My friend and I got this product for kicks. We're in college, but we still think it's cool (and like something we would have loved as kids). I would guess this would be a good gift for kids probably 5-12 or so.. it is young. Cute, but young. I would have thought it was really cool if I was around that age. (Actually, I still like it,...)
We both wanted an mp3 player speaker, and this has one. It's not that loud, but it's do-able. I like it. It's also a writing clipboard/surface (albeit small), which is useful for journaling as well.
The inside "hidden" compartment is smaller than I'd hoped. It can hold an iPhone or small phone. I put a few small pens inside of it. I would have liked the inner compartment to be larger so that it could hold another small journal. I took the notebook that came with it out-- the kiddie spiral journal. I replaced it with a Moleskine Cahier that has nicer paper.
It really does recognize your voice. You have to HOLD DOWN the "UNLOCK" button before you say your password. That's how it works-- press the unlock key, then enter your password. You can reset the password, also. The "door" automatically opens after you say the correct password. It has a cheesy "welcome back" jingle that plays for a few seconds. When you close it, it says "see you later" in the cheesy voice. Cute pink and purple color scheme. It's a smaller writing surface, but probably the right size for actual children. I would guess the size would be somewhere around 6 x 8, but I'm not sure.
The blacklight raises and highlights what you write reasonably well. There's also a light. Neither stay on very long-- they automatically turn off to save batteries/lamp life I guess.
I would like to see:
1) notebook and blacklight pen refills. The notebook isn't very thick, has thin paper, and is a generic cheap spriral notebook. The blacklight marker/light is cool.. though the marker is somewhat thick to write very much. I would imagine that young kids would enjoy drawing/coloring with it, though.
2) a larger inner compartment, and a "traditional" old school lock&key style journal that's thicker (to last longer, and ideally with slightly nicer paper)
3) It would be nice to be able to mute the cheesy sound effects. (There's the "welcome back" audio, the "see you later" audio, and the few beeps if someone enters/speaks the password incorrectly 2 times.
Overall, it's a fun toy for kids (or people who refuse to grow up). It was a cheap speaker for our mp3 players, and the voice unlock/blacklight/journal are all good for the price. It is a plastic toy, so obviously you wouldn't want to drop it. I haven't had it long enough to rate the battery life in it (it uses 3 AA batteries, NOT included).
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