When you first turn on the TekBright it starts in photo mode and various buttons start or stop the slideshow mode, navigate manually between images enter the settings menu or, by hitting a single, dedicated, button, swap to either Music or Calendar mode. The former of these is, as one might guess, where you can navigate between various tracks and set them playing, to visual accompaniment should you so wish.
Calendar mode is a simple calendar display which is overlaid on top of the last image selected in Photo mode. It’s probably worth noting that to fit a decent sized calendar on the display this is a landscape-orientation only function. Not that this should be construed as a problem, merely an observation.
Whisking into the TekBright settings (again, only usable in landscape) there is a small, but reasonable set of adjustments. From here you can adjust such options as the volume of the speaker, the brightness of the screen and the transition effect between images. There are but four of these effects, and one in particular, fade, seems rather a misnomer as what it actually does is stutter painfully from one image to the next.
Once static, the quality of the pictures from a reasonable and realistic viewing distance isn’t displeasing. As with any LCD display, viewing angles don’t compare to a ‘real’ photograph but for all but the most discerning viewer the reproduction is as good as can be expected for the price.
In fact, pricing is probably the biggest factor in the Toshiba TekBright’s favour. At around £75 depending where you look there’s no denying that compared to rivals it is hitting a very competitive level. It may not pack the features of the Philips 9FF2M4 or the style of the AG Neovo FotoVivi V10 but at around half and two thirds the price respectively it doesn’t really have to. If you’re just looking for a simple digital photo frame solution then you’ll probably be able to forgive the TekBright its shortcomings and just as probably be fairly pleased should you bite the bullet and purchase one.
It’s not big and it’s not clever but the Toshiba TekBright Photo Frame manages to hit an attractive price point, so it doesn’t really have to be. It looks the part and the shortcomings it does have aren’t likely to be of much concert to the average user. Just remember there are other, better options around if you’re prepared to pay the price.
Score in detail
Design & Features 5