The Nixplay 10 inch Touchscreen Photo Frame (otherwise known as the Nixplay Touch 10) is a simple and relatively easy to use photo frame that aims to look like a traditional photo frame. It doesn’t have the wood and glass construction of a classic high-end picture frame, but the design doesn’t give it away at arm’s length.
Nixplay wants you to be able to set up the Touch 10 and let it run, without worrying about whether it’s drawing too much power. It has a schedule function, which allows you to set the times when it turns on and off. You see this in almost every decent photo frame, but the Touch 10 also has an activity sensor.
You might assume that this sensor is some kind of camera, but it’s not. Instead, it’s a microphone, so silence means the frame will eventually enter sleep mode, if you choose to use that setting.
Nixplay offers a paid subscription service that unlocks some features, but we don’t think many people will need to shell out the cash. A totally free Nixplay account still allows use of up to five frames, 10GB of cloud storage for your photos, and five “playlists” – another word for a virtual photo album.
These playlists can be shared with others so they can contribute, completing a solid set of features for an everyday digital photo frame. However, we are not completely satisfied with the way the photos are handled.
Nixplay loves Microsoft Powerpoint-style transitions. We like having the option, but the default setting is cheesy. And the framework’s handling of images isn’t so great. Its presentation looks too crisp for the Nixplay’s low 800p resolution. You might think that limited resolution requires sharpness, but it actually draws attention to the limited number of pixels, causing annoying aliasing in objects like skyscraper outlines and power lines.
Will you actually notice it? Not in casual use, but it becomes more apparent when you look at the footage properly. Still, if that’s not an issue for you and you like the Touch 10’s traditional design and ‘activity sensor’ to automatically enter sleep mode, it’s worth considering – and earns a spot. in our guide to best digital photo frames.
Nixplay Touch 10: Design
The Nixplay Touch 10 could almost pass for a normal photo frame. We say “almost” because, like so many tech companies, Nixplay felt the need to intrude a bit too much into the picture with a golden “Nixplay” logo section across the top.
We wish that wasn’t the case, but the Touch 10 looks great otherwise. Our sample has a black exterior, with a pleasant warm-toned white section between the frame and screen. It’s all plastic, but it keeps the weight down.
Nixplay leaves a lot more room for styling on the back, using a heavily embossed pattern – but who cares when you hardly ever see it? The Nixplay Touch 10 has a small, recessed plastic stand. It’s not super sturdy and doesn’t need to be when the overall weight of the picture frame isn’t high.
Conclusion ? The Nixplay looks more like a regular picture frame than the Aura Carver, but the 10-inch Skylight picture frame has the edge for those looking for what might be called “realism”, thanks to its even more understated look and feel. the use of glass for the screen cover.
The plastic display surface of this “Classic Mat” version has an advantage here, however. It slightly softens the reflections. The effect is much less pronounced than in the almost matte Aura Carver, but the way it takes over is welcome.
In many ways, photo reproduction is also good. We like the color temperature of the Nixplay Touch 10 and find that it can reproduce rich tones well enough, although it probably wouldn’t come close to the color depth of today’s OLED phones.
The peak brightness of 260 nits isn’t passable, but will do just fine for your needs unless you intend to place the Nixplay Touch 10 somewhere bright in your home. In this case, the Aura Carver and its 440 nits brightness would be better.
We’re not convinced that the Nixplay approach to sharpening always works on thought. The Nixplay Touch 10 has a 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 pixels. That’s a low pixel count for this display size, but standard for cheaper picture frames.
Nixplay tries to compensate for this low resolution by aiming for high sharpness, but this causes problems in objects that have very well defined edges. They appear a bit pixelated, jagged, which we find more noticeable than the look of a frame with a more anti-aliased approach – where those harsh transitions are softened.
The presentation of the photos is just correct accordingly. Here is the power consumed by the photo frame according to our power meter.
|100% brightness||5.6W (0.134kWh per 24 hours)|
|50% brightness||4.3W (0.103kWh per 24 hours)|
|Be ready||1.1W (0.0254 kWh per 24 hours)|
Nixplay Touch 10: Usability
You use the Nixplay app to load the Touch 10 Photo Frame with photos. There’s no memory card slot, and while there’s a microUSB socket, it’s not used for photo storage. Nixplay makes frames with SD slots and USB support, mind you.
You add photos to “playlists” in the Nixplay app, and they stream from the company’s servers to the frame. Adding photos is simple – assuming they’re on your phone and ready to transfer.
Nixplay offers a subscription for the app, which costs $49.99 / £49.99 per year, but we’re pretty happy with what you can do without a subscription. You can store up to 10 GB of photos, you can play videos and have five active playlists. You could have one for a wedding or vacation, for example.
Different people can also be added to these playlists, giving them access to this selection of photos and allowing them to add more. This is where the playlist concept really opens up – siloing people off like you might with WhatsApp groups.
The Nixplay Touch 10 also supports Alexa and Google Assistant. We connected it to Google Home and were able to turn the frame off with a voice command sent through a phone. You can also make the frame display the time, which is handy.
All the clever bits are there, but using the Nixplay Touch 10 on its own is clunky. He is often slow to react, lethargic and it becomes frustrating. There’s no way to see the thumbnails of the current playlist to select a particular image, as the on-screen “Go to Gallery” shortcut just takes you back to the standard scrolling stream of images. You also cannot select particular images to display in the Nixplay app.
We weren’t initially fans of the Nixplay Touch 10 either.‘s animated transitions. There are 11, including more silly effects like “pixelate”. Set to randomly switch between these, the picture frame can turn into a Powerpoint presentation nightmare. However, find one you like and stick with it, and everything will calm down.