Kodak is straddling traditionalist and multimedia worlds with its Kodak EasyShare S730 digital photo frame, and we applaud it for getting the balance right.

This stylish, modern-looking, burgundy-bordered frame boasts a rechargeable battery so that it can be passed around without worrying about AC cords. The battery lasts only about an hour, though, so most of the time the Kodak EasyShare S730 will probably be residing on your beside table or desk.

The Kodak EasyShare S730's 7-inch, 800-by-480-pixel display produced excellent results in our tests, with natural-looking, vivid, and detailed pictures. It also displays video (in MOV, AVI, MPEG, and MPEG4 formats) and plays MP3s with your slideshow or video.

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A pleasant surprise was how the Kodak EasyShare S730 seems to be raising the bar for audio quality in these devices. This frame has speakers located on the lower rear of the unit, but broadcasting toward the viewer, and the sound quality was remarkably good.

Using Kodak's EasyShare software, you can create slideshows on your PC and transfer them to the Kodak EasyShare S730 frame's 1GB of internal memory. And if you plug in a memory card, the frame will automatically start playing the contents. You can use the touch-sensitive border to customise the time between photos and the transitions used.

Photos can be viewed alongside a clock or calendar, or in a nifty dynamic collage. If MP3s are saved on the card, the frame will automatically start playing the tunes, too. The Kodak EasyShare S730 accepts all manner of storage cards (SD/SDHC, xD, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro Duo, as well as USB flash drives) except CompactFlash. It also connects with your computer via USB.

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Kodak EasyShare S730: Specs

  • Digital photo frame
  • Digital audio player, digital photo viewer, memory card reader, digital video player
  • Hi-Speed USB
  • TFT 7in colour
  • Aspect Ratio: 15:9
  • Contrast Ratio: 500:1
  • 250 cd/m2
  • 800x480
  • Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SDHC Memory Card
  • 1GB flash memory
  • JPEG, EXIF, PCM, MPEG 1 Audio, MPEG 2 Audio, MP3, ADPCM
  • Auto slide show
  • Digital photo frame
  • Digital audio player, digital photo viewer, memory card reader, digital video player
  • Hi-Speed USB
  • TFT 7in colour
  • Aspect Ratio: 15:9
  • Contrast Ratio: 500:1
  • 250 cd/m2
  • 800x480
  • Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SDHC Memory Card
  • 1GB flash memory
  • JPEG, EXIF, PCM, MPEG 1 Audio, MPEG 2 Audio, MP3, ADPCM
  • Auto slide show

OUR VERDICT

Overall, having the Kodak EasyShare S730 around is a pleasure. We do wish the battery life were longer, though. Like all the other frames we've seen, this unit is still basically tethered to the desk.

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