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eStarling Touch Connect Digital Frame
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What's hot: Connectivity lets fresh content in daily. Large and bright screen.
What's not: Touch screen slightly reduces color saturation.
Reviewed January, 2010 by Tong Zhang, Senior Editor
With a flood of digital photo frames on the market, the eStarling WPF-588 stands out as a connected photo and video frame that can get its content right over the Internet and keep it fresh. The digital frame comes with built-in Wi-Fi as well as an Ethernet port, and it has applications for email, RSS and clients for photos sites and social networking sites. The advantage is you get to see new photos every day instead of the same old pictures on your storage card (you can certainly do that too). If you have family and friends who are traveling and wish to share their photos and videos in real time, you can download them directly via Gmail to store in the frame’s 2GB internal memory. It can display photos, text and videos in common formats including MPEG2, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, MOV and WMV.
The eStarling WPF-588 digital frame has a 10.2” display that has 800 x 480 resolution. The display is quite bright and has brightness settings. The bezel is about 1.3 inches which frames the picture screen well yet doesn't take up too much more space on your desk. All controls and ports live on the back of the frame including an SD card slot, an Ethernet port, a DC input and the power button. The eStarling frame has both a stand slot and a wall mount on the back and the AC adapter’s cord is long enough to hang the frame on a wall near an outlet.
The SD card slot, Ethernet jack and power jack on the back.
The display has a finger-friendly touch interface. After the initial wireless set up, the Media Taskbar on the bottom of the touch screen lets you set up and control photo and video playback. For photos you can set the layout and interval of the slide show. There are two types of photo layouts, one is just a photo slideshow and the other includes a sidebar. Since the display is quite large you can put a clock with date, Yahoo Weather and a slideshow preview on either side of the center photo display. For video playback you can set the volume, capture a frame to use as the thumbnail preview and use the play/pause/forward/back buttons to control the video playback. The audio is good for a picture frame and the volume is loud.
The eStarling offers two modes of content input: SD Mode and Internet Mode. When you insert an SD card the picture frame will switch to the SD Mode automatically and start to display the photos and videos from the SD card. The SD slot supports SDHC; we tested a 16 gig SD card and it worked fine with the eStarling. Using the SD card is simple and painless, but what sets the eStarling WPF-588 apart from other frames is the Internet connectivity and the built-in tools for Wi-Fi 802.11n connections, links to popular social network sites, reading RSS feeds and even checking the weather.