LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System Pink
Nice improvement over the Tag Reader
We received the new LeapReader today and it works great! The only thing you should be aware of is that it is not compatible with some of the older (and out-of-print) Tag books. The software did not let us download or transfer the audio for several of the books that we already had including Handy Mandy, SpongeBob, and Pet Pals Sticker Story Time even though they are listed on the compatibility list in the FAQ under the support page. For books that are not listed in the Connect software (and it only lists the in-print books), it tells you to touch the book you want with the LeapReader and then connect it to the computer. But when we did that with those out-of-print books, it displayed a message saying that those books are not compatible. So you still need to keep your old Tag Reader if you have older books. But it does work with the Tag books that they are still selling.
June 27, 2013
use your space wisely, 256mb goes as fast as 32mb
I thought that 256mb would take forever to fill since we were upgrading from the old 32mb Tag pen. But the file sizes are much much larger for the same books that we used to fit on our old pen. Additionally, 55 of the 256 is not usable space, so you have only 80% of the memory to use for your files. For example, we fit the entire 4 sets of phonics books on the old style tag pen, minus one. So that took up just around 28mb or so, since a few mb are needed to run the pen's software. On the Leapreader, it takes up approx 70mb (2.5 times the size). With memory card costs lower than they used to be, it would be expected to see more onboard memory to allow for really enjoying all that leapfrog has to offer for the system. Although this is a significant increase in memory over the old version, it is used up just as fast so in a way you aren't able to add much more on here than the old, maybe just a few more things. It's about the equivalent of having 2 tag pens. Knowing the size of the audio files for the original tag pen, I really thought I was going to fit a ton on here and didn't expect to see the drastic jump in file sizes for the same exact books. That really changes things a bit because I was trying to downsize from 2 tag pens to 1 leapreader. Overall, I'm still excited to fit a majority of our books on here but we will still need to keep one of our original tags for the older books and for anything that doesnt fit on the leapreader.
The rechargeable battery is a nice feature. We recently got a frog eye charger which will be great for recharging the leapreader on the go. We played around with the pen for a few minutes and it works fine with our books as well as the new writing books. Just wishing there was audio support for the entire Tag library as most of our books were classics that were recently discontinued.
June 28, 2013
Great for my struggling readers!
While all my younger kids (ages 3-10) love this product, I like it most for my struggling readers. I love the fact that the pen will "read" the difficult words for my kids. My struggling readers love that they can read the books "all by themselves".
For my strong readers and my 3 year old, they love the games and the interactive portions of the LeapReader.
This is a great product at a great value!
July 1, 2013