The product we're testing on "Does it Work?" is a computer electronic, but don't let that scare you away. If it does what it's supposed to do, you could find yourself playing with 21st century toys in no time. Ah but first, Wallet Pix has to pass the "Does It Work?" test.
It's a credit card size digital photo album. But don't let that scare you. After all, it promises, right there on the package: "it's easy as 1,2,3." You get the Wallet Pix, instructions, some spare batteries and the USB cable. Don't let that intimidate you. Any computer that still needs to be running has at least one USB port. Tearing off the little stickers, I notice the Wallet Pix is roughly the size of a credit card, albeit the thickness of 3 or 4.
Back to the previously mentioned USB cable. The small end goes in the Wallet Pix. The large end goes in your computer. You can't mess this up. Now, here's the difference in the Wallet Pix and most computer electronics you find. There's no CD software to install. The wallet pix is packed with its own software that launches every time you plug it in.
Tough to mess this up too. Just click "add image", find your way to the place you store your pictures on your computer and you're set. We try it several times and have success. On the packaging, wallet pix brags about being able to display 58 photos. We found that interesting, because, digital photos vary so much in size. Shouldn't it say, "holds up to, 58 photos?" The answer is "no".
The Wallet Pix changes every photo to a set size. So, big or small, no more than 58 photos can fit on the Wallet Pix. But don't worry, it does all the work and your original picture is not affected at all.
Want the photos to appear in a different order? Just select a photo and click on "move up" or "move down". The photo will change positions in an instant.
When you're through loading photos, just press "save" and disconnect.
So, the software works but we still haven't seen our little gadget in action. Press and hold the power button and this thing just takes off. Even some cool dissolve transitions between photos. Slides right in a shirt pocket.
But does it live up to its name? After playing around with the Wallet Pix, I figured out how to pause on one picture. Just hold down forward and backwards at the same time.
Even if your loved one couldn't set it up. I'll guarantee they can operate it. Just load it with pictures and drop it in the mail. "Does it work?"
We give the Wallet Pix a "yes".
It's $29.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It comes in white and black.
Joe Terrell, Reporting firstname.lastname@example.org