Top critical review
Random display mode was non-functional for a USB drive with more than 1000 images.
August 11, 2014
After comparing features and reading reviews, I decided that the Micca 15-inch Photo Frame was the best choice for my intended purpose: to show my collection of digital images in random order. Now that I have successfully set up the photo frame to perform this operation, I can report that the quality of the displayed images is excellent and the menu of customizations and options is very useful. I cannot report on its performance on videos and with sounds because I have not used any of those functions.
I would evaluate the Micca Photo Frame much more highly if the setup had been easier and/or if the setup procedure had been more fully explained. The problem I encountered was that the photo frame showed the same few images over and over again, ignoring the vast majority that I had loaded onto the 8 GB USB drive that had been supplied with the unit. Following the Trouble Shooting Guide in the Owner's Manual, I reformatted the USB drive using the suggested FAT 32 file system, a process which erases all the photographs I had previously put on the drive. After reloading all the photos on the drive, the problem persisted. So, again, following the recommendations in the Troubleshooting Guide, I downloaded and installed onto my computer a suggested free image processing software package that allowed me to batch process all the image files. I did this and reloaded the USB drive, but the problem still persisted. I then sent an email to the help line of the Micca company, and they responded that the problem was my having more than 1000 images on the USB drive. If I wished to use the random display function with more than 1000 images, I would need a firmware upgrade to the photo frame. That upgrade software is available from their web site and can be downloaded to your computer and extracted so that the resulting file can be copied onto an empty SD card (not a USB drive!) to transfer it to the photo frame. There is no SD card supplied with the photo frame. Once I installed the updated firmware on the photo frame, the showing of random images worked properly.
Apparently, if you have fewer than 1000 images, the random function will work properly in the out-of-the-box unit, but I did not try it with a file of that limited size so I do not know if that is true. But what I do know is that if you plan on providing more than 1000 images to the photo frame, you will need to contact the company help line and do several steps on your computer and on your unit to have the unit perform to the advertised descriptions. This process may be beyond the time and energy that the casual user may wish to expend.