Product Type: TeckNet Digital Photo Frame
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A cracking little gift!
TeckNet 1.5" Egg Digital Photo Frame
Member Name: Lools_24
TeckNet 1.5" Egg Digital Photo Frame
Advantages: Looks great, easy to use, excellent value for money
Disadvantages: Display is quite small; therefore better for close up photos
I must admit over the last few years reading other people's reviews has been a great way to get inspiration for birthday and Christmas presents for family and friends. Mr Lools' 84 year old granddad is particularly difficult to buy for. When we ask him for ideas he always tells us that at 84 years old there is nothing he really needs or wants but at the same time we always like to get him a little something. Because both Mr Lools and I have large families we tend to only buy little gifts because of our budget! However for his granddad we wanting to buy something photo/ IT related as he had recently purchased a digital camera and laptop and by his own admission was becoming a "computer whizz"! A digital photo frame was a good idea but slightly outside the budget that we had in mind. However after reading a number of positive reviews for the TeckNet 1.5" Egg Digital Photo Frame we were given the gift inspiration that was needed!
***TeckNet 1.5" Egg Digital Photo Frame***
The TeckNet 1.5" Egg Digital Photo Frame is basically a small egg shaped digital photo frame. The egg frame is 8cm high from its base to the top. And is around 6cm wide by 6cm deep. The main casing of the egg is a shiny plastic which is oval shaped with a flat base. On the front of the egg in the centre is a 1.5" square digital photo display screen. On the back of the egg there are small control buttons and there is a USB port.
The 1.5 inch screen has full colour LCD display and is 128x 128 pixels. It holds around 107 pictures. The frame has a 3.7V rechargeable lithium battery and comes with a USB connection to connect it to your PC. The frame supports pictures in a JPG or BMP format. The frame is compatible with Windows 2000/2003/ XP/ Vista.
The TeckNet 1.5" Egg Digital Photo Frame is available in six different colours. There is a choice of white, black, yellow, pink, orange and green outer casings. We purchased this product in black which will be what my review is based on.
The RRP for the product is £12.99. I purchased the frame for £7.99 plus free delivery from Amazon which was and still appears to be the best price (Jan 2011).
This was a gift for Mr Lools' granddad (who is 84!) however because I was unsure of its suitability just in case it was too high tech and complicated for him to use, both Mr Lools "used" the gift for 3 weeks to familiarise ourselves with it so we could make sure that he fully understood how to use it and loads pictures onto it. We were also preparing ourselves in case we needed to write further instructions as to how to use the gift because when I initially seen the size of the instructions manual my first impression was it was just a very small slip of paper. His granddad for 84 is pretty good with technology however we knew that if we didn't know how to use the frame we would be bombarded with questions and didn't want to give him a gift that he couldn't use.
The photo frame comes in a brushed steel cylinder tube gift box, so even before you give the actual photo frame to someone as a present it looks like a very attractive gift. Inside of the gift box when you lift off the lid there is the photo frame. Some foam packaging and the USB cable and instructions manual.
I was very impressed with the look of the frame when it was taken out of the gift box. The shiny black egg shape frame looks very modern and is quite a funky little gift however in black does not look to cheap or outrageous (and not suitable for an 84 year old man!). For a gift that only costs £7.99 there is nothing cheap feeling or looking about the frame.
I must admit that when I first saw the instructions manual I was a little apprehensive that I would not be able to master the workings of the photo frame and load photos onto it but these concerns were soon put to rest. I had chosen 100 photos to load onto the frame that I thought Mr Lools' granddad might appreciate (most of our children) and had stored these in a folder ready to upload.
My PC runs on Windows Vista and I simply connected the USB to my laptop and followed the instructions that appeared on the screen to upload the photos. You do not have to download any software and it's a case of dragging image files from your PC into the folder that appears when you connect the USB. When you drag photos into the file which you want to display there is a viewing/ editing option. This gives a shadow of the 1.5 inch frame on the photo showing what parts of the image will be displayed on the (small) screen. I found out of the 100 photos I had originally selected there were only 4 photos that I chose or could not display. In these cases it was due to the fact that the screen could not get both of my boys in together because they were too far apart in the photo. I think this is quite impressive if you consider the small screen size.
Once you have dropped and dragged the photos into the photo frame folder from your PC and then chosen the viewing options you simply click upload. I was able to upload all 96 JPG images (from various sources and file sizes) onto the photo frame in less than 5 minutes so this is not at all time consuming.
Once uploaded onto the frame the photos are very easy to view. The LCD screen is not the best quality but it is still good and the photos all look clear and bright. There is a menu/play key and up and down buttons to select different options of the screen and operate the photo frame. There is the option to manually play the photos and scroll through each one (which would be quite tedious) by the press of a button. There is also the option of having an automatic slideshow in which the photo frame scrolls through the photos itself. You even have the option to set the time in which each photo is displayed for on the screen before it scrolls to the next image.
The frame charges when it is connected to your PC via the USB cable and there is no main charger. The frame fully charges within 45 minutes of being connected to a PC. I was unsure as to how long the photo frame stays charged for but Mr Lools' granddad told us it was around 8-9 hours if you leave the photo frame to run and display continuously.
Obviously I was very impressed with the frame but as this was a gift the main point was for the recipient to like it. Mr Lools' granddad was ecstatic about the frame and described it as "his best Christmas present this year. He very proudly has the frame in the dining room and I have been informed by my sister in law that he shows every visitor his "new piece of technology". The frame actually looks very good in quite a traditionally decorated house and the modern egg shaped frame does not look out of place. More importantly you can easily view the different photos on the frame as the display screen is very clear; a lot clearer than you would expect on something that costs under £8.
Mr Lools's granddad has also been able to add further images to the frame and found the instructions inside of the gift case to be simple and clear. His experience and IT knowledge is quite basic therefore this is not a difficult item to operate.
I would definitely recommend the TeckNet 1.5" Egg Digital Photo Frame . It is by no means the best digital photo frame that you could because of the small screen size but it is a great token gift that looks good on a desk or to show off smaller close up thumbnail type shots. Since buying the frame for Mr Lool's granddad I have since bought 3 more frames to give as gifts, one to my best friend who loved it. And I have also bought one for my dad's birthday and one for Mr Lools' birthday as small token gifts so I can upload family shots which they can display on their desks at work.
For £7.99 I was very apprehensive about the frame, both the aesthetics of it and the ability to display photos (and actually use the frame) however all of these concerns were soon put aside. The frame looks great and extremely modern with its smooth egg like shape. The photo display is of a good quality and photos are very easy to load and display on the screen. My only slight criticism or word of advice to those thinking of buying the frame is that because the display is only 1.5" in size it may limit what photos you choose to display on the frame. We did not find this an issue as we had a lot of close up and portrait type shots to display. But if you had lots of full length shots of large groups of people or landscape shots with the detail in the distance these would not look so good on the display screen.
A cracking gift for old or young!
Summary: An egg shaped mini digital photo frame that makes a great gift
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