ViewSonic 8-Inch 512 MB SwifTouch Multimedia Digital Photo Frame review: ViewSonic 8-Inch 512 MB SwifTouch Multimedia Digital Photo Frame

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.8
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Affordable; attractive design; decent image quality; support for video and MP3 playback; 512MB of built-in memory; accepts all popular memory card formats and USB connections; built-in clock with calendar and alarm.

The Bad Could be more user-friendly; frame attracts fingerprints; screen is too reflective; no bundled remote.

The Bottom Line Viewsonic's 8-inch DPG807 has a lot of positives, including decent image quality, an attractive design, and a couple of nice extras--but some quirks hold it back from a higher rating.

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Viewsonic is known for making LCD computer monitors, so it's no surprise that the company should offer LCD photo frames as well. The model reviewed here, the DPG807, is attractively priced at less than $80 given its 8-inch 4:3 (read: non-wide-screen) display with 256MB internal memory.

Overall, the DPG807 is an attractive, high-tech-looking frame with a sleek piano-black finish. It's all plastic, as opposed to having a wood or metal border, but it doesn't look cheap as do some plastic frames. The kickstand on the back swivels, giving you the option of locking the frame into landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) orientation. On the back of the frame are keyhole slots for mounting the frame to a wall with screws, but there's no threaded tripod mount.

The one issue with the shiny black finish is that it's a fingerprint magnet. This is a bit of a problem because the touch-sensitive controls for the frame--Viewsonic calls them SwifTouch buttons--are located on the bottom bezel so you're likely to leave fingerprints there. That said, the buttons illuminate blue when you touch the frame but turn off and disappear after a few moments. It's a nice touch. (Pardon the pun.)

A couple of other gripes: We didn't find the buttons as responsive as necessary and while the user interface isn't intimidating or complex, it can get confusing. Of course, after some tinkering around and a glance or two at the user manual, you can figure things out just fine. But it never inspired a "Wow, that's an elegant user interface."

Except for Olympus/Fujifilm xD-Picture cards, the frame accepts most types of memory card (SD, MMC, and Memory Stick), as well as USB thumbdrives and other mass storage devices, including a direct connection with your camera via USB.

Its 512MB onboard memory is fairly decent for a frame in this price class. You can transfer images from an external source (memory card/camera/USB thumbdrive) to the frame and it will automatically resize the images to the frame's 800x600 resolution. However, the process for copying over images to the frame is more complex than it should be.

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ViewSonic 8-Inch 512 MB SwifTouch Multimedia Digital Photo Frame

Part Number: DPG807BK
MSRP: $159.00 Low Price: $119.99 See all prices

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  • Weight 1.5 lbs
  • Video Playback Formats Motion JPEG
  • Supported Audio Formats MP3
  • Device Type digital photo frame