KFE has plenty of prior for selling simple camcorders and the like for £50, so
JPY10,000 (£42) for the DPS 700 photo frame isn't too much of a shock - its abilities, however, are.
The white plastic frame, which looks like it would nicely complement an iMac, encloses a 7-inch widescreen TFT that has a resolution of 480x234 pixels. That screen is used for viewing JPEG photographs stored an any of five different card types - SD, MMC, Memory Stick, CompactFlash or xD-Picture Card.
Look closely at the bottom of the frame and you'll spot a clue to the most surprising part - speakers. They are present because the DPS 700 can also play back MP3 and WMA audio files, as well as video files ranging from the various flavours of MPEG to the increasingly popular DivX 5.0.
As if that weren't enough, the menu software can display both English and Japanese and there are video and audio outputs, a headphone jack and a USB port for connecting a digital camera or another slab of media if those multiple card slots aren't enough. It even comes with a remote control. Has there ever been a more feature-packed cheapo gadget?
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