TOY BOX: X33XIF isn't a lot for adults to talk about

The X33XIF communicator, made by XACR Communication, is essentially a wristwatch-style walkie-talkie.

The X33XIF communicator, made by XACR Communication, is essentially a wristwatch-style walkie-talkie.

As kids, my brother and I would have killed for a pair. They are bulky, but look appealingly futuristic look and are very easy to use. Once someone has done the initial set-up, any kid over the age of six can easily operate the X33XIF. The "Talk Call" button is big, and prominently displayed on the watch's face. As adults, separated by only a few Manhattan blocks (much less than 1.5 miles, the signal range the X33XIF's packaging boasts), my brother and I would have no use for these. For one, the reception was either non-existent or barely discernible. Reception issues aside (when used within a closer range, communication was much clearer), in a time when gadgets are being consolidated by the minute - often to include two-way radio functions - who needs or wants another? The verdict: Great for adventurous kids, but a redundant gadget to carry around for adults. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ------- Price $20-$30 each (differs by outlet) Available at Wal-Mart, Kmart, Toys 'R Us, or call 866-466-XACT Specs The X33XIF utilizes FRS (family radio service)/ GMRS (general mobile radio service) technology, which provides about a 1.5 mile- signal range. It's rechargeable

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