Pros Nice image quality
Cons A nightmare to program
Summary This unit is a huge piece of garbage and a waste of money. It seems to have some sort of artificial intelligence reminiscent of HAL in 2001 a Space Odyssey and wants to reject almost all file names that you give your pictures. I spent nearly 8 hours trying to get the darn thing to read 100 images. I have heard horrible things about the Kodak models too so I am unsure what to recommend!
"The OS sucks"on by CR_Magruder
Pros The 800 x 600 display resoultion is good to great; the frame is (allegedly) ebony and does not look like cheap plastic, like many others; and the Labor-Day sale price of $130.
Cons The USB interface (memory stick or cable-to-PC) did not work at all.
Summary Here is my review that I posted on the Best Buy web site:
The technical specifications indicate that you can transfer files via a USB cable or USB memory stick. Neither of these methods worked for me. The on-screen menus would not let me access the memory stick.
When I tried to connect to the PC through the USB cable, the PC gave me the "USB device not recognized" finger. I am using Windows XP Home edition. When I re-booted the picture frame again, the on-screen menu tree would not come up at all.
So I took it back to the store with my memory stick in hand. The customer service desk person was nice enough about exchanging the picture frame for another one. But I wanted to make sure it would work before I left the store. Then the clerk did not want to look very hard for a place to plug the unit in and said that the only place she could find was at a counter that was too far away for me to reach it. So I had to tell her what buttons to push and what steps to try next. Becasue of the communication lag, I was not sure if the new picture frame was working with my USB stick or not, so I got frustrated and left with the exchanged picture frame.
I got it home and when the new one worked just like the old one, I was pretty sure I had just bought another piece of c**p made in China, where quality control means "just ship anything we make-- the Americans will buy it". So I tried one more thing. I put the files on an XD memory card and plugged it into the port and rebooted the picture frame. And whaddya know, it goes right into the slide show.
On the plus side, I am happy with the 800 x 600 resoultion and the appearance of the digital pictures. The slide show software takes care of portrait orientations without me doing anything, which is nice. The ebony wood frame is nice and does not look like a cheap plastic art deco imitation that is on most of the other similar frames.
However, I'm ticked off that I have to buy a memory card to make it work, when it already has 128MB of on-board memory which I cannot write to. I am also a little frustrated that the customer service person was so passive about making sure that the unit was working. I realize that they cannot be an expert in everything they sell, but to see two units in a row that are not performing as advertised should raise some concern.
I would wait a few more months to buy one of these. I am hoping that the free market will cause some competition for higher quality.
"Excellent!"on by tsken02
Pros Inexpensive, great resolution
Cons Poor directions and limited information on features
Summary Bought one for the grandparents, and I liked it so much, I bought another just for me. Handles many formats and has internal memory.
Pros Pretty Frame
Cons No Pictures in It
Summary Can't download pictures via USB cable or flash drive. Horrible manual with no troubleshooting. Suggests going on-line. Guess what we found? A copy of the horrible manual. OMG. If anyone has figured out how to get their existing photo files on to this lovely, currently useless device, please inform us. We have read that the photo quality is nice once operational, and really do like the look of the frame, so we are holding on for your HELP!!!