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Pix-Star 10.4 Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame FotoConnect XD with Email, Online Providers, iPhone & Android app, DLNA and Motion Sensor (Black)
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- 10.4 in. (26.4 cm), 4:3 ratio, high-quality display with low consumption LED backlight. Manage the Frame from the Web and create a multi-frame account to remotely control up to 25 frames from 1 single web account, TOTALLY FREE.
- Send your photos by email via the 3G/Wi-Fi Network on your mobile phone, 4 GB memory (20,000 pictures), supports USB stick, SDHC and SDXC cards.Display size (diagonal): 15 inches(38.1 cm)
- Receive pictures directly on your Pix-Star frame from the Internet with its dedicated email address at NO EXTRA CHARGE
- Send pictures from your frame to individual or groups of email addresses directly from the frame
- Access more than 20 online providers and view pictures from web albums, including Picasa, Facebook, Flickr, Smugmug, and more and Receive daily updated weather forecasts for a selection of countries and cities
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Digital photo frames are the perfect gift idea for parents and grandparents because they make it easier to enjoy their children's, grandchildren's and other family pictures. However, updating pictures to the frame is usually not convenient; most of the time, the only way to do this is to use a USB or a SD card, or to connect the frame directly to a computer. Grandparents and technologically-challenged relatives struggle with this; and this cannot be done remotely.
Pix-Star Wi-Fi frames addresses this issue in a very smart and simple way, by using photo-mails. Pix-Star provides users with multiple convenient possibilities to transfer pictures to the device, the easiest one being to send pictures as an attachment by email (photo-mails) to the frame’s own and dedicated email address. It’s as simple as that!
Instantly receive photos from those you love from anywhere in the world using photo-mails!
This frame is part of the Pix-Star's desire to make photo sharing easier and to bring generations together through easy technology. Now, no matter where your photos or the photos of your friends and family reside, you can be certain you will be able to access them. Sharing pictures is now easier than ever.
Pictures are taken everyday, most are shared on social networks or forever doomed to stay on a digital camera or computer. Thanks to the connectivity and ease of use, Pix-Star brings generations together and helps reduce the feeling of loneliness and distance.
EASY TO CONFIGURE, EFFORTLESS TO USE, WITH POWERFUL FEATURES AND A FREE, UNLIMITED STORAGE ONLINE ACCOUNT
The Pix-Star PXT510WR04 FotoConnect XD 10.4 inch is part of the family of easy-to-use Wi-Fi and email photo frames from Pix-Star. With the ability to receive and send photo-mails directly from the frame, a computer becomes unnecessary. No monthly fee is required. Configuring the Pix-Star frame’s Wi-Fi connection is quick and easy and can be done using a few buttons on the compact remote control. Turn on the frame and ensure it is located within reach of the network you want to connect to. The Wi-Fi network configuration is automatically detected and all you need to know is the network password if your Wi-Fi network is encrypted. There is absolutely no software to install. Once configured the frame works without the need of a computer. It displays beautiful 800 x 600 resolution photos on a nice 10.4-inch screen. The Pix-Star PXT510WR04 FotoConnect XD 10.4 inch LED LCD displays better images with crisper, brighter and more natural colors. Its 4:3 ratio display is perfectly suited for most digital camera photos as they appear in full screen... No more black strips! It has a 4 GB internal memory, which can store up to 20,000 pictures (may vary depending on picture type). Enjoy the best shots of your family in full screen and full resolution!
SHARING, RECEIVING AND SENDING PHOTOS HAS NEVER BEEN SO EASY!
Send pictures directly to the frame by email!
Pix-Star invented the concept of “the frame with an email address” several years ago. Since then, it has been the easiest way to share pictures with friends and family directly from the frame. You can also directly send pictures from one frame to another frame!
You can visit www.pix-star.com to register your frame within minutes. Choose a personalized email address for the frame and you are ready to send, receive, share and enjoy pictures on your Pix-Star! Friends and family can now email photos directly from their computer, Smartphone, tablet, or Pix-Star frame to your frame.
For instance, your brother takes a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower with his Smartphone. He just has to send it to your Pix-Star email and the picture will arrive on your frame within seconds. Even better, you can send your brother's selfie directly from your frame to your Mum's frame. There is little excuse now to not share your daily life with loved ones.
