Company Location and History
GPX is a subsidiary of DPI, Inc., located in St. Louis, MO, where it was founded in 1971 as Dick Proctor Imports. DPI, Inc. began as an importer of factory brand consumer electronics from the Orient.
By 1973 the company had begun designing and contracting for the manufacture of products under its own brand name, "Gran-prix." This evolved into items exclusively designed and manufactured for Gran Prix electronics.
The name was formally changed to GPX, Inc. in 1985 and the product brand name was changed from "Gran Prix" to "GPX."
In 1986, the Dutch company, Hagemeyer, N.V., acquired a majority interest. Over the ensuing 8 years, the company continued to grow by adding new categories and continuing to build its relationships with retailers.
The company was acquired in April 2004 by Synergy Enterprises, LLC, a New Jersey-based private investment firm that specializes in the acquisition of platform companies with significant growth potential.
The company offers a number of products which include the following: products made specifically for iPod, clock radios, digital audio/MP3, digital photo frames, DVD/home theater, home music systems, karaoke systems, personal CD players, portable audio, radios, televisions and under cabinet systems such as CDs and TVs.
The Website and Customer Support
The website, www.gpx.com, offers email, phone and fax support. I called the support line to ask a question and the phone was answered very quickly by a woman with a foreign accent. She said she was located in St. Louis, so I did not question any further. I prefer support personnel to be US-based and this may still be the case with GPX. The woman answered my question satisfactorily.
I found the website very easy to navigate. I did find it unusual that quite a few of the items offered for sale were listed as "out of stock", including every one of the digital photo frames!
Manuals are available as well as photo viewer software for the digital keychains. Instructional videos were promised, but I couldn't find one. A few FAQs were posted, some of which did not match with the frame they were posted with.
Current Digital Frame Products from GPX, Inc.
The Digital Photo Keychain
Round Digital Keychains
Three round digital keychains are offered by GPX. They are PF 108B in black, PF 108P in pink and PF 108S in silver. They each have a 1.1" CSTN color display and 1 MB of installed flash memory which can store up to 180 pictures. They all come with an attached snap clasp.
The screen resolution of these keychains is 96 x 64. They have rechargeable built-in Lithium-Ion batteries. The units can be recharged and pictures loaded through a mini 1.1 USB jack with the included USB cable and the software installation CD.
JPEG and BMP are the recognized picture formats. All 3 have automatic slideshows and digital clocks and calendars. They are compatible with Windows 2000, ME, XP & Vista.
PF 118R - Digital Photo Viewer
The next step up is the PF 118R, a round-bodied digital photo viewer with a 1.5" square viewing area and installed flash memory that can store up to 180 pictures. This item is apparently not a keychain but seems to just sit on a surface.
The screen resolution of the PF118R is 128 x 128 with a CSTN color display with 65K colors. This viewer can sync with a PC and supports multiple picture download at one time. A file conversion/compression software CD is included.
The picture formats are expanded to include JPEG, BMP and GIF. Further added features to the automatic slideshow and the digital clock and calendar include a delete picture function, auto power off interval selection (none, 3, 5, 10, 15, 30, 45, 60) and automatic on/off times.
This item is powered by 2 "AAA" batteries which are not included with the unit.
PF 150B - Rectangular Digital Photo Keychain
GPX also produces this digital keychain which, except for the shape and the fact that the PF 150B is presented as a keychain, is very similar to the previous digital photo viewer (PF 118R). It has the same 128 x 128 screen resolution with a CSTN color display.
This model can be powered by batteries but has a built-in rechargeable battery with a battery life of approximately 4 hours. It does have a Mini-USB 1.1 PC jack for USB syncing, power and charging with the included USB cable.
The PF 150B does not appear to have as many features as the PF 118R. It does have an automatic slideshow, calendar and digital clock, as well as an automatic off timer.
The 7 Inch Digital Photo Frame
PF 708 - 7" Digital Photo Frame
The PF 708 is a digital frame with a removable black frame with built-in speakers and a memory card expansion slot.
The screen resolution of this frame is 480 x234 with an aspect ratio of 16:9 in a TFT color display.
The frame can be viewed in either portrait or landscape positions.
There is a USB host for connecting external USB thumb drives.
The supported memory cards include SD (Secure Digital), MMC (Multi-Media Card), MS (Memory Stick) and xD Picture Cards. JPEG is the picture format which is supported. Music files such as MP3 will most likely be supported but this is not mentioned on the website.
This frame has quite a number of advanced features which include automatic slideshow, picture rotation, browse & slideshow with adjustable display time, adjustable slideshow delay intervals of 3, 5, 10 and 30 seconds, zoom, a digital clock with alarm and snooze features and a calendar.
A remote control with battery included accompanies this frame as well as an AC/DC adapter.
PF 719 - 7" Digital Photo Frame
The PF 719 has the same resolution of 480 x 234 as the PF 708 but it comes with a 16MB installed flash memory. The frame can be positioned in either portrait or landscape mode.
This frame comes with LCD display and has memory card expansion slots for SD (Secure digital) and MMC (Multi-Media Card) memory cards. The picture format is JPEG.
The advanced features include an auto on/off timer, a calendar and digital clock and the ability to see photos in a thumbnail view. There is also the usual automatic slideshow. Additionally, this frame is wall-mountable.
PF 738 - 7" Digital Photo Frame
With the PF 738, 2 additional frames (pewter-silver and walnut-color wood) are included with a removable black one.
This frame has a built-in speaker and can play music in MP3 or WMA formats. MPEG 4 video files in .avi or .mpg format will also play on this frame. The picture format is JPEG.
The screen resolution of the PF 738 is 480 x 234 with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The display is TFT color. Memory card formats include SD (Secure Digital), MMC (Multi-Media Card), MS (Memory Stick) and xD Picture Card.
Advanced features include an automatic slideshow, view modes, portrait or landscape view positions, 90 degree CW/CCW picture rotate, browse & slideshow features with adjustable display time, adjustable slideshow delay intervals of 3, 5, 10 and 30 seconds, a digital clock with alarm feature and a calendar.
A remote with battery is also included as well as an AC/DC adapter.
PF 7708 - 7" Digital Photo Frame
I purchased this GPX PF 7708 Digital Photo Frame as a gift. My review of this frame is posted on this website and can be accessed by clicking here.
The 9 Inch Digital Photo Frame
PF 928 - 9" Digital Photo Frame
The PF 928, the largest digital frame manufactured by GPX, comes with 2 extra frames as does the PF 738, but it only has 512MB of installed memory.
The resolution of this frame is 640 x 234. The aspect ratio is 16:9 with a TFT color display. Memory card formats include SD (Secure Digital), MMC (Multi-Media Card), MS (Memory Stick) and xD Picture Cards. This frame supports JPEG picture formats.
Advanced features include an automatic slideshow, view modes, portrait or landscape view positions, 90 degree CW/CCW picture rotation, browse and slideshow features with adjustable display times, adjustable slideshow delay intervals of 5, 10, and 30 seconds, a digital clock with alarm feature and a calendar.
A remote with battery is also included as well as an AC/DC adapter.
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