Object of Desire: NixPlay Edge Frame

March 11, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Tablets may have sucked the wind out of digital frame sales, but after a few weeks with the NixPlay Edge frame, we’re sure that no one should be writing an obituary for the category just yet. The Wi-Fi-enabled Edge sports a sleek, modern look with a slim bezel that emphasizes the crisp display. The frame can be controlled via external buttons on the back, but we preferred the simple, Web-based interface. After creating a free NixPlay account online, you can save photo “playlists” to your frame from a variety of sources: your own image library, Flickr, Facebook, Dropbox, Instagram and Picasa. You’re not restricted to your own accounts, either. You can create playlists of your favorite Instagrammers and Flickr-ers and display their images on your frame as well. A companion app for iOS and Android lets you upload mobile images directly to the frame. Every Edge frame has its own email address, so you’ll also have the option to email pictures to your device as well. There are two Wi-Fi Edge frames available: an 8-inch version with a traditional photo aspect ratio of 4:3 and a resolution of 1024×768, alongside a 13-inch model with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920×1080 resolution. You can control up to five frames from the free standard account or spring for a $20/year Plus account and control up to 10 frames.

Price: $130 (8-inch); $250 (13-inch)