SanDisk included an IR remote in the package, so you can control what's on the screen from the comfort of your couch. From the setup menu, you can choose the pause time between pictures during a slide show, as well as whether to display picture info (date, time, image resolution) or to frame shots for 4:3 (standard) or wide-screen sets. There's also a Preview mode that allows you to look at several thumbnail-sized images at once, as well as a zoom function that blows up shots. With the press of a button on the remote, you can delete or rotate pictures. The images, even high-resolution ones, appear on the screen fairly quickly, with minimal delay. This device can handle up to 6-megapixel JPEG files taken with cameras. Low-resolution shots (640x480) appear almost instantly.
More-advanced digital-photo viewers are hitting market, including ones that allow you to add music and visual effects to slide shows. But if you're just looking for a simple, easy-to-use viewer that has a couple of nice extras for a reasonable price, the SDV1-R fits the bill. We only wish SanDisk would add a USB connection so that this gizmo could pull double duty as a computer-card reader.