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On test here is the Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame which features Wi-Fi connectivity, a 10.4 inch touchscreen, links with Facebook and is available for around £150. Does the frame justify its high price?
- 10.4 inch, 800 x 600 pixel touch screen display with Kodak Colour Science and LED backlighting
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Add pictures from computer, email or via a Kodak Easyshare camera
- Link to Facebook and Kodak Gallery sites
- Set-up via web browser
- Alerts when friends and family send new pictures
- Insert a memory card or USB device
- 512 megabytes of internal memory (approx 4,000 images)
- Programmable timer to switch frame on/off automatically
- Energy Star qualified for efficient power consumption
During testing an error arose where the frame "could not connect to the (Kodak) Pulse server". A quick Google search found that the firmware simply needed an update and instructions are available to follow.
When connected, the frame asks you to create an online account, from this stage onwards the rest of the setup is completed via a web browser on a computer. When creating the online account you need to enter the activation code displayed on the frame.
When your account is created it is time to add some photos. Firstly the program offers you the opportunity to upload pictures from your computer. This is easy to follow, as is the next step where you can upload from Facebook and/or the Kodak Gallery. You can choose albums from both your own Facebook profile and those of your friends, or you can set it to display any pictures from your news feed in the last two weeks.
You can also create an email address which you or any of your friends and family can send photos to, which are then automatically uploaded to the frame.
The last part of the setup is to amend the settings of the frame to your personal preference. Here you can change how often the frame changes the picture and even set a time of the frame to switch on and off.
When inserting a memory card or USB stick into the frame, it will automatically display the pictures. Entering a memory cards is a touch fiddly due to the cover.
Although the method of uploading pictures is easy, sadly you cannot choose subfolders and therefore images have to be uploaded folder by folder. Images are automatically resized, thus maximising the number of pictures that can be saved on the 512 megabyte memory.
Changing the settings via a web browser is great, meaning it can all be done from the comfort of your sofa, although there is up to a 15 minute delay and some users may prefer to be able to change settings via the frame which is impossible.
|Although highly priced the Kodak Pulse Digital Photo Frame delivers impressive performance and features.|
Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame: ProsCan set automatic switch on/off time
Display is of excellent quality
Easy to set up
Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame: ConsExpensive
Can't change settings via the frame
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
|Image file formats||JPEG|
|Dimensions||10.6 × 8.4 ×3.1 inch|
|Display size||10.4 inch|
|Display area||8.3 × 6.2 inch|
|Display resolution||800 × 600 pixels|
|Display type||aSi TFT active matrix|
|Display brightness||250 NITs (typical)|
|Contrast ratio||500:1 (typical)|
|Supported Memory Card Formats||2 card slots (SD / SDHC, MMC, MS PRO and MS PRO DUO) and 1 USB port|
|Internal Memory||512 megabyte|
|Display modes||Full screen, collage|
|Power consumption||Energy Star qualified|
|Power supply||100–240 V AC, 50–60 Hz (WW)
5 V DC
|Operating temperature||0° to 40° C|
|Storage temperature||-32° to 71° C|
|Box Contents||Power adapter and plug
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