PROS / You can change out the matte to a color and pattern that matches your decor.
CONS / The glass is so reflective that it's hard to see photos on this frame from some angles.
VERDICT / This frame does not connect to the internet, but if you have your favorite photos stored on an external storage device it will work just fine.
The Philips Home Essentials SPF3483 provides a welcome break from all of the wireless digital picture frames that look like tiny computer monitors, at least if you have more traditional decor. Its wood frame is available in brown or black. You can also change out the matte, the way you can with traditional photo frames, which is another bonus if you are hoping to have something that fits into your specific design style.
We had a terrible time with the first test frame of the Philips Home Essentials SPF3483, which made only a faint buzzing and displayed a green screen rather than our photos at one point. The second unit worked just fine, but it still causes a little doubt in the strength of this unit's design if there are faulty units that are so readily available for purchase. The test pictures looked quite good on this frame, once we got one that worked, though our panelists found the glass to be overly reflective, which impacted the views from some angles.
This wireless digital photo frame does not connect to the internet. That makes it less competitive, but it also makes it pretty easy to use. You either plug in an SD card or a USB drive and watch your photos play. You can save photos to this frame – but not very many. This unit had almost the least internal storage in our wireless picture frame reviews. Only one competitor had less.
The lack of a motion sensor means this unit is going to be relatively rough on electricity usage, at least when you compare it to other frames. It will play photos until you remember to shut it off, whether you are in the room or not.
The best Wi-Fi digital photo frames are going to be better than Philips Home Essentials SPF3483 and all other unconnected frames every time, but if you prefer plug-and-play simplicity this is a decent option. The photos looked quite good on this display, and its wood design makes sense if you want something a little warmer and more traditional-looking than the black plastic frames that are everywhere.