Philips 7FFICWO review

£106
Price when reviewed

The smallest of the three Philips frames in this month’s test is also the best looking. Rejecting many of the trappings of modern design, the 7FFICWO is more traditional in appearance, with a wood-effect surround, trimmed tastefully in silver.

Philips 7FFICWO review

The 730 x 480-pixel resolution is also higher than those of most of the other 7in frames in the Labs this month – most offer just 480 x 234 – and this pays dividends. There’s a slight graining of the image when viewed up close, but that’s as bad as it gets; everything else is picture perfect. Slideshow transitions work well, too, which is a pleasant surprise given the high resolution.

Controls are on the rear and quite awkward to access, as using them involves holding the frame like a control pad – not the most ergonomic design. This issue is compounded by the fact that the frame is a weighty beast. It’s this added weight, however, that adds a definite air of quality and assurance that’s lacking in many rival frames.

The 7FFICWO provides two types of USB connection, standard and mini, which always aids versatility, although again the inclusion of a headphone socket seems slightly out of place. This Philips frame isn’t wall-mountable, unlike some of the larger models in the range, but the stand allows for landscape and portrait orientation.

Despite a few minor shortcomings, though this is a solid product. Attractive design, solid build and impressive image quality make it a commendable choice, especially if you aren’t hugely concerned about wireless.

Details

Image quality 6

Screen

Screen size 7.0in
Resolution 730 x 480

Features

Bluetooth support no
WiFi connection? no
SD card reader yes
Compact Flash reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
xD-card reader no
Storage capacity 128MB
Battery? yes
Remote control? yes
Hanging orientation Portrait or landscape
Interchangeable fascias? no

Audio and video

MP3/audio file playback no
MPEG/AVI/video file playback no

In-device editing

In-device rotation yes
In-device cropping yes
In-device zoom yes
In-device colour control no

Dimensions

Dimensions 211 x 29 x 164mm (WDH)
Weight 660g
Peak power consumption 10W

Software

Software supplied Philips Photo Manager 1.1

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