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Works but takes a little effort
on December 19, 2011
My mother-in-law spends about a third of her time in her home and the rest on the road in an RV. Now that grandchildren are coming she has been printing pictures off Facebook and carrying them around in her purse. We decided to update her with something that could hold a great deal of pictures and be easily transferred from house to RV.
The good: The frame looks nice and not cheap, which was a big concern because she's really into decorating. The picture quality is also good, all of the ones we loaded were taken off of relatives' Facebook albums and they all look pretty good. Even the pictures in the slide show that aren't rotated to be viewed at largest size are recognizable.
The not so good: The menu is a little clunky, though no worse than the old button menus for tube televisions, so anyone with any experience with those should be able to figure things out. Anyone else can still probably get the hang of it by just playing around for awhile.
We could not get the frame to recognize the USB at first, then it only recognized about 20 of the 126 photos that were on the USB. There is pretty much no support available online. You have to call the company and they are not open on Sundays.
That being said, we did get everything working in the end, and here are the tips to do it.
1. A USB needs to be formatted in FAT or FAT32, if the USB isn't working the first thing to do is reformat it on the computer. Remember that this will erase all data on the USB, so back it up first.
2. For the pictures that weren't showing properly, I opened them with a basic editing program, tweaked them a bit, then saved them again with a different name in JPEG format. The newly saved images all showed up fine. I don't know if the tweaking was necessary to make them work, but as long as they were up, I figured, why not? They look that much nicer in the frame.
Digital Frames still aren't what one would call cheap, so if you're willing to put in the extra work this one is pretty good if you don't have a lot of money to spend. I've never tried another one so I can't give any comparisons.