The frame checks for new incoming photo-mails AUTOMATICALLY and an icon is displayed on the screen to inform you when a new photo is received so that you can open it. A sound notification can be added (configurable). You can also tell the frame to automatically accept incoming photo-mails. Grandma won’t need to learn new skills or touch anything to see your photos!
You can instantly share your photos for free with friends and family who appear in your contact lists. Customize your contact lists directly on your frame or from your account at www.pix-star.com. Send pictures to your friends, to their Pix-Star frames, or to any email address, so others can see what you see. Connecting with distant friends and family through the magic of pictures has never been easier or faster.
Are you worried about spam or unwanted pictures coming to your inbox? The security of your frame and its email address is protected by an advanced email filtering system. Options can be easily configured in your Pix-Star web account.
NO TOUCHSCREEN, NO FINGERPRINTS TO WIPE OFF!
Enjoy your photos in full screen, full resolution with no fingerprints. This frame has a small remote control and buttons on the back of the frame to complete all tasks without touching the screen.
The remote control has been simplified and optimized to use only a few buttons to control the whole unit to make it even easier for anyone to use it.
SIMPLICITY AND EASE OF USE
Your frame is really easy to use and has an intuitive interface for easier navigation even when you have thousands of photos stored on it. It allows you to organize your pictures so you can display only your external web albums, only your local albums, or a 'Play All' feature, which groups all your photos in the same slide show. As soon as photos are added to your frame, they are automatically resized into a 800 x 600 format to fit perfectly in the 10.4-inch high quality display. The LCD screen will present your best shots in a 4:3 aspect ratio and photos will be rotated to their proper orientation automatically.
This frame is perfect for those loved ones who are slightly “tech” challenged. Once configured, the frame runs on auto-pilot, accepting photos, automatically rotating, forecasting weather, playing slideshows, and easily bringing joy to so many people.
FREE AND EASY REMOTE MANAGEMENT FROM THE WEB + MANAGE UP TO 25 FRAMES FROM 1 ACCOUNT!
Each frame comes with a FREE online personal account with unlimited storage for your pictures. It allows you to remotely monitor your frame. Thanks to this dedicated online account, you can help Grandma and Grandpa configure their frame or put new pictures in their account for them. When you login to your personal Pix-Star account from your computer, you can:
- ADD, DELETE albums or pictures
- CUSTOMIZE your slideshows
- MANAGE your contacts and security parameters
- CONFIGURE your frame's parameters
Moreover, it's also possible to manage all your family's Pix-Star frames from one SINGLE account! At Pix-Star we call this a "Multi-frames account".
There will be ONE UNIQUE email address created for all the frames (in addition to their unique individual email address they already have) and then you can ask your friends and family members to send pictures to this Multi-Frames account's email address, the photo mails will be dispatched automatically to each frame!
Same for web albums, when you create a Pix-Star web album or link one of your Facebook, Google + or other online albums inside the multi-frame account they get automatically to each frame account.
Also, each frame keeps its personal email address when being part of a multi-frames account. It means that you can still manage individually and send pictures to a particular frame even if it belongs to a multiple frame account!
ACCESS YOUR PICTURES FROM THE LARGEST SELECTION OF ONLINE PICTURE STORAGE PROVIDERS!
Pictures can be added by email, an SD card or a USB stick, but Pix-Star also has the option to link your frame with online albums. Pix-Star offers superb and comprehensive support for the largest number of online picture storage providers. For instance your Pix-Star frame can display your albums from Facebook or your friends' albums.
We currently offer access to more than 20 providers and our team is always adding new providers. Here are some of the online picture storage providers you’ll be able to access with your Pix-Star: Google +, Facebook, Dropbox, Smugmug, Shutterfly, FlickR, OneDrive, Photobucket, just to name a few. You can also access pictures from Photo RSS feeds.
Moreover, your Pix-Star frame updates these albums automatically 3 to 4 times per day to automatically detect when you ADD or REMOVE pictures from the provider's website.
Pix-Star syncs with more online albums than any other frame!
