Hands on with the Barbie B-Smart Learning Laptop (my daughter’s hands, anyway)
by Mark R
I have a daughter, who is interested in all things pink and cute. She’s seven years old and lives in a My Little Pony, Care Bear, and Littlest Pet Shop world, and so this Barbie B-Smart laptop is just for her.
The B-Smart Laptop isn’t an actual laptop, but to a little girl though, it’s probably better than a MacBook. The toy opens up automatically at the touch of a button, and Barbie’s face welcomes the young user with a Miss America smile. The screen is an LCD backlit, but its monochromatic and very, very pixelated.
I had a devil of a time getting the B-Smart laptop out of the box, and wouldn’t give it to my daughter until I took the fifteen minutes required for the task. After that, my daughter could select from a number of activities, including some in Spanish.
The B-Smart comes with a mouse. The mouse connects with a thick phone cable rather than USB. As for expansion cards, it has them, and they look like credit cards. These cards have more activities and games. Controls for these games/activities can be done through the mouse, QWERTY keyboard, or the touchpad. My daughter has options as she learns about vocabulary, typing skills, grammar, and whatever else Barbie is into.
The Barbie B-Smart laptop comes with at least one expansion card, earbuds for the earphone jack (a blessing for parents), mousepad, some jewel stickers, and 3 AA batteries, which are included. It is available on the Oregon Scientific site for $54.99.