While there is a wide range of digital photo frame on the market worth reviewing – only a small selection stand out as top performers. Among these top digital photo frames, the Pix-Star frame draws a lot of attention. Pix-Star frames are known for rich and robust set of features, free-for-life cloud storage, and easy-to-use interface and ecosystem.
The frame is well-built and sturdy enough to take its fair share of knocks and light falls. Unlike many competing frames, the stand is very sturdy and does an excellent job at holding the frame up without looking terrible. There’s a magnetic ridge on the back of the frame for keeping the remote control so you don’t lose it. You’ll find the display to be sharp and color accurate – with further customizations available for adjusting the frame’s hue and saturation settings. This lets you get the perfect picture for the specific room the frame is in or to suit the type of photos being displayed.
Pix-Star frames are arguably the most versatile when it comes to supported features and functions. Its cloud compatibility is well used and gives you access to web albums from social media accounts and photo-sharing platforms. These photos and albums can be linked to the frame and automatically updated when new pictures are added to the linked album. It’s the perfect feature for large families as you can connect and manage up to 25 frames from a single account.
One of Pix-Star’s main goals is to boost usability and simplicity as high as possible without sacrificing functionality and versatility. Our digital photo frames are reviewed as being one of the best on the market for elderly users and for people who aren’t tech-savvy. Remote control capability is one of the main reasons this worked out so well. You can control a frame remotely from anywhere in the world through the web interface. You can start slideshows, manage content & settings, update firmware, and more.
All of Pix-Star’s frames support multimedia playback. You can send and play videos up to a maximum length of 2-minutes. This video-playback feature is hidden behind paywalls for many competing frames and requires monthly or annual payments to unlock the feature. Another great feature is the mobile app (which is also often locked behind a paywall for a couple of the other top frames). Pix-Star’s app is called Pix-Star Snap and it’s one of the better-designed apps. It just takes a couple of clicks to snap photos or record video/audio and send them to your Pix-Star frame. Alternatively, you can select media from your phone’s gallery and send them directly to your frame – or multiple frames at the same time.
The combination of simplicity, ease of use, elderly-friendly design, rich and useful features, and a great display make the Pix-Star frame one of the most functional and versatile frames on the market. Our digital photo frames have earned good reviews. Of course, there is no perfect frame and each comes with its unique issues and drawbacks. That being said, Pix-Star frames arguably offer the best balance between price, performance, long-term durability, and usability – without recurring fees or strings attached.
When you’re sending photos and other media from the mobile app, you can review photos before sending them to your Pix-Star digital photo frame. After you’ve selected the photos you want to send from your gallery (by swiping up near the arrow in the Histo&Cam page of the app. You can select all the media you want to send and then press the checkmark at the top-right corner of the screen. This will take you to the review page where you can review all the photos before sending them to your digital photo frame.
The same process applies when natively recording videos/audio or taking a picture with the app. After you’ve browsed through and reviewed the photos being sent, you can press the red check mark at the bottom right corner of the screen. You’ll then be asked to input the dedicated email address of any frame you want to send the media to.
The exact system varies depending on which brand and model frame you have. With frames like the Pix-Star, there are now filters that let you add the details of the sender to a list. This lets you whitelist or blacklist specific senders and authorize who you want to allow to send media to your frame via the app.
Not every brand of digital photo frame lets you review who can send you pictures – so make sure you know before buying. Bear in mind that there might also be different systems in place for different sending channels like email or through the web interface.
Digital photo frame reviews are generally trustworthy, though there are a few pointers to take note of before believing the review. Make sure the review has a “Verified Purchase” tag next to or under the name of the reviewer. This tag means that the person writing the review has bought the frame from Amazon and has used it. Their review is most likely true, although their review might still be biased or a uniquely bad experience. Pay special attention to 3 and 4-star reviews as they usually offer the best balance between critiquing and complimenting the frame’s performance. 1-star reviews are often related to bad experiences – though they may also hint at quality control issues.
You can manage and review your Pix-Star digital photo frame’s internal storage through the Media Gallery on the home screen. This lets you browse through all the playlists, albums, and photos/other media you’ve added to the frame. You can perform bulk actions on entire albums or groups of photos (moving, copying, deleting, playing, etc.). You can also delete individual photos and other media directly on the frame.
You can also view web albums in the Media Gallery but can’t make changes to them. This needs to be done through the web interface under the “View my web album” section (after logging in). Here you can make changes to web albums such as linking and unlinking albums, deleting and moving, etc.