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Are the Largest Digital Photo Frames as Good as They Look?


Which is the best of the largest digital photo frames?

Pix-Star’s 15-inch digital photo frames are not only one of the most popular – it’s one of the largest digital photo frames on the mass market. Their 1024×768 display uses a versatile 4:3 aspect ratio that perfectly matches most of the photos we take on our smartphones; leading to enhanced immersion and a better overall viewing experience.

The Pix-Star digital photo frame is arguably the most versatile frame on the market today. It’s packed full of Wi-Fi-enabled features like free-for-life cloud storage, full use of the mobile app, access to a web dashboard, remote control capabilities, and much more. Slideshows are easy to control and can even be remotely started & managed. Both local & cloud storage can be managed remotely and is automatically backed up as new photos are received on the frame.

Pix-Star’s mobile app is excellent as it lets you send up to 250 photos to several Pix-Star frames at the same time. This means your loved ones can send & receive photos moments after they’ve been captures. These incoming photos can even be set to automatically display on the frame as they’re received – making sure nobody misses another precious moment.

When you combine this feature with the immersive display and Pix-Star’s capable web dashboard, it’s a recipe for success. You can remotely start & manage slideshows, adjust the frame’s settings, update their firmware, and much more. Pix-Star’s web albums feature is one of the best out there. You can link photos albums from social media and photo-sharing sites like Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos, Google Drive, and many more. These are saved to your frame’s internal storage and can be viewed in slideshows while the frame is offline.

Slideshows are extremely versatile and give you personalized & customized control over both the frequency & play order of photos. You can easily move around files and folders on the frame’s internal storage to create unique and filtered playlists for slideshows. This lets you comfortably control the mood, vibe, theme, or occasion the frame’s slideshows cater to. There are plenty of slideshow settings to choose from. You can adjust the speed, transition type & style, etc.

Pix-Star’s digital photo frames even let you manually adjust the brightness & color settings of the display without having to leave the slideshow. It’s a feature that’s rarely found on the digital frame market – even among premium digital photo frames. Unlike many of the other premium frames, Pix-Star doesn’t charge any recurring annual subscription fees (frames like the Skylight & Nixplay charge extra fees) to unlock features like cloud storage, use of the mobile app & web interface, video playback & support, etc.

What to look for in the largest digital photo frames?

The largest digital photo frames need to tick the right boxes to be truly competitive in today’s market – being bigger than the rest simply isn’t enough. Wi-Fi is probably the single most important feature of these large frames; it unlocks & enables features like cloud storage, mobile apps & web dashboards, receiving photos from all over the world, letting the frame be remotely controlled and much more. Without Wi-Fi and the related features, digital picture frames struggle to compete with the demands of modern homes & families or cater to the technological standard we have in 2021.

Cloud storage is another key feature. It should be free to use and should automatically back up your photos & other media. It can be very frustrating to skip over manual backups only to realize you accidentally lost all of your favorite photos. Cloud storage needs to have a remote-control feature that lets you remotely manage & adjust both the cloud & local versions.

As for the display of the largest digital photo frames, 4:3 aspect ratios are the way to go. Most of our smartphones capture pictures in 4:3. If you send these photos to a digital photo frame with a 16:9 aspect ratio, most of the photos will be zoomed, distorted, cropped, or boxed in by black bars – none of which you want to ruin your premium viewing experience. Pix-Star digital frames are some of the only premium frames that use 4:3 aspect ratios and offer one of the most immersive 15-inch displays – especially when you consider their competitive price point & robust feature set.

Are the largest photo frames good for photographers?

Photographers’ needs are quite a bit different from the standard digital photo frame user. Big displays can make a big difference in how you display your photographs – but there are some important considerations. The aspect ratio should be 4:3 to avoid photos being distorted, cropped, or boxed into the center of the screen. This is a big issue with digital photo frames that use a 16:9 display (as many top digital photo frames use).

Photographers also need a large digital photo frame to have manually adjustable color & brightness settings. This isn’t a feature that’s commonly offered, though it’s found on Pix-Star frames. You can adjust the hue, saturation, and contrast, along with manually adjustable brightness. These settings can be changed without needing to leave the slideshow you’re viewing.

Do the largest digital photo frames always need Wi-Fi?

Premium large digital photo frames like the Pix-Star don’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi at all times – though this isn’t a universally offered feature. Pix-Star’s digital photo frames only need Wi-Fi for syncing and receiving new photos – and for managing the frame’s settings & cloud storage remotely via the web interface. You don’t need Wi-Fi for viewing photos & other media in slideshows as all received photos are saved to the frame’s internal storage.

Do the largest digital photo frames have touchscreens?

We recommend avoiding digital photo frames that have touchscreens – especially for the largest digital photo frames. This is because display panels that are touch compatible and larger than 8 to 10-inches are far more expensive to produce. This extra cost is often offset by sacrificing aspects of the frame’s performance and features. They’re more prone to being damaged by small knocks & falls; they’re also fingerprint magnets – something that has a very negative effect on immersion and the viewing experience.

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