On the side of the frame are slots for CompactFlash, SD/SDHC/MMC, Memory Stick and xD-Picture memory cards, although Memory Stick Pro and Pro Duo cards will require an adaptor, which is not supplied. There are also USB and USB Mini connectors, and the device can read from USB Flash Drives and other USB mass storage devices. On the back of the frame is a simple control panel consisting of six buttons, but operating the simple menu-driven interface is much easier using the remote control. The remote is also used to adjust music playback volume, or to scroll through stored pictures manually.
The menu is fairly straightforward, offering a variety of options for displaying your photos. Images can be rotated to the correct orientation, and viewed either as single pictures or as a slide show, with a range of different transitions such as fade, cross-comb or curtain, as well as a random setting. There is also the option to play music from MP3 files as a background, either playing a single track on repeat or playing all music files in sequence. The device can also play some video files, although it is limited to Motion JPEG type formats, of the sort usually captured by digital cameras.
Photos and music can be played directly from an inserted memory card, or copied into the frame’s internal memory; however it only has a rather miserly 256MB of storage, so it’s a good idea to re-size your pictures to fit before loading them into the device. This also helps it to run more smoothly. It will display large image files correctly, but loading can be very slow, and transitions jerky, when dealing with larger file sizes.
Sound quality from the frame’s internal speakers isn’t exactly hi-fi quality, and it does sound a bit tinny, on a par with a typical transistor radio, but as long as the volume is kept low it’s quite acceptable as a background sound.
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