How we watch movie and TV content at home has evolved quickly – in light of such developments as 4K and HDR, even screens that were brand new just a few years back can look surprisingly average now. If you’re wanting to give somebody the absolute best in home viewing tech, there are some incredible options in both new televisions and projectors.
What is it? Samsung The Frame 4K TV
What‘s the crack? The only thing blurry about this TV is the line between art and functionality! The Frame 4K – available in sizes ranging from 43” up to a huge 65” – is designed to look like a piece of art upon your wall. It even comes with artworks built-in if you wish to disguise it as a painting when not in use.
Who would it suit? Somebody who favours minimalist tech in their décor, but still wants the absolute best in image quality.
What is it? Samsung The Serif 4K TV
What‘s the crack? How’s this “I”-shaped wonder, designed by French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for something special in the TV looks department? Available in 43” or 55”, The Serif can sit somewhere flat, or on the included stand. It even has an “ambient mode”, which allows a chosen image to blend into its surroundings.
Who would it suit? Anybody who likes their technology to double as a designer statement piece in any room.
What is it? Samsung The Premiere Laser 4K Smart Projector
What‘s the crack? This unassuming box houses exciting power. It’s a short-throw projector, meaning it can sit just 24.7cm away from its projection space, be that a wall or screen. A massive 120” picture is on offer, in full 4K UHD with incredible brightness and 2.2 channel sound. It even has ‘Filmmaker Mode’, to view movies as their directors intended.
Who would it suit? Anybody who loves their movie viewing at home, but with as close to a cinema experience as possible.
What is it? Philips Neopix Ultra 2
What‘s the crack? All the wonders of the projected image, in Full HD up to a size of 65”, are packed into this one powerhouse unit. Unlike projectors of old, this is fully-specced with screen mirroring from mobiles, USB play and stereo speakers. It also boasts Bluetooth connectivity with soundbars, headphones or extra speakers.
Who would it suit? Somebody for whom you want to give the gift of big vision, but without making your bank balance groan.
- Size matters. While the biggest screen available may be desirable, it may not fit where it needs to. Always ensure you measure the space where you intend to put your new TV in relation to the screen size you’re buying.
- Think about the future – 4K is the norm now, and such techie delights as HDR and HDMI 2.1 compatibility are highly desirable, but with prices falling, 8K is also a consideration.
- Consider the space you have for a projector. If you have a suitably sized wall, there is no better way to enjoy your favourite films than on the biggest screen possible. However, you can still match a smaller space to a range of portable projectors that will even fit in a bag for that weekend trip away.