You can find wood and glass photo frames relatively cheap, but they come with an issue: you can only display one picture at a time. What happens if you have thousands of digital photos taken on multiple devices? A digital photo frame is a logical answer, and we've rounded up the best of the best right here.
Nixplay Smart 9.7
Great for Most People
Nixplay's 9.7-inch Smart photo frame has taken over for the aging Seed frame. It features a beautiful 2K display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, with a beveled frame that looks great anywhere. Setup and management are easy, it includes 8GB of built-in storage, and it will even play 15-second videos. Mount it on the wall or set it up with the smart power cable that doubles as a stand.
The Nix Lux, with its wood finish, adds some style to digital frames that mostly have a black bezel. Its 13-inch FHD display makes pictures look natural, and playlists can be controlled with remote or app. There's no Wi-Fi connection, so media is added via the USB-A and SD card slots on the back. The frame has the slick cable stand like other Nixplay products, and it's easy to set up and manage.
The Aura Mason frame has an 8.9-inch display with a 1600x1200 resolution with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and it works in both landscape and portrait modes without the need for any stand. The frame comes with unlimited free photo storage, and the app makes for easy setup and management.
Pix-Star's 15-inch frame has a 1024x768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio that's suited to fit the standard photo size. It can play photos and videos, which look great on the big screen. It has 4GB of internal storage to be used with Wi-Fi sharing, it can play radio stations and give reminders and weather forecasts, and it has a USB port and an SD card reader for those who'd like to skip the cloud experience.
If you'd rather not spend a ton on a digital photo frame, Micca's 8-inch option is still an excellent choice. It includes a USB port and SD card reader, it can playback music and video, and the 1024x768 LCD display does a decent job displaying your photos. You don't get Wi-Fi support, but for a lot of the people, the price makes this an easy decision.
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There are plenty of digital photo frames on the market today, and choosing one can be tough. For most people, however, the Nixplay Smart 9.7 photo frame is going to deliver what's needed. It's the upgraded version of the Nixplay Seed (one of our previous top picks), with a 9.7-inch display and 2K resolution. It has a beveled frame that will fit in just about anywhere, and it includes Hu-Motion sensors that turn the display off when no one is around to see it.
The Nixplay app makes setup and management easy, and there's 8GB of storage built into the frame. Connect it with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and even sync it with popular social media platforms for quick sharing. It will play short videos with audio support thanks to built-in speakers. Mount it on a wall or set it on a flat surface with the power cable that doubles as a stand. We awarded it a Recommended Award in our review, which has far more information about what makes this frame great.
If you'd rather not spend as much as our top pick commands, the Micca 8-inch frame is no doubt a far better choice. It costs just more than a quarter of the price of the Nixplay Smart, and while it won't quite match the resolution or size, it will do an excellent job of displaying your photos on the cheap.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
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