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Pandigital 15-inch Digital Photo Frame review: Pandigital 15-inch Digital Photo Frame

The Good With its large, 15-inch screen and relatively inexpensive price tag, this Pandigital should garner a lot of attention. Its 1024x768-pixel resolution, memory card slots, 256MB of built-in flash memory, USB connectivity for thumbdrives, and direct connection to a computer give it plenty of versatility. It also comes with a remote control and a second faceplate, so you can tailor it to your decor.

The Bad Numerous AVI and MPEG videos that we created with digital still cameras wouldn't play on the frame, and the built-in speakers are tinny, so you shouldn't count on it to listen to music, but it'll do in a pinch.

The Bottom Line The Pandigital is nice for displaying your photos, but you shouldn't count on it for video playback.

6.5 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 6
  • Performance 6

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Pandigital 15-inch digital photo frame

Unless you've been tracking the rise of digital photo frames, you probably haven't heard of Pandigital. The company has been around since 1998, but since digital frames haven't really come into their own until the last couple of years, the brand is only now building some recognition. Among the company's 2007 introductions is the 15-inch Digital Photo Frame (aka PAN-150B). Its 1024x768-pixel LCD screen gives it a 4:3 aspect ratio. This makes it more conducive to displaying photos than the wide-screen aspect ratio frames that have been popping up from some companies, and it also has enough pixels to deliver a pleasing amount of sharpness even if you're viewing from only a couple of feet away. More encouraging than that is the quality of the image, which is quite good for a digital photo frame of this size and price.

Like some other frames, this Pandigital comes with an extra bezel, so you can change the color of the frame to match your room. In this case, the frame comes with a black wood bezel preinstalled and you can switch it out by removing four large flat-head screws that hold it in place. Keyhole slots on the back let you mount the frame on the wall and are arranged in a standard VESA (75mm x 75mm) pattern, so you can use a proper mount should the mood strike you. We were surprised at how heavy the frame is, so if you do plan to wall mount, you should consider a real mount instead of just using screws.

Setup is pretty simple if you plan to set the frame on a table. The adjustable stand slides into a slot on the back of the unit that has a few click stops to let you set the angle of the screen. You may have to play with the angle a bit, since there is a second piece of plexiglass in front of the screen that can create a bit of glare depending on the room you use it in. If you want to set the frame vertically, instead of the horizontal default, things get tricky. You'll have to remove the plate with the slot for the stand, which attaches with four thumbscrews, and turn it 90 degrees so it'll accept the stand. However, you'll also have to rotate your images manually, either in the frame or in photo-editing software, so they display properly. I'd just stick to setting the frame up horizontally.

The silliest part of setup is connecting the power supply. You have to remove a panel on the back of the frame that is held in place by a tiny Phillips-head screw. I can't figure out why they chose to do this, since they easily could have designed a cover that uses thumbscrews or just clicks into place like so many millions of battery door covers on portable devices.

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