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InTouch IT7150 7-Inch Wireless Internet Frame

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At a Glance
  • InTouch IT7150 7-inch

The 7-inch IT7150 from Intouch ($195 as of 5/7/2009) may look futuristic, but it also just feels like today's plastic. Its touchscreen, however, is very responsive and can be calibrated to your preference. This touchscreen, paired with its nicely intuitive menu screen, makes for an attractive package, albeit an expensive one.

With an 800-by-400 pixel display and Wi-Fi support--including the ability to stream content through FrameChannel, an RSS utility--this frame has enough features to compete within its class. But its internal memory is limited 128MB, much less than a number of other frames we've tested. However, the frame accepts all the usual media cards (SD, CF, Memory Stick, MMC, and xD), so this shouldn't be too much of a bother for most casual users.

Despite its appeal, the matte touchscreen is a dust magnet, and the glossy border is prone fingerprints and smudges. Audio comes from a tubular faux-chrome speaker at the bottom of the frame, but the sound, particularly the bass, from this unit was some of the worst I've heard from a digital frame. The menu screen offers four options that take you to settings and different types of content, including audio and video, as well as news feeds. While slide shows looked sharp in my tests, color was noticeably cooler, and contrast was slightly higher, than in my original photos. Alas, brightness is the only setting that can be changed. I ran into some trouble with nested folders and content from multiple cards: All photos need to come from one source at a time, which is an annoyance.

I also had difficulty setting up Wi-Fi. It requires all your DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) information rather than simply a network key, as with most other wireless frames. And to add to the frustration, all of this information has to be entered using a QWERTY keyboard on the touchscreen. Once set up, you can view RSS feeds and listen to Internet radio, but with the poor audio quality, you might not want to go there.

--Kathleen Cullen

This story, "InTouch IT7150 7-Inch Wireless Internet Frame" was originally published by PCWorld.

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At a Glance
  • InTouch IT7150 7-inch

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