Product Type: Braun Digital Photo Frame
Newest Review: ... 3kg RATING: 3.6/5 AVAILABILITY: It seems to have stopped selling everywhere I look, but you can pick up a newer Braun Digiframe ... more
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Braun DigiFrame 1500
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Braun DigiFrame 1500
Advantages: Good quality build, picture quality and back light.
Disadvantages: poor memory, power consumption. Where do you use it??
Technical Specification and How It Works:
The device has a large 15 inch LCD screen with 'authentic' wooden frame edge, alluding to the fact that this is a digital / electrical displayer. The first thing to mention is that the device is PC-independent, meaning you don't require a computer to upload images to the in-built software. The Digiframe comes with an external USB cable (USB 2.0 and 1.1 supported) which can be used to connect any compatible device. So you can take images from your MP3 player, phone, tablet, etc with ease. You can also plug in a memory stick (leaving this plugged in or extracting images from it) - Memory Stick PRO's, Multi-Media Card's, SD Memory Card's, Memory Stick Duo's, and Compact Flash Card's are accepted too. The only supported file type is JPEG which can be irritating if this means you need to convert a bunch of photographs to this format, but the quality achieved can be sensational - 1024 x 768 is the highest resolution available. The menu system you use to moves files back and forth is simple, and consists of a series of lists allowing you to select individual images or groups of images for display. The device has a tiny in-built memory of 128mb, very out-dated by today's standards, so this means it's probably best to leave a USB plugged in unless you don't need any more than 100 or so images flicked through at any one time. The software's slide-show function allows you to display one image and then the next at different rates, zoomed in, zoomed out, and at varying rotations. I think overall, the way you operate the displayer, the way you move over images, and the technical potential of the product is good to average. Not all the features you might require are available, but all the basics are covered. Power is supplied through a standard grade AC adapter (included).
Packaging and Build Quality:
The Digiframe 1500 comes in a standard box showing the device on the front along with all the relevant technical information and safety warnings. Inside the screen is well secured, with separate compartments for the AC adapter and USB cable. A thin plastic film coated the screen for added protection (which I removed straight away). On first inspection, the build quality of the device seemed very good. The frame is real wood, slightly grooved, and fitted to the plastic of the screen within neatly. The power button and connections at the back are well integrated, and a stand gives good support - although this can slip on certain surfaces, so you have to careful. Nothing rattles and the whole piece feels firm and secure. I suppose the only problem with the design is the fact you have to have a cable (or two) sticking out the back, taking away from the delusion of the device - these are black and blend in well with furniture however.
Reliability and Performance:
Technicalities out the way, I think the image quality of the Digiframe 1500 is excellent. A richness in tone and colour is only enhanced by the backdrop of clear light shining through. In a darkened room with no other screens about, the backlit image appears vibrant and strong. It doesn't really matter what the image is, as long as it's clear - and the stronger the colours the better. The device doesn't seem to make much noise (only if you put your ear right up to it will you here a light rumble), but it does produce a more noticeable level of heat. What's good about the Digiframe though, is that you can leave it on all day and it won't run down, or damage in any way - the longevity of the product is good. Similarly, never once has it stopped working, frozen, or missed out certain images. It seems very reliable, but not so efficient.
I still don't really see the point in powering one of these frames, unless maybe during a dinner party or if the TV's broken. The idea of them still seems silly, but after trying one out, I have to give in to the devices ease of use, good connectivity, and exceptional picture quality. It has its faults: a poor memory unit, lots of power consumption, release of heat and slight sound, and where the hell do you put it?! In all though, I am impressed and can't give any less than 4-stars. Recommendable to anyone who has a need for something like this.
SIZE: 41.5 cm x 5.5 cm x 34 cm
AVAILABILITY: It seems to have stopped selling everywhere I look, but you can pick up a newer Braun Digiframe from Amazon for £50 - with an 8-inch screen.
Summary: Display your mother's day pictures in pristine quality.