UPnP – DLNA SUPPORT ALLOWS EASY ACCESS TO PICTURES STORED ON YOUR LOCAL COMPUTER AND LOCAL NETWORKS!
Pix-Star has always been about accessing pictures wirelessly from different sources.
In addition to accessing your pictures stored in your online personal account, you can now use your Pix-Star to display photos stored on your local network, on your PC (Windows 7 and above), Macintosh (additional software required) or any compatible NAS server. You no longer need to copy or transfer pictures to the frame: you can easily browse through your Pix-Star menu, find your device in the list, click PLAY, and your photos will begin to display in streaming mode.
MORE THAN A PHOTO FRAME, A COMPANION OF YOUR DAILY LIFE!
Our latest version takes the frame to a new level of entertainment with several hundreds web radio stations, weather forecasts, games for the brain and reminders. Pix-Star is much more than a connected digital photo frame: it assists elderly loved ones, friends, and family in their daily lives.
PLAY WEB RADIO STATIONS AND LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC!
Listen to your favorite music or stay informed with news stations. Pix-Star offers you the possibility to listen to several hundreds of web radio stations from all over the world. If we don’t have a station pre-programmed, just fill out a request online in your Pix-Star account and we will try to add it.
If you want to play your favorite music while you enjoy your photo slideshows just plug in your USB stick of SD card and the frame will play the audio files. For even better audio quality or louder music you can plug in your own portable speaker (USB or jack).
Your frame can display 3-day forecasts for cities and countries of your choice, a great tool to keep friends and family up to date on the weather where you live. If your city is not on our list just send us a request and we will try to add it for you.
GAMES FOR THE BRAIN
If you’d like a break from viewing photos, have fun while training your brain through the brain training games! The frame is pre-loaded with games such as Sliding Puzzles, 2048, Sudoku, Mine Sweeper, etc...
Moreover, very few Grandparents use recreational high-tech products because they are too complicated. Thanks to its ease of use, Pix-Star wants to make the games accessible and useful. Indeed, with these simple entertaining games we hope it will contribute to help our lovely elderly friends and family to keep their brain fitness and mental acuity longer.
ALERTS AND REMINDERS
Never miss an appointment thanks to the frame's reminders. One time event? Daily alarm? Birthday? Doctor appointment? Meeting? A bell will ring and a notification will be displayed on your frame at the time you set.
This is even more important for seniors because with old age or some sickness such as dementia, Alzheimer's disease... forgetfulness can be very annoying. The elderly can very easily schedule reminders and alarms on regularly basis or not on the frame. This way, both seniors and their relatives can feel relaxed because Pix-Star will help them remember appointments and activities.
PLAY SLIDESHOWS YOUR WAY!
At Pix-Star we believe that watching pictures should be a delight. That's why we offer you the ability to customize your slideshows in many ways.
Through your online personal account, you have the ability to create slideshows with the pictures of your choice – even if they come from different sources.
If you want to be surprised when watching your pictures, slideshows can be configured to play photos in different orders such as ‘normal,’ ‘random,’ 'newest first,' 'oldest first,' or even a 'repeat recent pictures' mode where recent pictures are repeated more often in the slide show. Transition time can be adjusted with many predefined values and you can select between many transition effects. You can also rotate pictures. You can easily copy pictures to the frame's local memory using an SD card or a USB stick (with our smart auto-resize feature).
Here some parameters you can customize to “slideshow you way”:
- Normal mode
- Repeat recent pictures (this mode populates the photo list in order to play the latest pictures more frequently) of the last day, 2 days, 3 days, week or month.
- Only latest pictures (this mode will display only the latest available pictures) of the last day, 2 days, 3 days, week or month.
- Horizontal Sliding, Vertical Sliding, Rotations, Zoom in, Flip, Fading, Ken Burns Effect, Boomerang, Wheel Clockwise, Wedge, Multi 1, Multi 2.
- Normal mode (show one picture at a time, keeping the picture's size ratio)
- Collage 4 pictures (display a collage formed by 4 pictures)
- Collage 5 pictures (display a collage formed by 5 pictures)
- Smart Fill (auto fill the screen, stretching the picture if necessary, only when the picture ratio is close to 4:3 to avoid too much distortion.
