Green or waste?–I bought a Smartparts Digital Picture frame
because I had so many images on my hard drive which I can’t possibly print out. This device allows me a way to see the pictures even if they’re just for a few seconds.
For a while now I’ve been eyeing one of these wondering if I should get one.
I have thousands of digital pictures scattered across my numerous hard drives.
I even toyed with making my own digital picture frame.
I have a 10-year-old Powerbook which is sitting in a closet taking up space.
Recently I coughed up $80 at Costco to get one of these.
As far as features are concerned, this one seems to have what I need.
The fancier ones are Wi-Fi enabled so that you can connect to it via your local Wi-Fi network.
It has a built-in capacity to store 1GB.
The box says you can store 4,000 pictures, but they don’t give the specs of the size of each picture.
It’s probably true because each image only needs to have enough resolution to display on the 8.4″ LCD.
Anymore will be overkill.
Your picture won’t look better and you’ll lose storage space.
There are slots for the countless memory cards that are out there:
- Secure Digital
- Multi Media Card
- Compact Flash Card
- xD-Picture Card
- Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro,
- Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro
- and USB Flash Drives
The picture on display of the butterfly settling on a banana flower I took while in Malaysia during my 2007 trip home. The display is actually quite nice and bright. Colors are vibrant.
If you run out of storage space, you can always stick any one of the above flash memory based storage devices and you’ll be off and running again.
As expected the Smartparts Digital Picture frame is Windows-centric.
It was easy enough to connect it to my Mac and just drag images from my iPhoto library or any folder on my computer to the digital picture frame’s internal storage folders.
What is Included
USB cable to connect to your computer.
This picture frame doesn’t run on batteries, so it has to be plugged into your electrical outlet.
On the box, there’s a sticker that says it’s Smart & Energy Efficient and has a Built-in Light Sensor but the documentation doesn’t explain what that light sensor does.
I’ve used this for a couple weeks.
The picture quality is a lot better than the earlier ones.
It would be a major disappointment if that weren’t the case since this is a tech device.
The front of the frame is wood with a decent finish.
The back is plastic. Nothing much to complain about.
Is it time to buy one of these?
I suppose they’re cheap enough that you can buy one.
I still like seeing a picture of mine printed, matted and framed but if this is the only way to see the â€œothers,â€ then this a good compromise.