Should I mount my digital photo frame on the wall?
To mount or not to mount? Putting a digital photo frame on the wall can add a lot of character and personalization to the room. It’s fantastic for high-traffic areas like living & dining rooms, but there are some important considerations before making your choice.
It’s worth noting that not many digital photo frames are built with wall-mounting capabilities right out of the factory. In some cases – as with cheap digital photo frames – you’ll have to DIY build a frame to slot the frame into or to hold it in place. Bear in mind that it risks leaving the USB/SD card ports inaccessible and can make it awkward to insert the power cable – so take care while designing the frame.
Some of the best digital photo frames for the wall like the Pix-Star come with support for standard VESA mount (actual mount purchased separately), offering a versatile and robust wall mount. They’re minimally noticeable and a great choice for a clean aesthetic. You should mount your frame on the wall if the display is big enough to capture and hold attention, and if your walls aren’t too cluttered.
Wall mounting is a great option for families. You can place the frames in rooms like the living room, dining room, and bedrooms, and sync them up to show all your most precious memories. With frames like the Pix-Star, much of this can be remotely controlled through the web interface, meaning you’ll seldom need to be standing directly in front of the frame.
While wall mounting is less common than resting a digital photo frame on a tabletop or mantelpiece, it’s still an excellent idea – but needs to be personalized and customized to the needs of each room, family, and home. There’s no one-size-fits-all rule of thumb here and it’s ultimately down to your tastes.
What is the best digital photo frame for an empty wall?
Pix-Star’s 15-inch digital photo frame is one of the most versatile and value-for-money digital frames on the market at the moment. You get enough screen size, detail, and brightness for larger well-lit rooms. Pix-Star’s frames are packed with handy features like remote control functionality, multi-frame control, a mobile app & web interface, web album support, Wi-Fi capabilities, free-for-life cloud storage, and video & audio playback support.
You have more control over the play order and frequency of photos in slideshows. These settings are effortlessly adjusted remotely via a computer (through the Pix-Star.com dashboard) or can be done directly on the frame.
The broad viewing angle and distance of the 15-inch Pix-Star digital photo frame, combined with a sleek and attractive design, helps the frame fill up empty walls. The frame doesn’t struggle to draw attention to the display, and the ability to mix in videos and audio further enhances immersion.
Pix-Star’s frames use a 4:3 aspect ratio that helps the frame perfectly match most of the photos we take on our phones and cameras. You don’t need to worry about ugly black bars around your photos and videos, and pics won’t need to be cropped, zoomed, or distorted to fit the screen. This results in an immersive and natural way to display your favorite pictures. Combine this with remotely controlled settings and the ability to adjust color and brightness without leaving slideshows – and you have a very capable and versatile frame that anyone can send photos to from anywhere in the world.
What to look for in a digital photo frame for the wall?
Make sure the digital photo frame for the wall has a reliable wall-mounting system. We recommend a standard VESA mount as it offers the sturdiest mount that can switch between orientations – but hanging holes will do fine provided there are 3 or more holes.
You should still have access to all the ports on the side of the frame after it’s been mounted on the wall. This will be to insert USB/SD cards and play photos directly off them/copy the contents to the frame’s internal storage.
You should find a frame with at least a 10-inch display, with 12-15-inch options generally being a better choice for most rooms and homes. The aspect ratio is essential if you don’t want to have to edit and adjust each photo to match the frame’s ratio before sending it.
4:3 is arguably the most versatile and perfectly matches most photos taken on smartphones these days. 16:9 runs into far more issues as most phones that offer 16:9 photos simply zoom in on a 4:3 original ratio.
Can I plug a USB/SD card into a digital photo frame that’s wall-mounted?
USB/SD card is probably the most common way to send photos to your digital photo frame. This is true across all budget ranges as both cheap and premium digital photo frames have at least an SD card slot. Frames like the Pix-Star (a premium frame) have both a USB and SD card port and save all photos received to the frame to its internal storage for offline viewing.
Digital photo frames with a built-in wall-mounting system such as hanging holes or supporting a standard VESA mount are designed to ensure you don’t lose access to the frame’s ports and power inlet. If you’re building a frame manually and want it to sit flush with the wall, make sure the USB/SD card slots are catered to as they are very important if you want to use the frame without being connected to Wi-Fi.
Can I display art on a digital photo frame on the wall?
You can display any photos on a good digital photo frame for the wall like the Pix-Star – as long as they match the format and size requirements of the frame. That being said, larger digital photo frames (10-15-inch screen size) are better suited to displaying art.
You should also make sure the resolution is at least 800×600 for a decent viewing experience (1024×768 is another excellent aspect ratio). Digital photo frames like the Pix-Star that have adjustable colors are well-suited to displaying art as you can adjust the hue and saturation to suit the mood, theme, and specific slideshows.