VTech Laptops: Better than you Think | Nostalgia Nerd

28 jun. 2020
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Go to www.brilliant.org/NostalgiaNerd/ to sign up for free. And also, the first 200 people will get 20% off their annual premium membership. VTech Computers have always utterly fascinated me. Ever since they started appearing in Argos Catalogues, I was like... What is that? What do they do? Are they real computers?... Well, I plan on answering all of those questions here, as I explore an array of VTech machines, from the PreComputer 1000, to the dizzy heights of the VTech Endeavour, and the disappointing lows of the VTech Vapor (clearly the 80s were better).
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  • You spelled COLOR wrong...just kidding bloke.

    Jacob RobertsonJacob Robertson11 uur geleden
  • Vtec makes me think Honda. I'm a car guy

    Cole TrickleCole Trickle22 uur geleden
  • I had a V-Tech cordless phone back in the day.

    SDWNJSDWNJDag geleden
  • I had the talking whiz kid platinum ah memories

    Inspire WireInspire WireDag geleden
  • Oh man, the PreComputer 2000. I loved that thing so much. It taught me so much about how to operate a computer.

    Jason RitnerJason RitnerDag geleden
  • 1m35 There is a mispelling in the french text, which is funny because this text is about children's intelligence ... "Stimule l'intellecte" instead of "Stimule l'intellect"

    Plateo _Plateo _6 dagen geleden
  • damn, i just watched a whole video about vtech. good job i guess...

    SRC OldSchoolSRC OldSchool7 dagen geleden
  • I remember these. Kind of surprised VTech is still around to be honest. Nowadays it just seems they are seen as just another line of electronic toys. Toys that I doubt kids are really interested in since tablet manufacturers now make tablets for kids.

    Dusk RaccoonDusk Raccoon9 dagen geleden
  • The more I watch your videos the clearer it becomes: You're a leftard. But hey, at least you're not preachy about it.

    offPlanetoffPlanet9 dagen geleden
  • VTech toys the first blue VTech pre-computer and I also had a type of laptop that had a proper display and cards you could insert or have the codes to to get different games. Including piano and hangman. It was the talking whiz kid. If you are clever you didn't need the cards you just need the code on the card although the card itself was half of the clue as it gave information on what shapes are colours or notes you were looking with. It also had an audio jack and was a laptop type. I'm surprised you didn't see one. I hope you mention it and that pipe there are few of them. I had the 1987 version. Brown and white with a slide-out handle. It takes 6 C batteries. Or you can plug it in. 9 volt

    Simon TracerSimon Tracer13 dagen geleden
  • 2012? proper android tablet customized to look like a laptop is not that expensive to mass-produce right?

    Sabastian AnugrahaSabastian Anugraha13 dagen geleden
  • Some 7 years back now I bought my daughters some Chinese ARM laptops that were more powerful than any computer I owned until probably my mid 20s. They were $80 apiece, ran android on > 1ghz CPUs and had 8 ish inch screens? Wifi web browsing, music, movies... why isnโ€™t VTECH selling stuff like that now? Itโ€™s gotta cost half as much to produce now and you could have chrome book like performance for like $50?

    TheWarmotorTheWarmotor17 dagen geleden
  • That Barry Scott Moment Had Me :P

    Phil BuckPhil Buck19 dagen geleden
  • I can't read anything else but "precum putter" on that screen. Very inappropriate

    Josh MareschJosh Maresch23 dagen geleden
  • the last vtech notebook I ever owned was the pre computer genious. it came out back in 1998 and I got it in 2010. it had the same mechanics and voice as the desk station but finally turned off that background music that always played and only played background music in some activities not lots, my favorite game on that thing was rumbling ranks where you have to turn over cards, its the successer to the pc pianeer which came out the year before I believe. I also had the smart start elite which was another brilliant device I enjoyed messing about with, it was considered high end because of the levels of difficulty you could have in the games but it was trying to compete with the talking wizkid plus which to this day is still the ultimate vintage late 90s vtech computer

    Jordan LiveseyJordan LiveseyMaand geleden
  • I would love to get my hands on these devices to see if there was a way to dump the firmware and poke around the image.

    stillcoldstillcoldMaand geleden
  • I had a Computron toy computer back in the mid-80s when I was five or six years old. Memories!

    stillcoldstillcoldMaand geleden
  • Vtech. Annoying kids ears since the 1980's

    DaveTheBabyDaveTheBabyMaand geleden
  • OMFG I FORGOT ABOUT THESE!!!! I thought this was so friggin cool when I was little.

