Buzz Lightyear’s head. On the side, the wings pop out to increase the resemblance to Buzz’s ship. You’ll hear Buzz Lightyear’s voice (Tim Allen). The Buzz Lightyear Spaceship Laptop takes 3 AA batteries, and measures roughly 13″ x 9″ x 4″. The laptop comes with 30 different activies, covering a broad range including Spanish, phonics, letters, numbers, typing, logic and problem-solving. Some of the activities are very similar to each other, but teach different branches of skills, like letters vs numbers.
For an excellent customer review that names all of the activities, scroll down and read the one by “Lifetime Gamer”. I would have included a more detailed description here, but Lifetime Gamer covered it extremely well, and deserves credit for his review. So please, scroll down and read his review to learn more about this great kids laptop.
One customer complained of the laptop arriving broken, and because of the timing, and waiting for Christmas to try it, missed the cutoff for returns. There are two ways to avoid this problem when ordering; if it’s too early to get the extended Christmas return deadline, be very sure to test it thoroughly before wrapping and putting under the tree. Or, barring that, wait until Amazon’s extended Christmas deadline can apply. It’s sad, but a fact of life, sometimes something arrives damaged. Better to find out early than too late.
Final thoughts: Buzz Lightyear’s Spaceship Laptop is a great toy, and wonderful introduction to computers. Many games and activies to entertain and educate, and, of course, the wonderful Toy Story theme. I wish they’d had this when my boy was little… it would give me an excuse to buy one!!!
Travel the galaxy with the VTech Buzz Lightyear Star Command Laptop! Featuring the voice of Buzz and shaped like his starship, this learning toy laptop contains thirty different activities that teach Spanish, phonics, letters, numbers, typing skills, logic and problem-solving! Kids will love the alien cursor-style mouse, LCD screen and pop-out wings!
3 AA Batteries Required