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on November 10, 2010
I returned a Viewsonic 15 inch monitor to get this Impecca because it (the Viewsonic) had no brightness/contrast controls and would not randomly select photos. The performance and features of the Impecca are however excellent. It is a really nice looking frame with not too much frame and too little picture. Screen clarity is superb on high def jpeg's. It has the capability to adjust brightness, contrast and depth of color, random or other selection of photos, 2 GB built in memory, ability to play MP3 sound files and MPEG 1/2/4 videos. It worked right out of the box, I just plugged in a SDHC card and off we went into the slide show mode. I just recently put a lot more photos and sound files on an 8GB SDHC card. Same response, it just started up and played the files. I give it 5 stars but say its nearly perfect, so what's the problem?
The problems are that the manual is poorly written, difficult to understand, too brief and there are undocumented features. The zoom feature (another great feature by the way) can be adjusted so that the area of the photo to be zoomed can be selected with the up/down/sideways buttons on the remote. The "enter" button on the remote can be used to rotate the picture by ninety degrees (again a great feature right?) but not documented. After rotating 360 degrees, the picture on screen will remain until the "slide show" button is pressed again. So if you want to stop the slide show and keep a nice picture on screen for a while, press the enter button 4 times. Not documented.
The inbuilt speakers are by no means "full range" and leave a lot to be desired. If there was an output to send the audio to even an iPod dock, it would be much better sound.
Except for the manual and the speakers, this thing would be perfect. If it had those characteristics improved, it would get 6 stars. As it is, it looks so good and is so far ahead of other frames I've seen, I couldn't do anything else but give it 5 stars.