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Kaiser Baas Signature 15-inch Digital Photo Frame review: Kaiser Baas Signature 15-inch Digital Photo Frame

The Kaiser Baas Signature digital photo frame is one of the nicest frames on the market despite having a very limited feature set. You'll literally pay a premium for this though, because it costs an absolute fortune.

Lexy Savvides Principal Video Producer
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Lexy Savvides
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Design
At a mammoth 15 inches, the Kaiser Baas is certainly no wallflower. The LCD screen, at a respectable 1024x768 pixels, is clad in slick black armour, all glossy and reflective. Unfortunately, as soon as we took it out of the box it was also clad in something a little less desirable — mountains of dust. A quick Mary Poppins-style sweep later and the problem was resolved.

7.0

Kaiser Baas Signature 15-inch Digital Photo Frame

The Good

Attractive design. Xvid and DivX playback. Good viewing angle.

The Bad

Expensive. No wireless/Bluetooth connectivity. Very short power cord.

The Bottom Line

While we enjoy the stylish looks and good performance of the Kaiser Baas Signature digital photo frame, with just a few extra bells and whistles to the 15-inch behemoth, there is little reason to justify its price tag.

Turning the unit around, the back presents no real surprises with its card slots, a manual power switch, and buttons. The unit is provided with a plastic stand that can be fitted to hold the frame in portrait or landscape mode, and fortunately it is sturdy enough to provide a steady footing for the oversized frame. Kaiser Baas frames in the past have generally been above-average in the attractiveness stakes, and the Signature deviates little from this standard.

Features
The Kaiser Baas has a 4:3 aspect ratio so photos won't be distorted or stretched to fit the dimensions of the screen. There's also a substantial 1GB of internal memory hidden inside, a fortunate thing because the process of inserting and removing memory cards in the snug slots is fiddly and painstaking. The Kaiser Baas accepted our SDHC card easily enough, but it was near impossible to remove. In a spectacle more akin to a wrestling match, we finally managed to remove the offending card after much jostling.

Unfortunately, there is little in the way of whiz-bang functionality once the photo frame has powered on — in slideshow mode, there's the option to rotate or zoom in on photos, but nothing else. The Kaiser Baas supports Xvid and DivX playback as well, though it won't replace a television any time soon because of the relatively low quality speakers.

Performance
One of the big surprises the Kaiser Baas threw at us was its above-average viewing angle. A clear picture was visible from most angles, with little light reflecting off the screen itself.

Another enjoyable aspect to the frame is its range of display times, which range from three seconds through to a maximum of one hour. If plug-and-play is more your thing, the Kaiser Baas can work straight out of the box, simply insert a memory card and press the slideshow button on the remote for fuss-free operation. Buffer time from the inserted SDHC memory card was pleasing, with little noticeable delay from reading the images off the card to displaying them.

After numerous gripes with the length of the power cord, and the fact that so many photo frames are designed to be wall-mountable these days, we still don't understand why manufacturers continue to make these cords shorter than this season's mini-skirts. It's simply not practical and we implore manufacturers to either provide alternate power sources (batteries) or make a longer cord.

Conclusion
For an AU$449 frame, we expected much more from the Kaiser Baas. Other frames in its price range and size have many more features, including Bluetooth connectivity. Apart from its size, we can't see any reason why the Kaiser Baas is priced at such a premium. Nevertheless, if you can do without any additional bells and whistles and just want a good looking, well-performing 15-inch photo frame that does the job, the Kaiser Baas will fit the bill.