Mounting a digital photo frame on the wall might not have been your first idea – but it can be incredibly attractive and versatile when done right. The first and most important feature to look for in a wall-mountable digital photo frame is a standard VESA mount. They’re more commonly found on several of the top digital photo frames and offer a secure and flexible way to mount your digital frame to the wall. These mounts also ensure you still have access to the USB ports and SD card slots. You should be able to choose between landscape and portrait setups.
Another key feature to look for is a large display. Digital photo frames on the wall are more likely to be further away from you than digital photo frames rested on tables. The bigger display helps to improve the effective viewing distance and broadens the viewing angle.
You should hunt for a frame that has a handheld remote control with around a 6+ meter range. This lets you move through slideshows and change settings without needing to stand directly in front of the frame. Alternatively, remote control capable frames that let you start slideshows from the web interface or mobile app are also super handy – though almost exclusively limited to a handful of the top digital photo frames.
Auto-adjusting brightness and an auto-on/off feature are also handy. This is usually done through a motion and light sensor on the frame. Make sure you still have the option to manually control these settings as their performance can be shaky from time to time.
Display resolution and aspect ratio are deal-breakers. Make sure the frame has an 800×600 pixel display (though preferably higher) and a 4:3 aspect ratio. Other aspect ratios result in tons of cropped or distorted photos with unsightly black bars around the sides or top to fill in the extra space. You should avoid touchscreen displays as they are fingerprint magnets, less durable, need to be constantly cleaned, and increase the chance of scratching the screen.
Aside from these main features, you should look for the same sort of features you find in most top digital frames. These include features like multimedia playback, web album support, internal storage, Wi-Fi and cloud compatibility, etc.
Pix-Star’s 15-inch digital photo frame for the wall is one of the best available on the market. Each frame comes with a standard VESA mount with additional hanging holes on the frame’s back. You can easily mount the frame in either portrait or landscape (supported by the frame too).
The 15-inch display has 350cd/cm² and a broad viewing angle. Pictures and videos appear even when viewed from above or at a sharp angle. The handheld remote control is tactile and responsive, and you can control your frame (and up to 25 others) from the web interface. You can link the frame directly to your social media and photo-sharing accounts and display selected photos and albums. Whenever you add new photos to these connected albums, they’ll be automatically synced, updated, and saved to your Pix-Star frame’s internal storage for offline use.
With additional features like web radio & music, viewing the weather, alerts & reminders, and more, you have all the functionality you’d expect from a top frame. You can send pictures and other media to multiple frames at the same time through the mobile app, and even via email.
The solid build quality, 1024×768 display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and smooth and fluid user interface give the Pix-Star almost unmatched versatility. Considering there are no recurring fees or subscriptions, you get excellent value for money and a well-built and designed frame you’ll keep around for years.
With most digital photo frames that wall mount with a standard VESA mount, you’ll still be able to insert USB drives and SD cards into their relevant slots. With digital photo frames that aren’t designed for wall-mounting (if you have to create a mounting frame for example), the ports can be blocked – especially if the cutout leaves the frame sitting flush with the wall. This is because almost all digital photo frames have their USB/SD card ports on the back and sides of the frame.
If you want to send photos to your frame via email, mobile app, or through linking web albums, you need Wi-Fi support. Wi-Fi also enables radio, weather, alerts, firmware updates, and more. You also won’t have access to cloud storage without Wi-Fi connectivity.
If you only need a digital photo frame for wall mounting that displays photos from a USB/SD card, then you don’t need Wi-Fi capabilities. Just note that you won’t be able to remotely control your frame or link it to a broader network of frames (if your family has several frames for each home).
Digital photo frames can wall mount using either the provided mounting mechanism (usually a standard VESA mount) or via the dedicated hanging holes on the frame’s back. If your frame doesn’t come with any of these options, but you still want to mount it on the wall, you need to either cut a space in the wall or make a case for it that hangs. Cutting a hole in the wall is a bit risker as you might not like the frame’s position and will be left with a gaping hole in the wall. It’s better to get a frame that has a standard VESA mount and/or dedicated hanging holes.
If you’re going to move the frame around a lot or if it has a smaller screen, you might be better off resting it on a table or mantelpiece. Once you’ve mounted a digital photo frame on the wall, it can be quite a mission to get it off and move it around – especially if you’ve run the power cable through a hole in the wall to hide it better.