Digital Photo Keychains Video Review

Here’s my quick look video review of digital photo keychains from Wholesale Keychains.com.

Hardware Specifications

1.5 inch keychain: 1.5 inch 128×128 LCD display, 4.8 MB internal memory which can store about 72 pictures, 5.5×4.1×1.2cm
TAO keychain: 1.4 inch 108×80 CSTN LCD display, 8 MB internal memory which can store 62 images, 1.8×1.8x 0.5 in

Features

Both keychains recharge via regular mini USB cable.
Both keychains require you to install a small application on your PC or Mac in order to copy images to the keychain.
The 1.5 inch keychain is PC only, while the Tao keychain has both PC and Mac apps (Mac version is a download on the TAO website).

Video Notes

digital photo keychain
digital photo keychain
Click thumbnail to see full size screen shot

On the left side, is a screen shot of the PC application for the 1.5 inch keychain and on the right side is a screen shot of the Mac application for the TAO keychain.

Price:1.5 inch keychain $19.99, TAO keychain $34.99. Engraving $5.99.

 

Product Information

Price:
Manufacturer:TAO Electronics
Retailer:Wholesale Keychain
Requirements:
  • 1.5 inch keychain requires a PC
  • Both keychains require an open USB port
Pros:
  • Portable photo slide show
  • Tao keychain has a Mac software version
  • Easy to use
  • Rechargeable battery
Cons:
  • 1.5 inch keychain does not have a Mac software version
  • Tao keychain seems a bit too pricey compared to the 1.5 inch version
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{ 8 comments… add one }

  • William Kuch June 26, 2008, 5:58 pm

    OK, so I buy one and send it to my 85 year old Mother. How does she charge it? How long does the charge last?

    Bill

  • Julie June 26, 2008, 8:24 pm

    It charges via USB. The 1.5 inch keychain just comes with a USB cable that you can plug into a computer. The TAO comes with a USB cable and an AC adapter with a mini USB plug on the end. You can charge the TAO for 30mins which gives it 2.5hrs of run time.

  • William Kuch June 26, 2008, 10:13 pm

    Mom doesn’t have a computer. I was only interested in the $19 unit and I went to their web site and didn’t see an AC adapter. Guess I won’t buy it.

    Bill

  • Nicole Short December 20, 2008, 8:54 pm

    Hello,
    I loved your video, I watched it before I purchased the 1.5 inch keychain from wholesalekeychain.com. It is meant as a gift for my mom. So I received it today but it won’t turn on. I can only turn it on when it is connected to the PC. What am I doing wrong ? How long does it takes to be fully charged for the first time ? It is connected to the PC since 4 hours. But just a minute ago I disconnected it but it doesn’t turn on when I push the MENU Button, holding for quite a while.

    Do you have any idea ?
    I’d be so happy if you could help me.

    Nicole

  • Julie December 20, 2008, 9:57 pm

    Nicole:
    It sounds like you might have gotten a defective keychain. I would write to the company and tell them to send you a new one. My guess is that it has a bad battery. Let me know if they don’t respond to you and I’ll contact them myself.

  • Cathy Neff December 26, 2009, 12:38 am

    I recently purchased the 1.5″ TAO keychain off from a company on eBay and I am havng the same issue… it will only turn on if it is plugged into the charger and it will work fine while being plugged in but the second it is unplugged it turns off and will not turn back on until it is plugged back in. Also, while it is plugged in, the menu button works because it will turn the autoplay function both on and off. So the menu button cannot be defective it must be something else. I am not sure… very frustrating…

  • Steven Ng December 27, 2009, 8:31 pm

    Heey I got the same problem! Which is wonderful considering I’ve just given my mom a keychain paperweight.. can someone email me if they find a solution. Thanks

  • Christy October 27, 2013, 2:59 am

    I have the same prob, key chain won’t turn on unless plugged to power source via USB. Have any of you gotten the solution? Pls email me, ASAP. fetty3336 @ gmail.com

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