Samsung’s Frame is a TV designed to look like a work of art hanging on the wall when not on. I was impressed with the 2021 version of the Frame when I tested it last year, but it still took a little imagination to be convinced that it was a genuine, committed work of art. This year, however, the 2022 version of the Frame is really upscale: its matte display, anti-glare improvements, and Art mode make the screen useful throughout the day.
The Frame TV is getting some new software features including an NFT gallery to display your tokens. Aside from glare reduction and some on-screen tweaks, though, there aren’t too many differences from the 2021 version of the Frame. If you don’t need or want a TV for wall art, you can skip this year’s model. There are cheaper and more technologically advanced televisions out there. However, if a slim, wall-mounted TV that can easily display photos and paintings is of interest, then the Frame 2022 is likely to tick the box.
- Fantastic anti-glare technology
- Customizable with additional snap edges
- Smart software on TV felt sluggish
- The Nifty NFT app is lackluster at best
Buy from Samsung.
The best feature
I tested a 55 inch frame TV with the standard black bezels. It’s a QLED 4K TV with HDR. It has all the modern smart features you would expect from a TV such as B. downloadable apps, AirPlay and a selectable voice assistant. The TV lured me into watching multiple shows at once with its split-screen software. However, the absolute best thing about this TV is its matte display with anti-reflective technology.
Yes, the matte display is a huge asset for the TV’s Art mode support. It gives the Frame the look of a handpicked home accessory – more so than previous models. But the anti-reflective technology along with the matte display makes watching shows and movies much more enjoyable even in sun-drenched rooms. My current LG OLED TV looks stunning with vivid colors and impossibly dark blacks, but it’s hard to see throughout the day because of the reflection of the light.
I was blown away when I placed the Frame directly in front of the LG TV; the same angles and lighting conditions gave no noticeable reflections on the frame. The LG TV looked like a mirror in comparison. I’ve placed the frame in various locations around my house to view it in different lighting conditions and the results have all been excellent. Even in rooms where reflections were minimal, not seeing any hints of objects shimmering on the screen was far more comfortable.
In terms of color, the matte display doesn’t seem to affect the colors dramatically. There are several preconfigured viewing modes like Dynamic and Movie which I think make a difference depending on the content I’m watching. When streaming The Force Awakens The image was less overexposed in Movie mode than in Dynamic mode. Selecting Dynamic suited the gaming better MLB: The show on the Nintendo Switch however.
Although blacks and dark colors on the frame weren’t as deep and strong as they were on my LG OLED, I was still happy with the visual results. There were few, if any, times that I can recall when the shadows or dark scenes on shows looked gray and washed out. Tweaking the settings should help most people get close to their desired visual preference.
There’s a sensor that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness and colors, but I preferred to tweak the settings myself. In the brightest rooms, the sensor was just too finicky and its on-screen changes were too sudden and distracting. Likewise, I haven’t had much luck with the motion sensor trying to detect if you’re in the room. For some people, the sensor might be helpful, but I just found it a bit frustrating.
NFT gallery and more
The software on the 2022 Frame differs from the 2021 model. The layout is different and the same apps are not available. The most notable example is probably the Nifty app for showcasing NFTs purchased through the platform. Samsung touted this feature when it announced this new TV earlier this year. I haven’t seen a compelling tokenized experience. It would be more useful if Samsung partnered with OpenSea for NFT owners, but currently it’s still not really easy to view your own NFTs.
With Frame TV 2021, I found Art Mode to be the slow and sluggish part of the overall experience. I didn’t notice that with the 2022 version. Moving through artworks felt natural with no lags. As I moved through the other parts of the TV’s interface, I noticed slight lags that became frustrating over time. Once when I was watching a baseball game with the MLB app, my clicking the settings button on the remote caused the app to freeze and then crash. I would recommend getting a Roku or Apple TV for all your streaming needs.
The 2022 Frame still comes with the Slim One Connect Box. It’s worth noting how great this feature is. A very thin opaque cable connects a box of connectors to the back of the TV. This cable also provides power. Instead of having to reach behind the TV to plug in HDMI cables, I could easily access this Slim One Connect box in my entertainment center. There can be circumstances where not having the HDMI ports directly on the TV could be annoying, but in all my testing and usage, I’ve found it to be more helpful than annoying.
Should you buy Samsung’s Frame (2022)?
For the past decade, I’ve looked at the listed specs of new TVs to see which ones have the latest features. Aside from the panel’s visual appeal, not much utility has been offered in TVs. That led me to my current LG OLED TV. It looks fantastic – when I can see it. Its glossy display reflects from all angles of the room, making it difficult to see shows for much of the day.
For the first time I’m seriously considering swapping an electronic device with higher specifications for one with lower qualifications. The Frame is no slouch in terms of visual performance, but it’s not the most technically advanced either. Instead, the matte display and anti-reflective technology are very attractive for my circumstances – and more compelling than I initially expected.
Sometimes a TV will only fit in one spot in a room, and if there are open windows or bright lights, that’s just something to deal with. Now the latest version of the Frame offers a solid solution to this problem. Also, it can display photos and paintings when shows are not streaming.
Shop at Samsung from $599 (32-inch model).
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