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Insignia™ - Infocast 8" Internet Media Display - Multi-Angle_Standard

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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 42 reviews

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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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Chumby on Steroids!

    Posted
    jhechotek

    I owned a Sony Dash and I returned it, the annoying advertisements would not go away. Then, I bought a Chumby Classic and it was better as well as cheaper but the LCD screen is/was tiny...this Insignia Infocast is just right. It even linked to my Chumby account and found the apps I had stored from Chumby Classic (now in my bedroom @ bedside table). The Insignia Infocast resides in my living room within plain sight of any/all viewers. The bright 8" LCD touchscreen is clearly visible from any angle. I have the clock/weather/finances/stocks & Flickr apps revolving every 2-3 minutes. I have no comment on the internet radio features...if I wanna hear a radio, then I'll turn on my home entertainment system. The "night" mode dimming feature is really sweet for heading off to bed. A quick finger tap in the morning and it resumes instantly. All-in-all...it's an excellent buy, a welcome addition!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not a bad device!

    Posted
    TechnicallyWell

    First off, it should be made clear that this device is more for a techy-type person. Grandma is not going to like having to sign up for an account and load widgets onto her digital picture frame. That said, I think this thing is great for checking the weather, traffic cameras, Facebook, Twitter, and Calendar first thing in the morning. I actually have this device in my bathroom so I check it out while I'm brushing my teeth and getting ready for the day. I also stream Pandora radio while I'm in the shower. Before this device, my morning consisted of turning on my crackling shower radio, listening to music I didn't like, and hoping to be able to catch the news and traffic between the barrage of advertisements. With the InfoCast, all the stuff I care about can be delivered to me first thing in the morning without listening to some DJ give a paid endorsement for her latest Ford vehicle. So if you're a geek like me, you'll love configuring this to deliver the news you care about. If you simply want to look at pictures, you'll probably be better off with another digital picture frame.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is cool

    Posted
    rick647

    I was looking for an internet radio and saw this on Black Friday. So I thought what the heck and bought it while there was still some left. This thing is fun!! I can listen to NPR and read my local newspaper's RSS feed. Listen to Christmas music with a crackling fire on the screen. Read the Headlines of the New York Times or check my local weather all from a touch of the screen at my kitchen counter. Or I can use it simply as a picture frame. I Found a hack on line to make it a web browser, and although clunky it does work. The unit was easy to set up and the touch screen is very responsive. There are all kinds of forums out there for this device and the future looks great. In my opinion, for a first generation product, this unit is well worth the money and I hope with future updates it will have more useful apps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Didn't meet my needs

    Posted
    Reebert

    I was frustrated that I wasn't able to browse the apps until AFTER I purchased the Infocast. Now I know why. I expected useful apps along the lines of what you'd find in the Android market. Most of the apps are ugly and useless. It seems the majority of the apps are for variations of the clock! You can't surf the web (for instance, looking up recipes in the kitchen), you can only stream . Also, the sound is terrible. This may be a great device for some people. The device itself is decent. It's easy to use and very responsive. My one star rating is for the worthless apps. If you're looking for a picture frame (I wasn't) this may work for you and the streaming can be a bonus. However, if you're looking for a device with deep functionality, this just isn't it. I kept it for a day hoping it'd grow on me, but I knew I was going to return it within 20mins after browsing the apps and listening to music.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I expected much more from this gadget

    Posted
    tigudh

    I bought this Insignia Infocast one week ago mostly for using it like an alarm and to have information like weather quickly, and nicely next to my bed. The idea seems great, but the Infocast doesn't cover any of my needs: the alarm doesn't have any nice feature like using Pandora or some internet radio station to wake up, you just find some sounds; regarding the applications, 99% are really, really ugly and unuseful, I haven't even found a nice and configurable application for checking the weather.. I don't like any of these: accuwheather, yahoo, weatherbug, fox, the weather channel, they're all not configurable at all and I think the designs are terrible. The best applications are the ones where, I guess, Insignia worked in like Pandora, Shoutcast.. On the other hand, it was easy to set up, the screen is nice, it is very nice to be able to use an USB to show your pictures and play your MP3s on the device, but the main features I was looking for aren't there.. I'll return it to Best Buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A pretty nice gadget to have

    Posted
    Brianinnorfolk

    I was looking at both the Chumby and the Sony product and decided to go with this. It was a breeze to set up. It quickly found my home network, asked for my key, and connected with no issues. You do have to set-up an online account to use applications, but that was pretty simple. The screen seems quite large and easy to use. Images are clear in a normally lit living room. It does wash out some in direct sun light. It can be a bit unresponsive to touch at times. Plenty of applications to choose from, all for free. The built in speakers seem fairly loud and clear given their size. It works great with internet radio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun gadget!

