The image quality displayed by the monitor is very good. Its 800 x 600 resolution may not sound like much, but at the kind of viewing distance at which it will typically be used it is certainly sharp enough, and both colour and contrast are as good as most computer monitors. Slide transitions are smooth as long as the file size isn't too enormous, and look tasteful and discreet, in other words there are no tacky star wipes or wavy lines.
The frame comes with a concise 20-page manual, but in fact setting it up and using it are so simple and intuitive that it's hardly needed. It is a simple device designed to do a simple job, so there's no point in making it over-complicated.
My only criticism with this particular frame is in fact that it may be a little too simple. Some other frames incorporate clock and calendar functions, and can play a wider variety of media, especially video file types that this model does not support. Some also have Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity, so that files can be uploaded directly from a home network, but then those frames are also a lot more expensive and some don't have such nice screens. For simplicity, display quality and value for money this one has a lot going for it.
If you're looking for an ideal seasonal gift for the photographer in your life, or if you want a way to share and display your photos without the hassle of printing and framing them yourself, this easy-to-use digital picture frame is just the thing. It's stylish, well made, versatile, has an excellent monitor screen and would look good almost anywhere.