Visually, Samsung’s OSD is almost identical to that found on its award-winning H03 Pico Projector, meaning it’s mostly clear and easy to navigate. The only fly in the ointment is that it can be very slow to respond, especially when trying to get through long lists, with this occasionally resulting in overshoot. Also, menu navigation is accompanied by annoying little noises, though this can thankfully be turned off.
Most settings you might need are available, though screen adjustment is limited to brightness. Aside from this there are several general options including Bluetooth settings, a screen saver and clock. The clock is one of the frame’s nicer features, with several different styles to choose from. Our favourite is one that shows hand-drawn chalk figures drawn on a textured white background, but you can opt for more traditional digital or analogue options, with or without a full month-to-month calendar. The screensaver can be set to be the clock or a slideshow, or indeed an overlaid combination of both.
Photo options are naturally the most extensive. These include aspect ratio; displaying file information such as size; and slideshow speed, transitions and order, plus what music to play in the background. Photos are attractively displayed as a 8 x 4 grid of thumbnails. While browsing through photos you can select multiple files to copy or delete, or change the source media. Overall, the interface would be a success if it weren’t so sluggish on occasion.
File support is another area where we’re disappointed. In contrast to the Ho3 Pico Projector, which promised little but actually played back every video and audio format we threw at it without a hitch (up to 720p .mkv video), with the 1000P you get nothing but what it says on the box. Photo support is limited to JPEG and BMP, audio is MP3 only, and on the video front it only accepts standard definition M-JPEG or MPEG1/4. Unlike the Ho3 then, this won’t replace your media streamer any time soon.
Meanwhile, the 0.7W stereo speakers are actually worse than we were expecting, and our expectations were pretty low to begin with. While they manage to be louder than their size suggests, they distort badly. Even at low volumes sound is shrill and harsh, lacking in both clarity and subtlety, while bass is banished to an alternate dimension.