Product Type: Cirrus Digital Photo Frame
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Cirrus Digital Keyring 1.5" Photo Frame
Member Name: JohnJoeSmith
Cirrus Digital Keyring 1.5" Photo Frame
Date: 07/06/11, updated on 07/06/11 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, durable, easy to use
Disadvantages: Poor battery life
I'm a big fan of funny keyrings. I like to collect them from my various travels so that I can show off when I get home! I'm also quite keen on photography when I'm abroad, typically taking snaps of every little thing we come across. One day while flicking around on here I found out about the Cirrus Digital Keyring Photo Frame, and after reading a few reviews I realised I was on to a winner. Something that could combine my love of keychains and photos? After I realised I has some very mundane loves in my life I stopped by Amazon.co.uk and nabbed one.
Amazon currently quotes the model in the picture at £5.75 which is a bargain. The photo frame comes with the keyring and a USB adapter to get you up and running on your computer. To put this in perspective, I paid a similar amount for a nice Grand Canyon keyring from a campsite giftshop on my last trip to the US and last time I checked I couldn't see any photos on that one! So for value for money I think this is great.
Out of the box I was a little disappointed, the keyring feels a bit cheap and plastic-y. I guess I shouldn't have expected fireworks from a £5 photoframe but I was still a little let down. With that being said however I haven't been able to make out any signs of wear or tear on the keyring since I bought it. I wouldn't be the most careful with my keys and it's still holding out strong so I guess 4/5 for feel and durability.
The memory of the frame is rated at 8mb which to be honest is tiny. Smaller than an old mobile phone tiny. I regularly send email attachments of a greater size. The screen however is only rated to 128x128 pixels so any more and you're simply wasting detail. A program is supplied with the photoframe but I choose to use VSO image resizer as I already had it installed on my machine. Resizing images to close to 128x128 (I personally go for around 800x800 to keep quality up) means you can save a ton of space and keep up to 100 photos on the frame (obviously depending on how big your photos are!). 100 photos is plenty for a keyring to be fair so 5/5 here.
Using this photoframe is very simple, just plug it into a USB port and copy your files over. While plugged into a USB 2.0 port the frame charges up, prolonging the battery life. Seeing as there's only 8mb of space it takes little to no time to copy over an entire lot of photos. Disconnect the frame, pop it on your keys and away you go! The battery lasts around 2 hours for me if I set the photos on the longest time setting (180 seconds) and about 1 hour if it changes more rapidly (10 seconds). This is a pity really as I'd prefer to have it going all day. Another reviewer posted that she only charges it once per day, maybe she's figured out something I've missed! For ease of use I'd give it 5/5 but the relatively poor battery life drops this to 3/5.
Overall I'm very happy that I bought this photoframe. It was cheap, it's pretty tough, it can handle a number of photos and it's very easy to use. If the battery life was better this would easily be a 5 star item but unfortunately the one hour of use you get from a full charge really limits this product's potential. All in all I give this 3 stars, great idea but missed the point I feel.
Summary: Great idea but poor battery life lets it down
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