Summary: I bought this despite the poor reviews because it was the only frame that had all the features I wanted. I am an idiot. Full disclosure: there were so many product and documentation flaws I never got to test all the features so this review is limited to the initial use. 1) Remote control from hell. I couldn't get it to work at all. After too many minutes, it suddenly got a menu up.
Summary: From the product description: "......view all your favorite photos in resolutions up to 10-Megapixel". Yeah right! The wording is obvious that whoever designed this frame targeted it to retarded people who is completely digital illiterate.
Summary: I purchased two of these units. I'm guessing they shipped right from D-Link as they actually had sequential serial numbers. Both units would not respond to the remote and one flickered excessively. The frames look sharp. Their power saving features and ability to connect to Framechannel make them the most unique frame available. It's a shame D-Link's quality control is so poor.
Summary: It is a nice frame overall. I bought it for my mother, so she can watch pictures that I can control via Internet. Although there are things that could be improved with few functions, this from can definitely do this. I played with it for few weeks before I passed it to my mother. I recommend similar approach to everyone. There is little documentation in some areas, so few things you just need to try by yourself.
Summary: I purchased the DSM-210 a little over a year ago. It worked pretty well and had some nice features. Recently the FrameChannel service was shut down- so now this is basically a large digital picture frame as all of the online features went through FrameChannel.
Summary: Works as advertised. The remote went south soon after purchase and within the warranty period. Initially D-Link refused to replace it, saying "accessories are not covered by the warranty." Eventually with a lot of hassle they gave in. The experience did not give me a warm feeling towards D-Link.
Summary: D-link is known for their terrible QA department, and this frame is not an exception. Had to RMA the first one I got (not from Amazon), it kept rebooting. The second one works great. Frame is thin enough to be hung on the wall, very light, the screen is large and bright. Best part of course is the built-in wireless. Antenna is very strong and I was able to pick up SSIDs from really far away.
Can it be any easier???? (Yes just a bit, but still a great gift)
Brian A. Hall "Amazon Junkie!", Amazon
26 January 2010
Summary: EDITED: OK, I have to amend my review below. There is a MAJOR software omission that I hope they fix with a firmware update. The unit does not remember your settings for the source of your pictures if you loose power or turn it off manually. So if you set it up for you parents to access the internet as I did then they turn it off and back on it goes to the settings screen essentially asking for which source you want to display pictures from.
Summary: While the DSM-210 has a lot of potential to be a great multimedia frame, it's implementation is disappointing. I found the software and interface to be very flaky. In particular, many of the features that would allow it to sync from online picture sites (e.g. FlickR) only refreshed the pictures randomely or not at all. My goal was to point it to a FlickR site and update pictures on the frame as they are posted on the site, with a reasonable delay (e.g. 1 hour).
Summary: This simple and inexpensive device does a pretty good job in general, one annoying issue I noticed is that the remote is slow in response and no ability to turn the device off using the remote. Other than that it functions OK. Wireless worked out of the box, flawlessly. It automatically discovered shared resources on my home network and played the pictures on the folder I pointed it to.