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-- Royal 8.0" LCD Digital Picture Frame
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2006-09-16
-- Price: ~ $199.99 USD
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I was curious if the video playback feature support XviD encoded files. I popped in a sample video and it played without any problems. Too bad it doesn't support audio, it could have doubled as a true video player on your desk or wall.

When you power on the frame, it lets you choose from which memory card to load pictures and videos from.

 

The options menu lets you adjust a few settings.

I found the color to be crisper if I turned down the brightness all the way.

Once you are done changing settings, you can view your photos.

I stored 11 photos on the memory card, so I picked the slideshow option using my remote. This cycles through the pictures with a fading transition.

If you hit the info button, it grabs some of the basic information of the picture file.

You can also zoom in on a picture.

Pressing the down button will cycle the images forward, while pressing up will cycle backwards. If you let it sit, it'll just loop and cycle your entire photo collection.

Here are some more shots.

Overall, the Royal PF80 digital picture frame is a great unit to use to display your digital pictures. The controls and ability to use different memory card formats is a huge plus.

The only slight negative is the slow load times of the images. It takes about 5-7 seconds before the first image shows up. It's possible that it's due to the images being high resolution. I suppose resizing them would help, but that's not how the PF80 is marketed with it's 'plug-n-play' angle.

Thanks to Royal for sending over this sample! You may also pick this up through Target.com or Dell.com, both shops carry the PF80 at a discounted price.



Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Remote included
  • Multiple memory card formats supported
  • Desk stand or wall mounting options
  • Picture or video playback options


Cons:

  • Slow load times
  • No audio

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