Pandigital 8" LCD Digital Photo Frame


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One of the most popular gifts this year and last year is the Digital Photo Frame, they’ve come down in price quite a bit since last year, and they’re becoming more and more feature packed. They’re a great way to show off your pictures instead of leaving them in digital format, and they make great gifts.

A little bit ago I took a look at the Photolink Scanner from Pandigital, today I’ve got an 8" LCD Digital Photo Frame from them. The frame is very nice, the LCD is crisp and clear and it’s got some great features like a built in card reader, remote control and the ability to not only show your pictures but play videos and music as well.



First up is the video unboxing, check it out and continue on:

Specifications:

Pandigital 8" LCD Digital Photo Frame

Move Digital Images Out Of Your Camera And Into Your Home.
Model: PAN811-B

Complete Storage
Stores up to 298 two megapixel images, 256MB of internal memory

Complete Compatibility
A built-in 6-in-1 card reader

Complete Connectivity
Transfer files easily from your memory card, camera or PC

Complete Style
Beveled black wood frame

Complete media Support
Supports JPEG, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and MP3 files. Accepts SD/MMC/CF/MS/XD memory cards allowing you to store thousands of photos, songs or video.

Features
Clock, Calendar, Alarm and Programmable On/Off  and remote control

Price: $149.99 (depending where you look)

Loading pictures on the Pandigital 8" LCD Photo Frame can be done a few different ways, via memory card, USB drive or right from your computer, and it’s very easy to do.  The frame itself seems very well made, solid and sturdy, but yet lightweight.

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There’s also an interesting Zoom feature on the remote as well, not exactly sure why you want to zoom in on pictures though, but I guess it’s a nice feature to have. Here’s the original picture first with the levels of zoom, this was my son with orange whipped cream…

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The remote control is used to easily access the features and setup of the frame, or you can use the buttons on the back, I like the fact that there are two sets of controls so if you lose the remote you’re not stuck with no controls. One of the things about the remote is that it is an IR remote with limited range and angle of usability, you pretty much have to be pointing straight at it for it to work.

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The quality of the pictures is very nice on the LCD, I tried to capture them with my camera but it’s hard, I’m impressed though, they look very sharp and clear.

There’s also on-screen displays for the setup and controls, where you can adjust some things about the display.

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There is a built-in card reader which is nice that it accepts several types of cards, it not only reads them from the card, but you can copy them to the frames memory or you can use the card as a storage device. You can also do the same thing with a USB drive as well. You can use memory cards, or USB for videos, music or pictures so it’s a versatile system.

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One the the features I like is the Clock/Calendar with pictures displayed, you can just leave the frame set like this and you’ve got a calendar and clock display along with a slideshow of your pictures, though I wish the time displayed was a bit larger, and I would be happy if the Pandigital logo wasn’t in the corner either.

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I mentioned the remote already, but a small problem I ran into is the built in stand, it’s not that stable really, you’ll want to make sure it’s out of reach from children and pets, just lightly bumping it of the table its on makes it fall over. There are mounts on the back so you can mount it on the wall, but then you’d have a cord hanging down from it for power.

I did try a movie with it, it’s nice for a novelty effect, but the speaker in located in the back and it really isn’t very loud and the quality isn’t the greatest, but it’s not too bad either, better than I expected it to be really.


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Conclusion:
The Pandigital 8" LCD Digital Photo Frame is very nice choice for your home or to give as a gift, it’s got the aesthetics to look good in most any decor. The features that are included are excellent, as is the overall build quality.

Pros:
Nice clear display
Very easy to use
Plays videos, pictures and music in popular formats
Built-in card reader
Dual controls

Cons:
Range and degree of remote could be better
Stand is not the greatest, falls over easily

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-10-10
Performance score-9-10
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  • wgk

    hello… i received one of these digital photo frames as a gift… it is model PAN811-B… i tried calling the customer service phone (1.800.715.5354) multi times but never made it past a busy signal… so then i went to their website (pandigital.net)… browsing thru their products shown on the site i could not find my model PAN811-B even listed… bottom line is i am trying to find out if one can ‘shuffle’ the viewing order once the pics are loaded into the frame… all they seem to do is repeat the same 1,2,3,4,5 loop each time… also is there a way to slow down the rate that the pics change… this model seems to change the pics aprox every 3 seconds… i could not find any of this info in the users manual that came with the product… thanks for any help you can offer…

  • kristofer

    I didn’t get a manual with mine either…. and yes I know that particular model does not appear on their website, not sure why.. as for your questions, at the moment it is packed away as I’ve got more than enough stuff out for the holidays…

  • Mary Thomson

    I received a pandigital photo frame for Christmas in 2007 . I love it. I cannot find my instructions and yesterday I did not have any pictures on it anymore. I do not know if a power outage or something did this. Please send me the instructions so I can reload some pictures on my photo frame. I Did it come with a mini USB cord as I think I need it also.

    Please reply as soon as possible as I would like to get this up and running again.
    Thanks,
    Mary Thomson

  • Nancy Schmidt

    I received the pandigital 8″ digital photo frame as a gift and there is no book instructions with it, could you please sent it to me?

  • Frank Blakesley

    I am trying to replace my AC adaptor as it seems to be defective

    I have a 7.0″ Digital Photo Frame UG-SCF-1

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  • fernando

    I was looking on line for a very special gift for mother’s day and I found this really cool digital frame photo display. The one I got is so nice, lots of space and more importantly, .so easy to use. This site offers lots of choices as well as good prices.

  • Mrs.Buddy Wolfe

    I LOVE my PANDIGITAL, although I too have NO MANUAL. I can not find my model # either, although mine is VERY EASY TO FiGURE OUT AND OPERATE except for setting the CLOCK! I can not get that accomplished. My battery is dead also for my remote control and I live in a small town. I am having problems finding the replacement battery for it. This makes it a little more difficult all the way around. However like I said, I can get all of my pictures to load, shuffle or switch like a slide show (which is called “fade”) and I enjoy it to no end. Just wish I could reset my clock. I guess mine is at least 2 years old. And it still works just fine! Wouldn’t trade it for the world because I can see all four grandchildren all the time!

  • Sherry Hummell

    I too have this frame but no manual – I can’t even begin to figure out things. Is there something out there about the initial plugging it in etc. I have it to put on my office computer. thanks for any help you can pass along!

  • wendy adams

    i want to change some of the pictures that are already in my photo frame how do i
    delete the ones i dont want

  • cdepaulo

    my pandigital came with a manual but in french!! i have basically figured out most of it but would like to know how to sort my pictures into files.. takes me forever to fin a picture as they are all in on folder. Can different folders be created?

  • Barbara Brokaw

    I am having a problem with the remote control as well it is really irritating I want to know how to get a replacement remote or are they all messed up?

  • Gloram22

    Is there a way to replace the adjustable stand? The cat knocked it over and broke it.

  • CLK

    I was only able to download pictures from my iPhone to my Pandigital once. Ever since then, the frame doesn’t recognize the USB connection. Any suggestions?

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