We've probably all seen digital photo frames by now, and how they can be a great conversation piece in any home. But why did we decide to review the Kodak EasyShare EX1011? Because this digital photoframe is wifi certified.
Upon opening the box, you'll find your digital photo frame, remote control, software, manual, and all required leads. The frame itself feels solidly built and offers a 10" (800 x 480) display. Plug it in and turn it on, and after some initial setup questions your ready to roll. It comes with a few example images onboard and you immediately see the vividness of this top quality display.
I was excited to crack on with the wireless connectivity so immediately set that up. Firstly you enable Wireless connectivity on the frame and it checks for WLANs. It had no problem picking up my access point downstairs or even my next door neighbours. After putting into my WEP key and connecting up, I then went to my PC and installed the Kodak software. Actually you can use Kodak's software or you can enable media sharing in the latest version of Windows Media Player. Returning to the photoframe, I asked it to search for media servers across the network and it instantly picked up my PC. Within a few clicks, I was displaying the photos in my designated folders on the computer.
Since I was able to share photos wireless, it would have been nice if I he photo frame could have been completely wireless and may have a rechargeable battery pack onboard, but unfortunately it has to remain attached to the mains.
So the wireless worked nicely for me - what else is the photo frame capable of? Well, the frame offers slots for a variety of memory cards (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, xD, CF and MD cards) so you can slot in photos straight from the camera. Also is has 128mb built in memory so you can connect it to your PC via USB and copy images on to it.
But the EX1011 doesn't just display images - it's also capable of displaying video files and has an MP3 player built in.
So in summing up, this is a fantastic digital photo frame with a large, widescreen aspect ratio which provides stunning virbancy to your images. It's packed with features and is easy to use, not requiring me to resort to the manual once. The RRP for this unit isn't cheap - coming it at over £220 - but I looked around online and found some great prices, with Amazon selling it for under £150
Kodak Easy Share EX1011 Price Check*
*prices accurate at time of writing