VIEWSONIC VFM1024w-11 DIGITAL FRAME REVIEW

Viewsonic VFM1024w-11 Digital Frame



STYLE of the VIEWSONIC VFM1024w-11 DIGITAL FRAME

Frame Appearance:

The Viewsonic VFM1024w-11 digital frame has a very attractive 10” rounded cherry wood frame. The screen is surrounded by a white bezel. The remote sensor, located in the center of the bottom of the bezel is the only telling point that makes the unit look like a digital frame rather than a traditional one. The size of the frame is 12.5" x 8.5" x 1.6" and it weighs 3.2 lbs.

All slots for memory cards, a mini-USB port for transferring files from a PC, a USB 2.0 port for flashdrives and the power input are located on the right side of the back of the frame. The pull-out stand is flush to the other side.

Viewsonic VFM1024w-11 Digital Frame

Buttons and Ports:

There are no buttons on the front of the frame. 6 buttons can be found on the upper back of the frame and include the Power button, Enter, Left and Right arrows, Exit and Menu. The frame is wall-mountable and the placement of the buttons makes use of the remote control necessary if the frame is mounted on the wall.

2 speakers are located on the back of the frame close to the wall-mountable holes. If the frame is mounted on the wall, the speakers will be obstructed.

Viewsonic VFM1024w-11 Digital Photo Frame back

DISPLAY OPTIONS for the VIEWSONIC VFM1024w-11 DIGITAL FRAME

Stand:

The frame stand folds flush against the body of the frame for wall-mounting. The words “pull” and “open” with corresponding arrows are on the stand. It was not clear what to do at first. When I attempted to pull the stand out, it seemed to me as if it would break because I had to pull up very hard. It did work without breaking and then I pulled the stand out a few clicks to see how sturdy it would be. Of course, it fell right over! When I contacted a support tech, he suggested I pull the stand all the way out. This time it worked fine and the frame seemed sturdy enough in that position. The frame stand is not adjustable to support any position but the widescreen one.

Viewsonic VFM1024w-11 stand

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Viewsonic VFM1024w-11 stand

Viewsonic VFM1024w-11 stand



IMAGE DISPLAY QUALITY on the VIEWSONIC VFM1024w-11 DIGITAL FRAME

Screen Resolution:

1024x600 pixels.

Aspect Ratio:

16:9, widescreen or landscape mode.

Brightness, Contrast and Color:

Brightness is 250 cd/m2. Contrast Ratio is 500:1. Contrast, color and tint can be adjusted from the remote.

Viewing Angle:

Very good-70 degrees horizontal and 60 degrees vertical.

Screen Backlighting Display:

10” TFT active matrix LCD.

Screen Surface:

The glass screen surface has a diagonal measurement of 10”. The actual viewing area is 8.5”x5”.

METHODS OF CONNECTIVITY for TRANSFERRING IMAGES of the VIEWSONIC VFM1024w-11 DIGITAL FRAME

USB port for flash drives. mini-USB port for connecting to PC to transfer images. (A USB cable is included). Built-in memory card reader.

Internal Memory:

The frame comes with 128MB of internal memory and can store up to 1000 photos. Photos can be copied from a memory card or flash drive to the internal memory, not vice versa.

SUPPPORTED FILE TYPES

Memory Cards:

SD (Secure Digital), MMC (Multi-Media Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, xD Picture Card.

Picture Formats:

JPEG (only JPEGs taken with a Digital camera – those downloaded from the internet or from other graphic applications may not play), BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF.

Audio Files:

MP3. The speakers, located on the back of the frame are not very good quality and the sound is “tinny.”

Video Files:

MPEG1 and 4, Motion-JPEG, AVI, Divx.

Text & Messaging Files:

No.

Wireless:

No.

PICTURE FUNCTIONS and ADVANCED FEATURES of the VIEWSONIC VFM1024w-11 DIGITAL FRAME

Automatic Slideshow:

The slideshow will begin with either the Internal Memory or an inserted memory device inserted in the frame. A memory device can be selected from the main menu.

Slideshow Settings:

Intervals are slow (approximately 3 seconds), medium (approximately 5 seconds) and fast (approximately 10 seconds). Please note: When applying the ArcSoft face tracking screen effect (explained below), the interval times do not apply.

Transitions between images include normal, random, fade, curtain, open door and cross combo.

Rotate and Zoom:

Only permanently changes images in internal memory.

Copy and Delete:

Photos, music and video files can only be copied from the memory source to the internal memory. Photos, music and video files can only be deleted from the internal memory.

Image Resizing:

There is an option to display images in original or optimized mode.

