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****Please check out the end of this review where there is a link to a giveaway, giving you the chance to win one of these!

Having access to your photos on mobile devices and laptops, etc, can often be the preferred method of viewing nowadays.  But what if you actually wanted to have select images available on display in and around your home?  Or what if you have a relative that isn’t over tech savvy?  The Kitvision 7″ Digital Photo Frame could be the solution for you!

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The photo frame itself comes packaged in an eye catching box packaging that contains a wealth of specifications, ranging from the slide show display mode, to the 7″ TFT Panel.  Inside the box you get the photo frame (the one I have for review is pink), the stand for the frame, UK 3-pin wall adapter and a user manual.

The frame feels very well made, as well as very sturdy.  Included is 8mb of internal storage – not enough to store all of your images, but plenty to store a few treasured images that you would like to keep to hand all of the time.  The frame boasts a bracket that you can rotate if you would like to, meaning that you can view your images in both landscape and portrait mode – you aren’t limited to having it set just one way or the other.  The spaces to attach the bracket can be found on the back of the frame.  The top of the frame houses the buttons used to control the functions of the frame.  These buttons are Play/Pause, Left, Right, Exit, and Setup.  The buttons are used to navigate the menus on the photo frame, which are straightforward to use.  Located down the right hand side of the frame is the USB Flash Drive port, the multicard reader, and the port to connect up the AC adapter.  The screen resolution is 480 x 234 pixels.  The supported image file format for the frame is JPEG – which is handy as this is what most images come as.

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Getting to grips with the frame is very straightforward.  To get the frame to display the images you want, simply insert a memory card that has your images on (either direct from a digital camera or smartphone or transfer the pictures to the card from a PC/laptop), or hook up a USB drive into the port on the side.  The built-in card reader enables you to simply plug in your card or USB stick and using the buttons on the top of the frame, navigate through the menus.  It is recommended that you store images in folders that contain up to 100 photos each.

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Once you have your memory card or USB drive inserted, ensure that you have plugged in the supplied plug adapter (5v), power on the frame, and you photos will start displaying to you as a slideshow.  The buttons on the back of the frame give you the options to pause the slideshow in order to make changes to the display, or even to keep that one particular image on display.  Also, the built-in menu is easy and straightforward to use, making the operation of the frame possible for anyone, no matter your technical knowledge.  From within the menu, you can also choose if you would like your images displayed as the original image, cropped, or stretched.

Another feature that I really like is the fact that you have a few transition effects to choose from, meaning that you can make changing from one image to the next, less plain and boring.  If you would rather not set it to one particular effect, you can set it to random so that it changes from image to image.  Another feature that I like is that you can change the speed of the slideshow – you can have the images change at a slow, medium or fast pace.  Again, something for everyone.

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Overall, I love this digital photo frame.  Kitvision have made it possible to have something to suit everyone, no matter of their age or preference.  If the 7″ frame is not for you, there is a large range of digital frames available in a variety of sizes and designs, so there should be something for everyone.  The price of the 7″ pink frame that I have here is £29.99 on Amazon UK (at time of posting) and would make an ideal gift, especially with Mother’s Day coming up *hint hint*.

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Kingston Technology were kind enough to supply me with two of their DataTraveler Guitar 8GB USB 2.0 memory sticks. I am giving one away HERE and here is the review of the one that I am allowed to keep.

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As the name suggests, this is a USB 2.0 thumb drive and will work with USB 2.0 ports on your PC and/or Mac. I will include data transfer speeds toward the end of this review.

Packaging wise, the Guitar USB stick is in the fiddly sealed plastic style package. I found the easiest way to get into it is by cutting the bottom and down one of the sides. Once inside, you can remove the stick easily enough, as well as the cardboard insert.  Also, tucked away inside the insert, there is a small keychain lanyard included which enables you to attach it easily to your keys.  The Guitar USB has a soft rubber shell with a good amount of detail when it comes to the frets, etc, which encases the USB adapter. You separate the guitar by pulling the end off, which in turn leaves you with the USB adapter on the biggest end as you can see in the image below.

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After running CrystalDiskMark, it showed that the average read speed was around 18MB/s and the average write speed was around 9MB/s.

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This is a great novelty USB stick which does a good job when it comes to transferring data. I can see this one staying attached to my keys along with the Kingston 32 GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0.  You are also covered by a 5 Year Warranty, just in case an issue arises.

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I use my fair share of USB drives for different purposes that range from transferring movies, to storing my game saves, to keeping important files on, so I need something that is safe, reliable, and that does the job right the first time.

Today I have the latest USB thumb drive from Kingston Technology for review. This is the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 32 GB USB thumb drive. As the name suggests, this is a USB 3.0 thumb drive. This drive should support transfer speeds of up to 70MB/s Write and 150MB/s Read, according to the specifications on the packaging. I will, of course, give this a try and will include the results in this review.

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The G3 DataTraveler Ultimate is very nice to look at. With its aliminium casing to protect the plastic inside of the drive, it is definitely easy on the eye. It uses slide open and close function to access the USB connector – slide open to be able to plug into the PC, slide closed again when finished. The aluminium casing is not there just for show – it covers the whole device and is thick enough to offer protection from any knocks, bumps, and drops. The cashing covers the thumb drive from corner to corner. At the end of the thumb drive, there is an attractive looking, round shaped Kingston branded link that enables you to attach it to your keychain or a lanyard.

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Still on topic of the lanyard/keychain, if you look inside the bundled instruction manual, there is a small keychain included which makes it even easier to attach the thumb drive to your keys, etc.

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As I am sure you have realised from the name of this thumb drive, it is best used in a USB 3.0 port. Saying this, it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so you can still use it even if you have yet to upgrade to USB 3.0.
As you can see from both images below, this stick performs extraordinarily well, no matter if you are using USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.

(USB 2.0 on the left, USB 3.0 on the right).

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You can buy this drive in either a 32GB or 62GB size capacity drive. Both sizes come with a 5 year warranty, which includes free tech support. Personally, I don’t think I have ever contacted tech support for help with a thumb drive issue, but having the option to do so is always a nice touch.

Considering the size, speed and build of this USB thumb drive, I would highly recommend this. No matter if you are a heavy user or casual, this drive will not let you down. This will most definitely be at the top of my list for future purchases.

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Features and Specifications:
Capacities: 32 GB, 64 GB
Speed: USB 3.0 up to 150 MB/s Read, 70 MB/s Write
USB 2.0 up to 30 MB/s Read, 20 MB/s Write
USB 3.0 performance: dramatic time savings when transferring large media files; 8x faster than a standard USB 2.0
Durable design: solid metal sliding casing with no cap to lose
Backwards compatibility: usable with USB 2.0 systems with excellent performance throughout
Guaranteed: five-year warranty and free technical support
Dimensions: without key ring: 2.6929″ x 0.8961″ x 0.4567″ (68.40 mm x 22.76 mm x 11.6 mm)
with key ring: 3.3622″ x 0.8961″ x 0.4567″ (85.40 mm x 22.76 mm x 11.6 mm)
Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)