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(left). (Credit: CBSi)
Music listeners are catered for too, as the Olin has a built-in stereo speaker which is actually not too bad — you won't want to be starting a party with this thing but it's ideal for playing music to accompany your image slideshows. Video can also be played (MPEG or DivX) which is a nice surprise and adds to the increasing list of positives about this little frame. There's only 128MB of internal memory though which means that if you want to give someone this frame as a gift with photos already loaded onto it, you're a bit limited unless you also include a memory card filled with images.