At $249.99 the 13 inch Nixplay Edge Digital Frame is pricey. But for that price you get a gorgeous high-definition display, the ability to pull images from the cloud, send images directly from your mobile device or side load them from an SD card. The frame offers plenty of settings and delivers stunning images. And that’s just the beginning.
Here’s what the company has to say about the digital frame.
The next evolution in connected frame design, the Nixplay Edge is the perfect showcase for all your photos. Display in high definition on the 13 inch 1080p Full HD IPS display. With WiFi connectivity, manage all your photos from one account, create memorable playlists and instantly email photos to your loved ones.
Between creating a Nixplay account and the other steps required to get things up and running setting the frame up took a bit of time. It did, in fact, prompt me to do something a bit unusual… I read the manual and went through the process step by step!! The good news is that, by following the steps clearly delineated in the instructions I was up and running in no time.
The frame offers:
- High definition moments: Enjoy your photos in 1080p Full High Definition on the beautiful 13 inch display. Photos and videos will look brilliantly vivid and clear so even the smallest of details can be appreciated. ?
- Edge design: Design is at the heart of everything we do, which is why we’ve created a frame that is slim, elegant and most importantly, subtle. With super thin bezels, curved edges and a sleek stand, the Nixplay Edge is the perfect showcase for your photos. ?
- Stunning landscapes, beautiful portraits: The Edge has been engineered to allow you to enjoy all your photos, be that in portrait or landscape. Simply rotate the frame to view your photos from a new perspective. ?
- Smart integrated technology: Intuitive, intelligent, responsive. The Edge provides you with fully customisable settings and an in-built motion sensor, enabling the frame to adapt to your home environment and personal preferences
After playing around with the frame a bit I decided that my preferred way of using it is to take pictures from my iPhone and, using the Nixplay app, sending them to the frame. This too takes a few steps but the app itself walks you through the process. I select the images I want, send them to the frame and then, in a final step that is required to get iOS images cycling through the frame, opened the Nixplay web portent and make the pictures live.
The portal also lets you select various things such as how long the images will sit on the screen before cycling to the next one, determining whether or not I want the date and time to display in the lower right hand corner, the amount of transition as one picture morphs into another and the size of the images as they cycle through.
I found that having the pictures “fit to screen” resulted in some of them being cut off so I changed the setting to show the images at the proper size. The result is the presence of some black bar at the sides, top or bottom of some images but it allows the pictures to display fully without moving about the screen.
So my preferred way to use the frame is with the images at normal size with the date and time displayed at all times.
One of the things I especially love about the frame is the ability to put together various playlists of photos and then choose which to display at any given time. It means I can create a playlist of images from last summer’s trip to Israel and then, when I’m longing for time there I can relive that experience. It means I can have a playlist of pictures of my niece and nephew and, when I am missing them, watch them grow up before my very eyes. And it means I can have a playlist of friends I miss and… you guessed it, when I am missing them I can set that playlist to display. That kind of flexibility is something you could never do with a static frame or even a less complex digital one.
There are two other key features of this frame that are worth mentioning.
First, once you set up your accounts and your playlists you can send images too up To 10 different friends from one account. That means you can have a frame at home, one at the office, and you can give the frame to your parents as a gift and control the pictures that show up on their frame remotely.
In addition, because each account has its own unique email address for sending images you can give that access to family members and friends and they can send pictures to your frame or frames remotely that means your picture frame becomes a social device with a variety of ways to share.
Specs and Features:
- Width: 12.5 inches (317mm)
- Height: 7.9 inches (200mm)
- Depth: 1.1 inches (26.7mm) – without stand; 4.5 inches (115mm) – with stand
- Weight: 858g – without stand; 1047g – with stand
- Display: Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD 1080p) Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Supported Video Format: H.264 HD 1080pw
- Display Brightness: 250 cd/m2
- Supported Photo Format: JPEG / JPG / PNG
- Speakers 2 x (1W) Stereo Speakers 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Input
- Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
You might notice that, among the specifications listed there is support for video. This is another great feature that sets this frame apart from most others. It isn’t a feature I can see making significant use of but knowing it is there is pretty nice.
In all I could not be happier with the Nixplay Edge 13 Inch Digital Cloud Frame. Yes, it is pricey at $249.99 (not the $299.99 initially listed in this review) but it also serve up features that will let this frame change its look and functionality with the click of a few buttons. It is one frame that can serve a variety of different functions and look great while it does. Learn more here.
Source: Manufacturer supplied version of the Nixplay Edge 13 Inch Digital Cloud Frame
What I Like: Fantastic screen; Loading images and videos from various cloud and device source works well; A decent amount of control over how images look and scroll; Clock built into it
What Needs Improvement: Learning the system and getting it set up took a bit more time than expected