Product Type: TeckNet Digital Photo Frame
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A cracking way to see your pictures... get it? cracking? egg?
TeckNet 1.5" Egg Digital Photo Frame
Member Name: blissman70
TeckNet 1.5" Egg Digital Photo Frame
Advantages: novalty gift, pleasant to lookm at, good enough images and stays upright
Disadvantages: small, no, i mean tiny memory
I have built up quite a collection of digital photo frames, some I have bought for myself, some have been bought for me, with others I just have come across for one reason or another.
One particular digital photo frame which I have, in fact, I have a couple of them, with them being gifts from people, are not actually frames as you would know them, but are actually shaped more like a food item that you'd find in your fridge. That food items being the good old fashioned egg. With this digital photo frame being called the TechNet egg digital photo frame... yes, the Egg, as it looks like an egg, so the name is quite apt really
Anyway, what does the egg photo frame look like..?
It is an egg, hence the name, and it looks like an egg, being about 80mm high and having a circumference of about 45mm. It has a 1.5 inch screen which offers a 128 x 128 pixels which is housed in a chopped out section on the front of the egg. On the rear are the controls, which are simple to understand and even easier to use. There are three buttons in a circular pattern, forwards, backwards and an 'M' button, which takes you into the menu of the settings.
Below this circular button section there is a micro USB port which is used for transferring the images onto the device, or from it. Plus, it is for charging up the internal battery too.
There is also a reset button just above this USB port, which is set back so that you will need a pin or something to actually press the reset button itself.
Here's where you're wondering how do you stop this from falling over as normal eggs always do? Well, they've covered this dilemma with a simple idea, basically making the bottom of this egg slightly flat. not too much, just enough to give the base a nice, level surface so that it sits nicely on any flat surface.
Sadly though, there's no way that you're going to get this to hang from a wall so you'll have to stick with table mounting instead.
Any specs that you might need to know..?
This one has a pretty low memory capacity, considering the larger ones on the market, with this one having a mere 8MB... yes, MB NOT GB
To load it up to your PC your PC will have to have a few requirements, those minimum settings being windows OS 2000 or above. If you're a MAC owner then you'll have problems loading pictures onto this device as it doesn't want to work with the MAC.
You do get a nice lengthened USB cable to connect this to your PC so you don't have to rush out and buy one especially. Although you don't get a mains charger so you will have to either buy it yourself or charge it using the USB to PC method.
It has a built in battery which is rechargeable using either the supplied micro USB cable or the mains cable, which you have to buy separately, although the USB cable does a good enough job so you really don't have to spend any more money on a mains cable.
The picture formats this can cope with are JPG and BMP, which is the more common files so there should not be too much trouble.
There's no need to go searching for drivers as they are within the device, which basically means that when you plug the USB cable into your PC, connecting it together, your PC will automatically find the drivers and load them in an instant. Saving you the hassles of searching around for days in order to find them.
Plus, it does have an Auto switch off function, which you can set to your own timings or simply turn it off completely.
For more choice this lovely little egg shaped picture frame comes in several colours, pink, green, yellow, orange, black, blue and, the one I have, the white one
The entire thing is pretty small and looks like an oversized egg really. I can't explain it any better than that. It's an Egg, albeit a little larger than the one that you may make an omelette out of.
What I can compare it too, looks wise, is one of those egg timers that you sometimes find in kitchens. The ones that sit spinning the time away and ring happily out aloud when the minutes are up, telling you that the egg should be done.
The screen itself is pretty small and it isn't the sharpest to be honest, but it does manage to display the images quite well indeed, although this does depend on the picture quality itself.
The memory is not that big, giving 8MB, but there is a 16MB version. Sadly though there are no means to add such things as a microSD card to boost the memory so you are stuck with the small size. This means that you are best off using smaller, lower quality images in order to get more onto the device.
Uploading the images takes a matter of minutes, once you've plugged it into your PC, and once your images are on you're ready to see them slide on by, all you have to do is go through the settings, or menu, and choose such things as speed setting and the like.
You can play the images using the manual or automatic settings, with the controls on the rear being so simple to understand. Plus, it also gives you a couple of extra features such as a calendar and a clock, which may come in handy.
The images show up smaller than the actual screen area, with the images showing in a square shape whilst the full screen is a round shape, well, really, it's an oval shape.
It may have been a little better if the images would fill the entire screen area, although some of the picture would have been lost, especially around the edges.
There's no audio so it won't play music whilst the few images slide there way passed your eyes. So if you're expecting a musical crescendo then you'll be sadly disappointed indeed.
I recall when I was given this that it came packaged in a rather fine looking metal tin, which made it a very nice gift idea indeed.
So, know for the price of this egg shaped digital picture frame..
This lovely little device, which is more a novelty item, or maybe a nice little gift, due to the fact that it can't hold that much data, sells for about £7.00, or there-abouts. But no more than £10.00.
Would I recommend this egg..?
Hmmm. This one is the million dollar question, so to speak.
If you want to have a few pictures sat in a small place, say on you desk, or even in a kitchen, with the knowledge that you can only get about 5 - 10 decent quality images onto it, then yes, I would say get yourself one of these.
On the other hand, if you want to have a lot of pictures flashing passed your eyes on a screen that you can see from the moon, then avoid getting this one as you'll be very disappointed indeed.
I suppose it's more a novelty item than a serious digital picture frame, mainly due to the fact that it can't hold many pictures, so it you want to give a 'funky' gift to someone then this can be a serious contender.
And, as I mentioned earlier, as it came in a rather lovely little tin it could make a rather fine little present for the upcoming festive period.
© Blissman70 2012
Summary: It's an egg but don't try to fry it.... and boiling won't work either