Upon first glance at the specifications, it's easy to underestimate The Freestyle. The video capabilities are somewhat modest; it's a 1080p LED projector that outputs perhaps 250 ANSI lumens (though keep in mind that LED projection is said to be perceived brighter than it traditionally measures). The projector has a single mini-HDMI jack and no physical outputs. This is a compact DLP, and the lens lacks any zoom or shift capability; instead, it relies on digital scaling and perspective correction to put an image where you want it.
While wireless connectivity is a major part of this projector's feature set, The Freestyle has a micro-HDMI input supporting 1080p signals up to 60 Hz. This is handy for connecting a gaming console or laptop, or perhaps a cable box or streaming stick using an appropriate adapter or cable. The projector also has a dedicated Game Mode.
As you might expect, Dynamic is among the brightest modes available by default on the projector, however it is matched in brightness by the Game Mode default settings. These two modes are only marginally brighter than the Standard mode default, which is only marginally brighter than the Movie mode.
HDR Picture Modes. The 1080p Freestyle processes HDR and 10-bit video if it's delivered via the streaming platform, but it lacks sufficient brightness or contrast to produce an HDR effect on a big screen. On the unit I reviewed, which is still pre-production, the mini-HDMI did not yet communicate properly with the Xbox Series X, or PCs, in order to enable support for HDR at 1080P. Samsung is working with Microsoft and anticipates having the issue resolved when the projector ships. Despite the limited brightness, there's still a benefit to HDR, thanks to richer colors and smoother gradients. Technically, the projector covers 82% of the DCI-P3 color space, per my measurements using CalMan software.
So let's start with the most traditional use for a projector, which is putting a big picture up on the wall, or preferably on a screen. I used a 100-inch, 16:9 Elite Screens with CineWhite 1.1-gain material for this task. This represents the maximum screen size that Samsung advertises for this projector, and it is stretching the projector's capabilities to push it this far. Still, suppose you turn out the lights. In that case, one is easily reminded that your eyes can adapt, so even though it's fairly dim, you can appreciate how well it renders 1080p with pleasing color right out of the box in Standard mode, with excellent sharpness, smooth motion, and no banding artifacts.
Sharpness at smaller sizes is also exemplary, as is screen uniformity. The pixel grid is just about invisible, I'd argue more so than on flat-panel 1080p monitors. And it's pretty cool to be able to have the exact size you want; when it's recreating the equivalent of a 30- or 40-inch monitor, the projector has enough horsepower to create a compelling image. Above these sizes, however, the peak brightness drops off to the point where you lose the effect and it stops looking like a bright and contrasty flat-panel display.
So, it's worth mentioning again that Netflix is built into the projector; it's kind of a big deal since it's something Samsung's got, and a lot of its competition doesn't. Netflix even gets a dedicated button on the remote. I rewatched parts of Chappie and thought the picture looked nice, sharp, color-accurate; it even sounded good (in relative terms). The value you can get from a simple Netflix subscription and this projector is just over the top. I've also got HBO Max, Apple TV+ and Disney+ subscriptions. Those apps are all available, and I have a YouTube TV subscription I use for watching live sports in 1080p that is also supported. With this projector, I've got a portable display I could use to watch a game with friends, family, or fellow sports fans, even if I was out camping or stuck in an airport where all the bars and restaurants are closed. Sports looked good thanks to the accurate colors, sharp picture, and the good motion handling.
I wish that Samsung had included a 3.5mm aux input; I feel there's still a place in this world for a simple analog input on any AV device. Nevertheless, I was able to use the HDMI input to send some test tones to the projector from Room EQ Wizard and measure the result using a miniDSP UMIK-2 calibrated microphone. What I saw is a speaker that, despite its diminutive size, can cover a frequency range of 80 Hz to 20 kHz cleanly, though at higher volume levels there's some audible distortion in bass below 80 Hz. The ultimate cutoff appears to be around 60 Hz, below which there's basically no output.
After a week of using and reviewing the Samsung Freestyle, I concluded that I love this thing. Sure, there is a rational projector reviewer in me that says it's \"just\" a modestly capable, 1080p compact projector with a particularly good focusing mechanism, sharp lens, and a great smart OS. But there is also a kid in me that says, \"Hey, this thing is really awesome, you've never really seen anything quite like it, and you wish you owned one.\"
Since I only had one pair of 3D glasses, I switched over to 2D mode to finish out the movie with my family. This ended up highlighting another benefit of this projector: it really does an excellent job with 1080p content as well. The lower video compression of Blu-ray really added to the viewing experience. Conversely, 4K streaming content is much more compressed which reduces image fidelity. As my family and I watched the rest of Avatar, I found myself amazed at the overall image quality of this 1080p video!
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