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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A novel idea; hope my exchanged one works
on October 30, 2008
I just bought this today. The first one I bought was defective, so exchanged it for another one. It was on sale for $19.99 at Beall's (retail price is overpriced at $49.99!!). It came with a standard sized CDROM disk (other comment refers to a mini disk), so I had no problem downloading the software. However, it does take forever to recharge (a minimum of 7 hours before the first use when using the USB on computer), so I am still recharging. I have no clue where to find the optional AC adapter (charging time with that claims to be only 3 hours), but it probably costs as much as the unit itself. Otherwise, everything else went smoothly...downloading from the disk and getting pictures ready to transfer to the unit. One thing...I have Windows Vista, and searching for my pictures from their pop-up window is not the same as what the video shows from the website. You will have to search on your own to see where your pictures are located on your computer. I was even relayed this information from their customer service during my "help me" phone call to them. I won't be able to upgrade my rating until my unit is fully charged. If the unit works as described, the $19.99 is a decent price for both personal use and gifts. I bought it so I wouldn't have to tote my digital camera or brag book around. The automatic resizing of pictures is a bit deceiving. It has a specific border that your pictures can fit in. It will not automatically fit your pictures into the frame, any subjects outside of the frame will be cut off. Make sure you resize your pictures with other computer software before attempting to download onto the digital keychain.
UPDATE: This one works, so I would give it 3 stars and no more. The casing feels cheap as it is plastic. However, I do like the key ring on this model much better than the chain and hook type on competitors. Picture quality is okay. Just remember, if you give this as a gift, make sure the recipient has a computer. Otherwise, the unit is useless. Hope this helps.