A few years back, someone came up with the bright notion of slapping the Westinghouse brand on inexpensive flat-panel TVs. Now, that same kind of thinking is being applied to the nascent digital photo frame market.
Westinghouse offers what it describes as a "suite" of digital photo frames, the smallest of which features a 3.5-inch (diagonal) LCD; the largest, an 8-inch (diagonal) LCD. The model reviewed here, the Westinghouse Digital Photo Display DPF-0701 ($200 list), has a 7-inch display and looks similar to its siblings on the surface, but this is Westinghouse's first wide-screen digital photo frame. It's also the first to offer MosaicView, a mode that allows you to display multiple images simultaneously.
While the screen measures 7 inches diagonally, if you put a ruler to it you'll find that it specs out at about 6 inches wide and 3.5 inches high, which roughly--though not exactly--translates to a 16:9 aspect ratio. The DPF-0701 has a flip-out stand on back that supports the frame horizontally; sadly, it can't be propped up vertically. There's also a keyhole slot for wall-mounting options, as well as a threaded hole for a tripodlike stand. A nine-volt AC adapter plugs into the back of the unit and powers it.
The overall look of the black frame is understated and elegant, but there are a couple of drawbacks. First, since the display is wide-screen and is really designed to show multiple images, standard 4:3 photos displayed in their original form end up with black bars on either side. Secondly, the resolution is middling, and our pictures didn't look nearly as sharp or as detailed as they did on Philips's similarly sized photo frame, the Digital Photo Display 7FF1. If you view your photos at close range, you'll notice visible space between the pixels, creating the effect of viewing your images through a screen door. On a more positive note, colors seemed reasonably accurate and the picture is bright--you can adjust the brightness setting, but you'll most likely leave it just below the highest setting.