Samsung’s new barrel-shaped Freestyle projector was simply introduced at CES. The 1080p projector goes up for preorder today for $899. What issues greater than its spec sheet, in keeping with Samsung, is that this extremely moveable and swiveling visible lightshow with built-in speaker and voice management is coming to assist your carefree “lifestyle” and nomadic “experiences.”
Olds, in different phrases, needn’t apply.
How can I be sure of this? As a result of after I, a curmudgeonly outdated, confirmed the Freestyle to my 13-year-old daughter below strict embargo, her first response was, and I quote: “I want that. A fake window on my wall would be so pretty.” A sampling of 1 teen is unquestionably appropriate.
The 1.83 pound (0.83kg) projector is able to producing an auto-focused, auto-leveled, and auto-keystoned picture (of unknown brightness) at sizes from 30 to 100 inches. The translucent lens cap can be utilized to create “mood lighting” that may be synced with no matter audio is taking part in. It additionally contains a 360-degree firing speaker, and a far-field mic array (for “Hi Bixby” voice controls) that appears like it may be toggled on and off by way of a swap. In the event you look carefully on the pictures you’ll additionally see one HDMI and one USB-C jack, and what appears to be like like contact controls for energy, quantity, and one thing else encircling the lens. The Freestyle additionally runs the identical software program expertise as Samsung’s good TVs, so that you’ll be fairly effectively set on app choice.
Elective equipment embody a water-proof case, USB-C battery pack, and a base that enables the projector to be screwed into a regular E26 lightbulb socket for energy.
Freestyle looks as if a really perfect companion to TikTok movies, and never a lot your Blu-ray assortment. In the event you care about banalities comparable to lumens, supported streaming protocols, and different such minutia then this projector clearly isn’t meant for you. However for its $900 worth, there’s undoubtedly some expectation of fine image high quality.
Samsung says preorders for the projector will open within the US as of January 4th, with the Freestyle making its solution to different markets “in the following months.”
Replace January 4th, 10:05PM ET: The article has been up to date to mirror that The Freestyle provides the identical software program expertise as Samsung’s TVs.