Genius DPF-T805 Digital Photo Frame Review - Genius DPF-T805 Photo Frame Review


The back of the device has two memory card slots, one for Type 1 CompactFlash cards (the thinner ones) and the other a combined slot for SD/SDHC/MMC/xD/Memory Stick cards. It also has USB and Mini-USB sockets for connection to a computer, and on/off button, two speakers for audio playback of video files, and the prop stand, which clips into a recess on the back via a two-pronged bayonet clip. The stand is positioned so that the frame can be stood in either landscape or portrait format, and is fairly sturdy as long as long as it’s not handled too roughly. Unlike most digital photo frames the T805 does not have holes for wall mounting screws.

Connecting the mains power supply with its generous two-metre cable reveals that the front panel controls are highlighted by bright blue LEDs, which cycle briefly when the device is switched on. The T805 is compatible with JPEG, MP3 and Motion JPEG AVI files only. Put in a card containing any of these file types and the frame will automatically scan and detect them, and start playing them as a slide show, with the usual slightly cheesy selection of screen transitions.

The T805 has what are supposed to be touch-sensitive controls, in a row down the right side of the fascia. However they are extremely slow to respond, making the menu system very clumsy and awkward to use. The menu screens look as though they were intended for use with a touch-screen system, but that would no doubt have proved far too expensive. The menu system is quite limited, but you can at least change the rate of the slide show and the style of the transitions.

The T805 does have one unusual feature, a clock and calendar screen that also features your pictures as a sort of screen-in-screen slide show. It would be nice if there were some extra options for this feature, such as different colours or clock sizes, because as it stands the clock is quite small and difficult to read. More advanced versions apparently feature and alarm and scheduler function, but this is absent from the T805.

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