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Introducing a whole new channel for your music, photos, and video, Channel You. What's on Channel You, Practically anything you want. From photos of your last vacation, to your favorite dance party music mix. Watch video clips of your kids, listen to Internet radio stations, get Facebook status updates, weather, calendars, and more, all delivered wirelessly to anywhere in your home. The DreamScreen, only from HP. It's all on Channel You.
Product Title: HP (Hewlett-Packard) DreamScreen 100 Digital Photo Frame
Manufacturer: HP (Hewlett-Packard)
Power Score: 3.9 | 23 Reviews
Parent Retsku: B002GJTZBI
Product Reviews (11)
DreamScreen 100/130 Review
I have both a DreamScreen 100 and a 130. As the products are identical except for screen dimensions, this breif review is applicable to both. The DreamScreen is a digital picture frame with the addition of various internet extras. Internet features include access to photos from your Pandora or SnapFish accounts, displaying basic information from your Facebook account, access to thousands of...
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I have both a DreamScreen 100 and a 130. As the products are identical except for screen dimensions, this breif review is applicable to both. The DreamScreen is a digital picture frame with the addition of various internet extras. Internet features include access to photos from your Pandora or SnapFish accounts, displaying basic information from your Facebook account, access to thousands of internet radio stations, and providing your local weather forecast. There is also a calendar feature, though this is a local function. The DreamScreen includes a 6-2 card reader, dual USB ports, wired and wireless b/g network support, a tiny remote with a nifty storage slot (nice touch HP), and touch controls along the lower right corner of the screen. It has 2 GBs of internal memory (1.5GB available to the user) for media storage. The device is, otensibly, capable of streaming music or photos from your PC's media library, though I have yet to get this feature to function properly (likely because I have many thousands of photos/songs in my library). The DreamScreen can also play videos stored to internal memory or from inserted media. The unit is tabletop or wall mountable, and includes a wall-wart power supply typical of many electronic devices. The DreamScreen is very sleek in design and appearance, and the packaging is first class as well. The face is smooth edge to edge and friends have been quite impressed. It has a glossy piano black finish and screen, so expect a lot of fingerprints. HP thoughtfully provides a microfiber cloth to take care of these. (Note that this is NOT a touchscreen, so you won't need to touch the screen) The screen quality is excellent with crisp, clear, bright images and vivid color. When in slideshow mode you can select from a variety of transitions. Unfortunately HP forgot to include "random" as a choice to mix things up (hint-hint!). Sound is provides by two small speakers on the rear of the device. They provide basic radio quality sound...don't expect to entertain your party guests...but fine for listening to background radio. Wireless connectivity is very good, and I received excellent signal strength throughout the house. The included internet applets are rather basic. Pandora and SnapFish stream photos admirably and reliably once you have entered your account information. Facebook shows only status messages, photos, and events and is really mostly a novelty. You can scroll through a friend's photos, but the process is slow and tedious. It would be nice if the calendar integrated with Google Calendar so your events would display automatically. SmartRadio works well, with thousands of stations available. Navigation through the list of stations is rather cumbersome. I have no intention of using the DreamScreen as a music player, thus, I have not loaded any songs and can not comment on the music player function. As stated earlier, I have attempted to stream music and photos from my PC to the DreamScreen, but there appears to be a limit as to how many files it can handle. It "sees" the music and photo folders...but nothing shows up within them. I believe this is because I have many thousands of photos and music files in my library and the DreamScreen must be limited in this regard. When I made a small test folder with only a few hundred photos/songs, it was able to stream them successfully. The DreamScreen interface is simple, but very slow. Exiting an applet can take 5-10 seconds before returning to the previous menu. It seems incapable of multi-tasking. Entering your login/password or wireless security relies on an onscreen keyboard controlled by the remote or touchpad. This is very tedious but thankfully you only need to enter the information once. The interface for scrolling through long lists of photos, songs, radio stations, etc. is very clunky and needs work. As there is no "next page/previous page" button, you must scroll to the last item on the right or left before the next page shows. HP needs to figure out some way to improve navigation within the OS. The DreamScreen includes PC software for transferring photos, videos, and music to the device. The software is very rudimentary, and the unit has to be on the Home screen for it to be detected. This can