Samsung The Freestyle projector review

The range of TVs and projectors with home-focused (Lifestyle) designs are always fun to try, as Samsung always comes up with a feature that takes them away from their conventional screens.

Just as The Frame transforms the TV into a painting or The Premiere offers us a well thought-out projector for the design of our home, we also have The Freestyle, a portable projector, loaded with interesting features that allows us to take a large image size anywhere.

The Freestyle gives us a Full HD image up to the size of a 100-inch TV, with the Tizen interface of many other Samsung TVs, but with a small limitation, its price.

  • Maker: Samsung
  • Model: Freestyle
  • Dimensions: 104.2 x 172.8 x 95.2mm
  • lester: 0.8kg
  • Projection: LED, Full HD (1920 × 1080), 30-100 inches, HDR10.
  • Distance for 100″: 2654mm
  • Brightness: 550 lumens
  • connectivity: 1 micro HDMI (1.4), Bluetooth 5.2, HDMI-CEC, eARC, Wi-Fi 5.
  • audio: Dolby Digital, Adaptive sound, 360° loudspeaker, Bluetooth.
  • Operating system: Tizen
  • Services: Bixby, SmartThings.

Design and material

It is very visible that the design of the Freestyle is 100% made for portability, because its design is not only very compact for what we are used to with projectors, but also its cylindrical shape allows us to take it and move it easily and safely. .

Its weight is 800 grams, its height is 171.4 mm and its diameter is 95.2 mm, so if we compare it with something, it would be the size of a small speaker.

The projector is made of white aluminum, on its side we find the USB-C and micro HDMI 1.4 inputs, as well as a switch to turn off the integrated microphone.

It still lacks a traditional USB port or another USB-C port to connect external storage or a Chromecast, as the only port it has has to be used to connect it to power. The projector is still compatible with a USB hub, but it’s not ideal.

Lacking a rechargeable battery, the Freestyle can be powered by an external battery compatible with 50W/20V charging and Power Delivery to make it 100% portable, while the micro HDMI port makes it easy to connect a computer or console . , although unfortunately the cable does not come in the box.

On the front we obviously find the light of the projector and some capacitive buttons. This part has a glossy finish and is plastic so it is very vulnerable to scratches, in fact the unit I tested came with enough scratches that I was concerned the image quality would not be optimal .

The capacitive buttons are another of the negative points of its design, since it is necessary to know the location of each one perfectly so as not to have to look at the projector to press them. Physical buttons would have been ideal, of course.

On the other hand, the remote control is ideal, since it is super small and thin, it has a rechargeable battery via USB-C and its button configuration is simple and complete, as the company has already accustomed us to on its televisions.

Picture and sound

The Freestyle is a device that does what it promises, i.e. projection with resolution 1080p, 60Hz, HDR10 support and 550 lumens of brightness it looks great, as long as we’re in a place with little to no natural or artificial lighting.

At night, it’s spectacular, but during the day, the projection becomes disappointing because this level of brightness is not enough. It is essential that there is little light in the place.

For example, the lumens of The Premiere, Samsung’s top-end projector, top out at 2800, but we know The Freestyle is all about portability and so it’s expected to be worse, but not that much worse.

Image size can vary between 30 and 100 inches, a size that is achieved by being 2.7 meters from the wall and we can also vary the position of the projector by 180 degrees, even being able to point to the ceilingwhich some people may find convenient.

The image also has keystone correction automatic, so if we move it up or down, the image will be adjusted so that it is not trapezoidal, it also has autofocus, which it can fail on occasion, especially if we throw it on a rough wallwhere the experience was not the best.

As in any TV from Samsung and other companies, there are several picture modes, which alter the contrast and color hue to adjust them to the user’s convenience. We have standard mode, video mode and dynamic mode.

The Freestyle also includes a 5W speaker, competent enough, to be able to listen to the content we play, and although the ideal is to use a larger Bluetooth speaker for watching movies, the integrated one is 360 degrees and does a good job, even at low high volumes. There’s support for Dolby Digital Plus and it can also be used as a smart speaker with Bixby (if anyone does).

Software and features

As with any Samsung TV, the operating system that pulls the strings for The Freestyle is Tizen and the whole setup process can be done from the projector itself or from the phone through SmartThings.

Since I already have a Samsung TV at home, all my settings were automatically transferred to the projector very quickly, and within minutes I already installed all the apps I need, like Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video , Apple TV and Star+, except Crunchyroll, which is not available on the Samsung system.

Well, we can’t say much more, the Freestyle works like a TV in every waythat is, we can connect consoles via the cable hdmiwe can navigate the interface with a remote control, we can connect it to Samsung DeX and of course you can also use the ambient mode used in The Frame, to show us art or landscapes.

Spotify can also be used, through its application for Tizen, to make the projector work as a speaker, which, as we already know, will give us a very acceptable sound quality.

As for the rest of its functions, the projector has the ability to automatically connect to Samsung devicesso you can transmission screen using a phone with OneUI and can connect smoothly with a soundbar from the South Korean company. It also highlights support for Aerial game 2to automatically connect an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

If I had Android TV Freestyle would improve a lot and I wish there was no Chromecast support as my ecosystem at home is based on this technology, but it’s understandable that Samsung wants to promote the only platform that stay to use Tizen.

Finally, a small aesthetic detail, if you place the cover of the projector while it is on, the Freestyle functions like a lamp since the light is refracted at 360°. Something no one probably needs.

It’s worth it?

The idea of ​​taking a projector everywhere is wonderful because no matter where you are, you can have a giant screen at your disposal for everything.

I can think of some really cool entertainment uses, like connecting consoles or watching movies; at the desk level for making presentations or projecting 3D models and can also be very useful for educational subjects in classrooms or gymnasiums.

And in that sense, it’s a well-functioning projector, delivering a competent picture and sound experience, especially given its size. But there are things that do not convince me.

Considering its price of CLP$619,990 and the question of its use in dark places being too necessary due to maximum brightness, it may be better to wait for a second generation, which should directly tackle to this problem, which ends up staining a good idea by completely limiting the use.

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