“ Brand: Clarity / Type: Digital Photo Frame „
I'm a great one for having my photos around me and the move into the digital age has made me shift from traditional frames and photo albums to more digital means of both storage and display. As such, this frame was given to me as part of this shift and, although I have to say that I haven't made the maximum use of it, it gave me the idea of an on-going gift for someone else which has benefited her no end, so let me explain ... *** What it is *** * Comprises of a basic plastic frame: 7 inch visible screen with resolution of 480 x 234 and facility for either memory card and / or USB memory for photo storage. A power adaptor and instruction booklet also come in the box. Do be aware that you need to purchase a memory card or USB memory stick separately - although these can be sourced incredibly cheaply now! * Compared to some of these frames available out there, this Clarity model is a basic brand, which does little apart from store and display your photos, although it does have a calendar and clock facility. However, for a value brand, the display quality of the images and the additional features of clock and calendar actually make this a good value item. *** Using the frame *** * The frame itself can be wall mounted (the holes are moulded into the back unit for fixing onto screws) or there is a flap that pulls out so that the frame can stand onto a flat surface. The whole unit does need to be plugged in to run, so this needs to be borne in mind if you do want to wall mount it, as the height of the mounting could be restricted by the length of the wire from plug to the frame. * All the buttons for use are along the top of the back of the frame, making them easily accessible if wall mounted or shelf standing. The buttons control: mode; forward; backwards; up; down; return; enter and power. Depending on which mode you are in (photo, calendar or clock) these other buttons have different functions. However, these are usefully detailed in the booklet and even if you don't have it, the whole thing is very easy to navigate and works quite intuitively, so it's easy enough to work out for yourself. * From the basic, main menu when switching on the unit, there's a choice of functions: photo; setup; calendar and clock. Setup gives you options for changing the interval time between your photo transitions, as well as the transition effects themselves. You can also adjust settings such as contrast and brightness within the setup too. * Photos can easily loaded into the frame using the USB or memory card and once you press 'photo' as the mode you want to view in the frame, the photos load surprisingly quickly. Do be aware though that some of your photos may not fill the whole 7 inches of the viewing window, for example portrait style photos tend to be framed around the sides. *** Our own use of this *** Now as I said, I haven't really used this frame as much as I should have: largely because I don't really sit down long enough to 'watch' the photos, I think, although since Christmas I've made much more effort to have this frame up and running, because it's so easy to keep it up to date with your latest pics. With that said, our main use of this frame has not been through our use of it but through the fact that, having received it as a gift, it inspired us to buy one as a gift for a relative in a nursing home. Her room is very small so wall space for photos is very limited and there is not enough shelf space for her to store photo albums, even the mini kind. This all contributes to her feeling a little low at times, because she does love to be able to look around the room and feel 'surrounded' by her family. So, we bought her one of these Clarity frames and have bought two memory cards to use with it: one that stays with the frame and one that stays with us. Each time we visit, we update the card we have with a new set of photos which reflect everything the family's been up to. Then on the visit we swap the cards over so that she has a new set of up to date pics to look at. This frame in particular has made this work particularly well for us to do this, because: * The in / out of the cards facilitates quick swap overs: it doesn't take over our visit to her, just adds to it! * The fact that this is a 'no frill' frame, means that the functions of the frame are fine for this older lady who can be quite easily confused - she can navigate the basic functions easily and doesn't get overwhelmed. * And if she does? Just switching the power button off and then back on instantly takes you back to the main menu, so even if she gets lost with it, she can just go back to viewing the photos from the main menu by switching off and then on again. * The buttons being based along the top of the back of the frame make it easy for her to just press the buttons she wants, she does not have to handle the frame as a whole (important on days when she is feeling a bit wobbly). * Two of my husband's sisters live abroad. They frequently email us photos which we add on to the card, so that these can be shared as well, giving her up to date images of what everyone in the family is up to. So, a photo frame and a little more besides, for our family. Of course if you want frills and bells, this frame's probably not for you, but for a user-friendly, basic function photo storage / display device, I think this one is hard to beat in terms of value for money, particularly given the on-going pleasure it is giving our elderly relative.
