Windows 10 Digital Photo Frame

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The best digital photo frames will stop your guests in their tracks and have them gazing in awe at your memories. It should display your favorite pics in a vibrant tone which draws the eye, without looking washed out or unrealistic. And the images should be detailed enough to make you relive the moment.

As well as featuring an impressive display, the best digital photo frames should be intuitive to operate and easy to access — so you can add or remove from the gallery with ease. Some frames can connect to popular photo storage services to help with this, such as Google Photos, Facebook, Instagram and Dropbox. Bear in mind that if your frame can’t do this, you’re going back to basics in terms of adding images via a USB drive.

Budget Option: Micca 8-inch frame

The best digital photo frames

Another useful feature to look out for is multiple frame accessibility, which means friends and family can add to your gallery as well. If you’ve got one of the best photo books, then a digital photo frame will make for a nice addition. If you want to invest in a frame, but you’re not sure which to choose, we’ve tested a range of models and sizes to find the best you can buy, whether you’re shopping on a budget or you want to splash out for the latest features.

Amazon Fire HD 10(Photo: Molly Flores)

Great for Most People: Nixplay Smart 9.7

Based on our testing, the Pix-Star 15-inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame is the best digital photo frame for most people. At $199, it's not cheap, but you get a big, bright, clear display. You also get handy email features and integration with all the major social networks.

Download Pics to a Digital Frame via Memory Card

Plus, you can stream music broadcasts directly from the frame to set a soundtrack for your slideshow. For the aesthetically inclined, we recommend the 9-inch Aura Mason Frame. It’s the same price as the Pix-Star, but it takes a completely different approach to the digital frame concept. The frame’s focus is on super high resolution images and the solid beauty of the frame casing as opposed to bells.

An all-new digital picture frame is an excellent premium option, too. Netgear's 15-inch Meural WiFi Photo Frame is a smaller take the Netgear Meural Canvas II, but with a stronger emphasis on personal photo albums.

You can make adjustments to the LED backlit screen for brightness, hue and contrast depending on ambient lighting. The Pix-Star has many smart extras. You can stream broadcasts from a number of international radio stations to play music over a slideshow, and there are many transitions available to customize image presentation. You can also set reminders, use the built-in calculator and play simple puzzles, Sudoku and other games. This gadget lets you link up to 25 frames from a single account, where you can send and receive images and audio messages directly to and from connected frames.
While it’s a small screen, the widescreen format gives the impression of shots being bigger than they actually are. It’s quite a versatile design too, with calendar utilities and the ability to play images, movies and music over a slideshow. This model comes with a separate remote control, rather than a touch screen — so you don’t need to worry about marring the screen with fingerprints. It’s also very easy to set up and intuitive to use, as there’s no software or app connectivity necessary; simply plug in a memory card or USB drive, and it does the rest.
Touch screen: No. Built-in storage: No. Music player: No. USB/SD slots: No/No. If image quality means more to you than anything, the Aura Mason Luxe Frame is the one to beat. With a resolution of 2048 x 1536 on its 2k screen sealed within a 9.7-inch frame, its quality can only be described as outstanding. Colors couldn’t be more vibrant or realistic and coupled with its two touch bar controls, the operation of this frame is as intuitive as it gets.
Touch screen: Yes. Built-in storage: 8GB (minus pre-installed software). Music player: Yes. USB/SD slots: No/No. Cloud services: Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, Google Photos. The Nixplay Smart Photo Frame 10.1 Inch Touch is the latest addition to company's range of digital frames. It offers a compact midsize design which will fit in to most rooms and the display is bright enough to add character to your images and really make the landscapes 'pop'. It won't waste electricity, thanks to the voice and motion activated sensors, and it couldn't be more easy to use with the touch screen navigation.
Friends and family can easily upload photos to this frame from their own Nixplay account or email them in directly. There's great social media image access as well, including Facebook, Google Photos, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, and Verison.