  • Haha man you are funny as well as informative

    Wild OneWild OneMaand geleden
  • 7:09 Oof... Big oof

    Avery KucanAvery KucanMaand geleden
  • They are like glorified pagers with keyboards attached to them

    Yu TubYu Tub2 maanden geleden
  • ThinkBook, ThinkPAD...

    EnragedDragon127EnragedDragon1272 maanden geleden
  • @16:15 you cut the video to shorten the "select an activity" prompt repeat time... why u deceive us?

    Chris LesmerisesChris Lesmerises2 maanden geleden
  • he aint even have to call us whippersnappers like dang

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood2 maanden geleden
  • i got a vtech tote and go laptop at like 5 or 6 idk

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood2 maanden geleden
  • if this isnโ€™t the most sarcastic video out there, idk what is

    Forgan MreemanForgan Mreeman2 maanden geleden
  • ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ€

    IT Guy in actionIT Guy in action3 maanden geleden
  • Seeing that Pre-Computer 2000 dredged up a forgotten memory as soon as you turned it on... That start-up melody reminded me that my parents bought me one of those things!

    Ian AndersonIan Anderson3 maanden geleden
  • Nowadays, we give kids Chromebooks or proper laptops 13 inches or smaller. Any sane parent back in the 90s would give their kids a Compaq Windows 95 laptop with a copy of Microsoft office and edutainment games, and give them proper lessons on how to use it properly.

    David PerryDavid Perry3 maanden geleden
  • Damn I remember having that Power Pad as a kid. 4 lines of text and basic. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    jgon9jgon93 maanden geleden
  • I love how with old computers everyone says a WhOpPiNg 1 Megabyte of firmware and 16 kilobytes of ram lol

    Matthias LeeMatthias Lee3 maanden geleden
  • Jazz. It feeds your soul like a million wet pickles. [CC /on]

    alienpokeralienpoker3 maanden geleden
  • Best plug for a sponsor ever

    imark7777777imark77777773 maanden geleden
  • I always wanted one of these as a kid but I was too poor. Thankfully we skipped that and went straight for a Windows 95 computer it was probably way better. Remember seeing them in stores and friends houses and thinking what are those ports for there was obviously the mouse, and it had a printer? And thinking would it to that connect to a regular printer? I was even really fascinated by the desktop that they had in the stores. I never knew that they could be capable of programming that might have sold me when I was younger at learning how to program? And the idea of one of these things with a modem was sort of dream of mind at the time, still just as baffling amazing to think that small little device connected to sort of an Internet. Ultimately the frustration of it being so locked down would now and when I was younger drive me nuts. I was the kind of kid who would get McDonald's toys to take apart, and try and modify things.

    imark7777777imark77777773 maanden geleden
  • In your title, you can capitalize Than. I love watching the ways people make titles lol

    IntelliPocalypseIntelliPocalypse3 maanden geleden
  • The question is will someone run doom on it

    Liam HamptonLiam Hampton3 maanden geleden
  • Due to the terrors of my VTech childhood I now cringe when I see anything made by VTech.

    ะšะพะผะผัƒะฝะธะทะผะšะพะผะผัƒะฝะธะทะผ3 maanden geleden
  • I spent hours and hours with my geo safari when I was a kid. One time weโ€™re at my parents and they bring it out and my (then) 6 year old son is in stitches because when I was a kid, my apps were just papers...

    Dustin HeiseyDustin Heisey3 maanden geleden
  • With not much tweaking, you could give those things an actual place again. Just throw a Raspberry Pi in there, interface some stuff, get a display panel, boom. You've got yourself a laptop/desktop to get started with programming on, all in the convenience of an 80s to 90s style computer*. *Authenticity of the experience not guaranteed to match that of an actual computer from pre-Internet times. Proceed at your own risk.

