Pros / It has one of the best picture displays in our review.
Cons / This frame does not display videos.
Verdict / It's not as versatile as other frames, but the quality of the Iris display is excellent.
Nixplay's Iris has both inner and outer beauty, with its three gorgeous finishes and high-quality screen. And this frame is smart. It dims or brightens its screen depending on the level of ambient light so you can view each photo to its best advantage. This digital photo frame also senses sound, so it starts exhibiting the most recent photos when someone is in the room and turn itself off if everything gets quiet.
This frame is noticeably pricier than most in our digital photo frame reviews. It is also not the most versatile, especially compared to frames that display videos in addition to photos, but it does an admirable job of the main task of a digital photo frame – displaying photos. The automatic brightness adjustment is a very cool feature. We looked at pictures on this frame in different types of lighting and watched it adjust itself if we suddenly switched a light on or off.
Our test photos looked great on this frame, in every different kind of lighting. Colors were true to life. Images were crisp, and we could see them from different vantage points around the room. Only one other frame in our review had this good a display. You get a lot of internal storage with this digital picture frame. With 8GB set aside for your photos, you can store your favorites all in one place. Depending on how large each photo file is, that should give you room for about 40,000 images. Of course, you could store those files on your phone or laptop, but this frame gives photos a permanent place of honor, a place that can even match your decor, in its metallic silver, copper or bronze finish.
This frame is pretty easy to use, though the stiff cord that also acts as the stand is sort of difficult to position correctly. It makes the frame feel less sturdy at times than the models with kickstands that attach at the back.
This frame is not a good one to hang on a wall. The cord-as-kickstand makes that impossible. And while there is a lot of internal storage on this frame, it is still nice to have the option to plug in an SD card or jump drive. You can't do that with this frame.
You do have lots of control over how your photos display with the Iris. There are 16 different ways to transition from photo to photo, and you can have each photo display for as little as five seconds or as long as one hour.
- Photo Quality
- Internal Memory
- Number of Transitions
The Nixplay Iris doesn't have all the flexibility that can be nice from a photo frame. It doesn't play video, hang on a wall or display photos from physical storage. It is very good at the most important thing, though. It tied for the very best display, making each photo look wonderful, in any lighting, from any viewing angle. It also looks great itself while making your photos look great. While most frames are plain black plastic, this one adds a little flair to your home with its color selection.