L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Remix Electronics Review (eKids)

L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Remix Electronics
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What It Is

The L.O.L. dolls are hitting the road on their world tour, and fans can sing back-up or take center stage with eKids' collection of L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Remix karaoke machines and headphones.

The Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone with Light Show comes with music that kids can sing along to, and you can also connect it via Bluetooth to any compatible device to sing along to your favorite music. As you sing, the bottom of the microphone, which kind of looks like a disco ball, lights up. When connected to a Bluetooth device, use Voice Control to easily play the song you want. A USB charging cord is included.

The MP3 Karaoke with Light Show is styled like a jukebox with colorful lights in an arch over the main display, which features an image of the L.O.L. dolls. One wired microphone is included, but there is a second microphone jack for an additional microphone, sold separately. Sing along to the two built-in songs or add your own music. You can do this by connecting the machine to a computer using the included USB charging cord, and then transferring MP3 files to the machine. Its built-in memory holds 100 songs. You can also connect the machine to a Bluetooth-compatible device and stream your favorite music. And if you insert a USB flash drive, you can record yourself singing along with your Bluetooth audio to the flash drive and play it back. The microphone button turns the mic on and off, as well as adds an echo effect.

The Record & Sing-Along Boombox also gives kids the ability to record themselves singing. This is a battery-powered karaoke machine that comes with one wired microphone. Store the microphone on the side of the boombox when not singing. There are two built-in songs to sing along with, and you can select them by pressing the music notes button. For added sound effects, scratch the light-up turntable. If you have an AUX cord for your phone, you can connect it to the boombox and play your favorite songs. Press the record button to record yourself singing along. For the microphone, you'll need to press and hold down the button whenever you want to amplify your voice.

For kids who want to jam out at home without bothering their family members, the L.O.L. Surprise! Remix Headphones are a stylish way to listen to music. Because these are for kids, they have a parental volume limiter to protect young ears. Use the chart on the back of the box to adjust the switch according to the type of phone you have and the noise in your surrounding environment. Green is the recommended listening level. These headphones have an adjustable headband with silver studs and the L.O.L. Surprise logo on either side. The pivoting ear cushions provide comfort and showcase graffiti phrases and a picture of an L.O.L. doll. Connect these to any audio device.

Is It Fun?

The microphone has a cool look, and the light show patterns add to a kid's imaginary pop performances. The only downside is that the sound effects button doesn't play a sound effect over the music you're streaming. It actually starts playing its own song, pausing whatever song is playing. But the echo effect worked well, and it was easy to pair the microphone to our Bluetooth smartphone.

For the MP3 Karaoke machine, we definitely like all the different ways for kids to listen and sing along to music. Connecting to Bluetooth was, once again, very easy, and the light show adds a nice touch to pretend performances. And because you can connect two microphones, it will be fun for kids to play and sing together. This one also has built-in storage for the USB cable.

The boombox karaoke machine has a cool look, and kids will like pretending to be DJs with the scratchy turntable. The downside to this is that an AUX cable isn't included, so if you don't have one, you won't be able to listen to your own music through the boombox's speaker. The recording and playback function was also confusing, and we never could figure out how to play back our recorded tracks. There are minimal instructions on the bottom of the box.

The headphones are nice for whenever kids want to listen to music on the go or during quiet time at home. The design will be appealing to L.O.L. fans, and parents will like the built-in volume limiter.

Who It’s For

These L.O.L. tech toys are for ages 3 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

The Karaoke Microphone is $29.99.

The MP3 Karaoke with Light Show is $49.99.

The sing-along boombox is $29.99.

The headphones are $19.99.

To use Voice Control, a separate app will need to be downloaded.

The Record & Sing-Along Boombox comes with 3 AA batteries for the in-store try-me features.

The instructions for how to record yourself on the Record & Sing-Along Boombox are not clear. You must press and hold the "record" button until you hear the sound effect. You'll know it's recording when the lighted button blinks. Press the "record" button once to stop recording, and then press it once again for playback.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy


    3 AA batteries required