Cool little toy that kids will love
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The base iXL 6-in-1 Learning System include a single interactive story and activity, a learning game, art tools and stampers, music sampler, photos, and more. The device is designed to teach kids story comprehension, counting, art, phonics, vocabulary, writing, spelling and more. The device sells for $80 and is available now. Lots more software can be purchased as well.
The iXL 6-in-1 Learning System is a very interesting little toy for kids. It's sort of like a kid's iPad. It can do all sorts of things and comes with an interactive story and other activities for the kids to play. It comes with special media manager software that allows parents to load music, photos, and other content to the iXL 6-in-1 Learning System. The color screen is touch sensitive and it has a headphone jack for times when you don’t want to hear the games being played.
All of the buttons and controls for the device are large and easy to use. All of the surfaces are made from strong plastics that should be able to stand up to abuse when kids play. Software titles are loaded to the device via USB and there is a SD card that allows for memory expansion.
My daughter fired the thing up and had a blast playing with the iXL. The photos that you load to the device can be drawn directly on. I guarantee that you will end up with a mustache or horns in short order. The included book is about a little monkey and the kids have to interact with it to get the game to move along. The game player has the kids use on screen controls to play games that use math to win.
The notepad feature is one of my daughter's favorite things. She loves to play school and she writes letters in it for fun. The art studio is another of her favorites. She can draw on a blank page and she can use little stampers to make things on the screen. To save the artwork you need a SD card and the iXL 6-in-1 Learning System doesn’t include an SD card.
You will want to buy more software when you get the iXL system. Each software title has a MSRP of $25, but you may find the software cheaper in stores and you have to have a computer to load software. Loading software is done via USB with the media manager application that is included with the iXL. My daughter wanted me to load some music on the review unit I received. It will play any MP3 or WMA tracks and the kids can create a playlist and everything. My little girl loves Owl City fireflies and will listen to that sound for an hour repeating it over and over and over. It gets really old very quickly. The headphone port and any old set of headphones appropriate for mobile devices save me from hearing the song 173 times each day.
I do want to point out that the first time you turn the iXL 6-in-1 Learning System on you will need to calibrate the touchscreen. You do that by pushing the tip of the stylus into the calibration hole on the back and following the prompts on screen. Once that calibration is done, the 3.5-inch touch screen is accurate and easy to use.
The iXL 6-in-1 Learning System is a great little learning toy for kids that like gadgets. They will learn while they play and never realize they are learning. This is a very fun little toy!
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