Samsung Frame TV Review

If you’ve heard about Samsung’s new Frame TV you might be wondering if it lives up to the hype. The TV is a 4K resolution set but it’s got another amazing feature that allows it to blend in with your decor seamlessly: Art Mode. More:

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The TV is ultra thin at just about 2″thick and comes with a black art-style frame around it. Different detachable magnetic wood frame options are also available.

The Frame uses what Samsung has dubbed the No Gap Wall Mount. The two piece mount comes with the TV, which is a huge deal, if you ask me. The back of the TV hides a recessed cavity where one half of the mount is screwed securely in.

The second piece of the mounting hardware affixes to the wall, and gets screwed into the studs.

Another amazing aspect of the Frame TV is the Samsung One Connect box and Invisible Connection which means you’ll see virtually nothing when it comes to cords and cables.
All that’s there are a small power cord and the Invisible Connection fibre optic cable.
That cable runs from the TV to the One Connect box which can be hidden out of the way. this is where you’ll connect your components like game consoles, DVD/Bluray players, sound bar, streaming device and more.
Art Mode is what sets this TV apart from other televisions. When the TV is not displaying video, it goes into Art Mode.

Here you can select high quality, high resolution art prints or photography that lives on your TV all the time.

The free art available on the TV is high quality and beautiful, and I found several pieces that worked perfectly for my decor. It’s also possible to subscribe to even more art from Samsung. For about 8 bucks month you can get hundreds more pieces so you can keep changing your look.

A light sensor adjusts the screen’s output constantly so that the art is always visible in its best light. Got sunlight streaming in and filling the room? The art looks realistic and bright.

You can also enable the motion sensor. This will power Art Mode fully off leaving a blank screen, but when the TV detects motion in the room, your art will pop back up.

With the amazing art properties, it’s easy to forget this magic art portal is also a TV. An Ultra High Resolution 4K TV with built in HDR to boot.

I had the TV for a couple weeks and watched numerous programs and movies on it:

4K is an amazing viewing experience. It’s impossible to accurately describe what seeing hyper-realistic video is like, but if I must try, watching 4K video on the Frame makes me want to reach out and pet the sloths, snag a line drive, and otherwise get up and walk into the picture. It’s a fabulous party for your eyes, and the drinks are on Samsung.

Streaming is built in to this TV, so you can access YouTube, Netflix and even surf the web from the TV itself.
The TV comes with a small white remote, or you can use your smartphone whether it’s Apple or Android.

Does the basic black bezel not do it for your decor? You can purchase different color would look frames for about $200 USD each from Samsung.

The frames come in four pieces which are perfectly sized to wrap around your TV. They snap on and off in seconds with magnets. The concept is actually pretty genius

Normally when I wrap up a review I try to provide some balance about what’s great about the product, what needs improvement, and what’s just downright terrible. I am really struggling to find anything negative to say about the Frame TV.

The art mode is amazing and I would put it in my living room for this feature alone. The fact that it’s also a deliciously detailed 4K TV is just the icing on and already amazing cake.

It goes without saying that the 4K picture is stunning and realistic. With the HDR support for more accurate color representation and that her light replication, there’s just nothing bad to say about the picture.

I think the TV is very responsive and switches quickly between modes.
Even the basic speaker in the TV is pretty good. If I were going to have this TV permanently installed in my living room, I would definitely take the extra step of getting a proper sound bar for it, but for right now, I was actually a little bit impressed at how good it sounded.

Even the Samsung smart view app seems to be much improved since my last review with a Samsung TV. It connects quickly and easily every time so I am able to control the device with my smart phone there’s no lag and it’s nice having the extra option of a smart phone remote.

I think this TV is a genius concept. For the Home theater junkie you get amazing picture, and for the designer/decorator in the home, art mode just makes this TV blend in beautifully. I really can’t find a downside to the Samsung frame TV. I think I’ve pretty much decided, and so has my husband, that this is going to be our next television. And yes, it’s going right up on the living room wall.

29 Replies to “Samsung Frame TV Review”

  1. Vlada Žmura

    Hi. Can I use 6 seconds of this video? It would be the part where only the TV is shown on the screen! It's for a video that I'm working on. If no, that's totally cool. But please, let me know. Thanks.

  2. Jeff Gosselin

    Great video Erin. We install lots of the Frame and one comment you made about "adding a soundbar"…please please never add a soundbar to a Frame TV. Then it will look like a TV. We recommend using in-ceiling or hidden speakers to complement the stealth decor. Check out some of our amazing installs on our website and instagram @c9av and … cheers.

  3. Peter Kalina

    Overall the tv is good but if you want to display your own images in the Art mode (which this tv is all about) as a simple slideshow then you can't!!! This is a massive downside of the tv. The tv can pay slideshow in normal mode but this is not any different than any good tv cannot do. The whale point of having the Art mode is that I can switch between TV mode and Art mode instantly. Unfortunately, this cannot be done if I want my art to change frequently like in a slideshow. It is a hassle to pay slideshow of my photographs as each time I switch to tv mode I have to re-do slideshow setup which is kind of pointless to have an expensive tv if it is not any better at this then any tv. This is very backwards. So if you are a photographer and have a lot of images to display conveniently in a short amount of time then this tv is not for you. The art mode has cool futures if you want to display one image at the time only!!!! If you want to display another image in the Art mode then each time you need to manually change it. As of the writing of the review, I do not know of any product which can do this in a convenient and in a beautiful way. I heard that LG is going to start a similar tv line. Hopefully, LG will get it right and photographers like me will be able to display multiple images on a large picture frame tv without the need of resetting the slideshow collection over and over again.

  4. adrian martinez

    D website did not state U could detach D bought resin composite with realistic qualities. which i like, tell me, where to go & view D other websites. so i can further investigate their images & further help my indulgence with my personality.
    yes i understand i can use a thumb thrive to proceed with images not found n those websites allowed to proceed but again, new technology is movement & audio. to a point…

  5. Sumit Vijaykumar

    yesterday i saw this amazing beautiful big ass painting framed in tv shop. i went very close to the it and suddenly the painting literally fade out and fade in with new painting was like "WTF!! i was about to shout i dint do anything!!!" and when i took two steps back on the floor there was one small slate it was written 'samsung frame 2,44000-INR' on it. and once again i was about to go "HOLY FAAAK! thats expensive shit right here!!"

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