When it comes to kids there’s a lot of games for them but not much in the way of peripherals really. Genius recently sent over the Kids Designer graphic tablet for kids for me to review. I let my 5yr old son play with it and he likes it a lot. I then had to use it myself and I have to say for a kids tablet it’s not bad at all.


So it comes in a box which I don’t care for personally as it depicts the idea that you can actually draw on the tablet but you really can’t.

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Inside you’ll find the tablet packaged well.

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Included with the tablet is just a user manual and CD.

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The tablet is for children so it’s brightly colored in orange, blue and yellow. The Kids Designer logo is at the top while the Genius one is at the bottom.

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The working space is five inches by eight inches with dots on it.

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There’s a single button on the left side.

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The stylus is attached to the tablet with a wire. The stylus itself is larger and rather fat actually, it can be attached to the pad for safe keeping.

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The back of the tablet is bright blue with the ID label on it.

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Specifications:

Kids Designer

5” x 8” Graphic tablet for kids

Let your children begin a great adventure which is full of excitement and creativity with the most innovative tablet from Genius – Kids Designer.
It’s a fun and fresh idea for kids from the ages of 3-8. With Kids Designer, they can paint, draw, write and use it as a mouse or even play a
game. The specially developed game software helps inspire kids to accelerate their learning skills in colors, shape, math, thinking, etc. Now
children can express what they are thinking and create their imagination using the included game software. A series of fun games are also
made for pure enjoyment and excitement./ Kids Designer tablet is easy to use and install. It comes in a eye-catching outlook and makes a great
gift for your children.

Features:
-Easy to use tablet for children from the ages of 3-8
-Great games for education learning and creativity
-5”x8” large working area for unlimited freedom
-Pen clip design for easy storage
-Enter key for instant game access

Specs:
Tablet Place-USB    Yes
Tablet Place-OS Support: Windows 7/Vista/XP
Tablet working Area: 5"x8"
Tablet Wide/4:3 Screen: Wide
Tablet Resolution(LPI): 2540
Tablet Place-Report Rates (PPS): 125
Digital Pen- Number of Buttons: 2
Digital Pen- Pressure Sensitive: 1024


You can use the tablet as a mouse in windows, I used it on both Windows XP and Windows 7 where it worked fine. The drivers installed automatically with no need of the included CD.

As I said the stylus is fat, it’s made for children, so an adult using it can be awkward, at least I found it to be. I found it to be good enough for basic navigation of windows, the pen is sensitive and you can push down on it to make thicker lines while drawing. I wouldn’t use it for professional things for for children is more than adequate.

Included with the tablet is a suite of fun and learning games that are cute and colorful.

The activities are broken up into three parts that are ‘For Learning’, ‘For Creativity’ and ‘For Fun’

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Under the learning sections you’ll find  five activities: Travel the World, Shadow Drawing, Math Hero, Paint the Eggs, and 1-2-3.

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Travel the World is a shape matching game really, they show you the shape and name of a country and you drag and drop it onto the appropriate space on the map.

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Shadow Dancing is rather fun, you math the shadow to the shape.

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Paint the Eggs is a memory type game. There’s a basket of eggs and you’re shown which ones are painted for  a few seconds, then they go blank and you have to paint them again.

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1-2-3 is following the number drawing. When the pictures is complete it fills in colorfully.

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Under For Creativity you’ll only find two activities, Colorful Painter and Learning Board.

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Colorful Painter is just a painting activity, free to do what you want.

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Learning Board is a combination of drawing and coloring with three activities included in it actually.

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The next section if For Fun where you’ll find four games: Pet Party, Magic Box, Fish-catching fun and Animal Keeper.

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In Fish-catching fun you just have to draw a circle around the colored fish that appear on the right side, fairly simple but fun.

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Pet Party is sort of like Whack-a-Mole really, only no whacking involved. Animals pop up from behind the bushes and you have to select the ones that match what is shown at the top.

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Animal Keeper is kind of like the gemstone games out there, you rotate the pieces to make matches.

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The last game is Magic Box where a part of a picture is shown and you have to select what it’s from.

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Conclusion:
The Kids Designer tablet from Genius  is great for small children I think, it’s colorful and well made. My five year old son very much enjoys using it for the included games and even with other things in windows.

The games are bright and fun and similar to others. They are all for learning even though they are disguised as games. The Kids Designer tablet can help make learning fun. for children.

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Pros:
+Colorful and well made
+Great for kids
+Included games are educational and fun

Cons:
-Not accurate all of the time really

Grades:  
Overall score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Genius Kids Designer 5” x 8” Graphic Tablet for Kids
Design score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Genius Kids Designer 5” x 8” Graphic Tablet for Kids
Performance score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Genius Kids Designer 5” x 8” Graphic Tablet for Kids

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