An important feature, especially for 2021, is remote control capability. While this isn’t a very common feature, it can be incredibly helpful for people that aren’t great with technology. It’s also a great feature for 2021 due to lockdowns and isolation. You often can’t quickly pop over to your grandparents’ house to fix something on their frame – remote control lets you do this from anywhere.
Another great digital picture frame feature to review is web album compatibility. Many of the better digital picture frames can connect to various social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. You can also connect to online storage platforms like Dropbox and photo-sharing sites like Google Photos. You won’t need to manually download and send pictures to the frame. They will be automatically synced and saved to the digital picture frame’s internal storage for offline viewing. When you add new photos to these albums (directly on the platform or social media), the frame will be automatically updated and can display any new images.
One more important function to review on your digital picture frame is slideshow preferences. The frame you choose should have a versatile set of features and settings for how you’d like to display images and videos.
You should be able to set the frame to display newer images more frequently, or only to cycle through new pictures from the last “x” number of days/months. There should also be quite a few transition settings for cycling between pictures. Much of this will come down to personal taste, so make sure you review all the digital picture frame settings before making your choice.
Pix-Star’s digital picture frame has some of the best reviews on the market. It’s a great frame for simplicity and comes with a boat-load of features and functions. It’s been reviewed as an excellent digital picture frame for grandparents and large families.
There are plenty of options for sending pictures and other media directly to the frame (email, apps, web albums, and much more). You can even control the frame remotely from pretty much anywhere in the world. You’ll have the same level of access that you would if you were with the frame in-person.
Settings are versatile and you have a good amount of customization over slideshows and which media you’d like to show first. You can easily delete and manage content on the frame’s 8GB internal storage.
Perhaps the most unique and alluring aspect of Pix-Star’s digital picture frame is the multimedia compatibility. You can play audio and video clips with sound through the in-built speakers and even listen to the radio, check the weather or play puzzle games.
Despite all of these features and functions, Pix-Star’s frames are easy and simple to use once they’re set up. There isn’t a touch screen with hard-to-find buttons and settings. The remote control works well and is easy to use.
Overall, you get a digital picture frame that’s well-reviewed and great for larger and more dispersed families.
The individual settings depend on the frame’s brand, model, and version. Some digital picture frames let you review which email addresses are allowed to send media to your frame. You can whitelist certain email addresses, and even blacklist unwanted ones. You can often set the digital picture frame to ask you before downloading media that has just been received.
When you’re syncing with web albums on social media and photo-sharing platforms, you can manually select which albums you’d like to sync and download to the frame. You can review the names and quantity photos to be sent to your digital picture frame before starting the process.
The same applies to the web interface and mobile app. You should have some level of control over who has access to your frame’s network. The mobile apps often don’t have many extra requirements once you have the frame’s email address – but you can control what you receive automatically on the frame’s side.
There are a couple of different ways you can do this. The first is directly on the frame. Navigate to the frame’s storage from the home screen. You should be taken to a new screen that shows you the different categories like web albums, pictures from the mobile app, and a couple more. There is also often a choice available to display all the photos on the frame’s storage as one big slideshow.
Choose the category you’d like to display, e.g. from a memory card or USB. This will open up a new window where all the media and image files are listed. You can manually select which ones you’d like to play, or you can select to play the entire album.
Some digital picture frames will let you select multiple albums to play together. For example, you can select the web album from Facebook, and all the pictures you send in the last two days from the mobile app.
While all of these features aren’t too common, and you often won’t have all of them on your frame – it helps to know exactly what you’ll have before buying the frame.
Pix-Star’s file manager is very easy to use. The frame is controlled via the on-frame control buttons, or via the remote control. From the home screen, select “My Media Library” using the remote control.
Inside the media library, you can review and access all the media that’s been sent to your digital picture frame. This includes photo-mail, media on an SD card, web albums, and more.
You can go into each of the categories and manually select pictures and other media you’d like to delete or play in a slideshow. There are some limitations to what you can delete in the “Web Albums” category and might need to manage them through the web interface at pix-star.com. You can also create new web albums here.
You can create new folders and move images and other media to those folders directly on the frame (except web albums). There are also bulk select functions where you can select or de-select all the media inside a folder and perform bulk actions.