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Insignia™ - Infocast 8" Internet Media Display - Multi

This Internet media display features an 8" touch screen for easy navigation of online content, photos, videos and more. Access Pandora, SHOUTcast Radio, Photobucket, NY Times podcasts and Blue Octy Radio applications without a computer.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    79% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (33 out of 42)

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    Features


    800MHz processor

    For enhanced performance.

    2GB memory

    For multitasking power.

    8" LCD touch-screen display

    With 800 x 600 resolution and dimmable backlight with night mode for easy viewing of Internet content, photos, videos and more at any time of day or night.

    7-in-1 media reader

    Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, MultiMediaCard, CompactFlash, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO Duo formats.

    Supported file formats

    Include MP3, WAV, DRM-free WMA and ACC, JPEG, AVI, QuickTime, MPEG, MPEG-4, MPEG-4 H.264 and Flash Video (via apps).

    Preloaded apps

    Include Pandora, Photobucket, SHOUTcast Radio, New York Times, alarm clock, music player, photo viewer, video player and more.

    Drag-and-drop interface and 2 high-speed USB 2.0 ports

    For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.

    Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g)

    Connect to the Internet without wires.

    Chumby (Linux 2.6) operating system preinstalled

    Provides a stable computing platform. Share applications, photos and videos with other users of Chumby-enabled devices.


    Customer rating

    Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 42 reviews

    79%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Super Chumby

      Posted
      Burkhardi

      Insignia Infocast: I like it! I have used the Chumby for a long time and when the ‘Chumby One’ came out after the ‘Chumby Classic’, it was a great step forward. Where the Chumby One stepped forward, the Insignia Infocast jumped forward. Finally a device that I can stream my own pictures to, off my home network without having to run some bloated and buggy software package on the computer that hosts the pictures. The Infocast sounds good, the Pandora integration is stellar, love the large LCD (I am use to the 4” Chumby). Seems this device was well thought out, so I assume Chumby had to have a hand (or two) in the design and ideas for it to be this good for a first device offering. I think any shortcoming can be addressed by OTA (over the air) updates to the unit. Not too long after I set mine up, it did an OTA update to the latest software and it was easy (just let it do it’s thing). Even though the Sony Dash can do Netflix and is more of an alarm clock then the Infocast; I think the Infocast beats it. Also the Infocast is not billed as an alarm clock either (but it does have a basic one, so don’t let that be a show stopper). As far as Netlix, neither device will run if not plugged in the wall (no battery) so I don’t see the reason to have it and the screens are too small to watch a movie for my taste. I’ll take my 56’ DLP and Roku DVP thank you very much! The touchscreen is not as sensitive as I would like, but still very useable. I use it to watch our local traffic cameras, check our weather, radar and forecast, see Facebook pictures from friends as well as status updates and many, many more widgets that you can get at www.Chumby.com. I think the master home screen is kind of useless (you have to choose to go there) but for a non-Chumby user or non-tech person, I can see a reason to have this. Almost like an easy menu to get to what you want. So the Infocast is great for the living room, kitchen, den, work and other places where you might want info at your finger tips or at a glance. It also sounds good enough to enjoy your music with and I almost forgot, unlike the other devices (Sony and Chumby) the Infocast has a card reader so you can put memory/flash card in it(i.e. SD, CF, etc). There is also two USB ports as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      This Device Sounds Interesting....

