What are the best big digital photo frames for modern homes?
Pix-Star’s 15-inch digital frame is one of the best digital photo frames on the market at the moment. The 15-inch display uses a versatile 4:3 aspect ratio and features extensive Wi-Fi & cloud functionality. Pix-Star is the brand that created the idea of giving a digital photo frame a unique & dedicated email address. Pix-Star’s frames offer intuitive navigation, simple interfaces, and a robust feature set that caters to both families & elderly users.
Pix-Star’s big digital photo frames are known for how versatile their slideshows are. You have almost complete control over the play order & frequency of the photos. You can select and play photos from specific files & folders, or start a slideshow with all the frame’s media. Videos can be included in slideshows and audio files & radio stations can be played over them.
Pix-Star offers a ton of different customizations & adjustable settings. Both the brightness & color settings can be manually adjusted to get the perfect image for any situation. There is a remote-control feature that lets you remotely adjust almost all of these settings from anywhere in the world. This feature is managed via the web dashboard. There’s also an option to bulk manage up to 25 connected Pix-Star frames from a single user account.
Free-for-life cloud storage and automatic backups make the Pix-Star big digital photo frame unique among other top frames. There are no extra hidden or recurring fees to unlock or expand cloud storage, unlock the use of the mobile app/web dashboard, or enable video playback & support. Price-wise, Pix-Star’s frames offer great value when you consider their decent base price and free-for-life approach.
Sending photos, videos, and audio to your Pix-Star frames is simple & quick. You can use the photo-mail function from any device to send photos directly to your frame’s email. The Pix-Star Snap mobile app lets you load pictures directly from your phone’s camera or gallery to your Pix-Star frame. The web album feature (controlled via the web dashboard) lets you link & sync photos from social media & photo-sharing platforms like Facebook, Google Photos, Instagram, Dropbox, Google Drive, and more.
It’s the combination of all of these features, ease of use, and elderly-friendliness that make the Pix-Star 15-inch digital photo frame one of the best choices out there. Value for money is class-leading and you get a frame that effortlessly helps you connect & share your most precious moments with your loved ones. Pix-Star’s 15-inch digital photo frame quickly becomes an essential & effective connector between you and the people you care about – and they look great while doing it.
What to look for in big digital photo frames?
A big digital photo frame is generally considered to be any digital photo frame with a diagonal display size of at least 12-inches – though it’s more common to find 15-inch digital photo frames in this category. It’s worth noting that aspect ratio plays an important part in the balance between diagonal screen size and real-world practical size.
We almost always recommend going for a 4:3 aspect ratio display as they better suit the pictures we take on most of our smartphones & cameras (4:3 and 3:2 respectively). 16:9 & 16:10 displays are quite common, but they run into loads of issues when displaying photos. You’ll often find that there are big black bars around the photos, or they’re distorted, cropped, or zoomed in.
Wi-Fi connectivity & cloud storage are probably the most important features of any digital photo frame. You should be able to send photos to the frame wirelessly directly from your phone or computer (and even by email). USB/SD cards should also be supported and you shouldn’t need to copy their content to the frame’s internal storage to view them.
A supported mobile app & web dashboard is essential if you want to have a frame that’s easy for anyone in the family to use. Remote control functionality is another key feature that lets you remotely adjust settings & start slideshows from anywhere in the world – the perfect feature for large families or elderly users.
Can I use TVs as big digital photo frames?
While you can use a Smart TV as a digital photo frame, it’s going to cost you a lot more without delivering much of the same functionality. Aside from screencasting & USB support, Smart TVs struggle to complete with the features offered by most premium big digital photo frames. They’re also not nearly as portable and can’t be easily linked into a family of the connected frame (e.g., like Pix-Star’s 25-frame multi-frame control groups).
Smart TVs are also a lot more expensive than big digital photo frames like the Pix-Star – but they do offer better video playback and the ability to access streaming platforms (though photo slideshows aren’t going to be very good).
How many photos can a big digital photo frame hold?
The number of photos a big digital photo frame can hold depends on the size of its internal storage and setup regarding how new photos are sourced. For example, Aura digital photo frames need to be connected to Wi-Fi at all times (so that they have access to the Aura servers) to display photos.
On the other hand, big digital photo frames like the Pix-Star 15-inch digital frame have 8GB of internal storage and can hold up to 30,000 photos directly on the frame. This is more space than you’re likely to ever need – and they’re all automatically backed up to the cloud. Additionally, Pix-Star’s frames support USB/SD cards without any maximum size limits – giving you access to potentially unlimited storage space.
Can big digital photo frames display artwork?
Big digital photo frames are fantastic for displaying artwork. For the best viewing experience, make sure to set the frame up in the correct orientation. Furthermore, try to match the frame’s aspect ratio & resolution when sending artwork. This saves storage space and ensures that photos aren’t distorted, cropped, or surrounded by black bars. It’s for this reason that we recommend 4:3 aspect ratio displays as you get on the Pix-Star digital photo frames.