Love the Meural Canvas II. I'm using this to display vacation photos (could care less about art) and it works great for that! I've been watching the Meural for several years now and I like what NetGear's done with it. The fact that this is pretty much the only product in this class makes choosing it pretty much a choice of Meural, or nothing ;), but I'm really happy with how it looks and works! The software to control it, upload photos, and gestures all work well. The only issue is that you have to convert any photos that aren't in 16:9 or 9:16 format into that format. Their software will do that for you (IOS and Android only, no PC or Mac software, which is fine) and automatically upload it to the canvas, but it's a slow process like 20-30 seconds per picture (cloud upload is what takes the time), so it's much easier to use a third party program like Paint 3d or Gimp to do the cropping on your PC or Mac and save it to an SD card (4 playlists available on SD card, unlimited numbers of photos per playlist), and just plug the SD Card in, especially if you have thousands of photos. I made a mounting plate from hobby board (so all screws are in a stud) since there is no way I'd trust the drywall mount screws that come with it, especially with the swivel mount. The swivel mount is kind of meh. It's nice to have, but it doesn't level well (you have to move it back and forth several times) and it causes the frame to stick out from the wall a bit.
Pros: Looks great, software lets you control it remotely and set all sorts of preferences like schedules to be on or off, preferences for orientation of photos, electronic matting for mis-sized photos, and works great for uploading photos if you only have a few to upload. Power consumption seems to be low and the frame and power plug are not getting warm. Easy to use, and it picks up new playlists on SD Cards really well. People complained about gesture control, but it seems fine to me.
Cons: The price is a little high, but I understand it's a small market right now, got the large one with the wooden frame, so it was expensive which really makes you think about it before you buy it. Also as I said, the swivel mount is kind of bad.
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Short Review: Buy it ! Long Review: This is not a larger version of the last digital frame you bought. It is so much more. We were looking for a picture for our home and could not decide on one we both liked and wanted to look at for years. Enter the Meural Frame. Cost less than what we were looking to spend on a framed print. You can download photos from your computer or directly from your cell phone using an easy Meural app. How many photos have you taken that are on your computer or cell phone and rarely, if ever, seen? Here is a way to showcase them. With a Meural membership you have access to an enormous library of photos, artwork, sculpture, and museum statues for about $6.00 a month, or the price of a Starbucks coffee. A bargain! Ours has been set up for 48 hours and we already have 12 playlists; Nature, Landscape photos, Animal photos, Abstract Art, Japanese Gardens, Waterfalls, Art in Motion, etc. There is incredible digital motion art available. Imagine a photo where the fall colored leaves are blowing, the waves are crashing on to the shore, or a waterfall is cascading. Intrigued? A lot of the artwork is included in the membership, however if you want a specific collection or a National Geographic photo, or artwork by certain artists, you may have to pay for it. Typically $1.95 - $3.95 for a single work of art, or $15. - $20. for a group of 10 plus. We have read reveiws that said the App was a problem, but our Android phone and our computers have not had issues.
Pros: Exceeded our expectaions. Finally a large digital frame. Great mat finished screen that has no glare from any angle. Crutchfield had great customer service before and after our purchase.
Cons: Netgear needs to add a shopping cart to their website. It is laborious to buy the pictures one at a time. And having five individual charges of $1.95 each is crazy on your credit card billing. I wish Adobe Photoshop Elements had a crop tool for the 16:9 ratio used by this frame and computer monitors.
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