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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: 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: 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.

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just missing one thing

    Posted
    gstouty

    This device is great, fun and fairly easy to use. For the price it blows away the Sony dash, but..... it only has one alarm. To me this seems insane the smaller cheaper version has, i think , up to seven, while this bigger better version has only one. I was in disbelief, despite being entirely happy with the device I now have to return it because my wife and I need separate alarms. It amazes me that something like this slipped past the product manager. PS read somewhere that the sound wasn't good. While it's not a stereo system to me it was great. no complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A lot of fun for the price

    Posted
    Gadgettech

    I was looking for a digital photo fram when I stumbled upon the Infocast. I compared it with the Sony Dash and HP Dreamscreen. All of the reviews said the Infocast was easier to use and more reliable. While the clarity of the screen may be slightly lower than the Dash, the price differnce and ease of use made it worthwhile. If you get one, give it a few days to figure out the menu layout. For $79 I couldn't beat the Infocast. The Chumby apps are pretty cool to go with all of the other features. Good buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice information center

    Posted
    dszlucha

    We use our Infocast as an "information center" in the kitchen. It displays the weather forecast, Google calendar, and Facebook status. On occasion we use use Pandora radio or Shoutcast. The unit was very easy to set up and after initial registration online we can choose apps/widgets right from the Infocast touch screen. Every evening we have to dim the clock and I would like to see a feature that would automatically do this at a set time. Overall we're please with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product so far

    Posted
    guyinkalamazoo

    Just got this today for Christmas and set it up in less than one hour. Maybe I am writing this review too soon as I have yet to actually use it to wake me up. But I am confident that it will. I wanted a device to do exactly what this does: sound an alarm then show me the current weather at my location, the headline news, my current stock prices, and the current local road conditions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awsome product for internet radio.

    Posted
    Bloodx

    For $129 this is really an awesome product for internet radio. Pandora rocks on it. Shows cover art and album/artist on its 8' display. The built in speaker is useless but you can use the headphone out to an amp. Really needs line out jacks. Very easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    Kathi16844

    Bought this for my daughter and she loves it. She uses it to listen to Pandora, display pictures, and plays several apps. It was very easy to set up. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great gift for anyone!

    Posted
    ScottP1984

    I got this for my girlfriend for Christmas and she uses it all the time to play pandora radio. It has great features and a lot of flexibility with apps.

    I would recommend this to a friend