Digital photo frames are nothing new, there have been plenty of LCD frames on the market for years. E INK frames? There are hardly any that are available for the English-speaking crowd, most of the low-rent stuff is from China, and the apps aren’t readily available, which is how you load photos on them. Does this mean that people in the western world have no options? Not quite, there are a few options available.
Frame Labs is a European company and they developed three different frames at the end of 2020. They use E INK Carta technology. The frames are constructed from black anodized aluminum and can be installed in landscape or portrait mode. E INK only draws power when the image changes, and the company says the battery is good for 7,000 image changes before needing to be recharged with a micro USB cable. To change the images on the frame, all you need to do is use a free web application, which makes it easy and intuitive to upload photos from your computer. They have three different screen sizes. The six-inch model offering has an 800×600 resolution with 166 PPI. This one sells for €349.00. The next one has a 9.7-inch E INK display with a resolution of 1200 x 825 pixels and 150 PPI. This one sells for €449.99. The 13.3-inch variant, which is the largest they sell, has a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels and 150 PPI. You can buy it today for a staggering amount of €899.00
Ionnyk is the most beautiful and premium E INK photo frame money can buy. They have an online portal that you can access when you buy one of their products, it’s run by Visionect, the same company that makes the meeting room displays. The company also has its own app for Android and iOS. You won’t have to just upload your own images, but you’ll get free access to 10 refreshed art images per month when you purchase your IONNYK frame. Access a exclusive and prestigious gallery to buy limit edit photographs and add them to your private collection. They also have a subscription program, for $12.99 per month, and choose from hundreds of different high-quality artworks.
You have the choice between two different models. Jane measures 50cm x 40cm and is made of black aluminum and has an aspect ratio of 4:3 and sells for 1350€. Linn is the larger of the two, 100cm x 70cm and also in black aluminium. The aspect ratio is much better, with 16:9, so you’ll be able to get great resolution on landscape images. But you will pay through the nose, it costs the trifle of 3250€.
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If you are looking for something to reuse your Onyx Boox Nova 2 Color, Onyx Boox Nova 3 Color, Pocketbook Color, Pocketbook InkPad Color or one of the Chinese like the iFlytek C1, there are several things you can do. You can just take it to a professional framing store and get a really nice black wooden frame and mount the drive with 3M double sided tape or another method. It will look stylish in your home and you can easily load hundreds of beautiful images and create a slideshow. All but the Pocketbook range of devices run Android, so you can easily install Google Photos or another app to control on-screen images with an app. If you spend $50-$100 on a really nice frame, it will look great in your home, using an appliance you already own.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.