Just before Christmas I reviewed the Jessops 10.4-inch LCD Picture Frame, and found it to be a well-made and easy to use, with some nice features including backing music for slide shows and the ability to play movie clips. However at nearly £90 it was quite an expensive gadget, so today I'm taking a look at a slightly cheaper alternative, the Texet DPF-807 8-inch Digital Photo Frame, which is available exclusively from Jessops, priced at a more reasonable £58.71.
LCD photo frames are becoming more popular as a handy way to display digital photos, but many of them are rather clinical looking devices with austere plastic facias that resemble small computer monitors rather than traditional picture frames. However the Texet DPF-807 bucks this trend. It has an attractive real wood frame, made of what appear to my non-expert eye to be Pine or light Ash. It is constructed like a traditional frame, with mitred joints held together with metal pins at the back. The design is pleasantly proportioned, the wood is finished in a pleasant semi-matt varnish, and looks great sitting on a desk or shelf.
Also like a traditional picture frame it has a white matte card surrounding the screen which appears to be actual cardstock, cut with a bevelled edge, and judging by the slightly ragged edge it may actually be hand-cut rather than stamped out with a dye. There is a small hole cut in the lower part of the matte, behind which is the receiver for the supplied infrared remote control.
On the back of the device ia a row of buttons to control its operation, and on the side are card slots for SD/SDHC and CompactFlash, as well as USB and USB-mini connectors.