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Pictronic Illuminated Photo frame Review

Matt Grayson trips the Light fantastic to take a look at an innovative frame from Pictronic.

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Digital photo frames are increasingly popular, so its nice to see a frame that uses real photographs, but has a distinctive twist on its presentation.

Pictronic Illuminated photo frame Specification

  • The illuminated panel is only 4.5mm thick allowing it to be fitted to most frames
  • Built with LED technology so virtually maintenance free no replacing bulbs.
  • Available framed or as Backlight panel only
  • The A3 Pictronic will backlight an image of 11" x 14" .
  • Print on most brands of unbranded inkjet or photo paper.
  • Simply unclip four clips on rear of frame and place photo onmount board, close the back panel, plug in and turn on.
  • Cool running 500mA power supply from a 12v transformer
  • 3m flex with in line connector.

Pictronic Illuminated photo frame Features
The Pictronic Illuminated photo frame uses a 4.5mm thin light sheet which then sits behind the picture that is framed. The picture can be printed on regular inkjet paper. Their is no special materials to buy additionally.

When the frame is switched on, the effect is similar to a photographic lightbox. The picture is lit from behind giving it a nice, soft glow that looks great on the wall.

The frame is linked to the mains by a small white plug which then has a two pin connector. This, in turn, connects to a power switch, then has another two pin plug before going into the frame. At first this seems like an unusual approach, but the idea is that the switch can be by passed if need be and the power handled directly at the plug.

Pictronic Illuminted frame
In the dark and not switched on, the frame looks like any other frame. Boring.

Pictronic Illuminted frame
When lit, the frame comes to life which everyone can enjoy.

The one thing that lets the larger frames down is the power cable. They are designed to be hung on the wall and the cable will be on display constantly. The cable used is a flattened type and Pictronic say this is so the cable can be wallpapered over. I can see the approach and it is a noble one, but I cannot think of anyone who would do that. I know I wouldn't.

As I used the frame consistently, I discovered that if the glass was moved, it would rub against the aluminium frame and cause a grinding sound. After inspection, I am satisfied that this is not an issue. It appears that for extra security, the glass is enveloped by the frame which obviates any breakage concerns but enhances the noise.

Different styles of frame are available as well as just the backlight panel for custom framing, although this only available in the A3 size.

I really like the idea of this frame, it is a nice feature to have in the house. Pictronic suggest using it as a light in a childs bedroom which is also a great idea.

Pictronic Illuminated photo frame Plus points
Attractive feature
Very low maintenance

Pictronic Illuminated photo frame Minus features
Cable looks annoying




Because the Pictronic illuminated frame performs well and is a nice novel idea, it has been awarded our treasured Highly recommended award.

The Pictronic illuminated frame costs £95 (or £70 to you lucky E2 members) and is available from ePHOTOzine Direct here.


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