    Adam HanbyAdam Hanby3 maanden geleden
  • Can it run doom?

    Cameron PeckCameron Peck3 maanden geleden
  • that last one is probably running some form of linux... anyone up to the challenge of making it run doom?

    devicemodderdevicemodder3 maanden geleden
  • The first time I used a programming language was on a VTech toy in the mid-90s. The 2nd thing was a TI-82 graphing calculator (which I made a 2D platformer with no internet or outside help, ~1998). I'm a software engineer now.

    Joshua Brinton AutryJoshua Brinton Autry3 maanden geleden
  • I have the 1000 model in the blue box uwu

    Ryan MeyerRyan Meyer3 maanden geleden
  • 8:57 my little sister had that one. It had a different name here in the states, but it amuzed her at the time.

    Safe-T-inspectorSafe-T-inspector3 maanden geleden

    GohTWMGohTWM3 maanden geleden
  • I have the computer in the introduction "Grandstand - my first computer" but i lost the manual.. thank u for the video that takes me back quite a while..

    Amr KoptanAmr Koptan3 maanden geleden
  • will we ever see the TV learning computer or the IT unlimited?

    Luke DavisLuke Davis3 maanden geleden
  • They are fun to circuit bend

    Bryan Vaughan DukeBryan Vaughan Duke3 maanden geleden
  • I had one as a child, and it made me learn how to code basic!

    C.E SC.E S3 maanden geleden
  • I believe is good thing the add the hedphon jack port because with that port you by able to connect hedphon in the order to not lessened this horrible sounds

    Water CatWater Cat3 maanden geleden
  • The nappy success logistically order because glockenspiel especially curl barring a filthy clipper. black-and-white, different resolution

    Tiffany OliverTiffany Oliver3 maanden geleden
  • I don't allow my wife's son to use his android tablet his father bought him. At our house he uses his vtech wizkid computer. Raising him right ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฑ

    AgamemnonAgamemnon3 maanden geleden
  • I remember I got the super nintendo and my stuckup cousin got the socrates but no one wanted to play with him since it was so boring.

    David IADavid IA3 maanden geleden
  • I still have a couple vtech cordless phones running here; they are surprisingly durable....

    Rick The GeekRick The Geek4 maanden geleden
  • 8:59 "Choose an activity. Tit."

    noo noonoo noo4 maanden geleden
  • I used to have a variant of the PreComputer Notebook.

    mariic2mariic24 maanden geleden
  • Even a slightly better screen on each of those models would have made a HUGE difference

    tolkienfan1972tolkienfan19724 maanden geleden
  • I miss my old vtech

    Lord ImmortallixLord Immortallix4 maanden geleden
  • can anyone made doom port that could run on thm

    Beautiful Angel BlossomBeautiful Angel Blossom4 maanden geleden
  • I think I had that "thinkbook" at one point in my childhood

    HelloGlamorousHelloGlamorous4 maanden geleden
  • I always knew vault tech is real

    N PN P4 maanden geleden
  • If I recall, I believe Vtech also made cordless home phones.

    Lee BeyerLee Beyer4 maanden geleden
  • Dude that thing looks like my CompuTron that I had when I was a kid. Pretty impressive device for a kid's computer in the late 80s. I'm not sure who made it, if it was Vtech (i wanna say no, but it was just like these (3:00). Talking computer they called it. But it had spelling games and stuff like that on it. [Edit] It was a Sears brand "Talking Computron." Makes a ton of sense because my mother's father was VP at sears tower during the 80s and we did have a lot of sears products. I have to say, I remember having this thing for many years. Not because it was very entertaining or addictive, but I think it was one of the more techy toys and one that you could make Say some things. Anyway, COOL topic man! Tanks for the trip!

    K i r k H 4 2 0K i r k H 4 2 04 maanden geleden
  • I had the Power Zone that you see near the end of the video. Those orange graphics still haunt me.

    cday131cday1314 maanden geleden
  • I had a preComputer 1000 when I was a kid. Always wished that Vtech would have included tape in and out jacks on it to save and load BASIC programs to/from cassette tape.

