For a digital picture frame one thing is crucial, and that is of course the quality of the screen. Unfortunately the screen on the T805 has a couple of problems. It’s certainly sharp and bright enough, and is immune to reflected glare, but displayed colours look pale and washed out, especially reds and oranges which appear as brown or yellow. The viewing angle is very good when the frame is in landscape position, but if it is displayed vertically it cannot be viewed from the left at an angle greater than about 45 degrees. However it does feature an automatic orientation sensor, so your picture will always display the right way up regardless of the orientation of the frame.
The speakers are also not terribly good, sounding tinny and lacking bass. The frame comes pre-loaded with some sample files including a child repeatedly shouting very loudly some phrase in what I assume is Taiwanese or Chinese (I speak neither), and coming out of those speakers it’s one of the most painfully annoying things I’ve ever heard, and I’ve seen New Kids On The Block live. Fortunately it is possible to delete these files, leaving a fairly generous 110MB of internal storage for your files, which can be copied from your memory card or directly from your PC via USB.
Ultimately however the T805 achieves what it sets out to do. It is a basic no-frills digital photo frame that can display pictures or video shot on virtually any compact camera or memory card. It’s easy to use, the design is unobtrusive, and it does look good as long as you keep the fingerprints off it. It lack some features of rival models, such as a remote control, and the touch-sensitive menu is slow and awkward to use, but it does the job without fuss. The only really serious problem with the T805 is its £90 price tag. Jessops sells a number of 8-inch frames starting at £49, which makes the Genius DPF-T805 look pretty expensive for what it offers.
Although it is attractively designed, the less-than-stellar build quality, clumsy and unresponsive touch-sensitive controls, inferior audio quality and very poor colour rendition are major handicaps for what could otherwise be an attractive product, at about half its current price.
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