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Old 06-29-2011, 02:05 AM
 
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Digital Spectrum MV-1700 17-Inch Digital Picture Frame

Rating: 1 out of 5
  • Currently 1.0/5.0

With a list price of $287.99, the Digital Spectrum MV-1700 looked like a very reasonably price for a 17 inch photo frame, which is much larger than the standard size, without dropping video play back or mp3 capability for the price.
It has a very nice look to it, with a thin black frame and wide screen, and two USB ports that make it plausible to run two USB memory readers through it. A 5 in 1 card reader is also especially useful for photographers who want to skip putting pictures onto their computer first and take memory cards straight from their camera to the picture frame.
However, as is often the case, this price for a 17 inch photo frame is too good to be true. Advertised resolution seemed to vary when I was buying the MV-1700, but mine declared 1024 x 768 pixels, which isn't amazing but is perfectly acceptable for a 17 inch screen. However, the actual images weren't as good quality on the photo frame screen as they were on screens of the same size and resolution on laptops or monitors, and the color quality was noticeably poorer.
Another issue is the 256 MB memory, which simply isn't enough. If it only displayed photographs it would be acceptable, but for a device that displays video and plays music, 256 MB is filled surprisingly quickly. I commend Digital Spectrum for including inbuilt speakers with their photo frame to save users from connecting speakers, but offering dual USB ports is not a good enough solution to low memory capacity. I've been forced to leave an external hard drive permanently connected to the MV-1700 because the memory simply isn't enough.
The Digital Spectrum MV-1700 is not worth the price, because while you may be saving $20 compared to smaller photo frames, the picture quality is not good enough to justify the problems with the MV-1700.

Review by professional reviewer, Dec. 26, 2010
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