it's not what i expected. the monitor is the same size as one of those toddler laptop games, but it doesn't have a backlight like those so unless your home is brightly lit at night, i wouldn't let your child play it anytime after 5pm. my daughter is 4 and a half and this keeps her occupied for a while and has a lot of options, but i doubt it would impress a child over the age of 8. the "mouse" doesn't really function except as another way to hit "enter/return". you still have to use the left/right buttons on the round silver thing at the bottom to move around. the good thing though is that it's a full size qwerty keyboard so my daughter will be able to learn to type at an early age. it makes her feel like she almost has a grown up computer. if your child can not read yet, this item requires supervision as most of the games are designed for a fourth or fifth grader that can read and can navigate a computer.