Are digital photo frames the latest fad of 2007?
With the number of manufacturers launching them so far this year it certainly seems that way and Toshiba is keen not to be left out.
With the 'DPF7XSE' it is also clear Tosh isn't here in a me-too capacity as the design is perhaps the most striking I have seen from any company to date and it backs this up with some super features. At its centre is a large 7in 800 x 480 native resolution screen and with 2x 1W dual stereo speakers and support for MP3, WMA, DivX and Mpeg4 playback it isn't limited to displaying stills either.
On the connectivity side of things there is a memory card reader which happily swallows SD, MMC, CompactFlash and Memory Sticks while a USB2.0 port allows the connection of memory sticks and mass storage devices. Inside is also a healthy 256MB of RAM which should prove more than enough given that pictures are resized on transfer.
A Infrared remote control is also bundled along with a 1.5m USB cable and AC power adaptor. I would perhaps have liked to see WiFi in there too (something Kodak and Samsung have opted for in their ranges) but I suspect its look alone will be more than enough for many.
An Autumn release is planned for the DPF7XSE but Toshiba has yet to reveal an RRP. Given its laptop, HD DVD player and TV pricing however expect this frame to be extremely competitive.