Review: Philips\'s 9FF2M4 digital photo frame a standout

by:CTECHi     2020-01-15
(CNET. com)--
At the end of last year, Philips quietly launched one of the best photo frames in the market, the digital photo display 7FF.
We give the model a high rating with its impressive image quality and stylish design, although it does have some drawbacks ---
Most notably, its interface is not as intuitive as it should be.
Now, the company is offering a larger model, $250 9FF2M4, which solves the interface problem while adding several new features and maintaining its excellent image quality.
The result is to stand out from the rapid development of digital photo frames ---and expanding --
Digital Photo Frames.
Like its predecessor, this frame looks like a miniature monitor on Apple\'s original iMac tabletpanel all-in-
A computer, surrounded by a white border, has clear plexiglass. 7 x 4. 5-inch (8-inch diagonal), high-pixel-
Density LCD panel.
Philips calls 9FF2M4 9-
But the size includes the width of the white border, not just the width of the LCD.
Although you can\'t swap the white border on 7FF (Read review)
, 9FF2M4 comes with three additional borders that are easy to change in red, silver and black (
They are magnetic).
Adjustable--and removable --
Standing on the back allows you to set the frame horizontally or vertically or horizontally.
You have a wall, too.
Installation Kit in the box. The 16-bit (
65,536 potential colors)
Built-in display
According to Philips, you can store 110 to 150 photos internally in memory.
Also on the back you will find slots for compact flash memory, SD, MMC, xD and Memory Stick memory cards (
SD slot for memory stick and Memory Stick Pro Duo card)
, Allowing you to display hundreds or even thousands of photos.
You have the option to leave the image on the card or transfer it, but many of the images are placed in the remaining memory of the display.
Another option is to upload photos from the camera to the display via a USB cable.
One advantage of transferring photos to the internal memory of the display is that as part of the replication process, the unit automatically adjusts the image to 720x540 pixels--
Or as close as possible to that size.
For example, we took some images with Olympus Evolt 500 dSLR with an initial resolution of 3,264x2,448, the right size.
If your image cannot be fully translated to 720x540, the display will add black bars to the top and bottom or side instead of cropping your image-
This is a good thing;
Some frames will cut off most of your photos.
Since the screen has 680x480 pixels, Philips says there may be some cropping, but this must be secondary as we don\'t notice much in the various images we watch.
Minimize the impact of image size (
And their file size)
Is the transition effect in slide show mode (
You can choose from 14 transition effects as well as from random modes)
Work more smoothly.
In other words, if you have a fairly high
Capacity memory card (
512 MB or more)
, You \'d better put the picture on the card on the display.
As mentioned earlier, the appearance of our photos on the frame left us a deep impression.
The display is a bit difficult in solving a dark gray background (
We noticed some false contours)
But this is a minor flaw.
All in all, these images are very clear and colorful and accurate.
Of course, the quality of the image on the screen will depend on the quality of the source photo.
Going back to functionality, in addition to the increasing number of transition effects, Philips offers some basic editing features, including the ability to crop, rotate, and turn images into blackand-
White or dark brown.
There is also a collage mode that allows you to display the same photos in various sizes on the screen and has a variety of layouts to choose from.
We can understand making collage with a few images, but we don\'t see this appeal in collage made with a single image.
However, we like the album where we can create the tags on the frame and then you can select the slide-show viewing. The built-
The clock is also a good touch-
The numbers are good and big--
We also appreciate that you can set the frame to show a reminder and turn it on and off at the selected time.
One feature missing is video support, which allows you to play MPEG-
4 videos you shoot with a digital camera.
We\'re starting to see this feature. -
Play with audio--in more frames.
Like 7FF, 9FF2M4 has a built-in
In rechargeable lithium-
Ion battery that allows you to put the frame anywhere you like-
Or bypass it. -
For the time being, don\'t worry if it\'s within the range of the power outlet.
Of course, you can always plug it in if you want, without worrying about having to charge.
Set according to brightness--
Yes, it\'s adjustable. -
A fully charged battery can provide up to 60 minutes of running time, which makes the feature less practical.
Our biggest complaint with 7FF is that the device is not more intuitive when it\'s out of the box.
Although it took us so long to figure it out, the internal GUI of the unit (
Graphical user interface
Probably more users. friendly.
Philips seems to have gone out of its way to solve the problem in the coming time --
A completely redesigned interface generation model.
Although you will certainly find something to be picky about. -
For example, at some point we do run into some problems when moving back and forth on the menu ---
But three new ones.
Button interface (one is a four-
Direction button)
Easier to handle than 7FF\'s multi-button scheme.
That said, we suspect that Philips may release a firmware upgrade to correct several errors ---
Yes, the framework is also firmware-upgradeable --
This will make navigation smoother.
Fans of Ceiva photo frames, allowing you to automatically \"push\" photos to them over the Internet-
For those who want to send photo updates to grandparents or other family members on a regular basis, this is a great option ---
Note that this feature is not available in this model.
On the other hand, you don\'t have to pay a monthly fee in order to actually use your framework.
Ultimately, Philips, with its 9FF2M4 digital photo display, took another step forward in the emerging category of digital photo frames.
With the price of the old 7FF model going down, this model doesn\'t look very cost-effective, but its improved interface and additional features make it a better option for you to afford.
For now, it\'s one of the best digital photo displays we \'ve come across, although with more established consumer electronics companies joining the framework competition, we expect the competition to intensify in 2007.
Editor\'s note: Philips has also done 7-
Inch 7FF1M4, which provides many features of 9FF2M4, but does not rotate the image automatically, and does not have as many options as the album and effects. All rights reserved©1995-
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