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Akai ADPF10X 10-inch Digital Photo Frame review: Akai ADPF10X 10-inch Digital Photo Frame

It's one of the nicest looking digital photo frames on the market, but a pretty exterior can't hide the unfortunate flaws that lie within this digital photo frame.

Lexy Savvides Principal Video Producer
Lexy is an on-air presenter and award-winning producer who covers consumer tech, including the latest smartphones, wearables and emerging trends like assistive robotics. She's won two Gold Telly Awards for her video series Beta Test. Prior to her career at CNET, she was a magazine editor, radio announcer and DJ. Lexy is based in San Francisco.
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Lexy Savvides
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Of all the digital photo frames that have passed through CNET quarters over the past little while, the Akai is certainly the most appealing to look at. Its sleek front panel is covered with a glossy plastic cover, and the whole unit feels better made than its competitors. The screen on this model is a roomy 10.4 inches though it is also available in 7-, 12- and 15-inch versions.


Akai ADPF10X 10-inch Digital Photo Frame

The Good

Sleek black casing. Quick performance.

The Bad

No portrait orientation. VGA resolution. Review unit had a dead pixel.

The Bottom Line

The Akai is an attractive digital photo frame, but it's predisposed to dead pixels. If you're considering buying it, test the model in the shop beforehand to avoid buying a faulty unit.

There is a significant downside to the spit and polish exterior though, because the Akai is heavy. While it can still be carted around from room to room if need be, the footprint of the unit means that a fair amount of space needs to be cleared for it to sit comfortably on a surface.

Though the Akai's exterior may exude style and sophistication, the interior unfortunately reveals a few home truths. At only 640x480 (or VGA), the resolution on paper leaves a lot to be desired, considering other models on the market are continually pushing for more pixels.

The Akai's menus are fortunately easier to navigate than many of the other models we've tested. Bonus points must also be awarded for the Engrish translations throughout. The pirate-speak touch is especially pleasing — try and enter photo display mode with no card inserted into the frame and be greeted with the pirate-ish retort of "No movie be found". Arr.

There's the usual feature set on the Akai, from compatibility with all major cards (xD, MMC, Memory Stick, Compact Flash, SD) and USB connectivity. Alarm clock and calendar features are included, though why anyone would ever use a digital photo frame as an alarm clock beats us.

It's all been relatively smooth sailing so far for the Akai; that is, until we hit rough waters. The model we received to test had a dead pixel in a glaringly obvious position at the top centre-left of the frame. Try as hard as we might, we couldn't ignore the neon glow emitted from that one particular pixel in every single photo. It was a shame as most of the pictures displayed on the frame looked good, surprising considering the resolution of the frame is only VGA.

The viewing angle of the Akai was pleasing, though the glossy plastic coating on the surface reflected light like nothing else. The remote fortunately operated from around a metre to two metres away from the unit itself, and the frame read photos off the memory cards very quickly.

The big disadvantage of the Akai is that the supplied stand simply won't support the frame in portrait orientation. It seems like an obvious design fault and we can't help but wonder why Akai chose to manufacture a stand that didn't support the frame in both landscape and portrait alignments, like most other manufacturers do.

The Akai is a stylish photo frame with a couple of fatal flaws: no ability to physically hold the frame in portrait orientation, and a predisposition to dead pixels on the screen. As much as we enjoy the look and feel of this unit, it is difficult to recommend the Akai in light of these downfalls.