First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Mattel Pixel Chix
- There’s plenty of activities to keep kids occupied, Multiple Units means interlinking play
- It needs constant attention
The Pixel Chix should provide enough activities to keep the kids occupied and the interlinking play between units is a great feature.
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Children's Toys always fascinate us here at the GoodGearGuide. Whether its digital animals that you have to 'feed' to keep happy, or a good old remote control car, being the big, immature kids we are, we can't help but play with them. So when Pixel Chix arrived in our offices, it didn't take long for us to get cracking and as the delegated girls toys reviewer (disgraceful, isn't it?), Pixel Chix quickly fell onto my desk.
Pixel Chix is a young girl's interactive toy, which is shaped like a house and has a large window on its front so you can see what's going on inside. There are three different types of houses you can purchase - they all use the same functions, but just look slightly different.
The Pixel Chix uses an LCD display to show the actions of the virtual girl inside your house. Very similar to the idea of the famous Tamagotchi, the Pixel Chix is a 2D image on the clear screen - an animated girl who interacts with the user through sound and light.
Basically, the Pixel Chix eats, sleeps, gets dressed, works out in the gym and does a whole lot more - and all of this is controlled by the user. On the front of the house are seven buttons; Yes, No, Bed Time, Food, Fashion, Play and Go Out. The idea of the game is to nurture your Pixel Chix and if you do this properly, the character will go up in levels. Higher levels means more games to play, more food to eat, more clothes to wear and more fun activities for your new virtual friend to partake in.
When one of the seven buttons is pressed, the light is switched on inside the house and your Pixel Chix will respond in either a happy or disgruntled mood - depending on the action you have selected. If you don't constantly look after your virtual friend, she will take control, telling you when she's hungry or wants to change her outfit. Furthermore, if you select an option that she doesn't like (for example, sending her to bed during the day) she will simply say "No Way" and will refuse to cooperate.
When it is time for bed, the Pixel Chix whistles as she moves up the stairs to her room, flushes the toilet, switches off the light, starts snoring before finally laying to rest. It's quite realistic and should provide plenty of laughs for the kids. However, undoubtedly the best feature of the Pixel Chix is the ability to connect houses together. The left side of the house contains a connecting port which slides into any other Pixel Chix house. Once the two toys are connected, you press the play button on one of the houses and the Pixel Chix from the other house walks into the other house.
The Pixel Chix is powered by four AAA batteries which you need to replace when the LCD screen becomes dim or flickers on and off. It's something that is sure to keep the kids occupied - especially if they've got friends to play together with. Be warned though, the Pixel Chix is high maintenance and requires constant attention - just like many young kids.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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