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Fantastic Frame! Newer models allow for HUE correction.
February 11, 2016
This a fantastic frame!
I did a lot of research into which frame to buy and I was overwhelmed with the features of the Pix-Star frames. But, for all the bells and whistles, you buy a Digital Photo Frame to see pictures as if you were framing them to showcase in your home. So, picture quality was my topmost priority.
That is where some of the reviews drew my attention away from the brand, specifically two issues:
* resolution (800x600 seemed a little low), and
* color temperature (many reviews claimed blue tint on most pictures compared to other devices like tablets and phones)
As for issue #1, the 10.4 inch model has a resolution of 800x600, which, at the screen size, results in a 96dpi display. That matches the resolution of many LCD or LED monitors where you work on every day. For those looking into the 15" model, the dpi is a little less actually, even though the pixel count is higher, that is why I chose the 10". Of course, if you put your face a couple of inches away from the frame you will see the pixels, but at the normal viewing distance of 3 feet (1 meter), the frame's resolution is more than adequate, specially if the source image comes from a good source like a DSLR or a back-camera from a modern phone. Selfies and other images taken with lower-end cameras do suffer a bit more. Still, I deducted half a star because I really would have hoped for a 1024x800 or so display. I believe it would bring a lot of POP to the images.
As for issue #2, I found a very useful post on Pix-Star website that claimed that as of November 2015 all models allow for HUE correction. I hopped for the best and ordered hopping that amazon would ship the newer model and, certainly enough, I got one with the HUE correction options (and the motion sensor). Still, the corrections are very 'broad' and I was unable to match my pro-grade DELL monitor factory calibrated color, but I was able to bring the much needed warmth to the skin tones quite a bit. Still, I shaved another half a star because, while now pleasing to the eye, the images still lack a bit of warmth. Perhaps a setting for cool - neutral - warm tones could be implemented via a firmware in the future?
Still, the image quality is very, very good. Adding a little saturation and a little hue shift made the images much more natural and brought back the 'pop' that is reported as missing in some of the earlier reviews.
One issue that is reported on the online reviews is the light bleed on the edges. I have to report that this is, sadly, true. While not at all an issue on a full image that fills the frame, if the image is in the opposite orientation and you are left with black stripes, the light bleed on the borders is very visible, specially if the ambient light is dim or null. If the ambient light is strong, it is hardly visible. That said, this does not detract on the quality of the image, but makes for a distraction at times. Not enough of an issue to hold my enthusiasm for the product.
As for features, the Pix-Star is, by far, the best choice. In very little time I was able to put in a USB drive or SD card with my pictures, create the mail account to start sending photo emails to the device, and hooked up my favorite Facebook albums and my Google Drive folders where I keep my professional DSLR pictures. You can set the frame to show them all at once: local storage, memory cards, web albums (the only functionality not available in 'combo' view is the DLNA server approach, but I believe its an understandable compromise, I much rather have that option as well).
I really believe this is the frame to go to. The Pix-Star site came as very intuitive, and the service is very interesting. I cannot help but to applaud the fact that they have replied to or helped almost all of the negative reviews here with genuine intention of helping and not just 'getting the issue out of the way'.
Kudos to the company for such a dedication to customers.
I would buy another one for my new home and gift others to my family if money were not an issue. The pix-star is also on the pricier side when comparing similar offerings, but I believe all the features more than make up for the price tag.
Very happy with the purchase. Hope this review helps others that are on the fence as I was. It really is a great choice.