Callum McInerney-Riley tries out a digital picture frame with the ability to transfer images via the cloud
- High-resolution display
- Displays pictures from cloud storage
- Connects to Wi-Fi
- Available in 9in or 13in versions
- Price: Around £200
- Website: www.nixplay.com
Digital picture frames are nothing new, but the Nixplay Edge takes the technology to a new level. As well as being able to play images from an SD card and USB drive, the Edge can connect to a home Wi-Fi network to create playlists to preview. Up to 2GB of photos/videos can then be synced with the frame at any one time, with photos/videos added to a Nixplay cloud account. Images can be organised into playlists from the online account and then synced to the frame. To add images to the account, photos/video are either uploaded directly to the Nixplay account or are taken from the likes of Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr, or via your own personalised email address. Nixplay sets up its customers with an @mynixplay.com email address, and images can be pushed to their slideshow when they are emailed to that address. Using the email function, it’s quick and easy to share images between mobile devices and the frame.
The screen resolution is very good, being able to display 1080p video footage. Images are displayed in a 16:9 ratio as standard and there are settings to fit frame size or fill the frame. Fill the frame animates the cropped part of the image.
A power connection is positioned at the rear of the frame.
SD and USB slot
At the rear of the frame users can insert an SD card or a USB drive in order to read their files.
Thanks to its small stand, the frame can be positioned either in portrait or landscape format.
Nixplay Edge Digital Picture Frame – verdict
The matt screen used on the frame is excellent and resolves a wide range of tones, doing justice to any images that are displayed on it. Colours are vivid and detail is sharp. Although the Nixplay Edge is very expensive, it works beautifully. For anyone wanting to display a variety of images on a frame, this is the best we have seen.
SCORE: 4 out of 5
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