By >Daimaou - G.G-B
[Review] Buffalo Digital Photo Frame PF-50WG/BK
I’ve been writing about Digital Photo frame since quite sometimes now but never had the chance to review one, until today… Yep I finally took the time to ask Buffalo Japan to send me over a review unit of their latest model in order to give it a spin.
- 8” LCD with a 800×600 resolution
- WiFi BG WEP 128(104)/64(40)bit, WPA-PSK(TKIP/AES), WPA2-PSK(TKIP/AES)
- USB 2.0, SDHDC, SD, MMC, USN Memory, xD Card, Memory Stick… Support
- JPEG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MotionJPEG and 3GPP (AVI, MOV, 3GP)
- Picasa, Flickr, Windows Live Frameit, DLNA
- 85MB of Internal Memory
- Japanese – English Menu
- 100-240V 50/60Hz
- 244 x 200 x 43mm – 980g
- 1 Remote control
Buffalo is one of the most famous peripheral and PC goodies reseller in Japan, and I have been using some of their product since quite a while now. From the router, to the USB Key, NAS or external HDD, Buffalo always offered some quite good stuff in the past, and our Digital Photo Frame is good average of what Buffalo is capable to offer.
With a basic design, correct build quality and plastic, the PF-50WG/BK doesn’t stand out of the crowd but doesn’t hit rock bottom neither.
No really not much to say here, perhaps maybe I would have prefer a smaller bezel and a better built frame stand, but well, that’s petty much the only thing I can think of here.
I choose this particular Digital Picture frame for 2 main reasons, first and foremost is basic capability to display photos from its internal memory or from a memory card, and on this one, the PF-50WG/BK does a pretty good job, nothing to complain about in any cases, it work just perfectly well and the overall result is quite good, I mean, pictures are just beautiful with nice colors and contrast.
So simply put the PF-50WG/BK does its exactly what you are waiting for when you plug your memory card in it and want to enjoy your art.
Now the 2nd most important aspect of this digital frame is its capability to pull contents from the web or from your network and this is pretty much what I always wanted.
Supporting Picasa, Flickr and Windows Live Frameit, as well as being capable to access to your NAS or any DLNA devices, the PF-50WG/BK is on paper a killer, however reality could be a little bit crueler.
On the paper everything is dead easy, but once you have to make it work by yourself, things are always trickier, like for example acquiring access to your Network.
With only 5 buttons (Left, Right, Up, Down and Ok), you will have to enter manually your WEP or any other Security key you may have if you do not use AOSS technology. Once you succeed to get your Frame online and synch both Time and Date you will have to enter manually your Picasa, Flikr or Microsoft Microsoft Live FrameIt account, which means that you will once again have to go through hell in order to enter both your login and ID…
Now let’s assume for a minute that you did not turned mad from this experience and that did not trough out of the windows our shiny new photo frame…
Once everything set correctly you should be capable to see, petty much nothing… In fact you will have to go through several folders and wait for ages before being capable to see anything, but once the picture is showing up, if you are lucky of course, your image will render like if they were directly connected to your Photo Frame.
Yep on the 3 accounts I succeed to add on my PF-50WG/BK, I only succeed to get access to my Flickr account.
Microsoft Live FrameIt never succeed to access to my photo folder, but could give me both Akihabara News RSS feed and my weather data, while Picasa simply refused to show me anything at all.
For a first experience with a “connected” Digital Photo Frame, I must admit that I am pretty disappointed. Yes the basic Digital Photo frame function is working smoothly but our PF-50WG/BK UI is a pain to use, it is almost impossible to re-enter any of your login or password if you made a mistake (you will have to reset your device completely). Accessing to your photo Via Picasa, Flickr or Microsoft Live FrameIt is a real aheadeach and does not always even work.
No really what made this digital frame interesting in the first place is in fact is weakest point and I really hope that Buffalo will offer in the future something better build and easier to configure if they ever want me to ever invest in one of their network capable Digital Photo Frame.