Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel price & review

Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel price
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What is good in Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel? The Frame transforms into a beautiful work of art when you’re not watching TV. Activate the built-in motion sensor so whenever you walk into the room, your TV displays one of your favorite selections. Elevate your space and make The Frame your own by enhancing it with a frame in black, white, beige or walnut. Find details in Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel review. Which model is better for your need – Samsung Frame TV 2021 vs 2020? What is Samsung the Frame 2021 price?

In the box

  • User guide
  • Remote control
  • No-gap wall mount hardware
  • Cable management hooks
  • Power cable
  • One Connect cable

Pros & Cons – Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel

Pros

  • Customizable bezels: We bought the neutral to fit our decor; it’s magnetic and looks like wood from a distance.
  • Highly customizable: The ability to select new art at any time is so fun for changing seasons, holidays, and events/parties. Scroll to the bottom of the post for some of my favorite art.
  • Picture quality: It looks good to me, and even my husband says it’s great, which is saying something.
  • Sound quality: Also great; connects to our Control4 for surround sound.
  • Built-in light sensor: LCD backlight dims automatically when in art mode to match the lighting of the room.
  • Remote control: Easy to use. Switch between TV and art mode at the touch of a button.

Cons

  • Black frame: If you have modern decor, this might not be an issue. If you like neutrals, it’s almost necessary to add a bezel so that it blends with the room. The beige works well against our living room and shelf decor.
  • Pricing: The Frame ranges from $600-$3,000 depending on size. You can find discounts on 2018, 2019, and 2020 versions and Amazon’s New & Used retailers.

Specs – Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel

  • Connectivity (4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth).
  • No Dolby Atmos surround sound. Consider a soundbar if you like to play music, we have Control4). It’s more for looking than listening.
  • Customizable app order for things like Apple TV, Netflix, Prime Video, etc.
  • HDR (Proprietary Samsung HDR10).
  • Quantum dot processor 4K UHD TV.
  • Smart features (Tizen with Alexa and Bixby support).
  • QLED TV technology.
  • Voice control.

Samsung the Frame 2021 Price – Samsung Frame TV 2021 vs 2020

You’ll be paying $999 for a 43-inch size (the same price as the 2020 model), $1,299 for the 50-inch, $1,499 for the 55-inch, and $1,999 for the 65-inch – all largely in line with 2020 prices. The largest 75-inch size, too, is $2,999, a small step up from the $2,799 price tag of the 2020 model.

2020 models are still available though, so it’s worth considering them if you want to save a small amount of cash, or are mostly interested in a more compact 32-inch size ($599 / £549 / AU$899). 

The remaining 2020 models will cost you $999 / £1,199 / AU$1,559 for the 43-inch, $1,199 for the 50-inch, $1,399 / £1,599 / AU$2,295 for the 55-inch, $1,899 / £2,199 / AU$2,695 for the 65-inch, and $2,799 / £2,499 / AU$3,995 for the 75-inch (Samsung Frame TV 2021 vs 2020).

Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel review

Design

The Frame TV’s design is based on that of a picture frame. That means it goes all out on a thick, metallic casing – quite unlike the zero-bezel appearance of the Samsung Q950TS 8K QLED –

The 2021 model gets an even slimmer design, measuring just 24.9 millimeters thick, and is more capable than past models, with Samsung’s Quantum Processor 4K chip handling video processing and smart functions, and a much larger 6GB of internal storage for keeping more high-res photos and artworks saved locally on the TV.

Frame

The new Frame hugs the wall at just 24.9mm thick, similar to the depth of a typical picture frame. You can customize the frame around the image and the new version includes an angled (“beveled”) bezel option. Third-party frames are also available for The Frame. 

Bezel

There are, of course, the customizable bezels to pick the color and design of the literal frame around the display, with more options than ever for the 2021 model (Samsung Frame TV 2021 vs 2020). Samsung lists white, black, brown, beige, burgundy red, and clay beige options, but there are also third-party options available. New for 2021 is a tripod TV stand for those not wanting to wall.

Stand

Samsung has added an option for an easel-inspired Studio Stand. It might seem a bit silly to add a stand to something that’s supposed to hang on a wall, but the Studio Stand manages to add modern panache without killing its classical vibes and really transforms The Frame into a high-end gallery piece. The only thing odd about this stand is that its simplistic, modern design encroaches slightly on the aesthetic of another Samsung lifestyle model, The Serif.        

Remote – Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel

Like other 2021 Samsung QLED TVs, the remote has been slightly redesigned. It now has a rechargeable battery instead of using disposable ones, and you can recharge it through the solar panel on the back or the USB-C port at the bottom(Samsung Frame TV 2021 vs 2020). However, there isn’t a charger or USB-C cable included in the box. There’s still a microphone for voice control, which you can use to change some TV settings, launch an app, or ask for general info like the time and weather. However, you can’t search for specific content within an app like Netflix.

SDR brightness

The Samsung The Frame TV has impressive SDR brightness. It’s very similar to The Frame 2020, but without any frame dimming in the 2% windows. It’s bright enough to overcome glare, even in well-lit, sunny rooms.

If you want a brighter image and don’t mind losing a bit of image accuracy, set the Picture Mode to ‘Dynamic’ and Brightness to max. We reached 590 cd/m² in the 10% with these settings.

We measured the SDR brightness after calibration in the ‘Movie’ Picture Mode with the Color Tone set to ‘Warm 2’ and Brightness set to max.

