We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Displays Reviews
15,593 Reviews

Genius PF-A01 digital photo frame review

£140 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Genius

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Genius' PF-A01 boasts a massive 10.4in display, plus photo, music and video playback.

Digital photo frames have been on the market for a good few years now, but they've yet to become a hit with consumers. More novelty than necessity, these displays are still comparatively expensive but offer little in the way of added functionality.

Although Genius's PF-A01 sports a price tag that's similar to those of its rivals, it boasts a massive 10.4in of high-density screen space, MP3 music and .avi video playback and some interesting photo slideshow options. Neither do you need a PC to make use of the PF-A01, which supports a variety of media cards and USB memory, and has 128MB of built-in flash memory. This will store up to 700 photos, aided by Genius's built-in image-resizing software.

The Genius PF-A01 doesn't stretch images disproportionately to fit the screen, nor does it have a tendency to play executioner and cut off various body parts. However, stretching images proportionally can leave behind a letterbox-effect display and means that smaller pictures can appear pixellated. Images with a resolution exceeding 20Mp are ignored altogether.

A large part of our criticism for the mighty Genius PF-A01 is related to its teeny weeny remote control. With several poorly labelled buttons operating the same functions and others still gone AWOL - the Genius makes a big fuss with a capital 'B' to signify brightness, but is unconcerned about other display settings - the PF-A01's should-have-been-simple interface can prove difficult to get your head around.

With no hardware buttons other than a power switch on the Genius PF-A01 itself, you can forget about listening to music, watching videos or altering settings should you misplace this remote. The Genius will, however, start up a slideshow if left to its own devices.

We enjoyed the Genius's slideshow capabilities, which alternate images at intervals from five seconds up to four hours. There's a choice of a standard slideshow and MultiShow, which displays various arrangements of up to four images at a time. It's possible to play music during these slideshows, but with no button to even stop the music you can forget about playlists or such luxuries as skipping to the next track. (To stop a track playing you'll need to enter the MP3 menu, be careful not to touch anything, then sneak out before the Genius PF-A01 notices.) Amusingly, the motionless opening frames of our videos also appeared in the slideshow. Handy, because they weren't listed in a separate video menu.

The Genius PF-A01's removable stand allows it to be displayed in a portrait or landscape fashion. Use the Rotate buttons to flip an image and, while the Genius will remember this during the normal slideshow, it develops amnesia during MultiShow - and that's despite the unwelcome 'Rotate' folder it leaves behind on your memory stick.

But what really grates is that Genius has taken an option better left hidden in a sub-menu and made it rather too easy to access. The Genius PF-A01's remote control might not have separate buttons for selecting menu options, choosing from a video menu or exiting setup, but visitors can take advantage of its Delete button whenever one of our 'memories' doesn't meet their approval.

Some of the Genius PF-A01's other setup options include Sleep interval, Music repeat, Volume, plus settings for the time and date. With no battery-powered option available, the Genius' Sleep mode is claimed to prolong the backlight's life.

Genius PF-A01 digital photo frame Expert Verdict »
10.4in digital TFT LCD (640x480 pixels)
300cd/m2
128MB Flash memory
supports Jpeg and BMP files up to 20Mp, plus .avi video and MP3 music files
accepts SD/MMC/MS/MS-Pro/CF/MD/USB sticks or connects to a PC via USB
AC adaptor
PC requirements: 200MHz processor
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
40MB hard-disk space
USB
255x350x315mm
1.75kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

We should be singing the praises of the Genius PF-A01 with its 10.4in screen and multimedia functionality. But it's the little things that make all the difference, and the PF-A01's teeny weeny remote made a mess of what would otherwise have been an enjoyable and simple photo frame to use.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Transcend PF730 review

    Transcend PF730

    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.

  • Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 professional printer

    Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 professional printer

    The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 is one of two new wide-format printers from Canon, both of which use the same 12-ink printing architecture.

  • Roxio PhotoShow review

    Roxio PhotoShow

    Roxio PhotoShow is an easy-to-use application that creates slideshows from your digital photos. Digital photo enthusiasts may lament its lack of editing tools, and advanced photographers may find it limited, but newbies will love how easy PhotoShow makes it to create a polished slideshow with minimal effort.

  • Genius IPCam SECURE300R review

    Genius IPCam SECURE300R

    Genius says the Genius IPCam SECURE300R webcam is designed for office and home users who want a fully featured surveillance system that provides remote, high-quality video monitoring over the internet.

  • PhotoPeach review

    PhotoPeach

    PhotoPeach is an easy-to-use, web-based slideshow tool lets you share your photos and helps you discover those shared by others. Here's our PhotoPeach review.


IDG UK Sites

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: The best iPad mini and Nexus 7 rival tablet around

IDG UK Sites

Which Mac? Complete Apple Mac buyers guide for 2014

IDG UK Sites

Mobile email is powerful and useful - but also hopelessly intrusive

IDG UK Sites

Samsung lights up London skyline with Midnight Rainbow