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Samsung SP-F10M review

John Archer



Our Score


Review Price £673.14

For some reason, Samsung has never got truly serious about the home projection market. Sure, we get the occasional model that promises much but seemingly always ends up strangely out of date once we get our hands on it. But it’s very much a ‘side venture’ for the Korean giant.

That’s not to say, though, that Samsung isn’t serious about projectors full stop. For in fact, it’s increasingly active in the business projector sector, where it’s made great waves, in particular, with its pretty handy ‘Pico’ (as in, pocket-sized) SP-P400B LED projector.

Indeed, it’s tempting to see the success of the P400B as the inspiration for the SP-F10M we’re looking at today. For while the F10M certain isn’t nearly as small as the P400B, it does use LED lighting - and to rather groundbreaking effect, as it’s the first LED-driven data projector to claim a 1,000 ANSI lumens light output.

This really is a significant development in a projector world where previous cheap, business LED projectors have struggled to get above the dim and dingy 200 lumens output level. After all, it finally makes LED a potential direct competitor with LCD and DLP in the mass business projector market, and even more excitingly from a film-loving point of view, it raises the possibility of LED projectors also entering the affordable home cinema projector market at some point soon.

Despite being much larger than the cutesy P400B, the F10M is reasonably pretty with its white glossy top cover, and is actually a standard size for the data projection market. In other words, its exterior gives no real hint at the innovative innards inside. Unless, that is, the grilled side panels turn out to be necessary for venting more heat than might be expected from a typical sub-£1k data projector.

The F10M’s connections are promisingly flexible. There’s an HDMI, for starters, which can be used for video (including HD, of course) or PC playback. This sits alongside a D-Sub PC loopthrough, an RS-232 control port, a composite video input, an S-Video input, a USB port, and a LAN socket for limited network functionality.

There’s even a stereo audio input, there because, as with many data projectors, the F10M has a small (7W) built-in sound system. This audio is actually more powerful than most - as it needs to be to combat the distracting racket pumped out by the F10M’s clearly hard-working cooling fans if you’re running it in its brightest output mode! However, the sound certainly won’t be sufficient to serve any home cinema purposes.

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July 22, 2010, 12:11 pm

This should score more highly on the "Value" scale surely when you factor in the life cycle cost with a 30,000 hr bulb compared with other projectors plus several 2-3000 hr bulb replacements?

Andrew 19

July 22, 2010, 12:25 pm

30000 hours in eco mode (that's 3.4 years 24x7), however how bright is eco mode? Is eco mode actually useful? How long does it last in normal mode. Presumably you won't need to worry about replacement bulbs because with normal usage, it would probably be time to upgrade.

Also we need some context, because a claimed 1000 ANSI lumens does not mean much to me. Ie can this only be used in a fully darkened room, or can you use it in a lecture theatre with normal lights on. I think that a common link to a page which details this stuff (as tested in practice) would allow us to consider the relative merits of all projector reviews.

How good is the image. Is it geometrically accurate when projected, and how good and easy its it to adjust. Given a number of standard test inputs, ie an image with resolution line in 2 orthogonal directions and on 45 degrees. Plus tonal gradients for Gray, Red, Green, Blue and combinations of cross-over. Also have a sequence player for alternation between full black and full white to see how the components cope with a sudden shift of loading. Additionally, use a moving white square on black background to observe edge performance. Then some standard pictures to assess general composition and balance. As long as the input test signals are standard (from the same kit each time) and the result viewed under the same conditions, then you will get a very good repeatable and measurable result. In this case it should be possible to (using always the same camera, with same setup etc etc) to record the result for records and comparison, and to put up on the site so we can see them too.

I have a lot more to say, but this is enough for now, however I really do feel that recently the reviews have become less consistent and poor.


July 22, 2010, 4:41 pm

1024x768 not really suited for home use then.

Joe Denstaedt

September 30, 2013, 9:23 pm

3 years and the bulb burned out. $600 to replace it. I am buying another brand. Samsung says the bulb falls under normal wear and tear. even if it ran 24/7, i should have more life on it. Very disappointed.

Joe Denstaedt

September 30, 2013, 9:24 pm

it is all hype. Look for a brand that has better warranties.

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