PROS / Photo reproduction is very good with this frame, especially in terms of color.
CONS / The lack of a Wi-Fi connection makes it more difficult to access online photo collections.
VERDICT / This is our favorite of the digital photo frames with no Wi-Fi connectivity because of its great picture quality.
Editor's note: NIX Advance is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: high resolution display; Hu-Motion sensor; USB, SD and SDHC ports; and the ability to display photos and videos. We will evaluate, rank and review the Advance when we next update the digital photo frame reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about the NIX X08D.
Nixplay makes Wi-Fi digital photo frames, but the NIX X08D is not one of them. It is still excellent in many ways, though, including picture quality and user-friendliness. There is a lot to be said for being able to plug in a memory card and let the good memories fill the room right away. There is no learning curve with this frame, one reason it wins our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.
Our reviewers had a few qualms about how this frame automatically resizes certain photos to fit. In our tests, we had to reduce the size of one test photo repeatedly to get it to play on this frame. That was inconvenient compared to the frames that played everything automatically on the first try. A couple of our expert panelists wrote that this frame also crops photos badly, even cropping out the top and bottom of large pictures.
However, once all our test photos were in rotation on the screen, they looked really nice. One reviewer declared it had the best picture quality of the digital frames in our review, saying it had "great colors" and a "good, crisp quality, no grain."
The internal gyroscope means the frame automatically rotates pictures to their most natural orientation – vertical or horizontal – as you turn the frame on its side. This adds to the frame's ease of use, especially since some of the frames require you to specifically tell them which way to display your photo.
You can also see your videos with this frame, which can be nice for sharing favorites with friends and family. You can also share videos on your smartphone, of course, but a more permanent place to watch them can be a nice addition to your home. The NIX X08D beats a small smartphone screen every time, and we were testing the smallest of this model. The sizes go all the way up to 18 inches, making it fun to watch your video and photo memories.
The frame's motion sensor is very responsive. It times out and turns itself off when it does not detect any movement within a range of 2.5 meters, and it immediately comes back on when anyone enters the room. This feature not only saves on your electric bill but makes the frame easier to use overall. Once you set it up, there is no reason to change any settings unless you want to add photos.
The motion sensor is just one reason this digital photo frame earned the highest possible score for ease of use in our digital picture frame evaluation. Another great feature is the easy-to-use remote control that allows you to tab through photos from across the room.
Although it is not connected to the internet for easy access to Netflix or other video content, the NIX X08D can accommodate video that you have on USB, SD and SDHC cards. Video is easier than ever to record these days, so you may have as many videos as you do photos. This frame allows you to enjoy them on a nice big screen rather than on your cell phone.
This is a very versatile frame in terms of slideshows. You can decide from 13 different ways to transition from one slide to another. This is not a huge issue for everyone, but it is a nice way to personalize the photo display. You can decide whether photos fade gradually or change quickly.
One drawback with this frame is the lack of any internal memory. You can use camera cards and jump drives to display a large collection of photos, but none of them are ever stored on this electronic picture frame, which is somewhat inconvenient. It does make this frame especially simple to use, though. All you have to do is plug in your storage device.
This is not the best frame for a wall display either. There are no pre-drilled holes in the frame that would make it easy to hang. It's perfectly at home on a desk, countertop or shelf, though.
Help & Support
Nixplay is strong in terms of customer support. Its people are really proactive about it. There is no waiting for a response to an email question for days. There is a live chat window on the site that is actually live a lot of the time. Someone responds quickly to just about any question you can think of about Nixplay's frames. You can also reach its people over the phone if you prefer.
Minus the lack of internet connectivity, the NIX X08D is an excellent digital photo frame. The picture quality and other features make it very attractive. This frame could be just right for sharing your favorite memories offline.