be a little annoying since you have to run upstairs and get the unit on the home screen to transfer your data. It would be great if HP could correct this? Transferring files is a drag and drop operation, and it is very slow over Wi-Fi. This is likely more so because of the device itself as opposed to the Wi-Fi connection, as transferring over wired ethernet shows little improvement in transfer rate. A few things I would like to see added/modified are adding more than a single on-time/off-time for the display. You can set the DreamScreen screen to turn on and off at a set time. Most of us get up in the am, leave for work, and them return home. Why have your DreamScreen displaying all day while you are away? I would like to see at least two on/off screen cycle settings for the device. I would love to see the DreamScreen default to whatever your last function was (before the screensaver kicks in) so, i.e., it could default to the weather when it turns on or the alarm sounds. I would like to see "random" added to the list of photo transitions, and this setting be applied when the ScreenSaver starts. I would like the music player be able to access your iTunes and WMP Playlists. I would truly appreciate it if you could set ALL of the settings from the PC software, and that the unit's internal memory showed up to the PC software so you could delete/rename files stored to the DreamScreen's internal memory from the PC as opposed to the slow and tedious, one-file-at-a-time method required for accomplishing this from the device. I would like to be able to gain access to the DreamScreen without putting it at the Home screen first. I would like to see the Calendar modified to integrate with Google Calendar so it would synchronize automatically. I would also like to possibly see a Contacts applet, again integrated with Gmail contacts so you have your contacts handy. In the Main settings, I would like to be able to turn off applets that I am not using. All in all, I like the DreamScreen and would recommend it to a friend. I am, of course, a techie sort and love gadgets. The firmware is flash upgradable and I hope HP takes into consideration some of the suggestions made here and in other posts and the interface improves over time. The DreamScreen is very sleek, the screen is first rate, and it makes a handsome digital photo frame with some interesting extras. Thanks for reading!
By Schtuperman on HP - May 16, 2010
Nice on many level
The weather feature is great, along with the streaming photos and music from PC. Negatives, no streaming video from PC. The calendar is just that a calendar, no functionality todo things.
By Rnifty on HP - May 12, 2010
Takes awhile to learn all the features
At first, the difficulty of set up and use was frustrating. however, we have had it now for several months. as we used it more and patiently - i stress - patiently read the instructions. the benefits and features became evident. i think the price was too high for the frustration.
By ayor on HP - Mar 21, 2010
Good overall. Needs some tweaking
I mainly bought this to replace my alarm clock and also add some good bed side features. Unfortunately it doesn't have a Snooze option which has been standard on alarm clocks since they've been digital. Even a free cell phone has snooze. It would be great if you could import a song to a specific alarm (or sleep) location rather than generically playing from music. The weather feature is nice but...
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I mainly bought this to replace my alarm clock and also add some good bed side features. Unfortunately it doesn't have a Snooze option which has been standard on alarm clocks since they've been digital. Even a free cell phone has snooze. It would be great if you could import a song to a specific alarm (or sleep) location rather than generically playing from music. The weather feature is nice but a weather radar would really make this complete. I'm sure their weather provider has this data. HP just needs to add the feature. Fortunately with flexible software/OS support I would expect these features to be available on future updates. Hardware is good but better speakers would really make it a good music source, even if the unit is slightly thicker. Screen has a very good viewing angle but alittle surprised by the WVGA screen (800x480), especially at the 13.3". I would definitely expect the next-gen to be WSVGA (1024x600). 2GB of memory is alittle low but with SD card slot it is easy to expand for $10-20. Just wish the SD data was more seamlessly accessible like the the onboard memory is. Overall the display is very innovative and I think it will create a whole new market of products. I specifically bought this because it has all the feature I want from an iPOD night stand dock but comes with a 10.4" screen. After a few software and hardware refinements I can really see this product taking off.
By Vikingleif on HP - Feb 19, 2010
Dreamscreen is Fun
Bought this product for my wife for use in the kitchen where i scanned her recipies and she can look at them while she cooks, plus the pandora is a very handy feature. The screen images are sharp and the wifi connection works great from all ofo ur home pc's. It is not a computer which in our case would be handy for a web browser, but other than that they are on the right track with this product
By mrferdi on HP - Feb 6, 2010