We’ve owned our Samsung Frame TV for 4 months now! Everyone told me I would LOVE it, but I hesitated over the purchase for months. Too bad, because it totally changed the room! Consider this my official Samsung Frame TV review.
Our Experience With The Samsung Frame TV
My Samsung Frame TV Review is not sponsored in any way.
Before The Frame:
I never liked this set up – I felt like the old TV was too high up! Just a big ugly black rectangle. I tried to distract from it by putting more art all over the wall – and it just looked cluttered. I knew it was time to do something about this!
With our 55″ Frame TV:
What Is The Frame On The TV, The TV Bezel, All About?
This is essentially just a TV in a picture frame – it is an art TV! A framed television that looks like a painting. A home decor lover’s dream! It is the best invention ever for people who find televisions ugly and intrusive to the design of a room (hi, me!).
Now that the Frame TV is up I don’t feel any need to add something to that wall.
The TV comes with a thin black frame, called a “bezel”. You have to purchase other colors of bezels (frames) separately. There are five colors: White, (offered in a modern shape or a beveled) Teak, Brown or Brick Red, and the TV bezel is offered in a modern shape or a beveled shape.
Photo Source: Samsung Website
It is annoying that you must purchase the TV bezels separately. I wish the TV came with the bezel of your choice, instead of black. But on the other hand, I can still switch out the bezel when my tastes change!
The bezel is actually metal (even the “wood” bezel) and is magnetic. To me, the wood doesn’t scream metal in person- it passes enough.
The bezel snaps right onto the TV with 4 strips that click together like magic. I thought putting on the bezel would take a bit – it took me 30 seconds.
Sadly, the bezel only fits onto The Frame TV, not other televisions.
Does The Frame TV Actually Pass for Art?
The million dollar question. Here is my answer.
Don’t buy this with the expectation that this will trick everyone into thinking you own a large Monet. Yes, it might pass as art and not a TV, especially at first glance and in photographs!
Instead, buy this with the expectation that this TV will make your space look SO much better. It’s not just pretty in comparison to a big black television on your wall (although yes, that’s definitely true). Moreover, it just really is pretty to look at! Samsung, ya done good.
Just the frame around the TV is a game changer! No more big ugly black box and lots of wires. This is a beautiful picture frame TV that sits flat onto the wall (unlike regular TVs) and looks strikingly similar to framed art.
You can change the settings on the glow, brightness and the colors so they are warmer/cooler and less bright.
We have the 55″ Samsung Frame TV.
If I put up an image of art on a regular smart television will it be the same thing as a Samsung Frame TV?
You can do this clever little trick, and it looks great! However, the Frame TV has a few advantages over this “hack”:
- The Frame TV has an actual picture frame around itself
- It has a special mount (included) that puts the television directly onto the wall, exactly like a piece of art. Several inches of space left behind regular TVs.
- There is a mat option, making it more realistic for some prints. You pick the colors of the mat – not just white.
- The Frame TV has a motion sensor. Set it to either always display art, or to activate when you walk into the room
- On some TVs, leaving an image on the screen for a long periods of time will burn the image into the television’s display. Samsung has LED Quantum Dot technology, which is fancy tech talk for “won’t burn the screen” and “a very realistic, sharp image”.
Where Is The Best Deal and How Much Does It Cost?
Most people like to shop Amazon so this is our exact TV on Amazon, here. The best deal just depends on what time of year it is or if you want it delivered right away.
For our 55″ QLED Smart 4K UHD TV (2019), we paid $1,099.
We bought our white frame (called the bezel) on Amazon, here, and paid $199.
How Do I Upload Pictures Onto The Samsung Frame TV?
The most fun part, right??!
Samsung offers a few free options (nothing special), an Art Store subscription (current cost is $5.99/month), or you can buy one piece of art for $24.99… but I like FREE!!
In addition, you can upload your own image for free (and this include photographs of your family!), right from your phone. Obviously, screenshots aren’t going to look great. You need the pixels and sizing to be right.
Your best bet for art is Etsy – they sell art made for the Samsung Frame TV for just a few dollars! Search Etsy using the words frame tv art, and then filter (abstract, beach, etc.) Play around with cropping or the mat to get it sized just right. Below are some pieces I loved from Etsy:
Once you have your art on your phone, add the (free) Smart Things app to your phone and connect it to The Frame, and boom! You’re connected. If you have trouble with sizing I would reach out to the Etsy shop owner.
