(For the next few days, this eStarling frame will be showing pics from firstname.lastname@example.org - feel free to send me something!)
Well, after much waiting (over a year!) the eStarling frame FINALLY got here! I originally saw it over here on Gizmodo, a year ago. It finally became available on ThinkGeek for pre-order a couple of months ago. I was really doubting it would actually get here by Christmas, but they shipped it overnight DHL last night, and it arrived at 2 PM EST today!
My reaction so far has been very good - it's a solid piece of equipment, the setup was easy, and the photos look great!
It came in decent box - even though the kids on the front look slightly scared to me...
Inside the box I found the frame, a USB wireless dongle (so the wireless is built in - which is interesting, if you can replace the USB dongle with something else..), power supply, USB cable for the computer connection, and a (very small) manual.
The top of the frame is where the USB network interface goes, along with the basic controls for the frame.
The side has the power connector, the USB port to hook the computer in (so you can have wireless and a computer connection at the same time - or JUST wireless), and a card port (I assume to add photos - if it it can also be used to expand the memory, then great - otherwise I'll be sticking with wireless).
The stand snaps into the back (I put it in the wrong way the first time -be careful, it looks like if twist too hard in the wrong direction, the pins that connect it will snap fairly easy).
I (of course!) didn't bother with the instructions, so just plugged the USB network and power in and turned it on (button on the far left on the top).
It booted up, and then told me it couldn't connect... of course, as my network is encrypted - so I hooked the frame up my computer and installed the software (on a included mini CD)
Setup was a snap - it supports WEP64 and WEP128, and on the advanced tab, proxy support and DHCP/static IP configuration.
Once you get it all set up, it tells you to disconnect the frame and power on/off - once I did that, it hooked right up to my network
One thing I didn't expect is that all setup is done through the eStarling.com web site. It gives a code (pictured above), and you log into the web site and set up your frame via that. All photos uploaded (including from your machine) are used that. It can also hook into a rss, flickr, a estartling.com email that you get, and gmail. I did notice the frame was accessible as a drive, when hooked to the computer, so I assume you can copy files to it (have not tried yet).
I uploaded the above from their web site, for my frame. It took a couple of minutes to show up.. I've also set up email@example.com, if you'd like to send me a pic.
So, I am over all very happy with the frame. The main reason I bought this one, and didn't even think of getting another, was that I wanted the wireless piece. No cards to stick in, no hooking up to the computer! This is going to be a Christmas gift for my parents - my sister had triplets two years ago, so this will let her take pics and send them to the frame - my parents won't have to do anything, they'll just get fresh pics on a regular basis.
The only think I really don't like is you appear to be restricted to either a estarling.com or gmail e-mail account. I'd like to be able to just use ANY e-mail (maybe in the the next update?). I also rather not have to use their web site for anything - allowing configuration on just the frame, or the frame hooked to the computer, would have been better.
I'll post a update after Christmas, when I'll have a better feel for the eStarling - but so far, I love it!
- Connects to Wireless 802.11 Network
- Displays Photos E-Mailed to the Picture Frame
- Displays Photos from Flickr RSS Feeds
- Displays Photos on a MMC/SD/MS/CF card
- 7" color LCD Display
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with Support for WEP encryption
- MMC/SD/MS/CF 4in1 card slot
- On-board Storage for Approximately 200 photos
- Views JPEG files
- External 120V/240V AC Adapter