Personally, I am not really a TV person. Much more frequently I catch myself watching movies or series on a laptop. But when I walked into a Samsung store lately, I have been truly amazed by The Frame. Though it is not a new invention I have never discovered it before. Of course, there was a new version of The Frame released in 2020.
The Frame is a TV that can transform a room into a gallery with a single pilot click. And instead of having a black screen in your house when TV is not being used, you can display beautiful works of art. It is designed to resemble a frame and I have to say that Samsung did a great job, it is thin, elegant, modern and blends very easily into any house. The frame is magnetic; therefore, you can easily change the color by simply attaching wanted bezels to match your room.
Its main purpose is to be hang on the wall but it also comes with a simple stand which you can lean back to mimic a standing frame. It also works vertically which is great for some pieces of art. It can also stand on a tripod giving the interior an even more fancy look.
The Frame with 4K QLed resolution comes in a mix of sizes from 32’’ to 75’’ and costs from 599,99$ to 2999,99$. The display is very sharp and the color range is really wide to give users the best experience. In the Art Mode, the brightness automatically adjusts to the room’s conditions. The TV does not have a soundbar or other high-quality speaker system so the delivered sound is good in standard use, however, it can be insufficient when someone wants this deep bass response.
With just a click on Samsung’s One Remote, we can transfer into an Art Mode where we can either upload our own picture or use one from Art Gallery. For a full experience, one can either buy a subscription to the Art Store for 5,99$ a month or purchase artworks directly via PayPal or a Credit card for 24,99$ a piece. However, with the subscription comes a trick that after expiring the access will be disabled. You can edit your pictures by applying filters and using matting options to make them look more like artwork.
The Frame is equipped with a number of OTT apps and you can also mirror your mobile device. You can control it via Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant. It seems like there is not much missing when comparing with a regular Smart TV.
The remaining question is whether it is worth the price or not. I see many uses and many advantages to it, but I will leave the judgment for you. I believe that this form of TV can be an asset to many rooms and an Art Mode is a great alternative to the empty black screen of an unused TV. I could also think of it as a piece of great equipment in conference rooms as an alternative to the projector or regular TV. It can display presentations and when not needed, switched for your boss’s favorite piece of art.