Product Type: NIX Digital Photo Frame
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So many memories in one small stylish frame
NIX 7" High Resolution Digital Photo Frame
Member Name: markos9
NIX 7" High Resolution Digital Photo Frame
Advantages: Large size (7 inch). High resolution. Very stylish appearance.
Disadvantages: The quality of the screen is not as good when viewed closely.
My Mum and Dad have hundreds of photos of their grandchildren, but of course, can only display a relatively small percentage of them as framed photographs. The rest are stored on their computer and therefore not viewed very often.
The solution has been obvious to me for a while: a digital photo frame. Until recently, however, the price of the high quality ones was extortionate, and the performance of the cheaper units inadequate.
A search on the internet showed that now, digital photo frames are available at a decent performance and price, so I decided to buy one as their Christmas present.
I chose the NIX Designer Series Cordless 7 inch Digital Photo Frame as, at only £69.99 from Amazon, it appeared to have a high specification for the price.
The box contains only a few items; photo frame, stand, power lead, manual, and USB cable. The photo frame is finished in black, with a frameless glass front that looks very stylish. This will not look out of place in most living rooms. The stand allows the frame to be mounted in either portrait or landscape orientation.
I'd (covertly) copied all of Mum's photos onto my computer so proceeded to download the pictures onto the photo frame. This proves extremely easy: the USB lead is connected to the device and PC. The computer recognises the unit as a removable hard drive, and photos are simply copied across to the 'data' directory.
The frame accepts a wide range of memory cards, so most camera's cards can be directly inserted into the unit, bypassing the need for connecting to a PC.
Being a USB device, transfer of photos was not instantaneous, but did complete in a reasonable time. Once the photos were transferred, I disconnected the unit, then turned it on for the first time.
Immediately, the slide show commences, using default settings, displaying each of the photos in turn. Changes to the default settings are easy to make. The unit displays a series of 'virtual' cursor keys when not showing pictures allowing the user to scroll through the various menu items quickly and easily. These keys then disappear when the slideshow is running; leaving a clutter free screen with no distractions.
The unit offers a high resolution (800 x 480 pixels), with a reasonably large screen of seven inches diagonal. The quality of the display was initially slightly disappointing. I was looking at it from a distance of a few inches and the pictures looked slightly grainy and washed out.
My misgivings disappeared when viewing the photo frame from a distance of a few feet, set upright on its stand. Here, the photos stand out brilliantly from the black frame. The screen has a wide viewing angle, so can be enjoyed from across the room.
The digital photo frame has 2Gb of internal memory. I'd copied over 200 photos, but found that there's still a huge amount of space left for other photos to be added (around 1000 2Mb files can be copied into memory).
A tip: most digital cameras take photos of a much higher resolution than the 800 x 480 pixels offered by this device. If you have the time, reduce the resolution of your photos to around 800 x 480 or similar before copying onto the digital photo frame. This will make space for even more pictures.
Was it a hit with Mum and Dad?
Well, Christmas day arrived, the frame was unwrapped and we put it on the mantel piece and, as a family, sat back to watch the show.
I'd set the slideshow speed to five seconds to scroll through the photos quickly, but other, slower settings are available (15, 30 seconds, 1, 5, 15, 30 minutes, and one hour).
The pictures stored on the digital photo frame's memory are of the grandchildren growing up, so contain some wonderful, special events in their lives. Watching the slideshow brought back these memories as if they were yesterday, evoking laughter, and lots of aaaah's as special times were recalled (sometimes to the embarrassment of the kids who were in the room watching with us!).
This one photo frame was able to show hundreds of photos from across almost two decades of the children's lives. It was clear that, my Mum in particular, found this to be a wonderful present: her family's history contained in a small, stylish frame. I'd chosen well, and the NIX had delivered.
This photo frame offers excellent value for money. It is stylish, has a good quality, high resolution screen and offers a huge amount of memory for storing pictures. A quick check today shows that it's just been reduced in price to £59.99; a bargain.
Summary: As I found, an excellent present for someone with a large photo collection.
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