New Product Review – Tao Digital Photo Keychain

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Execs: holds 56 footage; lengthy rechargeable battery life; close-up pictures look good; easy-to-use software program; consists of AC adapter and USB twine for charging.

Cons: small display, ONLY close-up pictures look good; little too cumbersome for pocket.

For years now, a bottle opener and a LEGO® model of Steve Nash in a Dallas Mavericks uniform have dangled from my keys. Since I do not drink too many bottles anymore and Nash jumped to the Suns a number of seasons in the past, I believe it is protected to say my keychains may use an replace. Able to take a small step into the long run, I eliminated the Tao Digital Photograph Keychain from the packaging.

The physique of the keychain is a sq. black plastic housing with a 1.Four-inch LCD display (for individuals who need one thing somewhat fancier, Tao additionally affords silver and brushed steel variations). Included with the keychain are a USB twine, a foldout instruction booklet, a CD containing picture switch software program and an AC adapter. The inclusion of the AC adapter is a pleasant additional that quite a lot of firms (e.g. Apple) do not embody with objects that may be charged by means of a pc.

Putting in the picture switch software program was a painless course of that solely took a couple of minutes. However, lookout MAC customers, the software program is for PCs solely (MAC customers should obtain software program from the Tao Web page). Although not probably the most spectacular factor I’ve ever seen, the software program is fairly intuitive and simple. It means that you can browse for pics saved in your laptop, switch them to a group (the place you may take away or reorder pictures) after which save them to the keychain reminiscence. The software program additionally means that you can crop pictures or alter distinction and brightness. Simply as Tao claims, I used to be capable of match 56 pictures within the keychain reminiscence.

Carrying across the keychain, I discovered it somewhat cumbersome. It is about half an inch thick, and tends to monopolize a pocket. A slimmer design would definitely be welcome. However the Tao could be very simple to make use of and the battery did not lose a lot cost after 4 days in motion. Buttons on the highest of the keychain permit you to flip ahead and backward by means of pictures, and tapping the ability button activates slideshow mode. When flipping by means of footage manually, if there is not any motion for a few minute, the gadget will routinely shut off to protect the battery (or after about three minutes in slideshow mode).

As for the image high quality, the keychain definitely will not awe anybody (colours are considerably washed) – however, with such a small display measurement, you may’t actually anticipate it to. Additionally due to the display measurement, not all footage work properly with the Tao. In reality, most do not. Lengthy pictures or extra summary footage (akin to sunsets) might be almost indecipherable. And even medium pictures look fairly muddled. For instance, I uploaded pictures from a latest trip, and, in quite a lot of full- and half-body pictures, faces seem nearly fully featureless. So, primarily, the one pictures that basically work properly on the Tao Digital Photograph Keychain are excessive close-ups (e.g., portrait fashion pictures) – however these pics look simply effective.

In the end, regardless of its flaws, the custom keychains is a novel little gadget that catches eyes and encourages informal picture sharing. And it is definitely extra entertaining and aesthetically interesting than a rusty bottle opener or LEGO Nash.

 

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