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Kodak EasyShare P720 review: Kodak EasyShare P720

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The Good Affordable; simple to use; responsive and pretty zippy operation; touch-panel navigation; choice of customizable borders included.

The Bad All plastic; no remote; no CompactFlash card support; no built-in memory.

The Bottom Line The Kodak EasyShare 7-inch Digital Photo Frame P720 is a basic photo frame that's designed to be relatively affordable and easy to use, but as you might expect from an entry-level frame, its image quality is pretty mediocre. It's worth the extra money to step up to an 8-inch model.

6.3 Overall

Kodak offers several digital photo frames, including models that feature built-in wireless connectivity and even cutting-edge OLED display technology. But its P720, a 7-inch frame, is about as basic as you get and sits at the entry point of the Kodak line with a street price of less than $70.

Some digital photo frames have real wood or metal finishes, but this is strictly a plastic affair. With its simple, slim, black border, the frame looks elegant enough from afar and comes with two stick-on decorative mattes (one is red, the other silver) that let you customize the frame's look. The kickstand doesn't swivel, but you do have the option of propping the frame up in a horizontal or vertical orientation. On the back of the frame there are keyhole slots for mounting the frame to a wall with screws along with a threaded tripod mount if you want to prop it up with a tripod.

In terms of features, the P720 is very basic. For starters, it comes with no memory; you have to provide your own memory card. You simply slip a MemoryStick, SD/SDHC, or xD-Picture Card in the slot at the top of the frame and a slideshow automatically begins. You can also connect a camera or flash memory storage device (a thumbdrive) directly to the frame via the USB connector. Interestingly, there's also a separate slot that's devoted to just SD/SDHC cards (the other memory card slot also accepts SD cards). You can attach multiple memory cards to the frame and copy photos from one memory card to another, or from your camera to a memory card.

This frame, like several of Kodak's other frames, is a Touch Border model, which means that you touch the bezel of the frame to access menus and settings. With this frame, the various touch points along the bottom and right side of the frame light up when you touch the bezel. You have to touch the border next to the icons that appear on the screen. For those used to dealing with a touch-screen display, this won't seem intuitive initially, but once you get used to it, the system works pretty well. (We've seen some comments about the Touch Border not being senior-friendly, but anybody who reads the instructions should be able to get the hang of it fairly quickly.)

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