This product comes in a bright pink and purple box with Vtech
logo on it and an option to try the product by pressing the demo button while the product is still packed in the box. The box also features the characteristics of the product, what does the product do and what you can do with this product. The product comes unassembled and although the assembly is pretty easy and straightforward still it must be done by an adult. The assembly mostly refers to the components that make the stand. There are three poles that can be used to adjust the stand to the height of the child so you can take out or put additional pole when necessary. When you put the stand together you can install the microphone
and the karaoke machine that are part of this package too. This product requires four AA batteries and the batteries are included in the box but they serve only for demo. There is an option to use a power adapter but this does not come with the product and must be purchased additionally. Part of the product is the audio jack that is used to connect the karaoke machine to external sources like MP3
. Very handy is the part of the stand which can be used to place your mobile phone or MP3 player so you do not have to hold it in your hand all the time while you sing. Another good thing is that you can separately use the karaoke machine with the microphone meaning that the karaoke can be removed from the stand if you want to dance and sing
at the same time. It is a lightweight product so it is not heavy for holding although it might have been handy if there was some handle, but having in mind that the karaoke machine is not designed to be carried around, we do not consider this as a con. The batteries are to be inserted into the karaoke machine at the bottom.
Who is this product for?
If your kid dreams of becoming a super star, he or she is interested in music
and likes singing and performing and is between 4 and 10 years old we are more than certain that this could be an ideal gift for him or her. Although the product comes only in one color, that is a combination between pink and purple by its nature this toy is truly gender-neutral one
and it would have been nice if there was a greater variety in colors. This product is definitely a toy that can be used on daily basis and can be used in long terms but the only condition is the kid to be really interested in music. Parents will also love this toy because it is a good option for parties and the karaoke machine is detachable from the stand so it can be easily moved to the garden or grandma’s house for your next birthday party.
This karaoke machine and a microphone offer more than just singing on the mic. There are many activities that you can do with this toy. The karaoke machine contains many buttons whose functions are described in the instructions of use. To start any activity you have to turn on the ON button and if you leave the toy for quite a while it automatically powers off in order to save battery. There are eight songs that are part of the karaoke machine and you can sing on these songs. The instructions contain the lyrics of the 8 incorporated songs so even if you do not know the songs you can read them from the instructions. In this mode of Singing there is an option called “Music Magic”
that can turn down the voice from the songs so your voice can be the one of the lead singer. When you do not want to sing there is an option to go to “Free Play” mode where you can use the microphone for many pretend plays for example you can play pretend
talk show or celebrity interview, poetry reciting or TV news presenting, or anything that you can imagine.
When you get tired of the free play and the singing of 8 songs you can always use the external source and play some more music from your MP3 player
or mobile and sing together with it. This mode offers timer when the music will automatically switch off with three options: 60, 90, 120 and 180 minutes. Some common complaints about this mode is that the function “Music Magic” sometimes does not function properly but the manufacturer has clearly stated that this mode may not apply to all songs that come from external source.
Besides the music and the possibilities for performance this toy offers an option for playing different games
that can be accessed by pressing the “Games and Tools” button. There are 6 different games that you can choose to play from. The games vary from classical games like “Music Pop”, “Balloon Tunes” and “Note Catcher” through musical games such as “Funky Monkey”
and “Beat Boxer” and up to the well-known Tongue Twisters
game. The games are mainly played by using different buttons on the control panel of the karaoke machine. The classical games have different tasks for example the “Music Pop” is a game where you can see bubbles
on the screen of the karaoke machine and the task is to pop these bubbles using the control buttons or in the “Balloon Tunes” you have to blow in the mic to make the balloon go up in the air or to move the balloon to collect notes or catch the notes in the game “Note Catcher” which is actually very similar to the old fashioned game table tennis. The classical games are not very popular since the screen
is pretty small and it is black and white plus you have to use buttons to play the game so in this world of technology it is pretty understandable why the game option does not draw the attention of kids. Unlike this type of games, the so-called dance games such as “Funky Monkey” is great for more players since it is based on the principle of the game Freeze. So if you want some fun start the monkey and follow his dance moves and freeze when the monkey stops. You can get creative and start your own beat box show with the game “Beat Boxer” where you can sing and record your own piece of music or get competitive and try the Tongue Twisters game where you can repeat some of the most famous tongue twisters. The games and the buttons that you can use to play with are described in the instructions where you can find the 15 tongues twisters too.
This toy has so many varieties to choose from, and this is one of the reasons why it can be used for a long time and is used over and over again on daily basis. You cannot get bored with so many options to choose from and play, dance and have fun. In order to have a great performance this toy offers options for light
and sound effects. The accessing of the Light Effects is very simple since you just have to press the corresponding button if you want some disco ball lights. The disco light ball can even turn 180 degrees around to create the real feeling of being on stage and disco atmosphere. For even greater effects of your performance the karaoke machine offers five buttons regarding the sound effects
. Before you start the performance you can press the intro drum for greater opening of your performance, cheering for support and applause for the end of your great performance. If you are using the mic to have your own talk show you can try the game show effect and some laughter effect if you are performing stand-up comedy show. The sound effects are really great feature to boost the confidence
of the young singers and contribute to the effect of real performance. If you want to add additional fun element in your performance when using the mic you can use the voice-changing effect that switches among different voices. So with this option you can make your voice sounds like a mouse squeaking or a really deep voice.
The little musicians can even record their singing or talking or beat boxing
with the help of the record button. The recording can be saved and there is an option for saving of two recordings. Each recording can last up to four minutes so eight minutes in total. If you decide to finish earlier than 4 minutes you can stop the recording at any time. When you want to listen to your performance you just have to press the playback button. This option is also very motivating for the little artists
because in this way they can have their own recorded song.
Vtech is well-known for quality and durable products that are designed with purpose of education, creativity
and fun for our loved ones and this toy is not an exception. The plastic parts are sturdy and well-made and although the screen from the karaoke machine offers old-fashioned graphics and black and white games still the the price for it is definitely not high and affordable. For the price you get a great value of play and longevity of use
. Majority of the users confirm that kids love this toy and play with it on daily basis so when you take this into consideration combined with the enjoyment the kids get and you get by development of the creativity and musical talent of your kiddos then it surely pays off to invest in buying this toy.
Vtech karaoke machine with microphone will be a great gift for all little musicians and all kiddos who love singing, dancing and performing in general and love to pretend they are music stars. This toy can offer a complete package when it comes to performance because you can record your performance, add some light and sound effects, change your voice and even become a lead singer with the help of the Magic Music option which allows you to turn down the original voice of the song so your voice can be heard. When you get tired of playing and singing along the 8 songs, which are part of this karaoke machine you can use the audio cable to play other songs from external sources. If you decide to make a party you can have disco lights
since this toy comes with featured disco ball that can even turn round for greater effect. Other great thing is that the mic stand apart from being easy to assemble can also be adjusted on three levels in accordance with the child’s height. Overall it is a great toy that offers so many varieties for the little performers who dream of being super stars and love entertaining
, singing, dancing and even playing some music games that engage kids and inspire creativity.