I bought this Photo Frame to put in with my parents Christmas present. I had saw it online and the price looked to be alright. Then again Digital Photo frames have got a lot cheaper thesedays and there is a lot of unknown non branded ones out now. Just because it is not a brand name then doesn't mean it isn't a good product - well that's what I think anyway. I got this online for £12.99 and delivery was free. This comes in a simple box and all that is in the box is the Frame, an adapter and an Instruction book. No Memory card with this, and I didn't realise there was no Card in the box until a few days before Christmas - thank goodness for Asda having 1 at short notice. I know that with my Digital frame I can connect that 1 to my PC and put the Photo's on that way, but with this 1 you can't. Either load up the Memory card or a Memory stick and this will transmit the Photo's. The size of the frame is 7cm by 23cm. The screen size is 7cm (well a bit under that) and although the size is alright I think since this has such a wide looking frame then the screen looks smaller. If the screen was a bit thinner then I would think that the screen would look bigger. Also with the screen being white then I think you don't notice the screen quite as much as if it was black. The screen looks a little cheap, but it is a cheaper frame. You can set this up as a slide show which is how they normally have it set up and the pictures change every 5 seconds or have it set to a certain Photo. This is a good enough frame and my parents are happy with it. A good price as well and worth it if you just want a simple frame. I prefer a thinner frame on mine though.
Photo frames have certainly come a long way since the old silver plated frames I was replacing. As we looked through the choices on offer, I was surprised to see frames that play music and video as well, connect with blue tooth and turn themselves on and off according to a humans proximity. However, my budget was limited, and all I really want a photo frame to do is display photos so I chose two of these from Argos. The current sale price of these is only £14.99 each. This frame is quite basic - you get the frame itself, an ac adaptor ( which you must use as this can only be powered by mains electricity) and a small instruction book. You do not get any software, connections or memory. This does not connect directly to your PC, you store your photos to memory card or memory stick and plug them in. Assuming you can transfer your photos to a usb stick or sd- card, this device is as simple as they come, plug in your memory stick, connect to the mains and you are finished. We chose two Sandisk cruzer blades for memory. Our frames are like the one above but in black. The total size is 6.5" x 9" or 7cm x 23 cm. The viewing screen is listed as 7", but this is measured diagonally, like a TV screen. I measure it as 6.25" x 3.75", or about the same size as an ordinary snapshot. This seems to be designed to be used in the horizontal only position. The small black leg that allows this to stand up does not rotate to allow a vertical position. Unless you want to attempt major modification of the frame yourself - this can not be displayed on a wall. There is not an option to dim this unless it is in setup - in which case it would have to stay that way. This is a very basic model - but I do really enjoy it anyway. We use this set to slide show, which means the pictures change every 5 seconds, working their way through your entire collection. There is no way to create smaller collections other than to use separate memory devices with smaller collections. This is an idea we are entertaining for Christmas, when it might be nice to show only a collection of family Christmas photos. The pictures are sharp and crystal clear, and I very happy with these devices. The only real drawback is that there is no function to re-size photos taken vertically. The frame simple shows the middle of the photo, which often results in heads being lopped off. In the future, knowing we will be using these frames, I will take photos with the camera in horizontal position only. We have two of these frames, and use one for each child's photos, from birth up until now. Of course we will add more photos as time goes by. My sons really love these and often sit and watch there pictures and talk about places they went and things they did. I really like having a theme like this to the frames. I think they would be perfect as a wedding gift to display wedding photos, or an 18th birthday gift with a slide-show of the previous 17 birthdays etc... I am thinking of buying one of these for my MIL and trying to borrow family photos from as many relatives as possible to put on a memory stick. At this price, even after buying memory sticks or cards, this would really make a lovely very personalised gift.