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?
Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame: Features
- 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
Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame: Handling
Setting up the digital frame is fairly easy. Firstly you need to plug it in and switch on! The screen then gives step-by-step instructions on how to get your photos showing. The first thing to do is connect to your wireless network, as with most Wi-Fi devices it scans for wireless networks and when it finds yours you simply need to enter your password.
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.
Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame: Performance
The frame is really bright and clear in all lighting conditions, reproduces excellent colours making this the frames strongest attribute. It is a shame that the frame is fixed in position, making it impossible to display portrait pictures which fill the screen and change the angle of view.
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.
Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame: Verdict
The Kodak Pulse Digital Photo Frame has plenty of features and is extremely easy to use. Images on the 10.4 inch screen are impressive and thanks to it's various options to upload pictures it can always be automatically updating. The ability to set an auto on/off time is also an impressive feature, meaning the frame won't be left on the shelf constantly switched off. The major drawback is the price, at £150 it represents quite an investment, but if the price is not a concern then the frame will not disappoint.
|Although highly priced the Kodak Pulse Digital Photo Frame delivers impressive performance and features.
Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame: Pros
Can set automatic switch on/off time
Display is of excellent quality
Easy to set up
Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame: Cons
Can't change settings via the frame
|VALUE FOR MONEY
Kodak Pulse 10.4 inch Digital Photo Frame: Specification
|Image file formats
||10.6 × 8.4 ×3.1 inch
||8.3 × 6.2 inch
||800 × 600 pixels
||aSi TFT active matrix
||250 NITs (typical)
|Supported Memory Card Formats
||2 card slots (SD / SDHC, MMC, MS PRO and MS PRO DUO) and 1 USB port
||Full screen, collage
||Energy Star qualified
||100–240 V AC, 50–60 Hz (WW)
5 V DC
||0° to 40° C
||-32° to 71° C
||Power adapter and plug
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