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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  • Oh god, I remember the adverts...help, I'm drowning in nostalgia!

    Jace KatalakisJace KatalakisDag sedan
  • ‘Albeit’ is pronounced “all-be-it,” which also happens to be the origin of the word.

    chinchillacatchinchillacat10 dagar sedan
  • I really love the plastic casing of the endeavour. Wish someone would fit a raspberry pi and a 7 inch lcd to use that case. Then again, not likely.

    Bikash NathBikash Nath10 dagar sedan
  • I was waiting for it to run DOOM, dissapoint

    rgerberrgerber12 dagar sedan
  • I remember my sister having one... very similar to the Computer 1000 - it wasn't QUITE fair because I had an AMIGA at only 2 years older, but the device was fairly fun and had a full-fledged BASIC interpreter. I can still whistle the tune it would play when you got an answer wrong. :D

    ThygrrrThygrrr13 dagar sedan
  • i have a nitro jr, and a buzz lightyear laptop, and a v-reader

    Thebe_stoneThebe_stone14 dagar sedan
  • the dick smith wizzard... (1:04)

    lekoro1lekoro114 dagar sedan
  • 2:03 - We had a vTech Leader2000 for Christmas '94. When I saw the box in the video I remembered the clicking sound of the keyboard myself. I typed so much on that as a kid..EDIT: 6:20 - the Bootup sound. My childhood. OMG, yes, that is the keyboard indeed.

    ZedekZedek15 dagar sedan
  • Full click bait..... where is doom running on these machines?

    TheFlameInsideYouTheFlameInsideYou15 dagar sedan
  • While the civilized world had those, here in former USSR we were drawing computers on a paper and imagined it was the real one.

    GamePlayShareGamePlayShare16 dagar sedan
  • Vtech is good at tech, they're also good at making engines go bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA POWPOWPOWPIWPIW BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    Mack MoyleMack Moyle16 dagar sedan
  • God this gave me some sort of forbidden nostalgia for the fucking shitty superhero "computers" that were basically the same thing in the early 2000's. I genuinely think im one of the only people to experience the childrens batman laptop. Irk what alley trash can it came out of but it sure was something.

    piss goblinpiss goblin16 dagar sedan
  • That 1995 powerpad is the one I owned as a wee lad. I had always been interested then with how the coding worked, but knowing it's limited capabilities I couldn't ever work up enough interest to actually try coding on it. Something I regret now since I am trying to learn as an adult, rather than a pliable child. I do remember it came with a relatively substantial book of things to do with it.

    DarkestPhoenixDarkestPhoenix17 dagar sedan
  • 13:24 SHIT.PIC !!

    lifesoordinarylifesoordinary17 dagar sedan
  • These were my childhood.

    MaximusWolfieMaximusWolfie17 dagar sedan
  • "better than you think" tell that to 14 year old me asking for a computer/laptop for xmas only for this thing to be the "big gift" of the year.

    danz409danz40919 dagar sedan
  • Ohh found a neet vtech on ebay. Vtech "Pre Computer POWER PAD" - 4 line display and it apparently has BASIC!

    JuryDutySummonsJuryDutySummons19 dagar sedan
  • i had one as a kid, cant remember the brand ... all i remember is that it was blue, it had what i think i remember is a proper laptop keyboard, terrible touch pad, ethernet, printer port, and most interestingly a CD drive but the head on it was fixed in place so it could only read one track probably 128x256 B/W display without a backlight

    AlyxAlyx20 dagar sedan
  • i remember having something like this with the mouse, it had a game of moving blocks to remove a specific block that i played for probably 1000+ hours.

    James OwenJames Owen20 dagar sedan
  • Excellent video, I laughed and now appreciate the stuff that I thought of as plastic nonsense a bit more.

    Joe BaldwinJoe Baldwin20 dagar sedan
  • let's put doom on one of these

    TacoUpgradeTacoUpgrade20 dagar sedan
  • i had one of the red and blue models of the version that didnt actually have basic on it, so it wa only the preloaded games you could play, music maker, math, spelling, memory, i forget what else it had in it

    stapuftstapuft21 dag sedan
  • i LOVE how you sarcastically say "whopping" and "kilobytes" in the same sentence.

    stapuftstapuft21 dag sedan
  • i was hoping you had the one i had as a kid, but i definitely remember some of the software shown lol

    Himedeo KojhimeaHimedeo Kojhimea23 dagar sedan
  • Had a couple of these when I was a kid.

    Connor GanuelasConnor Ganuelas23 dagar sedan
  • I had that Precomputer 1000! Blast from the past!

    Spookay It's MeSpookay It's Me24 dagar sedan
  • vtech just kicked in yo

    MatMat25 dagar sedan
  • I came for the crappy 80's VTech laptops, I stayed for the smooth midnight jazz.

    ChrisChris25 dagar sedan
  • You spelled COLOR wrong...just kidding bloke.

    Jacob RobertsonJacob Robertson26 dagar sedan
  • Vtec makes me think Honda. I'm a car guy

    Cole TrickleCole Trickle26 dagar sedan
  • I had a V-Tech cordless phone back in the day.

    SDWNJSDWNJ27 dagar sedan
  • I had the talking whiz kid platinum ah memories

    Inspire WireInspire Wire27 dagar sedan
  • Oh man, the PreComputer 2000. I loved that thing so much. It taught me so much about how to operate a computer.

    Jason RitnerJason Ritner27 dagar sedan
  • 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 _Månad sedan
  • damn, i just watched a whole video about vtech. good job i guess...

    SRC OldSchoolSRC OldSchoolMånad sedan
  • 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 RaccoonMånad sedan
  • The more I watch your videos the clearer it becomes: You're a leftard. But hey, at least you're not preachy about it.

    offPlanetoffPlanetMånad sedan
  • 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 TracerMånad sedan
  • 2012? proper android tablet customized to look like a laptop is not that expensive to mass-produce right?

