Laptops for children are mainly manufactured to enhance learning as well as provide entertainment.
Are these units as costly as mainstream computers?
Kids' portable computers need not be expensive at all. Here are some toy systems that you can get your children which are absolutely fun and educational. They are not meant to replace actual computer experience though. These toys have gray scale LCD screens and operate on batteries.
The GeoSafari Kids' Laptop doesn't have an actual screen but has games similar to other toys like this. It features trivia games and interactive lessons on topics like animals, history, sports, math and science. The games come with several options like multi-player modes so it can be played with friends. Versions are available for children aged 3 to 7 and children aged 8 and above. Does your child want something that looks like the real thing?
VTech Nitro looks just like a real portable computer with games focusing on reading, music, social studies, math and Spanish. It comes with 2 additional cartridges for games and an optional AC adapter. This is recommended to kids aged 5 to 8.
The Oregon Scientific PC Trainer 5 is designed to look like a light-weight portable computer. It has a QWERTY keyboard, contrast controls on the screen and headphones. This has over a hundred games covering music, math, spelling and memory. This is recommended for kids aged 5 to 8.
Wall-E Learning Laptop. This toy from VTech was made to look just like the animation character with whom it was named after, right down to Wall-E's blinking right eye. Games include math, letters and words and logic. Recommended for kids aged 4 to 7.
Other laptops for children that are designed after kids' favourite characters are the Batman PowerWing and Barbie B-Smart Learning Units. These toys also have similar educational games as the others mentioned above.