Insignia 1.8-inch LCD Photo Key Chain Review

Posted: Nov 19 2009, 12:00am CST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:29am CDT , in Misc


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The Insignia 1.8-inch LCD Photo Key Chain has a 1.8-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The resolution is 160 x 128 and jpeg photos are supported. The battery is good for three hours per charge and it charges via USB. The frame measures 2.3" x 1.7" x 0.4" and weighs seven ounces. The device has enough memory for 40 photos.

In Use
Getting images onto the key chain is easy to do. You plug the thing into your computer with the included USB cable, charge the frame, and upload pictures. When you click on the icon for the key chain in the My Computer section, it launches the included upload software automatically.

With the software, you browse through all pictures on your computer and the pics are uploaded and sized for you when hit add. You can also delete images from the frame with the software as well. The image uploading process is very fast and easy to do. The best thing is that you don’t need to install any software.

The frame is small enough, but those who carry keys in a pocket may find it too bulky for comfort. The screen itself is very small, which means pictures of people from a distance are hard to see in detail. A picture of my daughter from a distance that looks fine on my computer and in a 4 x 6 print was a mere colored blur on the frame. Close up images look much better.

As you expect when you pay $20 for a digital photo key chain, the screen is not only small but the resolution is low too. The image quality is not that great, but it is along the lines of other similar products I have used. Pictures are overly bright and details tend to be blown out. The screen also has noticeable banding. I have yet to see a photo key chain this small that had a particularly good picture. Still for keeping a few pictures with you on the go the Insignia 1.8-inch LCD Photo Key Chain is not a bad deal for $20.




  • Easy to use
  • Pre-loaded software


  • Image quality is not that great

The Insignia 1.8-inch LCD Photo Key Chain is a cheap photo key chain that has average image quality for the category. The price is low enough that you can’t expect image perfection and the Insignia 1.8-inch LCD Photo Key Chain is priced well.


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