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Samsung SP-F10M - LED Advantages, Features and Set Up

John Archer

By John Archer


Our Score


Review Price £673.14

Getting back to the F10M’s LED lamp system, its key draw has to be the bulb’s massive life span. Samsung is happy to predict a 30,000-hour life for the LED bulb if you stick with the projector’s lower-brightness Eco setting, potentially meaning you’ll never have to replace the bulb even once during the product’s realistic lifetime. What’s more, the F10M’s LED bulb won’t lose anywhere near as much brightness over its vast lifespan as normal halogen bulbs do over their relative short lives.

Add to this the fact that the projector can be unplugged the moment you’ve switched it off, rather than having to wait for the bulb to cool down as happens with most LCD and DLP projectors, and you’ve got a projector that offers potentially great convenience and cost-saving appeal. The F10M even runs slightly more economically than LCD projectors, with a typical power consumption of 270W and standby power consumer of less than 1W.

Promisingly, the F10M claims a contrast ratio of 2,000:1, which is high for a budget data projector, raising hopes that the projector’s high brightness output won’t come at the expense of a respectable presentation of dark picture information.

Anyone hankering after a projector to do dual movie and business duties, though, will be disappointed to find the F10M’s native resolution coming in a 1,024 x 768 pixels, since this is a 4:3-ratio configuration rather than a widescreen configuration. So if you watch widescreen stuff on it, you’ll only be using a portion of the projector’s available pixels.

Setting the F10M up is straightforward. There are simple but reasonably ‘tight’ focus and zoom rings round the lens, while a couple of drop down legs under the projector’s front help you angle the picture up correctly onto your screen. Sadly, there’s no optical shift, meaning you essentially have to distort the picture with keystone correction to get the image’s edges straight. But this is par for the course in this section of the projection market, and at least there’s a reasonably effective auto keystone facility to make your life easier.

Features of note within the F10M’s onscreen menus, meanwhile, include a digital NR option, the facility to deactivate overscanning, the option to turn on or off a dynamic contrast system, and even a film mode that proves Samsung doesn’t necessarily solely have business-world hopes for the F10M.

It is business users, though, who will most appreciate the F10M’s multimedia facilities. These include the ability to play movies, music, photos and even documents (including Word, PowerPoint and Excel files) from either a USB drive or the projector’s own built-in memory. This internal memory only stretches to 60MB, but it’s still great to find a projector that can unchain you from your laptop when you want to do a presentation.

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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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