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This Black Friday deal brings Samsung’s stunning projector to $599 – a record price

Samsung made quite a splash on the projector scene with the launch of The Freestyle in early 2022. You can now buy this ultra cool projector for only €1.50 $599.99 at Samsunga savings of 25% on one of the most innovative wearable models we’ve seen yet.

Black Friday TV Deals can be a main attraction when it comes to it Black Friday deals, but we’re also starting to see some good ones on projectors. Of these, this Samsung deal is the best we’ve seen to date and one that brings The Freestyle to its lowest price ever.

The Samsung is at the top of our list The best portable projectors, displacing even much more expensive models. As we found in our The Freestyle Review, this portable device is packed with features, with built-in Samsung Tizen Smart TV interface and automatic calibration that keeps the picture looking good wherever you place it. The Freestyle can project Full HD images up to 100 inches, making it a perfect option for a movie night.

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What kind of HDR do you need?

Matt Bolton – Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment

HDR is a great addition to the world of television, adding depth and richness to the colors and contrast of movies and TV shows. But there are four different types of HDR, and some compete with each other, making navigation unnecessarily confusing. So let’s make it easy for ourselves. First, let’s talk about the two basic types of HDR that every HDR TV contains:

  • HDR10: All HDR TVs have this. It’s the basic form of HDR used on Blu-rays or streaming services. Easy!
  • HLG: This is a form of HDR specifically designed for live broadcasts such as sports. Pretty much all HDR TVs support it – it’s very rare that one doesn’t.

Okay, now let’s talk about the complicated ones: Dolby Vision and HDR10+. These are more advanced versions of HDR that allow how the TV handles dark and light tones, can be adjusted scene-by-scene, and are designed to better represent the high-quality original versions of films straight out of the editing suite. Basically, they look better than regular HDR.

That’s not the complicated part; The tricky thing is that many TVs only support one of these two formats, so it’s up to you to decide.

  • HDR10+: This format is mainly used on Samsung TVs. It has very little support from streaming services, but content is available from Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus and some 4K Blu-rays.
  • Dolby Vision: This is a little more visually advanced than HDR10+ (although not enough for most people to notice), but more importantly, it offers better support for streaming services. It is used on Apple TV Plus, Netflix, Disney Plus, Paramount Plus and more. It is supported on TVs from LG, Sony, TCL, Hisense and others.

As you can see above, Dolby Vision really is the winner here – but there are more reasons than HDR to choose a TV. So what happens if your TV only supports HDR10+ and you’re watching a movie in Dolby Vision or vice versa? The HDR uses the basic HDR10 format. So you still get HDR, just not the fancier type – nice and easy. Type of.

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A great gaming TV deal

2022 was the year that cheaper TVs got HDMI 2.1 features like 120Hz display and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) as well as Nvidia G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro support. Among them are Samsung’s Q80B series sets, which are the company’s top-of-the-line QLED models with a standard LED backlight.

In our Samsung Q80B review, we noticed the full suite of gaming features, which includes the company’s new Game Hub, which serves as a portal to Xbox, Utomik, and Twitch cloud gaming services. Just add a wireless controller and you’re good to go! Additionally, the Q80B offers good overall image quality for the price, which is now $200 off Best Buy Black Friday offerwhich brings the price of a 65-inch model to $999.

A Samsung TV with this feature set for less than a grand is an offer you don’t see every day, so be sure to check it out. You’ll get better brightness if you upgrade to one of Samsung’s Mini-LED-backlit Neo-QLED models, which top our list of the best Samsung TVs, but you’ll pay quite a bit more with power too Black Friday deals.

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Buying Tips: Does Mini-LED Matter?

Al Griffin – Editor-in-Chief, TV and Audio

An LED backlight in a TV used to be a high-tech feature, but now even mainstream devices use LED backlights. Less common is the mini-LED backlight, which uses a series of tiny lamps to illuminate the TV’s LCD panel.

As with quantum dots, different TV brands use different terms to indicate the presence of mini LED backlights in their devices. Samsung, for example, calls its mini-LED models “Neo QLED”, while LG, Sony, TCL and Hisense all just use the term mini-LED.

A key benefit of mini-LED over regular LED TVs is that the smaller lamp modules used in the backlight allow finer control of local dimming. This is a process in which the individual modules are grouped into zones and dimmed according to the brightness level of the screen image. For example, the LED zones in shadowy areas of the picture are dimmed or switched off completely, while bright highlight areas receive a full beam of light.

With a higher density of LED modules spread across the backlight, mini LED TVs can also deliver higher overall brightness on some devices such as e.g Samsung’s QN95B with twice as much or more measured light output than normal LED-lit televisions. This Samsung model is the company’s top-of-the-line Neo-QLED offering, but still cheaper mini-LED TVs like the Hisense U8H series can deliver almost as high peak brightness.

Where that extra light output matters is when you’re watching in a well-lit room – daytime sports shows, for example. But it can also help bring out the full level of highlight detail in HDR sources by reducing the need for tone mapping, a process by which the TV scales the brightness range of programs to match its maximum light output.

In summary, mini-LED can make a difference when viewing in brightly lit rooms and adds a welcome level of visual impact when watching movies and TV shows with HDR. It’s a feature you’ll pay extra for, but it will be worth it for some people.

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Don’t miss this 65 inch LG C1 deal!

This is an incredible Black Friday OLED TV deal, especially for gamers but also for movie lovers. You can now grab the LG C1 65-inch OLED TV for just $1,197 (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab) on Amazon, this is the lowest price ever.

Amazon listed its previous price as $2,499, which isn’t really accurate – that was the introductory price. It was last priced at around $1,500, which was the lowest price it’s ever seen, so we’re still down 20% from the previous best.

The LG C1 is a model from 2021, we gave it five stars in the test and raved about its image quality and future-proof technology. There’s now a newer version (the LG C2) that further improves picture quality… but at a higher price point. At just $1,200, this again catapults the LG C1 to great value.

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Welcome to Black Friday, TV lovers!

Big deal day is here! Thank you for joining us for our live coverage of the latest Black Friday TV deals.

We’ve been tracking deals throughout the month, so we’ve been keeping an eye on great deals that are still active and new deals launched for Black Friday itself.

Our team of AV experts combed through the deals, looking for discounts on TVs that we rate the most (or that are just as big and juicy as we are to have to tell you about it), and we bring it to you here today.

And don’t forget the streaming services, too! There are some great deals out there too, so we’ll be exploring those too and why we think they’re worth buying now.

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