An Unfortunate Grope of SmartParts' Fugly Digital Photo Frame/PrinterS

Digital photo frames were the spammiest product spam at CES, lurking around every corner with their crappiness so I still have a biley taste in my mouth. SmartParts' efforts to pile crappy function atop crappy function with a built-in photo printer, unsurprisingly just amounts to one big crapgasm. On the front, it looks like any other generic frame, but peer behind its faux-elegant bezel and you'll see some serious junk in the trunk.

An Unfortunate Grope of SmartParts' Fugly Digital Photo Frame/PrinterS

An Unfortunate Grope of SmartParts' Fugly Digital Photo Frame/PrinterS

An Unfortunate Grope of SmartParts' Fugly Digital Photo Frame/PrinterS

An Unfortunate Grope of SmartParts' Fugly Digital Photo Frame/PrinterS

An Unfortunate Grope of SmartParts' Fugly Digital Photo Frame/PrinterS

An Unfortunate Grope of SmartParts' Fugly Digital Photo Frame/PrinterS

I will admit it's kind of cool watching the printer add layers of dye sublimation to add build one full picture, but the novelty quickly wears off. It takes about a minute to print, and it's instantly touchable. But the photos suck. This is a pre-production model, so it could get better, but the sample I printed removed all subtlety from the photo—shadow detail lost, whites blown out and noticeable bleed.

The paper stock is mediocre and you can't even upgrade—you buy proprietary cartridges for $20 that have 36 sheets, with dye cartridge to match. Then you've gotta buy a new one. The printer, as you can imagine, adds a little lot of heft. This hunchbacked mess is not the digital photo frame you were looking for. [Giz @ PMA]