    Daniel BranconnierDaniel Branconnier4 maanden geleden
  • I just don't get it. these things are destined to be e-waste from day 1. With minor tweaks they'd be so much more than toys

    redtailsredtails4 maanden geleden
  • 19:09 so its as fast as the ENIAC?

    Uke Yaoi TrashUke Yaoi Trash4 maanden geleden
  • I've never heard the 2000's referred to as "naughties" but I will say this from now on

    Seth MacklinSeth Macklin4 maanden geleden
  • you didnt call my children crap i should smack the white off you boy ooooooooo dont try it with me dont do it you gone get hurt

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood4 maanden geleden
  • dont talk trash about my baby vtech he aint do nothing to you to hurt you

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood4 maanden geleden
  • i miss my pink vtech computer from like 7 or 6 years ago so nostalgic for me im 10 years old today almost 11 and i still want a vtech computer phone and watch lol #vtech and brilliant can suck balls cause vtech will always be better

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood4 maanden geleden
  • Can I get details on that cleaning rag?

    jesdadotcomjesdadotcom4 maanden geleden
  • I remember the "Rumbling Ranks" card game, and now I feel like playing it again thanks to this video. Thanks for the nostalgia!

    RHDevelopsRHDevelops4 maanden geleden
  • Well, will it DOOM?? ๐Ÿง๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜€

    TeeDoh JacksonTeeDoh Jackson4 maanden geleden
  • How do you know what i think?

    Andy SchmidtAndy Schmidt4 maanden geleden
  • 4:59 can you hack in a better display?

  • at least you should be able to harverst the keyboard out of it and use it with ease for a project

    darknessbladedarknessblade4 maanden geleden
  • I have a V tech Challenger at home. And I use it to make pretend websites. As an autistic person I think that the VTEC Challenger is brilliant you can use the mouse port I think itโ€™s the last laptop in the series that uses the same mouse port. Iโ€™ve also got the conquest PC which you definitely need to do a video on if you can get hold of one of them

    Mind MobMind Mob4 maanden geleden
  • My parents kept buying these for me when I was a kid. I hated them so much. I hated how limiting they were compared to the computers I was using at school. I had the Pre Computer 2000. I wish I had understood back then what I could have been doing with it (i.e. learning some rudimentary programming).

    Andy MeltonAndy Melton4 maanden geleden
  • I had these when i was young. I beg to differ, these things WERE the suck. in 1987, i saw a computer i wanted to learn on in the radioshack catalog. i was 8, and started saving, by the summer of 1988, I'd saved up the $500 by working my BUTT Off, and jumped into comptuers with both feet. First game? Microsoft Flight Simulator. and ill tell you what.. 2 frames per second sucked almost as much as these Vtech glorified calculators.

    Dj McculloughDj Mccullough4 maanden geleden
  • I had a PowerPad, best feeling keyboard on a laptop ever.

    Chris RayChris Ray4 maanden geleden
  • I'm feeling very nostalgic now. Back in the day we had a Precomputer 2000 (or Genius Leader 2000 in Germany).I played with it a lot but never understood what "Basic" was about. Learned something new today. I'm determined now to find me a Precomputer 2000, just for the sake of nostalgia (and maybe giving "Basic" another shot). Great video!

    kaenna tuneskaenna tunes4 maanden geleden
  • 3D Monster Maze was on the ZX81, not ZX80 :)

    Matt DaviesMatt Davies4 maanden geleden
  • 1:35 Oh wow, the Socrates. I forgot that that was even a thing. One of my friends had one. He was that obnoxious friend who would always call you over while he's watching a movie with about 15 minutes left, or call you over to basically watch him play a video game and never give you a play.

    The DeeThe Dee4 maanden geleden
  • @20:51 eek don't get demonetized/banned lol

    IdealSound & PerformanceIdealSound & Performance4 maanden geleden
  • I remember having the VTech IQ as a kid. It was apparently some somewhat newer version of the PreComputer 1000 you shown, having its own 1 line LCD, BASIC, and can work standalone, but ALSO offered TV out (but not as advanced as the image from the box of the IT you shown at the end). Apparently also known as the "Advantech I.Q. Unlimited."

    zefiezefie4 maanden geleden
  • My car has VTECH YO!! First one in NA besides NSX too!