Does The Frame Come With A Wall Mount?
The no gap wall mount is included with TV! I LOVE this mount because it is simple enough to mount on your own – without hiring help! The TV can still be tilted, or flush with the wall.
The Frame TV comes with something called the One Invisible Connection. This clear, thin connector plugs into the back of the TV. The back of the TV has a recessed cutout for the connector, along with a small path for the wire to come out the side of the TV.
If you can’t picture what this looks like, basically they made everything flush with one wire. The wire has power and HDMI connections. The invisible cable carries the power and data to the TV and lead to a thin black box.
How Do You Hide The Samsung Frame TV Cables + It’s Black Box?
You are still are left hiding the invisible cable and the black box!
Speaking from an interior design perspective (this is, after all, a home decor blog) you want to hide the cable and most especially, the box!
I didn’t know the TV came with a box – although it does make sense, all the data is stored there. I was disappointed I would have to hide this now.
Our laundry room cabinets are directly behind the wall where our TV is mounted. We ended up putting the black box inside the cabinet in our laundry room, and drilled a small hole through the back of the cabinet which leads right to the back of the TV.
We fished the cable through the hole to the TV so it doesn’t show, and put a plate over the holes to clean them up. The black box now sits inside that laundry cabinet, tucked neatly away under the iron nobody uses.
The remote and TV still work with the box hidden in an entirely separate room. It works on radio frequency – so behind a brick fireplace would even work too!
In general, I would advise hiding the black box in your media cabinet or whatever furniture you have nearby, cutting a small hole in the back of the cabinet for the wire, and drilling a hole in the wall for the wire to be fished through. This will leave the cable and the black box hidden from view.
If you must leave the wire hanging, hide it with a paintable cord cover!
What Is the Quality of the Frame TV From a Technical Standpoint?
Full disclosure here: My husband cares about tech and gadgets – while I care more about looks. All our other TVs in our home are a few years older before we purchased the Frame TV, so we don’t own other 2019 or 2020 smart TVs to compare it directly with.
That being said, we were both happy over all! The picture on the screen is brilliantly sharp.
My husband does think for that amount of money you can get a better quality television. I might agree with him there. However, that being said, he isn’t unhappy with the Frame’s quality. But you are paying for looks as well.
We always comment on how great the picture is – how sharp our shows look now. The sound is crisp too. I love that it hooks up to our Alexa. Even if you don’t have Alexa, you can use the voice activation and talk to it.
The remote is cute, white and thin, and looks nice out on a table. (I know most of the population will not care about this. But for me, it was a happy surprise!)
And perhaps the biggest sign of satisfaction- at some point we are upgrading to a Samsung Frame TV for our living room. Neither of us can imagine buying a TV that looks like a TV again.
Update: We bought a 2nd Samsung Frame TV 2020 for our living room! See it here.
5 Things I Dislike That Should Be Mentioned In A Samsung Frame TV Review
1. I am picky about art and I found the free art options the TV comes with to be lame – and who wants to pay monthly after the television was so expensive? I think it’s a little greedy on Samsung’s part. But don’t fear – there are ways around this by downloading the (free) Samsung SmartThings app, like I spoke about above.
2. The Frame itself says the word Samsung on the top. It is very small print, but… why? Why is this there?
That advertising is hurting the whole purpose of the product itself. Nobody would buy a picture frame with the brand name across it. Why would I want my picture frame TV to have this?
3. The art mode lighting is hit or miss- especially if you are picky about color balance like me! You have to play around with the settings and the mat colors to get it all just right.
In my opinion, some art just looks better than others. It really just depends on the colors in the art you use and the lighting in your room.
4. The black box is a slight bummer… don’t you think in 2020 big boxes should not be connected to TVs? I love the invisible wire idea, and hiding the box worked out fine for us, but it would sure be nice to not have to worry about the box at all.
5. The price pays for the look that no other TV can rival or touch, but from a tech perspective you can buy a better quality TV for that amount of money. But… it would be an ugly black box, right?
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