There's very little to complain about this frame, other than the lack of onboard SD cards or memory sticks. There's no remote to lose, it's intuitive to operate and design is simple, yet sophisticated. Read our full Nixplay Smart Photo Frame 10.1 Inch Touch Review. The most versatile digital photo frame. Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.9 x 1.6 inches with outer frame/11.1 x 7.9 x 1.1 inches with inner frame.

Built-in storage: 16GB. Music player: No. USB/SD slots: Yes/Yes. PhotoSpring 10 has the unique advantage of two different visual frame modes: a traditional matted look with a black, gallery style outer frame or a streamlined modern look.

After removing the top black frame, it’s easy to see how superior the plain white frame looks and how nicely it sets off your images, but it’s your choice and switching modes is easy. This frame is for tabletops only for now — no wall mounting unless you purchase a power cable with a 90-degree magnetic connector, which the company says will be available as an accessory.

You can send up to 30MB of photos directly to the frame via email, proprietary app, text, photos app share button, or from a browser.

All media uploaded to the frame is automatically stored on the device. High-resolution videos of up to five minutes in length (or 1GB file size) play automatically in an integrated slideshow, though the frame does not recognize Apple’s Live Photos as videos, only stills. Various onscreen controls are accessible via a subtle green dot at the upper right corner.

A settings menu facilitates the management of cloud accounts like Google Photos for sync or backup or Flickr for sync. The interface also lets you invite friends to upload images to your frame, change brightness and volume levels, schedule the frame on and off, and set up parameters for viewing slideshows and onscreen EXIF info for each image. We tested the Premium version of the frame, which features four hours of battery life, as opposed to the standard version, which you must keep plugged in.

PhotoSpring is easy to use with most tasks accomplished with a quick tap and simple on/off switches — ideal for its non-technical target audience. Image quality is high resolution for the frame’s size, and because you can schedule on-off intervals, a motion sensor is not sorely missed.

Best midsize widescreen connected frame. Dimensions: 10.55 x 7.36 x 1.22 inches. Built-in storage: 8GB (cloud).

Music player: Yes. USB/SD slots: No/No. Cloud Services: Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, Google Photos. Nixplay's 10.1 inch Smart Digital Picture Frame, with its 1280 x 800 pixel display, and wide 16:10 aspect ratio, makes your photos and videos pop with dazzling color and detail. Watch photos and videos a part of a playlist and set up slideshows with multiple timed transitions for endless entertainment in either portrait or landscape orientation.

On the tabletop, Nixplay’s remote can magnetically adhere to the back of the frame so it stays securely within reach. The frame’s mobile app lets you lets you connect to and control your frame from anywhere, which is especially useful for elderly or non-technical family members.

Because it works via Wi-Fi, there’s no physical input, such as SD cards or USB sticks, but the frame does have 8GB of onboard memory for direct storage of photos and video. Read our full Nixplay 10.1 inch Smart Digital Picture Frame review. The best digital photo frame that's also an at-home art gallery.

Built-in storage: 4GB. Music player: No. USB/SD slots: No. The Netgear Meural WiFi Photo Frame is a more compact, photo-focused version of the museum-worthy Netgear Meural Canvas II.

While the Canvas II excels at bringing art from the louvre to your living room, the charcoal grey WiFi Photo Frame drops the mat framing for a homier look. Of course, to maintain a gorgeous 1920 x 1080-pixel display the WiFi Photo Frame is rather large compared to many of the best digital photo frames.

But if you have the space for this 15.6-inch full HD display, you won't be disappointed. The Meural WiFi Photo Frame's anti-glare coating holds an impressively clear picture from any angle, while responsive gesture controls let you navigate your photo albums and settings.

Or you can control the frame with the Meural app, which offers both Meural's expansive library of art and a suite for creating collaborative photo albums for your frame. Read our full Meural WiFi Photo Frame review. Best for video calling and Alexa integration.

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Dimensions: 10.2 x 7 x 0.8 inches. Built-in storage: None. Music player: No. USB/SD slots: Yes/Yes. The Facebook Portal displays your photos from Facebook and Instagram on a 10-inch touchscreen that's easy to use.