As one would expect from D-Link - a company known for its networking products - the D-Link DSM-210 picture frame is Wi-Fi-enabled.

This 800-by-480-pixel, 10in frame comes with a snap-on white border, but we preferred the all-black, modern look. The D-Link DSM-210 doesn't really resemble a traditional picture frame; it looks far more techie. But sadly, some of this frame's limitations will be problematic for techies and nontechies alike.

First off, we checked out our test photos in slideshow mode. Images transferred very slowly to the frame's 1GB internal memory, because the D-Link DSM-210 allows you to copy them only one by one (the only way to copy multiple images is by using a downloadable Yahoo widget - a bit of a burden).

Once there, the displayed pictures had a slightly desaturated look with a cool cast. The D-Link DSM-210's screen is bright and can be viewed from different angles without losing image visibility, but no brightness or contrast controls are available. The slideshow ran smoothly, and you can choose from multiple transition effects, but the frame has limited slide-interval adjustments. Also, it cannot handle nested folders, or run images from multiple cards and internal memory into one show.

The D-Link DSM-210 allows you to stream photos (but unfortunately, not video) through FrameChannel, an RSS utility. Oddly, the default settings are limited to a meager five photos. It's as if D-Link were conspiring to limit the number of pages in your virtual photo album. In addition, as with the multimedia cards, the frame cannot stream content from more than one channel at a time (meaning only Picasa, or only Flickr, or other service). This may not be an issue for those who don't use more than one image-sharing network, but it is another unexpected limitation.

One pretty cool feature on this frame is motion detection: the device will power off when no one is around, thus conserving energy and the frame's lifespan. We also liked that you can receive pictures via email on the frame.


At its asking price, and even at its 10in size, the D-Link DSM-210 frame's limitations would be enough to put consumers off.