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.