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Smart photo frames company SkylightSkylight Calendar, an intelligent family calendar, is launching a brand new version. The Skylight Cal MaxThe new model is identical to the current one, but it has a sleeker design and a 27-inch screen. It’s available for preorder today starting at $599 and will ship in June, according to the company.
The Cal Max is almost twice as large as the existing 15-inch Skylight Calendar. It displays multiple calendars with a familiar layout, and syncs with online services so that everything is always up to date. An enhanced 27-inch touchscreen display with a higher resolution (2560 x 1440 QHD compared to 1920 x 1080 HD), provides more space and better quality for easily seeing everyone’s schedules at a glance.
The device will be more compatible with your decor thanks to a new etched anti-glare display and interchangeable frame. The device will be available in a white or black classic frame, as well as a shadowbox frame in aluminum or charcoal. The frames are interchangeable if you wish to change the look. They will be available in June, when the device ships. The shadow box adds $129 to your calendar’s cost.
I’ve been testing the current Skylight Calendar 15-inch Version — which has the same features, just a smaller, boxier design and no anti-glare screen — and have so far found it to be the best solution I’ve tested for having one place everyone in the household can see and manage all the schedules.
Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of solutions to this problem, including giant dry-erase wall calendars, digital calendars built into my fridge, smart speakers reading out my kids’ schedules for the day, and setting notifications on their smartphones for events. For various reasons (too many upkeeps, lack of support for a calendar service or another and being too easy for people to ignore), none have worked reliably.
However, since I’ve propped the Skylight Calendar on my breakfast counter in full view of the family as they eat each morning, we’ve had significantly more success keeping our schedules straight. Skylight works well for us because it is not a smart display like the Echo Show. You can also read more about the benefits of using shows the calendar — all the time.
This isn’t a multipurpose display like an Echo Show, or Nest Hub. So no one can watch. Teen Titans Go! on it instead of reviewing their day’s events. It’s a dedicated device for your calendar. There are a few other related features — chore charts, meal planning, and to-do lists — but the calendar is the main event. If you wish, you can also use a photo screensaver. However, this requires a $39/year subscription after the initial year.
Beyond visibility, another feature I like about Skylight Calendar is that you can edit and add events right on the device’s touchscreen. You can scroll through the week and day to see everyone’s calendars. The interface looks similar to Google Calendar’s web interface. It also allows color coding.
Skylight works with most major services — I’ve successfully imported Google, Apple, and Outlook calendars into it (Yahoo and Cozi are also supported) — or you can create your own calendars using its service and also manage them on Skylight’s smartphone app.
While the 15-inch, $300 model I’ve been testing can show five to seven days and about an eight-hour day in time slots, I can see the larger version being helpful for bigger families or those still in that stage of multiple after-school activities.
The sleeker look appeals to me, too; I wouldn’t want to wall mount the model I’m testing. It’s too bulky, and the screen can be distracting (even with auto-brightness enabled). The 27-inch screen would be too large to fit on my kitchen counter. You can only wall mount it anyway, but mounted vertically you’d be able to see the whole day at once, and the anti-glare screen could make for a better photo frame when not in use.
At $599, Cal Max is pricey, and as there’s a 10-inch version for $159.99 and the 15-inch is $299.99 with the same functionality, you’re paying a lot more for just the bigger screen and nicer look. Skylight claims the upgraded hardware will allow for new software features that will be available later this year. This worries me a little. Based on my time with the original device, its simplicity is its best feature — too much more functionality, and it could lose that excellent focus.
Skylight Cal Max can be preordered now for $599, or $629 with the shadow box frame. The Skylight Cal Max will be available to customers from June.