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Although almost anyone with a digital camera has hundreds, if not thousands, of digital photographs, most of those pictures will never be seen by anyone other than the person who took them. Although most people with a computer also have a photo-quality printer, very few people ever print more than a tiny proportion of their photos, and there's something a bit too geeky about inviting your friends to gather round your PC monitor to view your latest holiday snaps. The vast majority of digital photos will stay lurking in the forgotten corners of hard drives and CD-ROMs, never being printed, shared or displayed.
One solution to this problem is a digital picture frame. Essentially a small LCD monitor in an attractive frame, with some internal memory, reader slots for a variety of memory cards and a simple menu-driven operating system, digital picture frames provide a convenient modern solution for the problem of how to display digital photographs. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, and prices have been falling recently. A good example is this 10.4-inch black acrylic frame from Jessops, priced at £86.12.
It's an attractive device that would look good in any modern home or sitting on an office desk. The front is a smooth sheet of glossy acrylic plastic that is easy to keep clean and free of finger marks, with a black border approximately five centimetres wide surrounding a sharp, bright LCD monitor measuring approximately 15.8 x 21.0cm, with a resolution of 600 x 800 pixels. On the back is a sturdy detachable, adjustable stand, as well as slots for wall mounting, although the screws and fittings for mounting it in this way are not supplied. The unit is 5cm thick and weighs approximately 550g, and the overall build quality is very good. It comes with a mains adaptor and a small infrared remote control.