Samsung will soon allow us to enjoy its home theater experience on the go – thanks to the recently announced The Freestyle projector.
Announced as part of its CES 2022 lineup, The Freestyle aims to let us enjoy everything we love about Samsung tech, whether we’re at home or on an outdoor adventure – although according to this that we have seen, it might struggle to deliver.
When it comes to portable projectors, The Freestyle ticks a lot of boxes. The whole device weighs less than 2 pounds (less than 1 kg), so it should be fairly easy to take with you on the go, and its auto-leveling features and adjustable stand should allow you to ‘set up a cinema wherever you are. .
On top of that, this all-in-one device comes with a built-in 360-degree sound system – so there won’t be any need to carry additional speakers.
The only major downside so far is that the projector requires the purchase of optional add-ons to make it a device that you can really use anywhere. This includes a portable USB-C battery so you don’t need to find a power outlet and a waterproof case to keep the Freestyle dry outside.
Additionally, although the projector can plug into any standard E26 bulb socket so that you can easily hang it on a wall or ceiling in your home, you will need to purchase an additional base accessory to make this happen. possible.
We’re also skeptical of Samsung’s comparisons with its smart TVs. While we haven’t had a chance to try this projector yet, our experiences with others like this lead us to believe that we may be getting lower performance than Samsung before.
On the one hand, the image we expect to see will be nowhere near as bright or colorful as a QLED or Neo-QLED display, and it will also likely be a step back from what we’ve seen. with Samsung’s The Premiere LSP9T projector.
This is because The Freestyle is a long throw projector rather than an ultra short throw design like the Premiere, which means that you will need more space to use The Freestyle and the picture you will need. it product will not be as bright.
As a result, where Premiere could handle some ambient light while still providing a splendid picture, we would expect the Freestyle to require a much darker viewing environment and may struggle to provide clarity in darker scenes. .
Its audio performance is also likely to take a few hits. The small size won’t leave much room to include speakers that would be the pride of an audiophile.
Finally, the size of the image is a little smaller than expected. Long throw projectors tend to offer a maximum size of 120 inches rather than the 100 inches that Samsung’s Freestyle can offer. While this is still huge, it is an overall reduction of around 30% from what is already available in the market.
However, Samsung has already surprised us. The Premiere LSP9T performs much better than expected. Until we try The Freestyle, it’s hard to say for sure if it’s going to be a disappointment, especially since Samsung has yet to reveal how much its projector will cost.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung has in store for us. As we learn more about The Freestyle, including its price and release date, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.