Samsung SP-F10M LED 3-LCD Multimedia Projector Review

Samsung SP-F10M Projector - Warranty

Samsung provides two year parts and labor warranty coverage for the SP-F10M.  While this is nothing exceptional, it’s bolstered by the fact that the light source (usually the weakest link in projector longevity) will likely last for many years beyond that.  Warranty repair is performed through authorized service centers throughout the country, but there is no express service like some of the competition provides, nor are shipping costs to and from the repair center covered.  Overall, this is just a mediocre warranty for a multimedia projector.

Samsung SP-F10M Projector - Review Summary

The Samsung SP-F10M has a lot going for it.  It is solidly constructed, exuding a feeling of quality.  The LED light source will never need replacing for the typical life of the projector and there are no dust filters, so maintenance costs should be minimal.  Setup is quite simple and there are a number of picture adjustments not often found on projectors in this class.

The ability to present PC-free via its USB input is an appealing feature to those who need to create and display pictures and videos on the fly.  It has very good color balance, even in its high brightness mode and it’s also quieter than much of the competition, as the LED light source does not get as hot as a typical projector lamp.

Samsung SP-F10M Projector: Bottom Line

The ability to present PC-free via its USB input is an appealing feature to those who need to create and display pictures and videos on the fly.  It has very good color balance, even in its high brightness mode and it’s also quieter than much of the competition, as the LED light source does not get as hot as a typical projector lamp.

The question the potential buyer will have to answer is whether the SP-F10M can deliver sufficient lumens for its intended use.  It’s billed as a conference room projector and can easily fill a screen size that would likely be used in a conference room, but unless the room has decent light control, 1000 lumens may not be enough for some presentations.

The Samsung SP-F10M projector in bright mode.

Above, the Samsung SP-F10M in its brightest mode.

While it subjectively appears brighter than it measures, it still only provides less than half the lumen output of much of the competition, some of which are markedly lower in cost.  For example, the recently reviewed Dell 1610HD provided almost 3000 lumens in its Presentation mode, has most of the features of the Samsung SP-F10M in a lighter package and has an MSRP that’s $400 less.

The Samsung SP-F10M will provide a lot of value to the buyer who’s in the market for a projector that’s expected to last for years, with a lot of daily use in a light-controlled conference room.  In such an environment, the SP-F10M will display a very nice, colorful image with low noise, great presentation flexibility and no worries about constant lamp replacement.  It’s well worth considering if you’re in the market for such a projector.

Samsung SP-F10M Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Samsung SP-F10M Projector: Pros

  • Good color rendition and readability with native resolution or higher
  • Lamp never needs replacing
  • PC-free presentations via USB
  • No dust filters to maintain and replace
  • Ability to monitor and adjust most projector functions via a networked computer

Samsung SP-F10M Projector: Cons

  • Not as bright as much of the competition
  • Limited zoom range
  • No network display capability or wireless networking

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