Transcend keeps pushing genres with the Transcend PF730. Like the earlier Transcend 720, the PF730 is not only a digital photo frame, but also a video player, an alarm clock, a calendar, and an MP3 player.

The Transcend PF730 is quite stylish with its embossed (white or black) frame, and has a bit more of a sophisticated look than the Transcend 720.

You might set the Transcend PF730 out, say, on the sofa end table, whereas the 720 (which somewhat resembles a radio) would look more at home in the bedroom or on your dorm room desk. The PF730 lacks the FM audio option of the 720, but still has 2GB of internal memory (which could be quite adequate for your entire slideshow collection).

This frame is simple to use: just plug in your SD, MMC, or MS card, or a USB flash drive; or transfer images from your PC to the frame's internal memory. The Transcend PF730's remote is large and readable, and the frame is highly responsive to it. The remote covers it all: you can add photos to your Favorites, adjust volume, and set different modes for photo, video, music, calendar, and slideshow functions.

The Transcend PF730's 800-by-600 pixel screen looked crisp and displayed natural-looking photos, albeit with a slightly cool colour cast. You can, however, punch things up with the effective "vivid" mode (the frame offers standard, vivid, and natural modes). If you rotate the frame, the Transcend PF730 rotates the photo, almost instantaneously. You may also appreciate, as we did, the unusual and sometimes goofy slideshow transitions (a thumbnail that bounces in to fill the screen, or a photo emerging in the middle of another photo).

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Transcend PF730: Specs

  • Color: Onyx Black, Ivory
  • Display Type and Size: 7" 4:3 TFT LCD
  • Display Resolution: 800x600 pixels
  • Audio out: Stereo speakers, 0.5w
  • USB Interface: 1x standard A-Type, 1x mini B-Type
  • Internal Storage: 2GB NAND Flash
  • Navigation: 5 keys and remote control
  • Remote control: Infrared, NEC protocol
  • Power Supply: Input: 100 ~ 240 V 0.3A
  • Output: 5V DC 2.0A
  • Music Formats: MP3, WMA (Non-DRM), WAV
  • Video Formats: Motion JPEG (AVI, MOV
  • Up to 720x480 @ 30FPS)
  • Photo Formats: DSC JPEG (up to 9000x6750)
  • Supported Devices (direct insertion): SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/USB
  • NaturaTone (intelligent skin color processing)
  • AOS (Automatic Orientation Sensor)
  • Music Compression Rates: 32Kbps–320Kbps (MP3), 32Kbps–192Kbps (WMA)
  • Certificates: CE, FCC, BSMI
  • 194×160×29mm
  • 370g
  • Color: Onyx Black, Ivory
  • Display Type and Size: 7" 4:3 TFT LCD
  • Display Resolution: 800x600 pixels
  • Audio out: Stereo speakers, 0.5w
  • USB Interface: 1x standard A-Type, 1x mini B-Type
  • Internal Storage: 2GB NAND Flash
  • Navigation: 5 keys and remote control
  • Remote control: Infrared, NEC protocol
  • Power Supply: Input: 100 ~ 240 V 0.3A
  • Output: 5V DC 2.0A
  • Music Formats: MP3, WMA (Non-DRM), WAV
  • Video Formats: Motion JPEG (AVI, MOV
  • Up to 720x480 @ 30FPS)
  • Photo Formats: DSC JPEG (up to 9000x6750)
  • Supported Devices (direct insertion): SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/USB
  • NaturaTone (intelligent skin color processing)
  • AOS (Automatic Orientation Sensor)
  • Music Compression Rates: 32Kbps–320Kbps (MP3), 32Kbps–192Kbps (WMA)
  • Certificates: CE, FCC, BSMI
  • 194×160×29mm
  • 370g

OUR VERDICT

The Transcend PF730 is another playful offering from Transcend, and at about £90, it's affordable for a broad audience.

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