The Transcend PF720 ($95 as of May 7, 2009), an update of the Transcend T.Photo 720 featured in our digital frames roundup of last November, does seem serious about transcending genres. It is not only a digital photo frame, but also an FM radio, a video player, and an MP3 player. The device’s built-in 2GB of memory invites you to amass a big collection of files without using any cards or a PC (though you can do that, too). The frame’s 800-by-480-pixel screen looked crisp, and the photos it served up had extremely natural-looking color, without the blue or green tint seen on so many other frames in this category. My test unit did have a bit too much contrast, which caused it to lose some detail in dark shadows of pictures; but otherwise, the frame rendered images well.
The unit’s remote handles everything: You can add photos to your Favorites; adjust the frame's volume; and set different modes for photo, video, music, radio, calendar, and slideshow functions. The Transcend PF720 is a great device to keep by your bed or sofa because you can use it like a personal media player for listening to the radio or to your MP3 collection as well as for viewing slideshows and videos. Another boon: It can function as an alarm clock. There’s a lot to like about the Transcend PF720; and at slightly less than a hundred bucks, it’s a good deal--even without Wi-Fi.