Kogan 8in WiFi digital photo frame
A wireless digital photo frame with good picture quality and a reasonable price.
- Wireless connectivity, responsive touch border design, great resolution
- Tendency to freeze on start-up, blocky design, screen too glossy
Despite its occasional freezing and bulky design, Kogan's wireless digital photo frame is good value for money considering its range of features. The screen's resolution is quite impressive and it displays vibrant photos with accurate colour.
Price$ 129.00 (AUD)
It’s hard not to like Kogan’s 8in WiFi Digital Photo Frame, with its glossy finish on the frame and its array of features. It’s one of the few photo frames on the market with wireless networking incorporated into its design, allowing you to connect to services such as Facebook, Twitter and Photobucket.
The 8in screen supports an impressive 800x600 resolution, producing sharp images with accurate contrast and colour reproduction. From up close and afar the image quality is excellent, displaying images that are detailed and vibrant. The LCD screen has a 4:3 aspect ratio (the same ratio as many compact digital cameras).
The Kogan frame has a built-in 802.11b/g wireless adapter. You can use it to access an RSS photo feed from Photobucket or Twitter, for example. Each photo frame has its own unique e-mail address as well, allowing the wireless transmission of photos to and from other devices such as mobile phones and computers — making uploading your photos easy.
The unit has the standard SD/MMC inputs with a mini-USB connection that connects direct to a computer via a supplied cable, but we were disappointed to see that the unit doesn’t include a host USB input. As such, photos cannot be played on the unit directly from a USB memory stick. Additionally, when an SD card is inserted into the unit, the rubber protector has nowhere to be tucked away. It stands upright, awkwardly sticking up from the top of the frame and detracting from the digital photo frame’s clean lines.
The unit has 256MB of internal memory, but there is no option to copy your photos directly from your memory cards to the unit’s internal memory — transferring images using your PC is the only option. This means the process of loading photos onto the digital photo frame becomes more time-consuming.
There is an extensive menu available to customise the display. Several options are available, such as slideshow effects, brightness and adjusting the slideshow speed. Whichever slideshow effect is selected, the transition is seamless and smooth (in particular the ‘Blend’ effect in which the one image gracefully dissolves into the next). The slideshow can also be controlled by the included remote control.
In our tests the digital photo frame froze up several times on start-up, leaving the ‘Wi-Fi Connecting’ screen displayed. To fix this the power plug needs to be pulled out from the outlet and the unit rebooted.
The physical design of the frame is simple yet appealing with its glossy finish and touch border design. On the right hand side of the bezel are a number of navigational touch buttons that are surprisingly responsive. The photo frame feels stable but is quite thick, looking bulky from side-on. The screen is overly glossy and prone to reflections.
There are a range of features also incorporated into the frame such as auto power saving, which will make the frame turn off at night. The smart photo playlist gives you the option of selecting what photos should be displayed on a specific day (for example, a family member’s birthday). The digital photo frame also allows images to be rotated during display by using the remote control.
Overall the Kogan 8in WiFi Digital Photo Frame is impressive in its design and performance. The incorporation of wireless technology into the frame is a new trend in digital photo frames, and it proves to be both convenient and effective. Kogan’s photo frame is affordably priced, and has a stylish design and lots of features.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Acer Swift 7
Huawei Mate 9
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Portable SSD
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Surface Pro 4
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Venom Blackbook Zero 14 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- LG G6: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- And the 2017 winner of the Formula 1 Best Pit Lane Boom Gantry is...
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- CCChange and Communications ManagerQLD
- CCSenior Full Stack Web Developer - Port MacquarieQLD
- TPProgram ArchitectQLD
- FTSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTSeeking all Java Developers!QLD
- FTPHP DeveloperACT
- CCInfrastructure Test Lead - Contract 6-8 wks initially - IT Services - North RydeNSW
- CCSolution ManagerSA
- TPAgile Implementation LeadNSW
- CCSofware Developer/Architect - Media and telco Network Operations - MelbourneVIC
- FTUX DesignerNSW
- FTSenior Infrastructure Business AnalystVIC
- CCLead SAP SRM DeveloperACT
- CCChange AnalystQLD
- TPBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTTechnical ConsultantACT
- CCProgram ManagerVIC
- CCOrganisational Change Manager - Banking/Financial ServicesNSW
- FTFinancial ERP Customer - Solution Consultant / System AccountantNSW
- CCProcess Assurance LeadNSW
- CCLightweight Directory Access Procol (LDAP) DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior Web DeveloperVIC
- CCPMO Analyst - Financial ServicesNSW
- FTICT Business Development Manager - Technical Products/SolutionsQLD