Expert review of the Samsung The Frame
Samsung The Frame
- The TV resembles a real frame thanks to its minimalist design.
- You can display images and paintings of your choice via the Art Mode.
- The integrated sensor automatically adjusts the screen brightness, according to the room.
- If no motion is detected, the screen automatically switches off.
- The One Connect Box lets you connect all of your peripherals via a single transparent cable.
- If you want to fully disguise the TV as a frame, you'll need to drill a hole in the wall to conceal the cables.
For our hands-on presentation, The Frame has been installed between several frames on the wall. Clever, because this immediately shows of The Frame's effect while in Art Mode. You can hardly distinguish the TV from all of the other accessories that are on the wall. A No Gap wall mount is included that lets you install the TV on the wall without any space in between them. Other convenient extra's consist of the One Connect Box and the Invisible Cable. These let you connect all of your peripherals to your TV via a single thin, transparent cable.
Thanks to its minimalist design, you only see a screen without any extra additions like buttons. Add the included frame and you really feel like you're looking at a piece of art. You can choose between the following options: dark wood, light wood, or white metal. Including the frame, this TV is only 4.5 centimeters thick. Thanks to this, it doesn't stick out from the wall any more than the average painting does.
In addition to the standard smart TV functions, The Frame also gives you access to convenient apps. In my opinion, the most important function is the Art Mode, which lets you display pictures or paintings on the screen. This way, you can turn your TV into a painting or a picture frame. The Samsung Gallery lets you choose from over a 100 pictures from 10 different categories, such as classic art and architecture. You can also display your own pictures on the screen via a flash drive or the Smart View app.
The integrated sensor has 2 important advantages. It automatically adjusts the screen brightness according to the lighting in the room. If you darken the room, the backlight automatically dims. Thanks to this, the shown image will always look realistic. Another advantage is the fact that the screen automatically switches off when no movements are detected, which prevents the TV from unnecessarily using up a lot of energy.
The Frame is a 4K UHD TV, which means it doesn't include Samsung's latest QLED technology. Samsung isn't positioning this TV as the best screen, but rather as a unique lifestyle accessory. To me, this isn't a disadvantage, because the screen has a 4K, 10-bit panel that effortlessly lets you watch HDR content. Thanks to this panel, images look sharp, detailed, and colorful.
It's never a pretty sight when cables randomly run along the TV, that's why Samsung has included a One Connect Box and Invisible Cable. Connect all of your peripherals to the Connect Box and conceal it in a cabinet. Afterward, you can hook it up to your TV with a single thin, transparent cable. Do you prefer not to see any cables at all? Then you'll have to drill a hole in the wall to conceal the TV cables.