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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: 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 I think who ever made the app originally made them for the smaller screen Chumby devices that were released.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: 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: 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good features, some bugs

    Posted
    Phredster

    This is certainly the device I was searching for when I decided to purchase a wireless digital picture frame that could get pictures from the 'net and supported places like Flickr and Picasa. It overall works pretty well, but it isn't perfect. I like that it is totally customizable to run apps that display the weather, calendars, and other things, but that flexibility is also some of the downside. The apps can be buggy, and that destabilizes the frame overall. The frame has locked up or crashed a couple of times now and I suspect that's a result of bad apps. Overall, it's pretty good, although I think it might be too hard for the non-tech-savvy users.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    IT's Fun but not what I bought it for.

    Posted
    Shelala7777

    Don't get me wrong, I do like my Insignia Media display. It has a lot of features I didn't know I wanted until I had it. But I thought I could Google and search and watch netflix but unfortunately I can not. BUT I can watch a lot of web cams or find silly trivia. But I also have found I have a hard time with customizing some of the apps. But I do like it, I would not return it or sell it. The alarm works great, I wish I could plug some better speakers in to make it louder but it is a great start and the price was right.

    I would recommend this to a friend