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Pandigital Pantouch Clear review

Can a touchscreen make digital photo frames worthwhile?

Our Verdict

An unnecessary and awkward piece of kit

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 1 GB
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 600

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For

  • The screen's quality is decent

Against

  • Unnecessary

I have to be honest; I've never really understood the appeal of having a wired screen on your wall to look at photos when you can just print them out, in physical reality, for about a tenth of the price.

So, why should you spend nigh on £100 on the Pantouch (touched by Peter Pan or Pan the goat-god?) digital photo frame? Like the O2 Joggler, it incorporates a touchscreen, and like the O2 Joggler, it's about as sensitive as Joan Rivers at a 9/11 benefit gig.

The tantalising promise of Wi-Fi connectivity is also let down by the fact that you will need to buy an additional external adapter.

Maybe I'm being too harsh on the Pantouch. The screen is crisp and clear, and it happily accepts inputs from USB and flash devices; and comes with one charcoal and two white additional frames, which is AWESOME.

On second thoughts, I wasn't being that harsh on the Pantouch. It's a frame, that you put on your wall, and unless you know a builder or fancy demolishing part of your house, it's forever going to have a power cable dangling from it. And when people walk past they'll think "oh it's another digital photo frame someone's wasted money on. Why can't they just print out their photos like normal people?"

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Frame
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory1 GB
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash (CF) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard (MMC), xD-Picture Card, Micro Drive
Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Brand NamePandigital
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsMP3
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")
Screen TypeLCD
Video FormatsAVI
Screen Resolution800 x 600
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
ManufacturerPandigital
Product ModelPAN8000DWPCF1
Product NamePanTouch PAN8000DWPCF1 8" Digital Photo Frame
Product LinePanTouch
Manufacturer Part NumberPAN8000DWPCF1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.pandigital.net
Marketing Information

Featuring One-Touch picture loading and full Touch Screen control, the 8" Pantouch Clear Digital Photo Frame from Pandigital makes it easier than ever to enjoy all your favorite pictures. Designed to fit into any home décor, this stylish frames displays thousands of images in enjoyable slideshows and help you get your precious memories out of your camera and into your life.