Posted Feb 17, 2005 - 9:34 am
Only available in the stores, apparently. And, they flew out like crazed bats at feeding time according to the store manager. I went back to buy 3 more at 5:00 and they were gone gone gone. Store manager says several others came in wanting to buy from 10 to 100 of them. Bet those were headed for e-bay ! The manager called 3 other nearby stores for me and they all said that they were shocked at how fast they sold and that they are getting tons of calls.
Quality is typical Rat Shack stuff. I tested all 3 of them out and they work fine. Plastic case, wall wart power supply, USB and video cable are included along with a CD of software labelled for Windows 98SE. Screen is nice, colors are OK. There's a nice "prop" on the back so you can stand the thing up like a picture frame. You can delete pictures from a card easily. I didn't try hooking it to a PC yet, as I really don't need it for that purpose. I'm betting it's USB 1.1 too.
The best use I can see for them is as a digital "picture frame". Load some favorite pics in a smallish SD or CF card, put it on your desk or fireplace mantle, and let it run with the built in slide show software. It'll go for 10 hours and then auto shutdown.
I ran tests using SD and CF cards from a Panasonic 5 MP digicam and a 4 MP Canon digicam and the unit worked as advertised.
VERY well worth the $10 if you can find one. The stores "may" be getting more in on Friday or possibly next Tuesday. They really never know what they will be getting until they unload the trucks.