Digital keychains were inevitable. As the power consumption and cost of led’s has fallen, consumers and manufacturers are looking for new ways to utilize digital imagery. The good folks at WholeSaleKeyChains gave me a copy of their TAO digital photo keychain to review. So, let’s take a look.
Upon opening the case, I was surprised at how thick the keychain was. It has 3 simple buttons on the top (power, forward, backward) and a micro USB slot on the side. The keychain comes with some software for uploading photos to the keychain, a USB cable, a power cable, and user manual. I found the software to be a little cumbersome, but it got the job done in the end. Here are the specs:
Screen: 1.4″ CSTN, LCD – 102 x 80
Internal memory: 8 MB
Photos: 56 pictures
Battery: 2.5 hours
PC interface: USB port 1.1 (for photo download)
Software: Image transfer 4.0 – for both PC and Macintosh
Weight: 1.2 oz
Dimension: 1.8″ x 1.8″ x 0.5″
Includes: AC adaptor, USB cable, CD-ROM, user’s manual
Packaging dimension: 4.25″ x 5.45″ x 2.25″
Warranty: 1 year Domestic RMA
Once photos had been uploaded to the device, it became clear that the resolution wasn’t great. So, I cropped scenes to showcase profile shots. Once I did that, the photos were much, much clearer. The display, however, tends to wash the photos out. If you are looking for a cheaper photo keychain ($34.99 at wholesalekeychains) that can give you ok resolution, then this device may be for you. I wasn’t all that impressed however. I’m wondering if an Oled photo keychain would give you better resolution and color fidelity. In any case, I’m giving this 3 stars.