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Very versatile gadget for the money. There are so many things you can do with the infocast that I'm still discovering new ways to use it. I have the infocast set up in my kitchen and it's a great way to get a quick summary of the weather, news, e-mail, facebook, etc. while I'm getting ready for my day. It's also nice being able to access pictures and other content stored on my computer, although this does not always work properly for me (pictures sometimes refuse to load). Streaming Pandora works flawlessly and the built-in speakers sound surprisingly good. One word of caution: This is not a device for the technologically-impaired. My wife has yet to learn how to find her way around its features. But she does like to look at it :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    own it, love it!!

    Posted
    WXRODRIG

    its a digital frame on crack!! I love my chumby. touch screen works great, widgets and apps for it. last night i had my chumby working as a mood light on pointed on my wall (its that bright), changing the white walks into soft colors, was awesome. I love the apps, plus you can have chumby interact with facebook , craiglist, the new york times, twitter, freaking even Ebay. I get up in the, change it from clock mode to playing my featured apps and I know the news, traffic, weather and whats going on in the world before going out the door. plays music with built in stereo speakers..its just really cool. buying a second one this month!! I havent even investigated the hacks and alterations people have put out for it, just the basics are freaking cool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A pretty neat little gadget...

    Posted
    StlJoe58

    I decided to give this device a try since I got it at a great price. I'm a bit of an electronics junkie so the thought of a device that connects to my home network with the wide variety of functions was very appealing. We have had it up and running for about a month and the first thing we learned was that you have to find the right place for it. Place it in a place that you will be able to see it often and thus make the content come to you instead of you going to your computer to get it. The setup isn't hard but it is time consuming to get the right apps in the right place. Pandora is great but the speakers aren't. The picture frame function works great also. They say it makes it easier to share pictures but it is no easier than up loading to any other picture sharing site. So, the bottom line? It's pretty cool but I don't know if it's worth $100.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Missing an important feature

    Posted
    GadgetMonkey

    As a previous Chumby User, I was familiar with this gadget. Bigger screen, better sound. In all it is a great product, but one previous important feature is missing in edition. With the Chumby classic you can set the alarm clock to wake you up with music, may that be from a sd card, USB, fm radio, Internet radio, news, pandora, shoutcast etc etc. With this version firmware the only option is 5 different sounds, like beeps, rooster, gong etc. If this feature was included in the next update firmware this product would be a 5 star in it's category.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun little gizmo!

    Posted
    BamBoom

    I bought mine on sale and I am very happy with it. I originally had it set up in the kitchen...but it really didn't get used all that much. But then, I moved it to my desk at work and it's a totally different machine! If you're just going to set it up in the background, it's not worth it. But if you're going to have it somewhere where you can fiddle with it all day, or just want it on a clock or a webcam or streaming Pandora, then it's worht every penny. *as long as you don't pay full price. $170 is a bit steep. I've had mine since Christmas, and I have been having loads of fun adding and customizing apps. I usually have it on the weather or a clock or streaming pictures from my Facebook account. I like it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A Waste of Time

    Posted
    BHB1

    I owned this device for a couple of hours. Step one of any web dev ice is to connect to the internet. While it recognized that there was a wireless modem in the vicinity, it repeatedly rejected the WEP Key data that I entered. I cycled the device on and off several times and went through the sequence over and over, each time that I had entered the WEP Key data accurately. It kept telling me that my internet was down. WRONG. I then called the help nr listed in the Insignia brochure only to get a recording telling me that this was not the number for the help desk and they gave me another 800 number. When I called that, they informed me that they had nothing to do with Insignia products and I would have to deal with Best Buy. I immediately returned the device. My first and last Insignia purchase.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend