DIGITAL FRAME REVIEW
STYLE of the TOSHIBA DMF102XKU DIGITAL FRAME
This 10.1” frame has a shiny black surface. Its acrylic covered screen has modernistic-looking white lines along all its edges. It came totally encased in a peelable plastic. The frame does attract fingerprint smudges which can be ameliorated with a microfiber cleaning cloth. The size of the frame is 12.52” x 8.23” x 1.52" and it weighs 2.46 lbs.
Buttons and Ports:
Touch controls for menu navigation directly on the frame are located on the right side. They light up when touched and disappear when not in use. The controls include Mode, Menu, Forward, Back and Up and Down Arrows and Enter. A touch on the buttons will emit a beep sound which can be disabled if desired.
The left side back of the frame has a Power button, 2 card slots and a WPS button for Wi-Fi setup.
The other side has a headphone jack, a USB port for flash and thumb drives and a mini-USB port for transferring directly from a computer and a 12V DC input.
DISPLAY OPTIONS for the TOSHIBA DMF102XKU DIGITAL FRAME
Frame Stand:The frame stand is bar-shaped and screws easily and strongly into the back of the frame. The stand is not adjustable. It can be placed in a vertical position but it is not as sturdy in that position. (It also looks a little funny vertically). There is a rubber support to set the frame on but I don’t really understand why it is there at all. The frame is also wall-mountable.
IMAGE DISPLAY QUALITY on the TOSHIBA DMF102XKU DIGITAL FRAME
Screen Resolution:800 x480 pixels.
Aspect Ratio:15:9. Landscape mode.
Brightness, Contrast and Color:Brightness is 250cd/m2. Contrast ratio is 250:1. Brightness, contrast and color can be adjusted by the user.
Type of Screen Backlighting Display:10’1” TFT active matrix LCD.
METHODS OF CONNECTIVITY for TRANSFERRING IMAGES for the TOSHIBA DMF102XKU DIGITAL FRAME
USB port for flash and thumb drives. mini-USB port for connection to PC. Built-In card readers (2).
Internal Memory:1GB. Can hold up to 4000 photos.
SUPPPORTED FILE TYPES
Memory Card Formats:This frame can use a USB memory card reader with up to 5 slots. (Note: USB U3 not supported). SD (Secure Digital) up to 2GB, SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) up to 32GB, MMC (Multi-Media Card) up to 2GB, xD-Picture Card up to 2GB, Memory Stick up to 128MB, Memory Stick Pro up to 16GB, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo up to 4GB. NOTE: mini-SD and micro-SD cards need adaptors.
Picture Formats:JPEG, TIFF and BMP. JPEG to 8000x6000. BMP maximum size-800 x 480 and below 3MB. Same for TIFF. Progressive JPEG not supported.
Audio Files:MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio). Built-in speakers are okay. They are not “tinny” but total volume is quite low.
Video Files:MPEG 1, 2 and 4. Maximum bit rate 8Mpbs.
Text & Messaging Files:No. (When connected to FrameChannel via Wireless, images can be sent directly to the frame by email.)
Wireless:Yes. Wi-Fi + WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). FrameChannel and Picasa supported. From Framechannel, RSS streaming internet text feeds, other photo sharing sites and social media sites can be accessed and stream content to the frame.
PICTURE FUNCTIONS and ADVANCED FEATURES of the TOSHIBA DMF102XKU DIGITAL FRAME
An automatic slideshow will begin either from the internal memory or from a specified device that has been inserted into the built-in media card readers.
Shuffle is for random display and can be turned On or Off. Interval settings are as follows: 3, 7, 15, 30 seconds, 2 and 10 minutes, 1, 3, 12 and 24 hours.
Available transitions between photos are Blend, Erase, Horizontal Shutter, Random, Stack, Snapshot and Music + Photos.
Zoom:Can zoom in or out but not applicable to TIFF or BMP. Zoom is not available for slideshows, only individual photos.
