The Fisher Price Smart Cycle is a great way for toddlers to engage in learning, interactive games and a little physical exercise all at the same time. Overall the smart cycle is a good toy and investment for toddlers, but it does have some quirks that need to be worked out.
The Smart Cycle is easy enough for a three or four year old to work on their own, turn on off, select games and go through the different options. All of the games promote learning, coordination and fun so my child wants to spend as much time as he can on the toy. Because there is actual cycling involved I am not to worried about him playing on it for long amounts of time, he is getting more physical activity than he would just sitting and watching a movie.
As for the problems with the Smart Cycle, there are a couple. The power cord is not very long, so if your television is not right next to an outlet you will need to deal with extension cords. Luckily we were able to place my sons cycle right next to the outlet and it could still be connected to the television. Another issue was the buttons on the dash of the cycle, these buttons are very sensitive that even while cycling if you brush up against them it will register and whatever button you hit will stop the game and make you select an option. The last problem really frustrated my son, and it was an issue of the game freezing mid cycle. This seemed to happen repeatedly on the same game, and the only thing to be done is to restart the entire game.
Other than the couple problems, my toddler loves the Smart Cycle and I love it when he is on it because it has him totally engaged and entertained.