One of my all-time favorite products--seriously--is the Kodak Pulse digital photo frame. After buying one for myself, I hooked up my parents, my sister, and even a few other relatives. We're all head-over-heels in love with the thing. I'll explain why in a minute.
For what promises to be a limited time, Wal-Mart has the refurbished Kodak Pulse 7-inch digital photo frame for $69, plus sales tax and $4 for shipping. (You can also opt for free in-store pickup.)
But wait, there's more. In addition to the Pulse, you get an 8GB Centon SDHC memory card and 50 free photo prints from Wal-Mart. (Note that the item listing shows a 4GB card, but the "bundled items" section has the 8GB version--and that's what appears in your cart.)
New, the Pulse sells for $129.95--without the extra goodies.
So, what's the big deal about this frame? In a word: Wi-Fi. It can automatically fetch photos from your Facebook account and receive them directly via e-mail. That's right: the Pulse has its own e-mail address. (And you get to choose it, too.)
Because the Pulse connects to your home Wi-Fi network, you and anyone you add to the "approved" list can e-mail photos right to the frame, where they're automatically added to your existing slideshow. (Don't worry: you can opt to review newly arrived photos before they're added, just in case you're dealing with pranksters.)
That's a huge, huge deal. It not only greatly simplifies adding new pictures to the frame, but also affords the wonderful surprise of unexpected additions. My family members frequently e-mail new photos from their phones to each other's frames.
Setup is a snap thanks to the touch-screen interface, and Kodak even gives you the option of configuring the frame for someone else--great if you're giving it as a gift. You don't have to connect it to a PC even once; it slurps up pictures wirelessly via e-mail, Facebook, the Kodak Gallery service, and/or selected folders on your hard drive.
Of course, you can also pop in your camera's memory card or a USB flash drive. The Pulse comes with 512MB of storage--enough to house upwards of 4,000 photos. Large snapshots are automatically resized to conserve memory and fit the frame's bright, 800x600-pixel display. There's even a programmable timer that shuts down the frame at night to save electricity. Smart!
The 7-inch screen does seem a bit small at times, but it's a good fit for a kitchen countertop. Kodak offers a 10-inch version of the Pulse, but for some reason it's hard to find for less than the $199.95 list price.
Wal-Mart doesn't specify the warranty terms for this refurb, but I'd assume 90 days. That's what Kodak offers on refurbished Pulses sold direct.
Honestly, I can't speak highly enough of this thing. For $69, it's a steal--even without the extras.
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