AgfaPhoto AF 5075 review
Good looks are an essential part of any digital photo frame's armoury, and this Agfa is better equipped in this department than most. It comes with a trio of interchangeable fascias in brushed metal, black and white, so you can alter its appearance to suit your home or mood.
The attractive design can't hide the fact that the frame's image quality isn't particularly good, though. The resolution of 480 x 234 is on a par with those of a couple of other 7in frames here, but it's the lowest on test and was a clear handicap in our tests.
The bundled remote control is a handy extra and lets you choose between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, but finding a happy medium was impossible. We were forced to choose between annoying black bars at the sides of pictures or having the edges of snaps cut off. Colours are relatively well reproduced, but there's plenty of distracting pixellation, which robs images of sharp edges and detail.
It's also one of the least well-specified frames in this Labs. There's no audio or video support, no software for image management and manipulation, and no indication of what any of the buttons on the frame actually do, which makes it confusing to use.
The included stand is a screw-on affair but ends up being another disappointing feature - it feels lightweight rather than reassuring.
The 5075 isn't expensive at £47, but we'd feel cheated paying any more for something that barely approaches average. There are better frames available for this price, but it's worth considering paying a little more for a bigger screen and greater resolution.
Author: Mike Jennings
- Hundreds of IE updates in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1
- Microsoft ordered to hand over European data
- Fitness trackers could pose stalking risk
- BT: Tech City's broadband is fine - startups just need to pay more
- Will the iPhone 6 arrive a month before the iWatch?
- SilentPower PC keeps cool with copper foam
- 1Password coming to iOS 8 apps
- What's on this week's PC Pro podcast?
- Finally legal to rip music from CDs - just don't break DRM
- Hot hardware video: Google Glass
- How Google Glass ruined my lunch hour
- Smartphone battery packs: can a USB power pack beat the festival battery blues?
- Windows Easy Transfer – not so "easy" in Windows 8.1
- Formula 1: what a difference virtualisation makes
- Office of the future: comfy chairs and tablets everywhere
- I went to Glastonbury and the only thing that got high was my smartphone
- Meet the robots helping teach children
- PaperLater: would you pay to print the internet?
- Amazon vs Kobo: how much to make the ebook switch?
- Phishing emails: how I nearly got caught out
- ARM vs Intel processors: what’s the difference?
- 13 computers that changed the world
- How to download YouTube videos to a PC or laptop: is it legal to download YouTube videos?
- Dropbox vs OneDrive vs Google Drive: what's the best cloud storage service of 2014?
- Hacking the Internet of Things: from smart cars to toilets
- BlackBerry Passport release date, specs, features, and rumours: when is the new BlackBerry coming out?
- What's changing in the computing curriculum
- Teaching kids to code
- Best free translation apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone
- Five worst SMB security threats... and how to solve them
- Top five VoIP mistakes
- How to add in-app purchasing to an iPhone, Android or Windows app
- Remote-control ransomware: TeamViewer and software hardball
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office
- How to write your company's IT security policy
- Raspberry Pi and Wolfram: a must-have for every child