Copy and Delete:Photos, videos and audio can be copied or deleted from the internal memory of the frame from USB drives and memory cards and vice versa and directly to and from a computer via a USB cable (not included). Can copy and delete multiple files at a time. Copy and delete are sub menus and can only be accessed with the remote control.
Image Resizing:Choice of “Fit Screen” or “Entire Image”.
Automatic Picture Rotation:This applies to photos, not videos.
Recognition of Files and Folders:Thumbnails of all files can be accessed by pressing the Mode button.
Photos can be displayed by newest first, oldest first or by name.
The File Access Level is a welcome feature on this frame. A specified folder can be chosen on a device and only the files in the chosen folder will be shown for further applications such as slideshow or video playback.
English and Spanish.
Toshiba has been very thorough with this feature. There are several ways to format the time, including either 12 or 24 hours and 4 different clock styles. The calendar goes from 2009 to 2039 and there are 3 different calendar styles. The alarm is easy to set.
Power On/Off:Can be accessed from the remote or the screen and adjusted to fit any schedule.
Revised Software Downloads:Available from the Menu.
The remote should work within 16 feet of the sensor on the frame and at about a 22.5 degree angle from the front of the frame. The remote that came with my frame did not work even after I inserted a new battery. I had purchased the frame more than 90 days before I actually had time to review it so Toshiba would not give me a replacement. I was able to purchase another remote from the Toshiba parts store. Luckily, most of the functions of the frame, except for some sub menus, can be accessed totally from the touch screen menu.
ACCESSORIES INCLUDED with the TOSHIBA DMF102XKU DIGITAL FRAME
Remote Control, Adapter, Stand to be screwed in, Rubber Supporter for Bottom of Frame, Setup Guide. Manual must be downloaded. Note: I tried to find the manual on the website as suggested but could not even find any mention of digital frames or manuals for them on either Toshiba.com or ToshibaDirect.com. I finally was able to download the 78 page manual from Retrevo.com.
COMPATIBILITY Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3, Windows 2000 Prof SP4,MAC OS X 10.4, 10.4.5, 10.5.2,10.5.5,10.5.6
KUDOS for the TOSHIBA DMF102XKU DIGITAL FRAME
The touch controls make it easy to navigate through the menus and they are very responsive to a light touch. They each emit a beep when touched. There is also an option to turn off the beep. The picture displays were very crisp and clear and I did not notice any distortion when I turned on the “Fit to Screen” option. It is a very attractive device. The option to have multiple memory sources available and access to individual files in each is well worth the price of the frame. The support tech was helpful and friendly and answered the phone quickly. Setting up the wireless feature and the FrameChannel and the Picasa accounts was effortless. The ability to email pictures to this frame makes sharing and connecting with family and friends a breeze.
CAVEATS for the TOSHIBA DMF102XKU DIGITAL FRAMENot able to stream wirelessly from a networked computer onto this frame. No mention of digital frames on the website so I could not download the manual as was suggested in the documentation that came with the frame. At first I was annoyed that I actually had to download the manual. But when I realized that it contained 78 pages, I could see that saving paper may have been the goal here. Multiple fingerprint smudges on the acrylic cover of the frame (I always keep a microfiber cloth nearby). The sound from the speakers is not great, but better than I’ve heard from many other multi-media digital frames. The warranty period of only 90 days could present a problem.
This very attractive and well-constructed frame is one of my favorites. It sits on my kitchen counter and gives me updated information of my choice, both locally and globally, from feeds on FrameChannel. It displays my photos from many different sources in many different ways with easy-to-use options to change the slideshow settings. A computer is required for some features and a higher level of technical skill may be necessary at first to operate it. For the right person, this frame could be pre-loaded with photos onto its large internal memory and it would be a very welcome gift to enjoy for many years to come. I highly recommend this frame and any updated versions to come in the future.
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