Lyve Minds LyveHome Review — Far from Picture-Perfect

August 22, 2014 - photo frame

Part digital design frame, partial Dropbox, a Lyve Minds LyveHome looks to mix a network-attached device to store all your photos and videos with a accessible approach to perspective them in your home. This $299 device packs 2TB of storage for all your memories, and can be accessed from any mobile device. Sounds picture-perfect, right? Not quite.


The LyveHome looks like a Tardis incidentally dematerialized in a paint territory of Home Depot. The white box is a 5.3 x 3.5 x 3.5-inch device that has a smartphone-size hold shade with a outrageous caboose. 

The 5-inch, 960 x 549-pixel arrangement looks and performs superbly for a device’s unaccompanied purpose: displaying photographs in a everlasting slideshow. It facilities good connectivity for removing photos to a device: On a rear, you’ll find a Gigabit Ethernet pier and a USB 2.0 port, and on a side, there’s a apart SD label slot. In addition, a singular HDMI pier on a behind can be used to uncover off your shots on a connected television.


The initial setup routine for a LyveHome couldn’t be any easier. Power adult a LyveHome, and after a few mins of initialization, a device will ask we to presumably collect an accessible Wi-Fi network (and enter a password) or block in an Ethernet cable. After that, it will fast check for a program refurbish — that we favourite — and prompt we to presumably emanate a Lyve comment or pointer in with your pre-existing one. The former requires usually a initial and final name, email residence and password.

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Once a device is adult and running, it’s time to start stashing cinema and videos on a device, that we can do in a series of ways. You can usually block a USB expostulate true into a LyveHome’s singular USB 2.0 pier (photo and video junkies looking to fill those 2TB most faster would have benefited from USB 3.0). You can also take your SD label right out of your camera and hang it in a LyveHome’s dull slot.

You can also send photos to a LyveHome around Ethernet or wireless, though you’ll need to implement a messenger Lyve focus before we can start tossing media over — thankfully, a apps are accessible for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and a Kindle Fire.


It’s a bit of a bummer that we can’t usually drag-and-drop cinema and videos to a LyveHome’s inner storage from a Windows or OS X desktop. But we know why: The app is, after all, a LyveHome’s tip sauce. 

Like any network-attached storage device, whatever we duplicate to a LyveHome can be accessed from other inclination that have a Lyve app installed. Fire adult a smartphone Lyve app, and we can crop by your shots though carrying to keep your collection on your device.

If you’re meditative that we could use a LyveHome as a backup device, you’d be right — arrange of.  As distant as we can tell, there’s no good approach to get your strange images behind off of a LyveHome unless you’re regulating a OS X app. The Windows app usually lets we name that folders we wish to auto-import (copy) over to a LyveHome; we can’t mislay pictures, nor can we even use it to crop a images on a device. Don’t design this to be Dropbox, ‘cuz it ain’t; unless this functionality is combined to a Windows app posthaste, it severely reduces a LyveHome’s altogether usefulness.

The Lyve app can automatically import photos from your smartphone’s gallery. You could presumably (and annoyingly) name any object one by one on Android and share it to a new location, though that’s frequency most of a “restore” process. Heck, we couldn’t even name mixed files to mislay en masse on LyveHome’s OS X app. 

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All of LyveHome’s apps rest on timelines for organizing and displaying your images. You can’t classify your media any other way. This reduction reduces a efficacy of LyveHome’s print streaming if you’ve already orderly all your shots into folders, and it creates it even worse if your images don’t have any EXIF information about a date they were taken.


We have many frustrations with a LyveHome hardware. While it’s a good idea, in theory, to be means to demeanour during your photos on a device, your cinema play by in an sequence we can't determine; we can’t name that photos we wish to view. You can daub a shade to stop on a sold image, though we can never stop a corkscrew from entrance back. You can’t watch videos. You can’t zoom. Your landscape photos are too tiny. The shade never goes off by itself (drawing around 6 to 8 watts of energy in total), and it takes too many swipes and taps to spin it off otherwise.

If we have a LyveHome set adult on your nightstand late during night, you’ll hear a steady powering adult and powering down of what we can usually assume is a little inner fan meant to cold a device’s insides. It will expostulate we nuts.

Bottom Line

Lyve Minds somehow manages to get morality wrong. we conclude a company’s good ideas associated to media refuge and sharing. However, a device and use feel incomplete, too OS X-minded and distant too costly for a singular functionality we get in return.

I’d rather spend that $300 on 6 years of total storage and accessibility during a use like Flickr Pro, or on a dedicated network-attached storage device that lacks a built-in arrangement though offers most larger functionality (like a ability to store files other than photos) for a same price. The LyveHome could be value it someday, though it’s going to take some time to get there.

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