The Good This relatively inexpensive, 10.2-inch wide-screen photo frame has respectable resolution (800x640), slots for virtually all memory card types, as well as USB connectivity for cameras and thumbdrives. The frame also supports MP3 and allegedly video playback (there are built-in speakers on the back) and ships with a small remote control and second interchangeable faceplate to customize the frame's look.
The Bad The built-in speakers sound tinny, there's no internal memory available to the user, and video playback is sketchy at best.
The Bottom Line The Coby DP-102 10.2-inch digital photo frame was better than we expected--especially for its relatively modest price--but we had trouble getting it to play back videos, which forced us to lower its rating.
COBY 10.2 Digital Photo Frame (Black)
The Coby brand is synonymous with budget-priced equipment, which is the polite way we electronics reviewers go about describing cheap gear--and the company's 10.2-inch DP-102 digital photo frame is indeed cheap compared to competing products with similar screen sizes. This model also happens to boast a wide-screen display rather than the more standard 4:3 aspect ratio. However, screen shape aside, what's surprising about this Coby frame is that it actually gets a lot of things right and its image quality isn't half bad.
More and more digital frames are mimicking the look of the display on Apple's original iMac flat-panel all-in-one computers. This Coby's cosmetics aren't as slick as that of Philips photo frames (its plastics just aren't of the same quality), but stand a few feet away and it looks just fine, with a clear acrylic frame around a black or white faceplate that surrounds the 8.75 x 5.25-inch (10.2-inch diagonal) LCD panel. While you can go with white--the faceplates are interchangeable--images tend to look a little better framed by a black border. The flip-out stand on the back allows you to prop the frame up horizontally or vertically (again, the stand feels a little cheap, but it seems to get the job done okay) and there are keyhole slots on the back of the frame that give you the option of mounting the DP-102 on a wall with a few screws (not included).