- Alphabetical mode
- Newest first
- Oldest first
Intervals (between each pictures)
- 2 seconds, 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 6 hours or 12 hours
With a power consumption of less than 7W. With the AUTO POWER ON/OFF feature (auto sleep mode) you don't have to unplug your frame before going to sleep or worry about wasting energy. From the frame's settings you can schedule the times when your frame will automatically turn on and off. Emails will still be received even when your frame is off for the night or weekend.
Display size (diagonal): 10.4 inches - 26 cm
Display type/backlight: LCD/LED
Display brightness/contrast: 300 cd/m2 (500:1)
Dimensions (mm): 268x196x27
Display area (mm): 211x158
Display resolution (pixels): 800x600
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Image file format: JPEG, JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF (including animated GIF)
Memory: 4 GB
Card support: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC
Pix-Star Digital Photo Frame
AC Power Cord (worldwide compatible, input voltage from 100V up to 240 V)
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I did a lot of research into which frame to buy and I was overwhelmed with the features of the Pix-Star frames. But, for all the bells and whistles, you buy a Digital Photo Frame to see pictures as if you were framing them to showcase in your home. So, picture quality was my topmost priority.
That is where some of the reviews drew my attention away from the brand, specifically two issues:
* resolution (800x600 seemed a little low), and
* color temperature (many reviews claimed blue tint on most pictures compared to other devices like tablets and phones)
As for issue #1, the 10.4 inch model has a resolution of 800x600, which, at the screen size, results in a 96dpi display. That matches the resolution of many LCD or LED monitors where you work on every day. For those looking into the 15" model, the dpi is a little less actually, even though the pixel count is higher, that is why I chose the 10". Of course, if you put your face a couple of inches away from the frame you will see the pixels, but at the normal viewing distance of 3 feet (1 meter), the frame's resolution is more than adequate, specially if the source image comes from a good source like a DSLR or a back-camera from a modern phone. Selfies and other images taken with lower-end cameras do suffer a bit more. Still, I deducted half a star because I really would have hoped for a 1024x800 or so display. I believe it would bring a lot of POP to the images.
As for issue #2, I found a very useful post on Pix-Star website that claimed that as of November 2015 all models allow for HUE correction. I hopped for the best and ordered hopping that amazon would ship the newer model and, certainly enough, I got one with the HUE correction options (and the motion sensor). Still, the corrections are very 'broad' and I was unable to match my pro-grade DELL monitor factory calibrated color, but I was able to bring the much needed warmth to the skin tones quite a bit. Still, I shaved another half a star because, while now pleasing to the eye, the images still lack a bit of warmth. Perhaps a setting for cool - neutral - warm tones could be implemented via a firmware in the future?
Still, the image quality is very, very good. Adding a little saturation and a little hue shift made the images much more natural and brought back the 'pop' that is reported as missing in some of the earlier reviews.
One issue that is reported on the online reviews is the light bleed on the edges. I have to report that this is, sadly, true. While not at all an issue on a full image that fills the frame, if the image is in the opposite orientation and you are left with black stripes, the light bleed on the borders is very visible, specially if the ambient light is dim or null. If the ambient light is strong, it is hardly visible. That said, this does not detract on the quality of the image, but makes for a distraction at times. Not enough of an issue to hold my enthusiasm for the product.
As for features, the Pix-Star is, by far, the best choice. In very little time I was able to put in a USB drive or SD card with my pictures, create the mail account to start sending photo emails to the device, and hooked up my favorite Facebook albums and my Google Drive folders where I keep my professional DSLR pictures. You can set the frame to show them all at once: local storage, memory cards, web albums (the only functionality not available in 'combo' view is the DLNA server approach, but I believe its an understandable compromise, I much rather have that option as well).
I really believe this is the frame to go to. The Pix-Star site came as very intuitive, and the service is very interesting. I cannot help but to applaud the fact that they have replied to or helped almost all of the negative reviews here with genuine intention of helping and not just 'getting the issue out of the way'.
Kudos to the company for such a dedication to customers.
I would buy another one for my new home and gift others to my family if money were not an issue. The pix-star is also on the pricier side when comparing similar offerings, but I believe all the features more than make up for the price tag.