      Posted
      Iliketoplaygames

      I've been giving this product a chance for a week or so before I review it. The concept sounded interesting and was a cheaper product at the time when compared to the Sony Dash. I believe both run on the Chumby operating system. There is a lot of free apps for this Chumby product. Cool apps for social networking, news, email clients, etc. When you first start the device you need to activate it and have an account on Chumby.com (or insignia.chumby.com) to control some of the apps that you download for it. I had a problem earlier because I first gave this to my sister for Christmas but she said she didn't like it so now I have it (my plan worked!) Anyways she still had the device under her account and the only way I could put it under my new account I just created was to tell her to deactivate the device which was under her account. After that I could finally maintain all the downloaded apps since I now have the device under my account. The apps work nice. I do agree with one of the reviewer below me, some of the apps do look pixelated because they are scaled up. I think who ever made the app originally made them for the smaller screen Chumby devices that were released. Not too much of an issue I suppose. A down side I ran into is the ability to connect to my network drives. Right now I have it so I can access my desktop PC files from other devices connected to my network. Every time I try to access the files through my Infocast, it searches, and when I finally come to a folder containing the stuff (pictures, music, video, etc) the Infocast crashes and restarts. I've never been able to have it (the network feature) work just yet. Another flaw I run into is the built in music player. I loaded some music on to an SD card and when I access them I believe the device doesn't read ID3 tags of the mp3. The program puts the music in alphabetical order based on the name of the title track. That kinda sucks when you want to listen to a album tracks in order of track number. Oh another thing too, I was hoping to access my ipod nano (5th gen) into it and listening to it the music on it while it recharges through the usb; nope, that don't work, the music don't show up. At least my ipod charges though... The speakers sound pretty good. Can't really complain about them. I would say they're comparable to other clock radios out there. This is an interesting sounding device. I would recommend this to whoever reads this only if you found it on sale (which I did) and not full retail. There is a Chumby community out there if you run into any problems so you can look online. Hopefully firmware updates would solve my issues I ran into. That or someone creates apps that do. This device is very much hackable to those inclined to do so. I think the Chumby OS is Linux based so those in the know can do stuff with it. Me on the other hand, I try but most of the stuff is over my head. I'll be reading the forums though....

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good, Not Great

      Posted
      cz9h3d

      I purchased both a 3.5" and 8" infocast to determine which was a better present for my 10yo daughter. At the time, it was only $30 more for the 8" screen, which seemed like an easy decision. However, Best Buy / Insignia have missed the boat on this unit for a couple key reasons. (1) Poor Alarm Clock Implementation: The 3.5" blows this unit away. This thing is basic, and really shouldn't be purchased if you want to use it as a bedside clock/alarm. (2) Hobbled Music Options: This thing only has 4 music options, vs. something like 13 on the 3.5"! You have very limited options in regards to streaming content off the internet - you might think it's fine, until you see what the 3.5" (or a real Chumby) has to offer. Other than that, the 8" screen looks really good. The touchscreen seemed very responsive - if it's a cheaper resistive screen, it's a very good one! There are a lot of video options added to this unit (compared to the 3.5"). However, I didn't really see the point in taking advantage of them. Lots of clips (i.e. Letterman Top10), trailers, Youtube, etc. But if you really want to watch video, it's much much easier to do on a computer. I would have liked to investigate the Sony Dash - a cousin and fellow Chumby-like unit. It offers Netflix (and Hulu Plus I think), which at least provides a reason to have video - but I don't want my daughter having unfilter Netflix access in her room. I suggest you read up on the forums at Chumby. They provide the web services on this unit, and actually designed the motherboard and software - but the implementation/features were determined by Best Buy / Insignia. And for some reason, they elected to not include the very useful clock features, as well as the many music options that are included on the 3.5" Oh - let's not forget its photo frame features. They are okay - I didn't have it long enough to look into the web-steaming options, which I assume work. But the basic slideshows were pretty basic, and couldn't compare to my Kodak Pulse frame. Again, maybe it's because I've been exposed to better executions, that I wasn't able to accept poor ones on the 8" infocast.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It's got a spot on my nightstand

      Posted
      Fluidity

      I use this as a digital picture frame, alarm clock, and internet radio. It's easy to stream photos from PhotoBucket, and, after a bit of effort, I've got it showing pictures from my Windows Home Server. The alarm clock is fine, I like that I can set an alarm for weekdays only, but it would be nice to have the option to wake to music. Pandora internet radio works great, but sounds a bit garbled, not sure if it's the service or the speakers. I wish there was an option to stream music from a home server. I had been interested in getting a chumby device for a long time, but it seemed too small. I went to Best Buy to look at the Sony Dash, which was very slick but seemed more limited than a standard chumby. Then I spotted the Infocast, and liked the looks of the bigger screen. The touch screen requires a firm press with a fingernail, not as slick as the iPhone's touch screen. If you're thinking of buying this for a non-tech-savvy relative--don't unless you can set it up for them. It's difficult to set up, requiring a computer and typing in a long activation code. I also had to shorten my wireless password because it wouldn't recognize one that was 64 characters long. I don't think it's too expensive, compared to the price of an internet-connected photo frame, along with its alarm and music features. I also set up a "morning" channel with my google calendar, yahoo weather, and a map of recent earthquakes around the world. It's not perfect, but I like it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very useful device with lots of FREE Apps.

