Olin 8-inch Digital Photo Frame with Printer review: Olin 8-inch Digital Photo Frame with Printer

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good It's a printer — in a digital photo frame! Or is that the other way around?. Good resolution. Print quality is reasonably good.

The Bad Height and angle not adjustable. Limited internal memory.

The Bottom Line The Olin digital photo frame is such a novel concept that we can't help wonder why someone hasn't done this before. Fortunately, it works exactly how we want it to.

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Think about those sorts of inventions that just seem so obvious once they've been made: the hills hoist, the wireless, Vegemite ... anyway, putting a printer inside a digital photo frame seems like a pretty obvious thing now we've got one sitting in front of us, and we can only wonder why someone hasn't combined the two before.

Design and features

So you'd think that due to this photo frame having a printer built-in, it's not going to be the nicest looking thing to stick on your mantelpiece. That's where you're wrong — the Olin is no ugly duckling, in fact, surrounding the 8-inch screen with a resolution of 800x600 pixels is a pleasant wood frame that fits nicely with most decors. It sits on its own volition without any additional support required thanks to the printer providing an adequate protrusion at the back. This is both good and bad: there's a printer in the back, but the frame cannot be angled or tilted to better suit your viewing position and can only be viewed in a horizontal orientation.

Speaking of viewing position, most digital photo frames aren't renowned for their expansive viewing angle, but the Olin does pretty well, with only a small level of brightness and colour drop-outs occurring as you move from side to side. When viewing the frame straight-on, colours are rich and vibrant without being oversaturated.

To give you an idea of the size, here's the Olin sitting next to a Canon Selphy ES3 (left). (Credit: CBSi)

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Where to Buy

Olin 8-inch Digital Photo Frame with Printer

Part Number: CNETOlin 8-inch Digital Photo Frame with Printer

Typical Price: $399.00

See manufacturer website for availability.