    IdealSound & PerformanceIdealSound & Performance4 maanden geleden
  • I had a pre computer 2000. And I wrote a program to say how gay my teacher was. It would ask you to rate his gayness from1 to 10. Then tell you how gay the selection you chose was. Giving children the power to program. What could go wrong eh.

    MadkiteMadkite4 maanden geleden
  • I am 15 years old, but I think old VTech toys are interesting. I have a VTech talking whiz kid plus that I found at a thrift store, the only thing that works is the on button :(

    d od o4 maanden geleden
  • I'm so fucking thankful my parents gave me a real PC instead of this piece of trash.

    r1ootr1oot4 maanden geleden
  • Dick Smith.... Lolz...

    Fat Dad GamingFat Dad Gaming4 maanden geleden
  • The Talking Whiz Kid Platinum actually has TWO extra colours! I am literally on the point of fainting. You get red, green, and blue, and the last option being the background which is sort of greenish silver. It uses a rare type of LCD also used in a few Casio organisers in the 1990s. I'm obsessed with it! The colours are always washed out and weird looking. Some seem to have more than 4 colours. And they solve the problem of colour LCDs, which is that in the past they always needed a backlight to see anything at all. And until that Japanese man invented the modern blue LED, and therefore the white LED (he got a Nobel prize for it you know, and now every lightbulb uses his LEDs!), the only backlight you could have was an incandescent bulb, which wasn't bright, and sucked down power. Or else you could use a small fluorescent tube, like the Game Gear and Lynx. Those also sucked the power, those two consoles were famous for eating 6xAAs in a couple of hours. The tubes were bulky and needed a 100V transformer to power them. Horribly inconvenient, colour LCD had been around for years, but nobody could use it cos of the backlight they needed. Anyway that nice Japanese man invented his blue LED, which, with a phosphor in front, can produce white. The phosphor absorbs some of the blue and re-emits in longer wavelengths, yellow, green, red, etc. So after that low-power colour LEDs were all over the place for tuppence, hooray! Anyway, your weird 4-colour ketchup-stain of a display is interesting cos it's the exception. It's not great, but it actually works. And it bugs me to wonder, is that what the Game Boy Colour used? It only used a couple of small batteries (2xAAA I think) and had no backlight. It's display was colour but had a really weird look about it, really odd colours a lot like those on the ol' Platinum. And do you know how much information there is on the web about this LCD display, or even what the Gameboy Colour actually used? None! Bugger all, nothing. Disappointing when something hooks you, and you've been on the Internet 20 odd years and are used to being able to find out everything about anything in a few seconds searching. But no. They're an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a kids' toy computer, wrapped in cardboard.

    greenaumgreenaum4 maanden geleden
  • But.. Can it run doom

    Polar BearPolar Bear5 maanden geleden
  • i had the laptop versions

    Drago1995Drago19955 maanden geleden
  • hf6

  • Someone should replace te internals with a raspberry pi

    FuZZbaLLbeeFuZZbaLLbee5 maanden geleden
  • I've had one V-tech or two during the 90's, and even the Video Painter... I've also had the Super Nintendo. I can remember how lonely I could feel with those austere, not fun, useless, slow, limited, dull, sad toys. I don't blame my parents at all and in a way I was lucky, but those toys, damn, they were able to bring any enthusiasm down.

    CricriiiiCricriiii5 maanden geleden
  • I wonder if it's the same VTech that made the last 3 sets of chordless landline phones I had before finally switching to mobile phones...

    Jenny TokumeiJenny Tokumei5 maanden geleden
  • My brother had something like this when we were kids. It must have been around the time the N64 was out, as I remember him getting stuff for that machine for his birthday, while I got Bomberman 64 for mine. But I didn't recognize it in this video. I take it this was only a selection of all the products. Or were there different products on the continent and in the UK?

    ZersetzorZersetzor5 maanden geleden