Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Capsule Considers: Could Splashing Out On This Appliance Turn Your Lockdown Experience Around?

Welcome to Capsule Considers, where we try out and review the latest products on the market and offer our honest, unbiased opinions, free from any obligation or expectation because if you’re parting with your hard-earned money based on any of our recommendations, we’re gonna make sure it’s damn well worth it. 

Alice O’Connell reviews Samsung’s ‘The Premiere’ projector – one of the brand’s latest offerings in home entertainment technology, which arrives on her doorstep with impeccable timing.

It was the first week of lockdown and I was starting to get worried – the Toyco delivery was yet to turn up, the weather forecast was for rain, more rain and then torrential rain, and I already had a pounding headache. How were we going to survive the next God-knows-how-many weeks ahead of us!

Which is when a saviour arrived in the form of a courier delivery.

Although when I opened the box and discovered Samsung’s ‘The Premiere’ projector to trial I was ho-hum about it and didn’t realise it was about to change my lockdown experience. The only projectors I’d known were the janky ones from school, or the model from the ‘70s which my dad used to show us his travel slides.

We didn’t even get it out of the box immediately because the idea of figuring out how to use a new appliance was very much in the too hard basket at that stage.

But thank God we did, as the rain started coming down in sheets on a Saturday afternoon, because it was barely more difficult than plugging it into the wall and turning it on. Suddenly Pixar movies were playing on our wall in movie theatre quality. Even with the blinds open and sun coming through windows from all sides of the room, the picture still looked clear and vibrant.

The Premiere projector is SO far from anything I’ve seen before. The quality is insane, the sound feels like you’re at the movies and it’s so easy to use. It’s made evenings (and the occasional rainy afternoon) so much more fun and has felt like a little excursion away, being transported to a cinema to watch movies – or the latest season of Succession. A bag of popcorn has certainly helped too!

The unit itself is pretty good looking too – it’s relatively small, grey and sleek and is known as an ultra-short-throw, meaning it can be placed just in front of the wall (rather than whirling away at the back of the room, hitting the back of our heads like my dad’s old one used to!).

For those that like technical info I’ll add a paragraph summary down below – but, just know that if I could keep this projector I most certainly 100% would do. As we spend more and more time at home, this little appliance can be a total game changer when it comes to entertainment. The only thing holding me back from buying our own (which we have Googled several times now) is the price tag. Now that I’ve grown so attached to it, I’ve tried to think up genius ways we could justify the roughly $13,000 price tag in NZ, but with a perfectly good TV sitting in the garage waiting to be used again and a beat-up car crying out to be replaced, it’s just not going to happen.

But, if you’re in the market for a TV (or something even better than a TV!) and have the cash to spend, this little guy would be perfect.

About Samsung’s ‘The Premiere’

The Premiere will be available up to 130- and 120-inch models – LSP9T and LSP7T respectively – that support a laser powered 4K picture resolution. The Premiere LSP9T is the world’s first HDR10+ certified projector with triple laser technology and delivers revolutionary contrast details as the user watches from bright to dark scenes with a peak brightness of up to 2,800 ANSI lumens. The Premiere also supports Filmmaker Mode for the first of its kind as a projector allowing users to enjoy watching movies as director intended. The smart projector comes equipped with Samsung’s Smart TV platform and experience full of streaming video apps from major content partners and mobile connectivity features such as Tap View and mirroring.

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