10.4-Inch TFT LCD Digital Photo Frame
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 11-06-2007
Provided by: Geeks.com
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Testing and Conclusion

The initial setup menu is pretty self-explanatory, so you should be able to figure it all out from the photos.

I snapped the two pictures above so you would have an idea of just how large this frame is. It is nearly as large as my laptop screen.

Anyway, the first thing I did was grab one of my old SD memory cards and load some pictures on it. Then, just insert the card into the slot on the back of the frame and a slideshow will automatically start. Below are several examples of photos from the picture frame.

The frame was a bit difficult to photograph but hopefully these pictures will give you an idea of the quality you can expect. These are all photos I have taken over the past couple of years.

Usage, Findings and Conclusion

I experimented with both resized and full sized photos and found that full size pictures (4-5 MB) looked pretty bad. The frame wasn't able to compress the photo very well and thus, images would look pretty blurry and lack detail. The photos that I resized (800 pixel width) looked very crisp and clear. I tried some smaller photos as well, as I was curious to see if the frame would stretch the photo to fit or simply leave it unaltered. It did the latter, which is a good thing.

Despite searching throughout the manual and on the product web page, I was not able to find a suggested resolution at which to resize your photos for best quality, or even the resolution that the LCD screen operated at. This would have been very handy to know.

Aside from simply displaying photos, the frame can also play MP3s and videos. I honestly didn't expect much from the dual 2 watt speakers but I must say, I was very impressed! The small speakers had a lot of power and were able to get very loud without much distortion. These speakers actually performed better than some LCD monitor speakers I have seen; very impressive.

Video playback also worked pretty well, but unlike the photo mode, the frame would stretch video to fit the screen. This wasn't a problem with larger videos, but smaller clips were stretched and looked pretty bad during playback.

The remote control worked very well and I didn't really run into any issues operating the frame with it.

I was only able to test an SD card, as that is all I have on hand. It worked perfectly; the frame didn't have any problems detecting and reading from the card.

As mentioned earlier, there are two USB ports on the frame. I read through the entire manual but there was no mention as to their use. I did discover that I could connect an external card reader via USB and have the frame pull images from that. I guess this could be useful if you have a card that is not supported by the frame's built-in card reader. I wanted to try to connect the frame directly to my computer, but I did not have a male/male USB cable and of course, no USB cable was provided with the frame.

Overall, this is a pretty decent digital picture frame for the money. The frame boasts a lot of features, including MP3 and video playback in several different formats. The frame software is fairly robust and offers a lot of different display options when it comes to displaying photos. Examples of this include slide show delay, rotating photos and zooming, just to name a few. The remote control is an added bonus, allowing you to operate the frame without actually having to reach around to the back of it. The frame comes with no built-in memory, which I consider a plus. This would only raise cost, and over time, the capacity would probably limit you, as media files continue to grow in size/quality.

There are a handful of drawbacks to this frame that could certainly use some work and/or clarification. First, the power cable. Its current length is maybe six feet. It could use an extra foot or two in length for sure. Second, the poorly translated instruction manual could use a total overhaul. There were several things that I simply could not find in it, on the product package or the products web page, such as operating resolution and exactly what the USB ports were intended to be used for. Also, the quality control on the glass was not great and thus, my sample arrived with some spots on the underside of the glass cover. I had to remove the glass cover (and thus, void my warranty) in order to clean these spots.

As of writing, the 10.4" TFT LCD Digital Photo Frame retails for $134.99 over at Geeks.com.

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