NIX 12 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor & 4GB Memory (X12C)
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NIX is the leading brand for Digital Photo Frames in the U.S. With 7 years of experience and dedicated customer service team, we are committed to delivering high quality frames and services that allow you to display digital memories in a sophisticated way. To assure you of the quality and service we provide, we give you a full 1 Year Part's & Labor Warranty at the time of purchase.
Need to display all your digital photos?
The NIX Digital Photo Frame is the most simple and affordable solution to display all your digital moments. Just plug in your USB stick or SD/SDHC card and see all your photos play in front of you! It’s that easy.
This frame is perfect for everyone from professionals, to parents and grandparents who just want a frame that works with the convenience of not having to actually operate it. Combined with an intuitive remote, it’s a breeze to get started.
NIX Digital Frame
With a High Resolution LED Backlit Display, enjoy all your (JPEG) photos with amazing detail and clarity. The Frame can also be used to play (MPEG-4 / AVI) videos. When the frame activates after sensing movement it can either play photos or videos. Equipped with a generous 4GB memory, it is housed in a very small and portable USB thumb drive so you can conveniently move photos from your computer to your frame. Combined with a simple, clear remote control, it's a breeze to get started.
For ultimate convenience, the frame comes with our trademarked ‘Hu-Motion’ Sensor that turns the frame on when you enter the room and off when you leave the room! Set the frame to switch off after sensing no movement in time increments from 5 minutes to 1 hour.
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So why not five stars? Well that has to do with what I had to go through to get the frame to properly display the images. The resolution is 800 x 600 on the frame, so I understood that resizing the photos to be that size was something I had to do. Not a big deal, I just used a nice bulk resizing tool called Light Image Resizer. Its a free download and free to use for personal use. Made it really nice and easy. However when I initially loaded the photos, I found the frame wouldn't transition smoothly on all photos. The slideshow would freeze randomly on photos, taking longer than the 5s I had it set too. Sometimes upwards of 2 - 3 minutes to finally change pictures. I did a lot of research but NIX's own site has a blow off solution that basically says make sure its in the right format and check with the support site for advice, otherwise delete the picture. No thank you, especially since the photos were all taken with the same camera and resized the same way, so why would it pick and choose which to freeze on? I couldn't find any additional advice on their support site, perhaps I wasn't thorough enough, however after some poking around on other forums, I found the solution. Apparently the software on the frame likes the picture names on the memory card to be four characters long and a number. So 0001.jpg for example. I used a bulk renaming tool that I was able to download (free as well, worked beautifully) and sequenced all of the names on the memory stick accordingly. Now the frame slideshow works perfectly.
So, given what I had to do to figure that out, I had to drop it a star. NIX's instructions don't include any recommendations on picture formatting other than stating that it must be JPEG only. Otherwise I'm very happy with the frame. I just hope I don't need to deal with any additional support questions.
So after using the frame for a few days, I've noticed that the motion sensor feature on my frame doesn't appear to function at all. It doesn't matter what setting I choose time wise, the frame never shuts off. I'm probably going to look into replacing it under warranty. I'm hoping its just an issue with the one we received.
Now the bad news. It turned on right out of the box and we had it operational on the 1st day, when we got up on the 2nd day, it would turn on. I fussed with it, turned it off and on, unplugged and replugged and voila! it turned back on and ran well for the next 3 days, then it would not turn on again. Fussing with plugs and such didn't bring it back to life.
I guess I will purchase another one of these and hope it is from a different manufacturing batch.
UPDATE: I returned the 1st unit to Amazon without issue, and bought another hoping for better luck with it. Well, it worked for about 8 weeks before it decided not to turn on. Went through all the plug - unplug routine, turned it's switch on and off and tried the remote control as well. No Joy! Unfortunately it is outside the return window and I tossed the box and packing. Two for two failures on a volume product tells me it has some design issues.
Looks like this is the last one I will buy. Nice when it works, but when it doesn't it is just a paper weight.
They (NIX) are apparently already aware of the problem. They are so aware of this problem that there is a Q & A in the back for troubleshooting about just such a problem. Their response is that the original photos were rotated on something like Windows Explorer (I used Windows Media -oooooo how horrible!!!) and this Digital Photo Frame will not recognize this reformatting.
"To properly save photos in an exact orientation on your PC, you need to do so using a Photo Editing Program that enables this, such as iPhoto or Photoshop."
Really? REALLY???? So now if I want the 40% of my photos to be visible in an orientation that is not lying down or standing on my head, I now have to go through my photos and reformat them in something this frame will accept. Mind you they look just perfect on my computer. So I have to see it on the photo frame, make a note of which photos are upside down or sideways, take out the USB, reformat those specific photos using a Photo Editing Program that is acceptable and then do another photo the same way. Oh brother. This thing is on its way back. I'll go for a cheaper model that has all the bells & whistles. My daughter's digital frame took the photos immediately and even changes the picture depending if the frame is standing or on its side. Would have been great to know this first so I could have moved on to another one. Will not reformat a perfectly good photo that looks good on all of my media except the NIX photo frame. They have a remote that you can flip the photos for viewing, but it specifically states that the flipped or rotated photo will not be saved. That flipping or rotating must be done on the computer.
Note to self - if you can't remember where you formatted your pix, then you are in for a world of work with this frame. Some photos go back years and are then transferred between computers.