Jobo PDJ80 Photo Display review: Jobo PDJ80 Photo Display

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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good LCD; straightforward operation; internal rechargeable battery.

The Bad Limited features; no SDHC support.

The Bottom Line Though it's not packed with features, the Jobo PDJ801--and near identical PDJ800--is a good photo frame with the bonus of rechargeable battery power.

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6.8 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Service and support 6.0

There's little not to like about the 8.4-inch Jobo PDJ801 digital picture frame. Actually, the frame doesn't do much beyond displaying photos, so that's probably the only thing you may find fault with. It's got a nice display, the build quality seems top-notch, and it has two features that make it particularly appealing: 1GB of internal storage and a rechargeable battery. Not interested in that much memory? The Jobo PDJ800 is identical to the PDJ801, but the internal storage is cut down to 128MB--a big drop for a $10 price difference--for holding up to 800 photos.

The PDJ801 measures 10.2 inches wide by 8.3 inches high by 1.4 inches deep and most of that is the actual frame. Its 8.4-inch display is set off by brushed metal trim backed by a piece of clear acrylic with beveled edges and rounded corners. It's attractive and makes the LCD look a bit like it's floating, however, it won't go with every decor. On back is a removable sturdy metal stand, designed so the frame can be positioned in portrait or landscape. (Unfortunately, the photos won't automatically rotate if you switch its position as they do in other vendors' models.)

The back of the frame is not as nice as the front; it's just typical black plastic. Along the top is a row of navigation buttons that alternate in size and shape. Combined with the onscreen drop-down navigation bar, you can look at the screen when making selections or changes without constantly looking at the buttons. Slots for CF, SD (though no support for SDHC cards), MMC, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro, and xD are tucked under a ledge in back between a Mini-USB port and power adapter jack. A full-size USB 2.0 port is on the left with USB On-The-Go (OTG) support, which lets you connect your camera or other portable device directly to the frame for near-instant playback of photos. This is cool alone, but combined with the PDJ801's cordless operation it lets you easily use the frame as a mobile photo viewer.

The LCD itself is quite good as well, with an 800x600-pixel resolution and high contrast ratio of 500:1. It gets fairly bright and has good color performance. However, there is only a control for brightness, so you won't be able to tweak color or contrast. In point of fact, there simply aren't a lot of options on this model for anything.

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