GiiNii 8-inch Ultra-thin Digital Picture Frame

The Good Thin; reasonably priced; removable wood frame; landscape/portrait autorotation.

The Bad Poor photo compression; confusing menu systems; only a 90-day warranty.

The Bottom Line The GiiNii 8-inch Ultra-thin Digital Picture Frame is a good, pop-in-a-card-and-view photo display, though the execution of its features is disappointing.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Support 6.0
5.8 Overall

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GiiNii 8-inch Ultra-thin Digital Picture Frame

The GiiNii 8-inch Ultra-thin Digital Picture Frame (it's pronounced "genie") lives up to its name. Indeed, it is an 8-inch LCD (diagonal) that is less than half an inch deep, and does display digital pictures in a frame. If only the company had kept things that simple. Instead it loaded the display with a bunch of features that, even if you could locate them in the muddled menu system, are likely better left disabled.

The GiiNii's chassis is almost entirely white molded plastic with a brushed silver frame surrounding the 8-inch, 800x600-resolution display. A spring-loaded wood frame is included, taking the frame from modern to more traditional with a double-matted look. The overall dimensions are 10.6 inches wide by 8.9 inches high by 0.4 inch deep, so yes, it is thinner than most digital photo frames. And though it's plastic, the back is very clean looking as the controls blend in. (An included remote has all the same buttons except for Power.) The stand attaches to the back of the frame with a giant screw, and can be left off for wall mounting.

The multiformat memory-card reader is tucked under a ledge along with the power input and a mini-USB port for connecting directly to a computer. It accepts all major card types. There is also a USB port in a well on the side for viewing images off an external drive. The frame has 128MB of built-in storage, too.

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