I set out to pick a digital frame for my parents. Looking at reviews on Amazon, I've never seen such a uniform collection of horror stories. Some years back consumer reports did a review, but of course all those models have been discontinued. It's not just the usual 'OK, there's always one person who hated it,' but rather multiple stories of infant mortality and awful customer service for every manufacturer. Wanting to be on-topic here, I won't ask 'can someone recommend 'the best'" ... but, rather, are there these items really as reliably unreliably as the reviews seem to indicate?
To meet the requirements of the tag, I'd like to spend < $200 for an ~8" unit, no need for WiFi, which a reasonable lay-person can stuff with pictures from their Mac, with a USB stick in the middle as a perfectly reasonable plan.