Like Philips’ pretty line of digital photo frames, this Toshiba TekBright display has a transparent surround, which makes it look larger than it is and neatly frames the brushed aluminium LCD frame.
Set up is straightforward: press the On button at the side for a couple of seconds and you’re off. You can then adjust how things are displayed and for how long using the rather small and unresponsive buttons on the Toshiba TekBright itself (there’s no remote control).
A loud squeak is emitted by the Toshiba TekBright whenever you press one of the small silver buttons hidden behind the screen’s fascia. This is a bit disconcerting. At first we thought it was the sound of the Perspex plastic surround scratching on our tabletop. We couldn’t find a way of switching off the beep.
The Toshiba TekBright seems to automatically recognise the presence of a memory card and pops up a message stating that it's searching for photos. It can read Jpeg images and bitmaps but no other type. We were surprised to find this was the case as a number of other digital photo frames are able to play Mpeg4 video or MP3 music files. Given the Toshiba TekBright 's price tag of just under £100, this makes Toshiba’s 7in frame relatively expensive.
With a contrast ratio of 400:1, images look pretty good. We fed the Toshiba TekBright with a variety of shots taken at all times of the day, but it coped well with autumnal twilight as well as more forgiving summer sunshine scenes.
The Toshiba TekBright was less adept at displaying indoor scenes except where there was good natural light.
To showcase the range of viewing options, the Toshiba TekBright is set up to show a mishmash of screen transitions, from simple vertical and horizontal sweeps to our favourite in which the image slowly rolls up like a blind, gradually revealing the next photo.
The standard setting is five seconds before switching to the next image, but this can be set to as much as an hour if you prefer. Images can be displayed in full colour or in black and white and it’s possible to add a background colour to portrait shots that otherwise simply have a black to left and right.
Some other digital photo frames we’ve seen have an option to automatically stretch images or to reposition them on the screen. However, we’ve also got mixed feelings about auto-stretching images as the distortions can be truly gruesome, cutting off people pictures in undesirable and often painful looking ways.
Instead, the Toshiba TekBright sticks to basic, useful functions. There’s a timer, a clock that can display at fullscreen when the photo viewer isn’t in active use, plus an alarm clock.
Toshiba claims there’s 16MB of internal memory for you to store favourite shots. In practice, we found only 9MB available for our use, although we could have deleted the sample shots supplied with the Toshiba TekBright to free up a bit of space. We liked the fact that we could immediately see how much space was being taken up by photos on both the internal and removable
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