Magic Window:

This is Viewsonic’s Collage mode. Four pictures will be shown at a time and will change one at a time.

Auto-Orientation:

Permanent orientation of photos must be done from the computer.

Recognition of Files and Folders:

There is a trick here that may be easy to miss because of the poor documentation in the guides. In order to navigate to the menu that allows you to choose the memory source, manage files, adjust audio files, play videos, adjust the clock, etc., you MUST repeatedly press the Exit button on the remote until the menu appears on the screen.

There is a photo function that allows for sorting of photo files. The choices are No Sort, By Date (newest or oldest first) and by Name. There is also a function called Slideshow Shuffle. When it is on, the pictures will appear in random order. When it is off, the pictures should go according to the choices under file sorting method above. The only problem was the Off button on my frame was inoperable! This was very annoying and I thought it might be a software update problem. I went to the website and downloaded the latest firmware version and proceeded through several steps. Load to the computer. Copy to an empty SD card. Extract the zipped file. Change the name of the unzipped file to upgrade.img. Turn off the digital frame. Insert the SD card into the frame. Press Exit repeatedly to get to the Main Menu. Choose SD card. Choose File Folder. Select the upgrade.img and hope it uploads. Well, it didn’t, and the frame froze!

I tried unplugging the frame several times, plugging it back in, re-inserting the SD card, going through the whole thing again and then finally it started to do the upgrade. Then it stopped in the middle and said there was an error! I unplugged it again and plugged it back in and then put the SD card back in and went directly to the function for Slideshow Shuffle. Unbelievably, I was then able to choose the Off option! Then my pictures were able to show in the order I chose (which happened to be by Name). AN AWFUL LOT OF WORK JUST TO GET ONE OPTION TO WORK! The support tech actually had told me that this would not work with any memory source except the internal memory. That was disappointing. The tech support person was no more helpful than the instruction manual or the website.

ArcSoft Screen Effects:

This was the strangest feature. First of all, there is no documentation on it and the tech support person I spoke with had no idea what it was. There are 3 screen effect options. One is called Face Beautiful, another is Dynamic Lighting and a third is called Face tracking. The only effect with which I could actually see a difference in my photos was the Face Tracking. The screen will zoom in on one face and then another and then slowly pan out. This can take almost a minute before the next image in the slideshow appears. If there are no faces, the regular slideshow continues. This did add interest to the slideshow and I actually ended up liking the effect. I still have no idea what Face Beautiful and Dynamic Lighting are supposed to do to the images.

Clock/Calendar/Alarm:

When this mode is selected, the slideshow will play on the left, the calendar on the right with the current date highlighted in yellow and the time displayed at the bottom. The time is in 24 hour mode only. There is no choice for a 12 hour clock. When the alarm is set, the red alarm icon shows. The alarm duration choices are for every 3, 5 or 10 minutes and the alarm can be set for one time or daily.

Power On/Off:

Can be set up easily through the clock mode setup.

Remote Control:

Viewsonic VFM1024w-11 Digital Frame remote

The remote control’s buttons are very responsive to the touch and the remote will work very well even at 8 feet from the screen and even on a fairly wide angle from each side. The buttons are clearly marked but their functions do need a bit more clarification than that provided in either the User Guide or the Quick Start Guide. There is no place to store the remote on the frame.

Accessories Included with the VIEWSONIC VFM1024w-11 DIGITAL FRAME

Power Adapter, Remote Control, USB Cable, Quick Start Guide, User’s Manual, Microfiber Cleaning Cloth.

WARRANTY

1 year.

KUDOS for the VIEWSONIC VFM1024w-11 DIGITAL FRAME

Very attractive frame. Remote works very well. Image quality is very good. Pictures are crisp and clear. No distortion of images.

CAVEATS for the VIEWSONIC VFM1024w-11 DIGITAL FRAME

Instructions are very minimal and a bit confusing. Military time is the only option in clock mode. The support tech answered the phone in a timely manner but was only fairly helpful. He did not seem very familiar with the workings of the frame and had to keep putting me on hold to find answers to my questions. It was very disturbing to me that he had no idea what the ArcSoft options were all about. Menu navigation is not intuitive. The speakers produce a “tinny” sound which is not conducive to listening to music. There is no place to store the remote on the frame.

CONCLUSION

This frame is very nice-looking and well-made and would fit into almost any décor. It can be pre-loaded to a relatively large internal memory for gifting. However, it does require a slightly higher technical level (and a bit of patience) to understand its workings. This would probably not be a good choice for a non-computer-savvy person. I did not find support to be very helpful and the poorly written documentation was also very disappointing.

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