HDR Brightness

We measured the HDR brightness in the ‘Movie HDR’ Picture Mode with Contrast and Brightness set to max, Color Tone set to ‘Warm 2’, and all other processing disabled. We reached 633 cd/m² in the 10% window using the ‘Dynamic HDR’ Picture Mode, with Contrast and Brightness at max, and Contrast Enhancer set to ‘High’.

The HDR brightness is okay. It’s not quite as bright as The Frame 2020, but unlike its predecessor, it’s more consistent as there’s no dimming in the 2% windows. It’s bright enough to bring out some highlights, but not for a true cinematic HDR experience.

Refresh rate

The Samsung The Frame TV supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming. It doesn’t officially support G-SYNC compatibility, although some users have reported that it works. We tried it with our RTX 3070 at 60Hz and 120Hz; there was a lot of tearing in our pendulum demo, but none in Destiny 2. This is similar to the Samsung QN90A QLED’s behavior.

Game mode – Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel

The HDR brightness in Game Mode is a bit brighter than outside of Game Mode, but there’s frame dimming in the 2% windows, which means small highlights in dark scenes appear dimmer. The EOTF doesn’t follow the curve as well as outside of Game Mode; most scenes appear darker than they should. If you want to make HDR brighter in Game Mode, set Contrast Enhancer to ‘High’ and ST.2084 to max.

Response time

The Samsung The Frame TV has a great response time. It’s very similar to the Samsung The Frame 2020, but there’s less image duplication because its backlight flickers at a much higher frequency than its predecessor. However, there’s still a fair amount of overshoot in the 0-20%, which might result in some motion artifacts in dark scenes.

Art mode – Samsung 65-inch Class the Frame TV with customizable black bezel

You’ll also be able to make use of Samsung’s Art Mode – a setting for the television that displays artworks, photos, or paintings rather than keeping the screen black when not in use, a bit like a beefed-up smart display. You’re using up a small amount of power, of course, compared to powering the set down properly, but it means your new TV purchase can be calibrated to better match your home decor.

Art Mode can draw on hundreds of artworks from globally-renowned collections too – such as the V&A Museum, the Tate Gallery, and Van Gogh Museum.

Speaker

The Frame has built-in speakers offering 2-channel 20-watt sound, but if you want more robust audio to match your gorgeous TV, it’s also compatible with Samsung soundbars, complete with a slim soundbar made to go with The Frame.

Subscription

A paid subscription to Samsung’s art store ($5 per month) gives you access to all 1,400 pieces of art from “world-renowned” institutions, which can be paintings or photos and include landscapes, abstracts and other types of art. You can also buy pieces individually or show your own photos (or art!) on the display.

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The Sero 2021

A relatively new member of the Samsung Lifestyle family of TVs is The Sero, a rotating TV that pivots between landscape and portrait mode to seamlessly display mobile video in both horizontal and vertical modes.

It’s a TV for the smartphone set, and offers such features as one-touch NFC pairing for screen mirroring, and an automatic rotation feature that turns the screen to match the orientation of your phone or video content.

Compare Samsung Frame TV 2021 vs 2020

Thickness

Previous models of The Frame – ranging from 2018 right through to 2020 – house the TV inside a thicker unit that measures almost two inches deep (45.8mm / 1.8inches). The Frame 2021 almost halves that measurement, bringing the TV to just an inch thick (25.4mm / 1inch). 

Remote

The remote gets an update this year. Instead of the same-old white smart remote, The Frame 2021 gets a new SolarCell remote. As the name suggests, it forgoes replaceable and wasteful batteries in favour of a solar panel that recharges it. 

Size

The Frame 2020 ranged in size from 32-inches to 75-inches. The Frame 2021 features a similar range offering, but has several new form factors lingering around the middle.

Specifically, The Frame 2021 comes in a 50-inch model that didn’t exist previously. It’s a good sweet spot for a bedroom TV, in particular. Especially for larger bedrooms that would be too small for 42-inch but too large for 55-inch. I suspect the 50-inch will be just right.

Portrait mode

Portrait mode on The Frame 2021 means the TV can be flipped vertically. This makes viewing content recorded or even screencast from your smartphone even more enjoyable.

It’s not every model getting this functionality, however. The 32-inch Frame TV and the 43-inch Frame TV will be the only ones to receive portrait mode support.

Storage


The new 2021 Frame includes additional storage for your art, and makes for an easier time of getting your own pictures on there. 

Speaker

The speakers on the 2021 Frame also support a new Adaptive Sound+ mode, which calibrates the experience to the room you’re in. It’s a step up from the 2020 Frame which only really has two sound modes, one only slightly louder than the other. It’ll be good to see those who forgo a soundbar catered for with better native sound at last.

Other feature – Samsung Frame TV 2021 vs 2020

Not only do you get Apple AirPlay 2 as with previous models, but you now get built-in Samsung Health. That means you can do all your workouts and track your progress natively on your Frame TV without having to cast or AirPlay another device to the panel. 

If you do want to cast to the TV, however, NFC is your friend. Provided you have a Galaxy device running Android 8.1 or higher, you can tap it to your TV and get the content playing there instantly.

You also get support for multiple voice assistants on the new 2021 Frame. Whereas the 2020 Frame only supported Bixby, the new 2021 Frame supports a choice of Bixby, Alexa or Google Assistant for all of your AI needs.

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