Very happy with the purchase. Hope this review helps others that are on the fence as I was. It really is a great choice.
The frame also has the ability to play music from a micro SD card, or via preset Internet radio stations of various genres. The ability of the frame to receive voice messages and videos was also a selling point, and justification enough for me to spend a bit more than anticipated on this item.
UNBOXING & SETUP:
The frame seems well made and has VESA mounting holes on the back of it, so that the frame could easily be mounted to a wall. It ships with an AC power adapter and a metal dowel (pictured to the back of the frame) which props it on a desktop. The frame is about the same size as a standard 8x12" frame, and not much thicker.
There is a remote in the box with two AAA batteries. Install the batteries before powering on the unit if you want to use it with the frame to set it up. There are also buttons on the back of the frame to navigate the menu if the remote is lost or out of batteries.
The on/off switch on the back of the frame is a little tough to see, but once you plug in the AC and flip that switch to 'on', the frame starts setting itself up by showing you an onscreen menu.
You will need your WiFi password to connect the frame to wireless internet; on which most of the functions of the frame will rely. After entering the password on my Mom's frame, the photos I'd sent to it began to immediately populate the screen.
NOTE: You can setup the email account for the frame ahead of time if giving it as a gift, and add or remove photos as desired both via a PC on the Pix-Star website, or on the photo frame itself.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT...
1. It's super easy to setup and works as promised.
2. The pictures look great on the screen - true colors and great resolutions (if the photos also had this).
3. The internet radio and music via micro SD card feature is really nice to have in addition to the ability to add external speakers.
4. The onscreen Menu interface is clear and easy to use.
5. You can email photos downloaded to the device to other people, with the frame, which makes a computer unnecessary for the frame user.
6. The remote is easy to use, with clear navigation.
7. Friends and family can sent photos, videos and audio messages to the frame with ease using the FREE Pix-Star Snap apps for iOS and Android and via email (also free).
8. No hidden charges or fees for the Pix-Star service!
9. Internal storage on the device is very good, and you can add more with a micro SD card (not included). With 300 pictures and a voice message, only 3% of the internal storage was being used.
10. Easy to see date and time feature.
11. Lots of Settings that allow for personalization of how you view photos; as singles or in various collage styles, and in varying speeds and with various transitions.
12. Weather info is useful and up-to-date with web based interface.
13. Social media can be connected to the frame so that pictures posted on sites like Facebook, can also automatically be sent to the frame.
14. Photos that the user doesn't want on the frame can easily be deleted in the Settings Menu.
15. High capacity internal storage means not having to worry about sending too many photos to the device, and if it does get 'too full' it's simple to go online to take photos off the frame without losing them. I think the max is something like 20,000 photos without any additional storage added, which for most users will be more than enough.
WHAT I WISH WAS BETTER...
- Build quality seems good, but not 'high-end'. Time will tell how it holds up with continued use.
- Backlighting on the remote would be a useful addition.
- The games are not really a useful addition as the remote control is the only way to navigate them without a touchscreen interface.
- The instructions that come with the frame are a little confusing, but I found that going to the Pix-Star website and clicking 'Support' and 'Knowledge Base' was helpful. This address: pixstar.uservoice.com/knowledgebase is a good place to check if you have questions as to the functionality of your frame.
- The option to untether from the AC power and go on battery power would be nice.
The ability to easily send photos via PC, smartphone or tablet to the Pix-Star digital frame is a wonderful feature, and the main one that interested me when I purchased it as a gift. It was simple to register the frame, pick a unique email address for it, and begin sending photos to the email which automatically showed up on the frame after it was connected to wireless internet. My sister and I now have a way to share photos of our kids with their grandmother almost instantaneously, as well as voice messages and videos.
There's a lot more to this frame than others of its size and price range, and the FREE Pix-Star service seems to work very well. The apps are FREE too, and worked well on both my Android smartphone and my iOS devices (iPad Air 2 and iPhone).
This product has lots of features (be sure to read the product description and go to the Pix-Star site to read more...) and is well worth the money if you have someone who is not tech-savvy, but still wants to enjoy staying connected to family and friends. It would also be a good choice for
My Mom loved hers and I recommend it to others for its ease of use, multiple functions, and clear, bright screen.