    Sabastian AnugrahaSabastian AnugrahaMånad sedan
  • 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 isn’t VTECH selling stuff like that now? It’s gotta cost half as much to produce now and you could have chrome book like performance for like $50?

    TheWarmotorTheWarmotorMånad sedan
  • That Barry Scott Moment Had Me :P

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

    Josh MareschJosh MareschMånad sedan
  • 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 Livesey2 månader sedan
  • 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.

    stillcoldstillcold2 månader sedan
  • I had a Computron toy computer back in the mid-80s when I was five or six years old. Memories!

    stillcoldstillcold2 månader sedan
  • Vtech. Annoying kids ears since the 1980's

    DaveTheBabyDaveTheBaby2 månader sedan
  • 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 One2 månader sedan
  • 7:09 Oof... Big oof

    Avery KucanAvery Kucan2 månader sedan
  • They are like glorified pagers with keyboards attached to them

    Yu TubYu Tub2 månader sedan
  • ThinkBook, ThinkPAD...

    EnragedDragon127EnragedDragon1273 månader sedan
  • @16:15 you cut the video to shorten the "select an activity" prompt repeat time... why u deceive us?

    Chris LesmerisesChris Lesmerises3 månader sedan
  • he aint even have to call us whippersnappers like dang

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood3 månader sedan
  • i got a vtech tote and go laptop at like 5 or 6 idk

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood3 månader sedan
  • if this isn’t the most sarcastic video out there, idk what is

    Forgan MreemanForgan Mreeman3 månader sedan
  • 👍 👍 👍 👍 👍 👍 👍 🍀

    IT Guy in actionIT Guy in action3 månader sedan
  • 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 månader sedan
  • 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 månader sedan
  • Damn I remember having that Power Pad as a kid. 4 lines of text and basic. 😃

    jgon9jgon94 månader sedan
  • I love how with old computers everyone says a WhOpPiNg 1 Megabyte of firmware and 16 kilobytes of ram lol

    Matthias LeeMatthias Lee4 månader sedan
  • Jazz. It feeds your soul like a million wet pickles. [CC /on]

    alienpokeralienpoker4 månader sedan
  • Best plug for a sponsor ever

    imark7777777imark77777774 månader sedan
  • 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.

    imark7777777imark77777774 månader sedan
  • In your title, you can capitalize Than. I love watching the ways people make titles lol

    IntelliPocalypseIntelliPocalypse4 månader sedan
  • The question is will someone run doom on it

    Liam HamptonLiam Hampton4 månader sedan
  • Due to the terrors of my VTech childhood I now cringe when I see anything made by VTech.

    КоммунизмКоммунизм4 månader sedan
  • I spent hours and hours with my geo safari when I was a kid. One time we’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 Heisey4 månader sedan
  • 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 Hanby4 månader sedan
  • Can it run doom?

    Cameron PeckCameron Peck4 månader sedan
  • that last one is probably running some form of linux... anyone up to the challenge of making it run doom?

    devicemodderdevicemodder4 månader sedan
  • 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.

    Internet UserInternet User4 månader sedan
  • I have the 1000 model in the blue box uwu

    Ryan MeyerRyan Meyer4 månader sedan
  • 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-inspector4 månader sedan

    GohTWMGohTWM4 månader sedan
  • 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 Koptan4 månader sedan
  • will we ever see the TV learning computer or the IT unlimited?

    Luke DavisLuke Davis4 månader sedan
  • They are fun to circuit bend

    Bryan Vaughan DukeBryan Vaughan Duke4 månader sedan
  • I had one as a child, and it made me learn how to code basic!

    C.E SC.E S4 månader sedan
  • 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 Cat4 månader sedan
  • The nappy success logistically order because glockenspiel especially curl barring a filthy clipper. black-and-white, different resolution

    Tiffany OliverTiffany Oliver4 månader sedan
  • 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 💪🙅‍♀️📱

    AgamemnonAgamemnon4 månader sedan
  • 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 IA4 månader sedan
  • I still have a couple vtech cordless phones running here; they are surprisingly durable....

    Rick The GeekRick The Geek4 månader sedan
  • 8:59 "Choose an activity. Tit."

    noo noonoo noo4 månader sedan
  • I used to have a variant of the PreComputer Notebook.

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

    tolkienfan1972tolkienfan19724 månader sedan
  • I miss my old vtech

    Lord ImmortallixLord Immortallix5 månader sedan
  • can anyone made doom port that could run on thm

    Beautiful Angel BlossomBeautiful Angel Blossom5 månader sedan
  • I think I had that "thinkbook" at one point in my childhood

    HelloGlamorousHelloGlamorous5 månader sedan
  • I always knew vault tech is real

    N PN P5 månader sedan
  • If I recall, I believe Vtech also made cordless home phones.

    Lee BeyerLee Beyer5 månader sedan
  • 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 05 månader sedan
  • I had the Power Zone that you see near the end of the video. Those orange graphics still haunt me.

    cday131cday1315 månader sedan
  • 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 Branconnier5 månader sedan
  • 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

    redtailsredtails5 månader sedan
  • 19:09 so its as fast as the ENIAC?

    Uke Yaoi TrashUke Yaoi Trash5 månader sedan
  • I've never heard the 2000's referred to as "naughties" but I will say this from now on

    Seth MacklinSeth Macklin5 månader sedan
  • 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

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood5 månader sedan
  • dont talk trash about my baby vtech he aint do nothing to you to hurt you

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood5 månader sedan
  • 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

    drawingandfooddrawingandfood5 månader sedan