Samsung is having a pretty big year in mobile technology, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra Revival of the Note line (in spirit, at least) and the massive Tab S8 Ultra, which does its best to redefine our expectations of Android on the big screen. But Samsung is having an equally big year outdoors of mobile technology – in particular, it has some really interesting new displays that are out now or coming soon: a desktop monitor, some really cool TVs, and a smart projector. Haven’t you seen her? Here’s your chance to catch up.
Smart freestyle projector
Samsung’s Freestyle Projector It might not be a particularly convenient way for most people to watch movies and TV, but it’s definitely a cool one. The Freestyle is a unique-looking cylindrical projector on a pivoting base, meaning positioning its image is considerably easier than many projectors, and it comes with a built-in Samsung Smart TV user interface for easy access to content from providers such as Netflix and Disney+. It also has a mini HDMI port on the side, so you can connect almost any source to it. Several enticing accessories are planned for the future, including a battery base and an adapter that lets you screw the thing into a light socket to power it.
User reviews weren’t particularly kind – the hardware quality doesn’t seem to be for the extravagant, apparently $900 Samsung asks. Still, I hope we see a second generation that addresses the shortcomings of the first. There’s certainly a place in many of our lives for a sleek, high-quality smart projector – maybe not this one.
Samsung’s first OLED TV
Samsung is famous for the high-quality OLED panels it uses in its premium phones and tablets, so you might be surprised to learn that the company hasn’t offered any significant OLED TVs until recently. That changed in March with the unveiling of the new one S95B, now available for pre-order. And that’s not all: It’s not just Samsung’s first OLED TV, it actually is one QD OLED TV.
If you rolled your eyes at that outrageous acronym, I’m with you. But QD-OLED is a fairly new type of display that combines an OLED panel with a layer of quantum dots (yes, that’s a real thing, and no, the term wasn’t coined by Samsung) to improve color and brightness. The result should theoretically be some of the best looking screens in the world. They definitely have that price: Samsung’s S95B TVs start at $2,200 for the 55-inch model.
Even if you don’t want to spend that much on a TV (again, same page there), the fact that more manufacturers are competing in the OLED TV space means prices should come down as companies compete for our dollars.
Samsung’s Frame TV are designed to look like framed works of art when you are not using them. The new 2022 models feature a matte finish on their screens that minimizes glare and reflections to improve the experience both when playing video content and when idling and when viewing art. These aren’t OLED panels, mind you, so the effect won’t be perfect – especially in dark rooms you can tell it’s a TV and not an actual painting. However, it should look more natural than the glossy models previously offered by Samsung.
The matte texture is included on 2022 Frame TVs and will also be available on upcoming versions from Samsung serif and serum TV. The company says the finish “was engineered to maximize light-diffusing surface irregularities” and “creates the appearance of texture in art.” That sounds a bit far-fetched, but I’m still excited about the idea of more matte TVs coming out. The new Frame TV starts at $1,000 for the 43-inch model.
Some very Apple-looking monitors
Samsung announced this M8 smart monitor late last month. There’s really no getting around it: built as it is and offered in a handful of pastel colors, the thing looks like an Apple product — somewhere in between latest iMac and the studio display. But that’s hardly a bad thing.
The 32-inch M8 has a built-in Samsung Smart TV interface and comes with a rechargeable USB-C remote control, so it can double as a 4K smart TV when you’re not using it with your computer. It even has a web browser so you can do light work with just the monitor and no computer. It also comes with a 1080p face-tracking webcam that attaches magnetically to the back of the screen.
At $730 it’s definitely a luxury – you can get a 4K screen this size for hundreds less. I’m also concerned that its very trendy look will feel dated in 2022 long before the monitor is outdated. But if you find that you work best in a strikingly stylish office, this office is the one to keep an eye on.
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