      Posted
      Jacobs
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      Usually I don't write a review before using the item for at least 7 days. However, I thought it would be fair to review this product within hours. Pros: - Price I paid - less than $60 with some coupons after BB's current sale price of $99 - Easy to set up - Easy responding touch screen - Easy to navigate - 1352 FREE apps as of today - Pandora, Shoutcast, Weather Channel, NY Times and many more very useful cool apps. - Google Calendar integration (very cool) - Facebook, Picassa, Photo bucket, PHP Photo and more photo apps. Cons: - Poor quality plastic case - Screen resolution is just average - Most apps has stretched icons or interface (I believe most of the apps initially written for some low resolution devices) Other thoughts: I wish there was framechannel integration with this device. May be I am addicted to framechannel after using Kodak wifi enabled photo frames for a while now. If you willing to pay some extra money, Sony Dash would be a better choice I guess. I saw the Dash demo at the store, but the screen resolution is far better on Dash. Since both devices using Chumby Apps, I believe you get pretty much everything same on both devices. Also an option for setting up On/Off timer would be nice, so that the device will turn off at a given time particularly at nights. As of now, you need to turn off the device manually or activate the night mode manually. Overall, I am very happy with the 8" Insignia Infocast. Definitely worthy for less than $100.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Kinda cool... but didn't knock my socks off

      Posted
      IveFallenAndCantGetUp

      I bought this unit at the $99 sale price with intent of using a few apps including weather, sports news, stock ticker, photos, and clock. I did readily find the applications that I had intended and also found the setup to be relatively easy. I find the applications functionally alright but find that navigating to applications is not as straightforward as anticipated (my 11-year old son quickly picked it up so switching applications is less an issue of being intuitive versus being expedient). If you like Facebook you may like the application that scrolls through what your friends are posting and that lets you click to "like" and to respond. You may also like the app that displays photos within a single Facebook photo directory that you specify (I like this because it effectively works as a digital photo frame, showing whatever you load into your targeted Facebook photos folder). I like to see the weather forecast and radar as the family gets ready in the morning and find this valuable. Also like to see sports headlines and scores scroll by on gameday. The screen resolution is alright but not great. I give the unit a B grade overall. This is about the highest grade that I expected giving it for the price. Overall, it is kinda cool but don't look for anything to overwhelm you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great device but needs a few more features

      Posted
      KenV

      I got the Infocast after some research for a internet media player for our kitchen. The device works great for streaming radio, news, weather, photos, and playing MP3s. Setup was very easy, but the Chumby site is a bit clunky to use. Configuring each of the apps has to be done individually and most options have to be set from the website and not on the device interface. For those a bit more technically inclined, the device has a linux underpinning and many things can be adjusted connecting SSH to the player. So the bad: unlike other standard devices the Infocast does not include the standard Chumby "My Streams" to play custom streams or recognize my home media server for music. Video and photos will play from the media server but is not stable with large collections. Hopefully this will be updated in a future update. I would like to see a built in FM radio tuner in the infocast from some local stations that do not support streaming radio. None of the devices in this class of device has a built in tuner, so it is not limited to the Infocast. Overall this is a great little device that i would recommend but it does have a few limitations.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      A waste of a lot of potential.

      Posted
      yetanothertoy

      The only complaint I have on a hardware side is that I wish the screen had an adjustable tilt. Other than that, one really can't ask more for a sub $100 device. However, the software turns a rather pleasant hardware device into a marginally useful, but incredibly annoying item . It seems that they couldn't decide whether to build a picture frame, alarm clock, or a widget player, so they decided to do them all rather badly. As a picture frame, the number of transition types are few, and of the ones it does have are not smooth. The alarm clock function is the real head-banger, since the many clock widgets don't integrate with the clock functions (like dim, status of alarm setting...), nor can you control the alarm type. Some chumby widgets are useful, but a large chunk of the 1300+ apps are clocks or things that could have been done with a web browser (rss feeds, webcams) had it had one. To add insult to injury, the user interface is awful. For an 8" screen, the buttons for functions are way too small. There are no quick/easy way of skipping to the next widget, thus limiting the usefulness of their app channels. In short, nothing can be done trivially with the UI. Since all of the issues are with the firmware, it's possible that they can be resolved, but I'm not holding my breath. Until then, I think a cheap android tablet would be far more useful.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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